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Diabetic specialist joins WVU Medicine / Jackson General Hospital

Barbara Layton
Reporter

Diabetes, according to medlineplus.gov, is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy.

Nurse Practitioner Megan Geyer is a diabetic specialist who has recently joined the WVU Medicine / Jackson General Hospital family. Focusing on patients 13-years-old and up, she is currently accepting new patients in her Ripley location from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday. 

“Diabetes is not what it used to be,” Geyer said. “You can keep it controlled and you don’t have to have the complications it used to.”

Geyer said she looks at the whole picture and helps her patients set goals that lead to a greater outcome. Since diabetes can affect so many systems and different parts of the body, she said she checks not only a patient's blood glucose levels, but also cares about their blood pressure, cholesterol panels, and makes sure they are getting eye exams as necessary. 

Geyer uses her knowledge of the disease to make sure the patient is on the proper medication to work with their individual situation.

Many outside factors, such as stress, pain, steroids, and infection can affect blood sugar.

“It’s not just food,” Geyer said. “It’s truly this whole umbrella that I take the full 60-minutes or more with my new patients, to give them the knowledge they need to understand their condition.”

Geyer’s hope for the future is to have more access to glucose monitoring capabilities and to help patients get to their goals.

“Diabetes is a controllable disease,” she said. “I want to build relationships with my patients and make a plan for individualized care. What works for one, may not work for another.” 

According to Geyer, she wants to know and understand each patient’s lifestyle in order to help them succeed with their diabetic plan and reach their goals.

“It’s a lot of work to be mindful of what to eat every day, to check your blood sugars before and after you eat, to remember to take your medications, and to focus on the timing of your medications,” Geyer said. “It is a true second job to be successful.”

Frequent blood sugar testing, education, and an individualized plan of care are very important factors in dealing with and being able to manage the disease.

Having an auto-immune disease, Geyer said she knows personally how much time and energy goes into taking care of herself and how important it is to follow a good plan of care. She also insists that no one is perfect and sometimes people can back step.

“Staying positive is key,” Geyer said. “Patients will come in and say, ‘Bummer, my A1C is up again,’ but I say, ‘You know how amazing you did last time, you can do it again,’ so I think just knowing we are all human and sometimes we fall, doesn’t mean we can’t get back up.”

Geyer has her Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management and specializes in patients above the age of 13 with Pre-Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and Type 1 Diabetes.

She received her undergraduate degree from West Liberty University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Her first RN position was at West Virginia University Hospital, Ruby Memorial in the Medical Intensive Care Unit/Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She values her experience as an ICU nurse at the Level 1 Trauma Hospital. Megan also worked as a travel nurse and completed several assignments as a travel ICU RN in Tyler, Texas at East Texas Medical Center and Houston, Texas at Memorial Herman Texas Medical Center.

In 2017, she received her graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati’s Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. Megan’s first APRN position was at the Diabetes and Endocrine Center in Parkersburg, WV with Camden Clark Physicians Corporation. She collaborated with Dr. Frank Schwartz and Jeannie Goff, DNP. She is very thankful for her exceptional mentors and appreciates the Diabetes care team she was able to learn from and work closely with including; Endocrinologists, a Clinical Diabetes Educator, a Registered Dietician, and a DNP with Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Geyer, contact 304-372-1740.