Colleen Karper, RN, BSN, CDE, Manager of Diabetes Education & Prevention, is a graduate of Montana State University and has more than 30 years of experience in chronic disease management. In 2001 Colleen achieved program recognition through the American Diabetes Association for the diabetes self-management education services at KRMC. This recognition demonstrates adherence to the highest standards for diabetes self-management education. Colleen's involvement with diabetes awareness and advocacy includes the Montana Diabetes Educators Network and the Montana Diabetes Program, as well as local efforts to raise awareness and funds to benefit those with diabetes.
Leslie Coates, MS, RD, CDE, is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Leslie completed her master of science in nutrition and has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of dietetics. She joined Kalispell Regional Medical Center's diabetes team in 2004 and achieved her certification as a diabetes educator in 2005. Leslie is a lifestyle coach for the Kalispell arm of the Montana adapted diabetes prevention program, a grant-supported program award to KRMC by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services in 2008. Leslie was selected as the Montana Dietitian of the Year in 2011.
Cody Bartholomew, RN, CDE, has worked for Kalispell Regional Medical Center since 2002 and joined the team at Diabetes Education & Prevention in 2013, receiving certification as a diabetes educator in 2014. Cody is a Flathead Valley native with nursing degrees from Flathead Valley Community College and Excelsior College in Albany, New York. She has firsthand knowledge of diabetes management and has been living the day-to-day challenges of diabetes since her diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in 1991. Cody is a certified insulin pump trainer who also wears an insulin pump. She strives to help others with diabetes live happy, healthy and productive lives. Cody is a mother to three busy boys.
Grace Caplan, RD, began her career as a diabetes educator with Diabetes Education & Prevention in May 2014. Grace is a graduate of Michigan State University in East Lansing with a bachelor of science in dietetics. Grace completed her dietetic internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, spending part of this experience in the UTMB Stark Diabetes Center, where she developed a special interest in educating patients with diabetes. Grace provides diabetes self-management education in group and individual settings and is an educator for the Montana adapted diabetes prevention program. Grace enjoys all of the outdoor activities the Flathead Valley offers.
Brittany Schultz, RN, graduated from Montana State University and has a strong background in educational program development. She is an informatics nurse specialist and has developed training manuals, videos and patient education software. Brittany is an out-of-the-box thinker and intends to use her talents to empower patients with diabetes to live long, healthy lives.
Devon Goe is the practice associate for Diabetes Education & Prevention. Her passion for excellent customer service is evident in the kind enthusiasm she demonstrates with clients and co-workers. She is a native of the Flathead and a connoisseur of fine coffee.