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Meet Our Diabetes Educators

Meet Our Diabetes Educators


EmilyZans_Diabetes Educator

Emily Zans, Masters of Science, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator

Emily Zans earned her Bachelors of Science degree and completed her accredited internship through a coordinated program at the University of Missouri. She then obtained a Master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 2015, she became a Certified Diabetes Educator. Emily is passionate about helping others achieve their health goals. She has special interest in diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Why did Emily become a diabetes educator?
I became a Registered Dietitian through the University of Missouri Coordinated Program in Dietetics. I've been working as a Dietitian for 5 years and initially studied diabetes due to its prevalence in my community. My interest grew as it became evident that proper education of diabetes self-management greatly improved the lives and health of those with diabetes.
What qualities make Emily an asset as a diabetes educator?
By listening and paying attention to my patients, I am able to help them make realistic, life-long changes that will improve their health. I also love food! Many people think that seeing a diabetes educator means they are going to be told what to never eat. That's not true! I would hate my job if all I did was tell others what foods they cannot have. The main focus is moderation and balance.
What is Emily's favorite part about working at Sky Ridge?
I enjoy working with and learning from all of the knowledgeable health professionals at Sky Ridge.
Emily's favorite hobby...
My favorite hobby is trying to do something that I have never done before. This may include salsa dancing, white water rafting, a challenging recipe, playing water polo, making furniture, golfing, etc...I enjoy learning and exploring the world, even if it is still within my home town.

Halley Rust_Diabetes Educator

Halley Rust, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

In 2008, Halley Rust earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science Nutrition from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. She completed her accredited dietetic internship at Keene State College. Halley has diverse work experiences in community nutrition with extensive experience in nutrition education and counseling, specifically working for the Arizona Woman Infants & Children (WIC) program.

Halley is passionate about promoting optimal nutrition by enabling others to make informed food choices. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Halley specializes in weight management, Diabetes, hepatic nutrition, renal nutrition, pediatric nutrition, cardiovascular health & currently focuses on kidney & liver transplant. She is a board member of the Colorado Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Association, Denver Dietetic Association and Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She is working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator.


Jessica Crandall_Diabetes Educator

Jessica Crandall, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator 

Jessica Crandall earned her Bachelor's degree at Colorado State University and completed her postgraduate work in Oneonta, New York. She completed rotations at Rose Medical Center, through which she is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As a Registered Dietitian, Jessica specializes in nutritional counseling in weight management, bariatric education, cardiac diet modification, renal diet guidance, celiac disease, diabetes nutrition counseling, oncology and also works with children with special nutritional needs. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Aerobics Instructor. Jessica is the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson.