The Diabetic Kitchen website was launched on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 with their D & T (Dine & Talk) concept. The idea for The Diabetic Kitchen was the brain child of Nathaniel Mitchell Sr., a Type-2 Diabetic. Once Nathaniel was diagnosed he chose to rise-up and use the disease as a tool to reach others suffering with Diabetes.
Teaming with partners, Ella Faye Jefferson and Kaissy Hammer, two registered nurses and along with several family members, the idea of forming a Diabetic Support/Management Group was formed.
Our goal is “WELLNESS FOR EVERYONE!”
About The Team
Nathaniel Mitchell Sr., Owner/CEO
Nathaniel Mitchell Sr. is a JJobs for America’s Graduates Specialist at New Iberia Senior High School, he’s a former Counselor, CIT and Case Manager with the Iberia Parish Family Focused Juvenile Drug Court and former Diversion Specialist with the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. He’s also a former Behavior Interventionist with the Iberia Parish School Board and former Correction Warden with the Iberia Parish Sheriff Office. Nathaniel is currently a Board Member of the Iberia Parish Planning and Zoning Commission, a Board Member of the Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Clinic in New Iberia, Louisiana, and has served the Board of Directors for S.N.A.P. (Safety Net for Abused Persons) a Battered Women Shelter, P.E.P.I. (Progressive Education Program Inc.) Adult Education.
Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Nathaniel chose not to sit back and lament the facts of his diagnoses, he decided to take the higher road and not only do something to help himself, he chose to help others in the process. As a result Nathaniel created “The Diabetic Kitchen,” a Diabetes Support/Management Group whose purpose is to offer a platform to Inform, Educate, and Network with other diabetics as he strive to aid them in functioning as normal a lifestyle as possible. Nathaniel’s goal is to identify Diabetic services that are available throughout the community as he continue to lift the hopes and spirits of others while continuing to climb the ladder of better health.
Kaissy Hammer, APRN, Educator
Kaissy Hammer is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Diabetic Educator at Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2001, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2004, and a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009. Her interests in diabetic care became apparent when she worked as a school nurse for Lafayette Parish School Board in 2005. Since that time, Ms Hammer continues to pursue her interest in diabetic education, realizing the direct benefits that education has on patient’s nutrition, lifestyle, and clinical outcomes. She believes that basic diabetic education when done right can change a life.
Ella Faye Jefferson, RN, Educator
Dr. Earl Washington, MD
This listing is in Memorium of Dr. Earl Washington, MD. Dr. Washington was a valued contributer to The Diabetic Kitchen, often attending meetings and assisting with interviewing those members who voiced concerns regarding diabetes. Dr. Washington has now made the transition from Labor to Reward and has entered Eternal Rest. May He Rest In Peace.
Dr. Kimberly Smith-Dauterive, MD
Undergraduate School: Tulane University, B.S. • Graduate School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, M.S. • Medical School, LSU Health Sciences Center, M.D. • Currently serving on the Boards of Dauterive Hospital, Acadiana Physicians Network, and Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center
Dr. Rebecca Charpentier, DDS
Dr. Charpentier graduated from LSU, in Baton Rouge in 2002 with a degree in Microbiology. In May 2006, she recieved her Doctor of Dental Surgery from LSU Dental School in New Orleans. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Louisiana Dental Association and the Acaadiana Dental Association. Dr. Charpentier has advanced training in many areas, such as Oral Sedation and 6 Month Smiles.