I feel fortunate to have had Theresa Garnero as a mentor. She is a dynamic, intelligent, and empathetic practitioner who has been an outstanding influence on me as I studied to become a dietitian. We met after I stumbled across her article on the Somogyi effect and decided to contact her through the web. I shared my interest in diabetes and she offered to help me with my path. Theresa suggested I go to the UCSF Becoming a Diabetes Educator conference. It made me feel confident about making a difference as an upcoming dietitian. She also helped with my resume and as a strategist during the application process.
Hanna Rifkin, Registered Dietitian
The memory of being new in the field of diabetes education has not faded. Theresa will be forever grateful to Onnette McElroy, nurse and educator. She offered a key, critical developmental relationship that built a strong foundation for Theresa’s successful career.
Theresa has paid this forward with many nurses and dietitians over the past decade who were entering the profession of diabetes education. This includes many at Dance Out Diabetes, a non-profit organization she founded.
From resume building, to preparing for a career in diabetes education, to professional networking, Theresa can help. She usually takes on one mentee at a time, so try your luck and send her an email to ask about her availability for volunteer expert counsel. At minimum, she will offer services at a sliding scale basis.
Garnero acts as a Clinical Nurse Leader Preceptor for the University of San Francisco. She has helped many MSN students in the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program. Additionally, she has lead UCSF Nurse Practitioner Diabetes Minor students with focused projects.