Greenville nurse practitioner specializes in diabetes care

Greenville nurse practitioner specializes in diabetes care

SMITHFIELD - November is National Diabetes Awareness month and now there is a locally owned and run business specializing in diabetes care and management.

Earlier this year, Kristine Batty, a nurse practitioner, created and opened Diabetes Care Solutions, 600 Putnam Pike, in Greenville.

She says, "Diabetes Care Solutions is a nurse-owned and run healthcare practice specializing in the care of those with diabetes. The mission of this practice is to work with people to achieve excellent diabetes control while learning to live with diabetes. I strongly believe that diabetes should not control a person's life."

She explains that in Rhode Island, nurse practitioners have the authority to have their own practices.

Batty has been a nurse for 21 years, the last 11 years she has been a nurse practitioner and she is working on her doctorate in nursing focusing on diabetes and family care.

Batty provides comprehensive medical and lab testing and prescriptions along with medicine management. She also provides diabetes education to help motivate people since it is a hard disease to live with, she said. She uses cutting-edge technology and the latest research as well as health coaching and motivational interventions.

"I specialize in the care of those with diabetes burnout, and fear of medications including insulin and insulin pump therapy," she says.

The office is open Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday noon to 8 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays.

People affected by diabetes can call Batty and set up an appointment or they can be referred by a doctor. Batty said that she takes all major insurances.

She has about 370 patients and sees people of all ages.

Symptoms of diabetes include fatigue, increased thirst, increased urination and high risk factors such as ethnicity, age and family history. The big steps to prevent diabetes, Batty said, are being active, keeping an ideal body weight and eating healthy.

Diabetes Care Solutions can be reached at 401-949-0480.