Jennifer was born in St. Louis, MO and raised in Sugar Land, TX. She is a Registered Dietitian and works as a Diabetes Educator. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science. She then completed her Dietetic Internship and Masters degree at UT Health Science Center in Houston.
Jennifer is excited to join the DiabetesAmerica team as an educator. This is her first job out of college. While attending college she worked as a math tutor. Jennifer loves teaching and has a passion for nutrition. Jennifer became interested in diabetes during her clinical rotations as an intern. She enjoys working with patients on achieving their goals. She believes that the comprehensive approach provided at DiabetesAmerica is the best way to manage diabetes.
Jennifer is married and enjoys exercising, hanging out with friends and family, and traveling. Jennifer’s favorite subject besides nutrition is math; she enjoys working with numbers. She is a huge football fan and loves to watch football, especially college football. Her favorite teams are the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Houston Texans!
Liliana Garcia, PA-C
Liliana Garcia was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She has a master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Prior to working with DiabetesAmerica, she worked at Southwest Endocrinology and Diabetes in Duncanville, TX.
She discovered her interest in diabetes management due to a strong family history of this disease. She is excited to be part of DiabetesAmerica since together with the rest of the team; patients are able to receive the comprehensive medical care and educational tools that are important in the management of this condition.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing, exercising and spending time with friends.
Sonia Guerra is a Registered Nurse in the state of Texas. She became interested in the medical field when she joined health occupations (HOSA) in high school. Since then her passion is to help people. She is fluent in Spanish and has always enjoyed helping the Spanish-speaking community. Having diabetic family members, taking care of diabetic patients everyday as a med-surg hospital nurse and a nursing student, she believes that diabetes education is an important aspect in managing diabetes. Sonia is very excited to be part of the DiabetesAmerica education team, and hopes to help improve patients lives.
Born in south Texas, Sonia was raised and has lived in NW Houston all her life. She graduated from NHMCCD-Tomball College Nursing School in 2003. She is married, and is the proud mother of three boys. She enjoys walking, going to the movies, camping with her family at many of the Texas State Parks, playing with the kids and the family pet, a black Labrador retriever named Lola.
Erica Hightower, MD
Dr. Hightower was born and raised in southeast Texas, but has lived in the Greater Houston area since 1999.
Dr. Hightower obtained a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. After a brief stint working at Johnson Space Center, she completed all 10 years of medical training at the University of Texas-Houston. This included medical school, internal medicine residency, a year as Chief Medical Resident, followed by specialized training during fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.
Dr. Hightower enjoys working with each patient to find the appropriate diabetes management plan that is the best fit for a given patient’s unique set of needs and goals. More diabetes therapies and products are becoming available, diabetes technology is rapidly advancing, and the scientific literature about diabetes management is prolific and dynamic. It is challenging and rewarding to offer patients the most current therapies and science. Dr. Hightower is also experienced in managing insulin pump therapy and interpreting continuous glucose monitoring technology.
Dr. Hightower knows achieving the best outcomes in diabetes requires an investment in education so that all facets of proper management are covered and all questions are answered to the patient’s satisfaction. Diabetes care is a continuous learning process for the diabetes provider and for the patient. Our patients find that DA quickly becomes a vital part of their diabetes support system.
Dr. Hightower enjoys spending time with her Aggie husband and future-Aggie children at home in Cypress, Texas.
Dana was born in Huntington, NY and raised in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her Dietetic Internship and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition.
Dana began her career at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to inpatients before specializing in nutrition for bariatric surgery. After moving to Houston in 2007, Dana worked in private practice where she continued to specialize in bariatric surgery before coming to DiabetesAmerica.
She is very excited to be part of the DiabetesAmerica team since a strong family history of Type 1 Diabetes runs in her husband’s family. After seeing her family members battle with Diabetes for so many years, she strongly believes that the comprehensive approach provided at DiabetesAmerica proves to promote the very best management of Diabetes.
Dana enjoys camping, biking and just hanging out with her husband and three boys.
Lead Medical Assistant
Since his childhood years, Trae has always gone above and beyond to help others whether it is family, friends, or just a simple stranger in need. He chose the medical field because this is a field where he can really make a difference in someone’s life, or just simply make them smile.
He really enjoy being part of the DA family, because he is able to put smiles on patient’s faces, and work with a great group of staff.
In Trae’s free time he devotes his time to his family, friends and playing with his son.
Kateryna Komarovskiy, MD
Dr. Komarovskiy moved to the Houston area in 2011 and joined the DiabetesAmerica team in early 2012. She is double board certified in Endocrinology and in Internal Medicine, specializing in diabetes care. She is proud to be a third generation physician in her family. At the age of 14, Dr. Komarovskiy entered nursing school and then continued onto medical school where she worked as a nurse during her summer breaks. In 2002, she made the moved to the United States from Ukraine to start a family and complete her medical training in Staten Island, New York. She went on to finish her specialty training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism in Louisville, Kentucky, where she also served as chief resident.
She choose to specialize in diabetes therapy because it is a disease that currently affects one in every four individuals after age 65 and it has already had an affect in her family. Dr. Komarovskiy sees my role as a physician as a guide for patients to help control or prevent diabetes. She believes that in order for a patient to follow advice, he or she must understand the reason behind it or why it is important.
Shazia Sheikh, MD
Dr. Sheikh is board certified in Internal Medicine, completing her residency at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Pennsylvania. Her clinical interests include diabetes in special populations, specifically patients with other chronic conditions or infectious diseases, and the prevention and management of co-morbidities in people with diabetes. Dr. Sheikh believes in creating an atmosphere where patients are encouraged to be partners in their health and focus on disease prevention and management, with equal emphasis on lifestyle modification.
Cheryl Winter, MS RD, MS APRN, CDE, FNP-BC
Starting out in the healthcare arena as a masters-prepared registered dietitian, Cheryl has always been professionally driven by the mantra: “Food is Medicine and Medicine is Food.” After a 7-year career as a registered dietitian mostly working in the intensive care units of Houston’s Texas Medical Center, Cheryl concluded that becoming a nurse would help her empower her patients to understand the medicinal properties of food, in treating their health conditions. Therefore, Cheryl obtained a second bachelor’s degree and became a registered nurse. After many years of working as an intensive care nurse and treating the sickest of the sick, Cheryl became even more determined to reduce the significant suffering she witnessed and help prevent people from ever getting sick and requiring hospitalization in the first place. She therefore combined her nursing and nutrition credentials and forged her career in the outpatient diabetes arena to become a certified diabetes educator, working to keep people healthy and out of hospitals.
In 2006, Cheryl was fortunate to land an exciting job as a diabetes educator at a facility on the cutting edge of treatments that improve people’s lives. This facility was DiabetesAmerica. While working here, Cheryl knew she had found her calling in the area of diabetes and wanted to again further her knowledge by becoming a family nurse practitioner. Cheryl briefly left DiabetesAmerica to pursue this educational goal, but soon returned in September 2010 after her graduation with her second master’s degree. She is excited to be at DiabetesAmerica, practicing as a healthcare provider, where she is able to continue her mantra, “Food is Medicine and Medicine is Food,” since treatment with food is always her first choice in treating people with diabetes, along with individualizing care with other medically necessary treatments.
Cheryl lives with her husband in The Woodlands/Conroe, Texas area. They have two daughters, one a musical theater devotee living in New York City, and the other a meteorologist, working on a graduate degree at Rice University. When not working, Cheryl enjoys exercising, boating, painting, interior design, and spending quality time with her amazing family.