Virginia Valentine, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, has seen the tremendous growth of medical technology in the diabetes field firsthand. Continuous glucose monitoring is just one of the many advanced offerings medical professionals can offer their patients. However, these technologies are not available to every person with diabetes. For Valentine, a diabetes specialist at the Clinica La Esperanza in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who has type 2 diabetes herself, addressing these gaps is of utmost importance for the future of the field.
Valentine, who is also a volunteer clinician faculty member with the Endo ECHO program at the University of New Mexico and the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award from the American Diabetes Association, discussed her passion for connecting