Adult Diabetes Educators
Amy Aponick, MPH, RD, LD/N, CDE
Amy has been with the UF Diabetes Institute since winter 2008. She is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She provides diabetes education to outpatients in the Departments of Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology and is a dietitian in the Pediatric Lipid Disorders and Obesity Clinic. In addition to clinics, Amy also provides education to patients in the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program. She works closely with undergraduate and graduate students, coordinating student internships with the department. Amy was named the 2009 Emerging Dietetics Leader by the Florida Dietetic Association.
Amber Wilhoit RD, LD/N, CDE, CPT
Amber is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Personal Trainer. She provides diabetes education to outpatients in the Adult Endocrinology department; and through the Diabetes Self Management Education Program. She enjoys crew, gardening, running and most importantly being ‘Mommy’ to her three children. Amber enjoys helping people find simple ways eat healthier and sneak activity into their busy lives.
Lori Blanton, CHES
Lori graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 with a B.S. in Health Education and Behavior. She has been a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) since October 2009. She joined the Diabetes Self-Management Education team in August 2009 and has been a DSME instructor since June of 2011. In addition to her classroom teaching and curriculum design responsibilities, she provides individual diabetes education to clinic patients and acts as an internship coordinator for the DSME Health Education internship program. Lori played an integral role in the establishment of the UF chapter of Students with Diabetes, which she continues to facilitate. Her professional interests include diabetes education, classroom technology, effective curriculum design, and providing support for people living with diabetes.
Research at the UF Diabetes Institute takes place in both the clinic and in the laboratory. There are many clinical trials and studies in diabetes currently taking place at UF, including studies for family members, people with established type 1 diabetes, and studies for people with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes.
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