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Diabetes Care & Education Specialists Profiles

Dr. Ansel T. Johnson

  • Optometrist

  • Clinical Director

  • Diabetes Care & Education Specialist

What year did you become a DCES?

I have been advising patients on

self-management for diabetes since around 1995. 

What made you decide to pursue a DCES?

As an optometrist, I got weary of hearing that patients had never seen a diabetes educator since their diagnosis.

How did you think that the DCES credential would help you help patients?

Patients would have a better idea of the depth and scope of education and care you can provide to patients.

Has diabetes affected you or your family personally?

Yes, it is throughout my family and I am living with diabetes currently.

What do you think is the biggest challenge in our community around health?

Life stresses that make day to day stress put one’s own health on the back burner.  In our community we are always living in a reactionary emergency mode.

How do you think that African American health professionals can collaborate around diabetes prevention and treatment?

By collaboration inter and/or intra-professionally.

How do you expect Hico Dashboard to assist you in your efforts? 

HICO provides self-management training for people with busy lifestyles who cannot commit to a regular onsite visit in person.  It provides flexibility in 24 hour availability for information and communications.  It expands the people that can take advantage of diabetes self-management education.

If you weren’t a healthcare professional what would you be?

An engineer, electrical or biomedical.

What special talent do you have that most don’t know about?

I am a 1st degree black belt in Karate.