Vanderbilt Endocrinology

Nurse Providers

 

Featured Staff:

photo by Susan Urmy
from left: James Mills, Ann Hackett and Brett Kinzig

Along with the endocrinologists, the GMS nurse practitioners monitor patients closely, make adjustments to diabetes treatment, and provide seamless, quick transitions to outpatient clinics to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes. More Details HERE >>

 


 

Our Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialist:

 

Anne Brown, RN, MSN, CDE headshot

Anne Brown, RN, MSN, CDE, is an Adult Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified in   Advanced Diabetes Management as well as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. 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. In the past, 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.

 


 

Katherine Walls Colvin, MSN, APN-BC headshot

Katherine Walls Colvin, MSN, APN-BC, is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic. She has a faculty appointment in the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine with degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University. She specializes in managing patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, insulin pumps, Cystic Fibrosis related diabetes, steroid induced diabetes, as well as other endocrine disorders. She is concerned with the patient's overall health and wellness and empowering the patient to manage their disease condition.


 

 

Ann HackettAnn Hackett APRN-BC, is a Nurse Practitioner.
More information to be posted soon.

 

 


 

Brett Kinzig, MSN, ANP-BC headshot

Brett Kinzig, MSN, ANP-BC, is a Nurse Practitioner in the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Center. He has worked specifically with diabetes and endocrine disease management for the last seven years. Previously, he worked as a Registered Nurse on Vanderbilt's telemetry units and in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. His major professional interests concern the management of Diabetes Mellitus and other cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia and obesity. He strongly believes in the power and efficacy of preventative care and patient education in the successful management of these conditions. In addition, he is a certified pump trainer and a member of the American Diabetes Association, Tennessee Nurses Association and Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses.

 


 

Janie Lipps, APRN, BC, CDE headshot

Janie Lipps, APRN, BC, CDE, 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. She is a certified diabetes educator. 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. She is the current president of the Middle Tennessee American Diabetes Association Community Leadership Board.


 

jamesmillsJames Mills, is a  Nurse Practitioner.
More information to be posted soon.

 


 

Connie Root, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, ADM-BC, CDE headshot

Connie Root, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, ADM-BC, CDE, 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.

 


 

Blake Salmony, MSN,  RN, NP-C headshotBlake Salmony, MSN,  RN, NP-C, is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, with a subspecialty in Cardiovascular disease management, and works in the Eskind Endocrine and Diabetes clinic in Franklin TN. He has a faculty appointment in the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine with degrees from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Goucher College. He specializes in managing patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, insulin pumps, thyroid disease, parathyroid disease, as well as chronic illness managment associated with decreasing microvascular and macrovascular complications. Blake is concerned with the patient's overall health and wellness, and empowering the patient to manage their disease condition.

 

 

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