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Meet our staff of skilled, compassionate diabetes educators. They empower patients with information and ongoing support to take charge of their care and live active, healthy lives.

Christine Fisher

Christine Fisher“I strive to work alongside my patients and meet them where they are.”

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Christine earned a BS in nutrition at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and completed a dietetic internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She serves on the board of the Washington Association of Diabetes Educators. She’s an avid biker, runner and gardener. She also volunteers at Camp Leo for children with diabetes.

Jean K. Gardner

Jean Gardner “My goal is enhancing a person's ability to make healthier choices to improve their quality of life.”

A diabetes educator with Franciscan for over a decade, Jean brings an abundance of experience in helping patients effectively manage their care, and improve their nutrition and lifestyle. She’s a member of the Washington Association of Diabetes Educators, American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In her off hours, she enjoys hiking, making jewelry, photography, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Therese Alden

Therese Alden“We are all delt a hand. It’s how we play it that makes all the difference.”

Therese enjoys science, but it was a passion for food that led her to pursue nutrition and diabetes education as a career. As an avid cook, she’s accumulated many great ways to improve the health of meals without losing flavor. She’s a member of both the American Association of Diabetes Educators and Washington Association of Diabetes Educators. Away from her patients and kitchen, she pursues the passion she shares with her entire family: skiing.

Robyn Riddle

Robyn Riddle“I truly believe that I can help people with diabetes to live healthier lives.”

Robyn loves the opportunity to help people get healthy and stay that way. She enjoys using technology to aid in diabetes management. Robyn is a Certified Pump Trainer for the leading insulin delivery systems. She’s also a member of the American Academy of Diabete Educators. Away from her patients, she indulges in her other love: riding horses and show jumping. She’s also an avid reader. And she serves as board member for one of the area’s symphony orchestras.