Vanderbilt Diabetes

Diabetes Center Staff

Clinical Faculty and Nursing and Dietitian Staff

Anne Brown, RN, MSN, CDE headshotAnne Brown, RN, MSN, CDE
Anne Brown is an Adult Nurse Practitioner who is board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. She has 25+ years in clinical practice managing patients with diabetes. Research interests include relapse prevention, exercise, continuous glucose sensing, and therapies to prevent or delay type 1 diabetes. She holds two degrees from Vanderbilt, serves as an instructor in the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt and an Adjunct at Belmont University. She created and led one of the first outpatient American Diabetes Association Recognized Patient Education Programs in the country and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Jennifer Garland, M.P.H., RD, CDE headshotJennifer Garland, M.P.H., RD, CDE 
Jennifer Garland is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator. She received her Bachelor’s from Utah State University and Master’s from the University of Utah. Her experience ranges from counseling patients for diabetes, weight management, bariatric surgery, and sport’s nutrition. She enjoys working with clients and watching them become successful at making nutrition and lifestyle changes.



Janie Lipps, APRN, BC, CDE headshotJanie Lipps, APRN, BC, CDE
Janie Lipps is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner in the Vanderbilt Eskind Center for Diabetes Care, and Nurse Coordinator of DCCT, Epidemiology of Diabetes Intervention and Complications (EDIC), and other clinical research trials. Her research interests include finding ways to improve care for persons with diabetes, testing new diabetes drugs and monitoring techniques. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and a frequent speaker on diabetes and results of diabetes research.

Becky Pratt Gregory, MS, RD, LDN, CDE headshotBecky Pratt Gregory, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Becky Pratt Gregory works in several areas of diabetes at Vanderbilt. Her patient related responsibilities are in the Eskind Diabetes High Risk Pregnancy & Diabetes Clinic seeing pregnant women with diabetes. Her research is done at the Diabetes Research & Training Center at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is involved in diabetes related education teaching health care professionals across the country about nutrition and diabetes management.


Connie Root, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, ADM-BC, CDE  headshotConnie Root, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, ADM-BC, CDE 
Connie Root has been working as a diabetes clinical nurse specialist since 1987. She has degrees both in Education and Nursing. Her experience includes caring for patients with diabetes in Vanderbilt University Hospital, Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic and Vanderbilt Endocrinology Research Department. She is conducting research in the area of insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors and is adjunct clinical instructor at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. Her special interests are diabetes and organ transplants, insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors.