Meet the Team
AH Diabetes consists of six credentialled diabetes educators (CDE), two accredited practising dietitians (APD) and a registered podiatrist.
Lynne McCleary RN CDE
Lynne has been a registered nurse for over 40 years ( she was 2 when she started). She fell into diabetes education 20 years ago whilst working as a community nurse in Narrabri NSW. Lynne started the diabetes service in Narrabri which still operates today. Until recently, Lynne has worked as a diabetes educator, clinical supervisor and Health Service manager at Darling Downs South West Queensland Medicare Local. Lynne is interested in all aspects of Diabetes. She firmly believes that Diabetes is a complex and difficult to manage condition, but with the right support and education, goals can be achieved. She has a passion for diabetes education and a wish for people with diabetes to live long and live well.
Jaleesa is a registered nurse who first trained in Sydney. After living with type 1 diabetes for over 15 years, she then became a diabetes educator, whilst working at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. Since then Jaleesa has moved to Toowoomba, where she hopes to bring both her personal and paediatric passion and experience to assist the lives of others living with diabetes. Jaleesa focuses on diabetes as being a balancing act. Some days we have great balance and some days the balance can be a little off. Jaleesa has a clear vision that diabetes should not stop anyone from reaching their fullest potential, like her own world travel, participation in marathon events and hiking in Nepal. She continues to set goals and encourages all others to aim high for the future.
Kate has trained as a registered nurse in the Northern Territory. Since then she has worked in Townsville and Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service until joining the Darling Downs South West Queensland Medicare Local Team as a diabetes educator in 2012. Since then she has been involved in group and individual education as well as community events. Her areas of interest include paediatrics, Type 1 Diabetes and Insulin Pumps. As someone who also lives with Type 1 Diabetes, Kate believes in providing quality and supportive diabetes education that caters to individual needs.
Ann is a registered nurse with over 30 years experience. She trained at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne before moving to Toowoomba and spending many years in the children's ward at St Vincent's. In recent years, ann has been working as a practice nurse before becoming a Diabetes Educator in 2011. Ann also lives with Type 1 Diabetes and is interested in all areas of diabetes with a particular focus on client centred care. As a keen cyclist, Ann's special interest is helping those living with diabetes embrace the challenges that exercise often brings into the mix.
Rikke has worked as a community dietitian since she graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2010. Rikke has a strong passion for Diabetes Education and decided to study further. She has become a credentialed diabetes educator in 2015. Rikke worked in rural and regional communities in the Far North Queensland before joining Medicare Local in Toowoomba. Rikke’s special interests are all about food and providing practical suggestions to manage blood glucose level without missing out on the food you enjoyed. Rikke has a strong focus on helping her clients reach their goals in a manner that suits them. She specialises in weight management, carbohydrate counting and dose adjustment and helping people develop healthy relationships with food.
Celia is the newest member of the team and hails from Jamaica. Her philosophy is, we do not have to remain stuck in positions that no longer align with us, as we evolve and hopefully become the best version of ourselves as we can. Her professional career began in human resource management, then she made a radical change in profession from the corporate world to massage therapy. During her years as a Therapist, she worked with the Jamaican athletics team. This experience sparked an interest in nutrition and fuelled her desire to once again take a professional leap, into the world of Dietetics. This lead to her studying at Bond University (Gold Coast) and now joining the team at AH Diabetes. Celia has always been active (avid runner) and keen on maintaining good health, not only for herself, but for others. She believes that life is a journey and all our experiences are stepping stones to help us along the way.
Franziska Charteris-de Looze
Fran has been a registered podiatrist since 1979. She started out in private practice in Toowoomba and worked until 1997. She started work with Queensland Health in 2000. Fran completed a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes through Curtin University in 2009, mainly because her focus was on the diabetic foot and she had developed a great interest in Diabetes. For the past 6 years Fran’s focus has been on the high risk foot and wound management, running the High Risk Foot Clinic at Toowoomba Hospital. In this time, she felt that working at this level of tertiary care wasn’t entirely satisfactory as by the time the patients presented with foot wounds, it was almost too late. Her belief is that prevention is definitely better than cure and a lot of complications of the foot in diabetes and other at risk health conditions can be prevented with timely access to a foot health professional.