Health Transitions Clinic offers the Greater Cedar Rapids area with a medically supervised weight loss program to help those who are overweight, and dealing with medical issues that accompany the condition including:
- Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- High cholesterol
- Back pain
- Heart disease
- Chronic back pain
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
The ten month program offers guidance from a physician, a dietician, monthly check-ins, support meetings, and tools to track progress.
The process starts with an understanding of what dietary changes are necessary, implementing those changes, coupled with simultaneous changes in medications. Close monitoring of weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar are necessary through this process. After your initial weight loss, we’ll help you transition to an active lifestyle and work with you to develop a new diet that you can maintain and enjoy.
Health Transitions Clinic is located on the main level of the Physicians Clinic of Iowa medical pavilion.
About the Team
I have been a practicing nephrologist- a kidney specialist- in the Cedar Rapids area for the past 24 years.
As a kidney specialist, it didn’t take me long to realize that the largest percentage of patients with kidney disease had diabetes. For much of my career I focused an enormous amount of energy learning everything I could about diabetes. I became a local diabetes expert in the Cedar Rapids area, and for years was medical director of the Crawford Diabetes center, and later the Joslin Diabetes center. Read more
I have a passion for food that started at a young age. My father worked as a chef, until he became the owner of a bakery. With his influence, I started cooking at an early age and began working in his bakery in middle school. At 16, I took my first kitchen job working as a dishwasher in a local pizza shop. By the end of the first year, I’d worked my way up to the line cook. Through years of hard work, I climbed the ladder from dishwasher to line cook, prep cook to assistant chef and sous chef. Finally, I worked as head chef in various restaurants while I was in graduate school.
I have a master’s degree in clinical nutrition therapy and completed a dietetic internship with Saint Louis University. I have a bachelor’s in culinary nutrition from Johnson and Wales University. These degrees give me a unique combination of skills to work most efficiently with people needing nutrition knowledge. I have been a practicing dietitian for almost three years. As a dietitian, I have never followed the “rules,” telling people what to eat. My goal is to teach patients how to eat. I believe having the knowledge to follow a healthy lifestyle is only part of the puzzle and knowing how to apply that knowledge is just as important.
I graduated with my RN, BSN degree from Mount Mercy College in 2007. I’ve been practicing now for almost 10 years in various nursing professions: med-surg, skilled nursing care and hospice care. For the last five years, I’ve taken on the role of clinical nurse for Dr. Pruchno. My interests outside of work are: working out, fishing, golfing, camping, traveling, and hiking. Health and fitness have always been my passion, which makes this job perfect for me. To share that passion with others and see others grow individually is a rewarding experience as a health professional.
I graduated with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science from Kirkwood Community College in 2018. I’m currently a full time student working towards a bachelors’ degree in Health Education. I’ve had prior medical experience in nutrition at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids. What has really made me passionate about healthcare and caring for others was my diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes a few years ago. My goal in life is to make an impact in the lives of others who live with Diabetes by becoming a health education specialist focused on diabetes and nutrition. Working with Dr. Pruchno at Health Transitions Clinic provides me the opportunity to make a difference in our patients’ lives in addition to acquiring knowledge for future growth in this ever growing field. It is truly remarkable seeing patients’ change their lives affected with chronic illnesses. Outside of work and school I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, long boarding, camping, and caring for my gardens. That’s right gardens….I’m a bit of a green thumb. At home I enjoy spending time with family, my two furbabies and low carb cooking.
I have worked as a cosmetologist for 8 years before transitioning to work at a dental lab for a few years. My passion for working with people has brought me to Health Transitions Clinic. My skills with communication and providing open dialog naturally assist with making patients feel welcome here at the clinic. I particularly enjoy how patient focused the team here at our clinic is, we truly are building a welcoming environment to foster change and improve patient lives. As someone who’s family has been and will continue to fight diabetes I can truly understand how our patients feel when they come to our clinic for help fighting this crippling chronic disease. In my free time I like to read, go fishing, crochet, play with my two dogs and spend time with my boys Cody, Brantley, and Barrett.