PUBLISHED: 11:35 AM on Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Diabetes clinic to open in Juneau in April
For those living with diabetes, help is on the way.

A clinic specifically for diabetes care and education is set to open April 17 in Mendenhall Valley in Juneau, said Denise Heiman who will be running the office.

Diabetic consultants Dr. Ross Tanner and Dr. Robert Skala of Anchorage will visit the clinic once a month, while Heiman, a nurse practitioner, will see patients daily and provide educational information.

Heiman said she worked at Bartlett Regional Hospital as a diabetic educator for more than two years.

"I've known Dr. Ross for a while and I've referred patients to him. He recognizes the need for specialized diabetes care in Juneau," Heiman said. "Education is about looking at the big picture rather than just diet or exercise."

Heiman, 47, said she's lived with diabetes since she was a child and wants to help others care for themselves.

"I've been around a lot longer than I was supposed to be. No one knew anything about diabetes back then," Heiman said.

"The best person to take care of a diabetic is the patient themselves. When people understand that and take care of themselves in an appropriate manner, awareness will increase."

Heiman said she is now accepting appointments for the clinic, although the location has not yet been finalized. She said that the clinic doctors will not serve as a general physicians, but as consultant care for those with diabetes.

"People still need their regular physicians. I'll keep the physicians informed. I won't handle medical needs outside of diabetes care," Heiman said.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Heiman at 789-4357.