Meet Our Diabetes Educators

Christine Patorniti_Diabetes

Christine Patorniti, R.D., C.D.E., M.B.A.

Christine earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware, where she majored in Dietetics with a concentration in Weight Management. She completed her dietetic internship with Sodexo, working primarily at the St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. With more than seven years of experience in individual and large group nutrition counseling, Christine offers advice on leading a healthy life with diabetes, cardiac, gastrointestinal or weight issues. Christine has a passion for practical and balanced meal planning for both specific medical conditions and general healthy lifestyles.

Why did Christine become a diabetes educator?
I became a Registered Dietitian six years ago, and I strengthened my nutrition background by becoming a Diabetes Educator. I saw this as an unique opportunity to help the diabetes population translate their diabetes management needs into daily solutions.
What qualities make Christine an asset as a diabetes educator?
I strive to create a strong sense of safety within each of my sessions. This allows patients to openly discuss their troubles and concerns they have with diabetes and managing the disease. I consider each consultation a unique opportunity to engage my patients in problem solving and to create personalized solutions.
What is Christine's favorite part about working at Sky Ridge?
I thoroughly appreciate and enjoy the welcoming environment and culture that I experience every day at Sky Ridge.
Christine's favorite hobbies are kayaking and camping.

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.

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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.

Why did Jessica become a diabetes educator?
I saw the increased need for patients to be better educated in nutrition, more specifically managing and preventing the progression of diabetes because it impacts so many aspects of their life and health.
What qualities make Jessica an asset as a diabetes educator?
My personal passion is improving my patients' quality of life. I enjoy developing creative ideas so that individuals can still enjoy the taste of great food, while modifying it to fit their dietary needs. I also love incorporating activity to help them find balance.
What is Jessica's favorite part about working at Sky Ridge?
I love the team, support and resources all found in abundance here at Sky Ridge Medical Center.
Jessica's favorite hobbies are hiking and hanging out with her family.