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!
Connie has over 15 years of experience as a Certified Diabetes Educator, and was one of the first to take (and pass) the certification exam. She is a graduate of the Oil City Hospital School of Nursing in Oil City, PA. Connie later received her BSN from Slippery Rock University, also in PA.
Connie became interested in diabetes education when she and a co-worker were asked to develop a Diabetes Education Program at the Oil City Area Health Center. That program is still going strong today. Connie continues to focus her career in diabetes because she can see the positive impact that education has on the lives of people living with diabetes.
Connie met her husband, Joe, after moving to Houston. They share an interest in food, wine, and travel. They have visited many exciting places around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, and most recently, the Far East.
Brenda Neleigh is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with DiabetesAmerica. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Nutrition. For the next several years, she worked as a diabetes educator and dietitian in the Dallas area. Brenda then moved to the Houston area and began working with DiabetesAmerica.
Brenda enjoys empowering her patients by giving them useful information so they know how to manage their diabetes. That includes asking them about their lifestyle habits and customizing their diabetes management plan accordingly.
Brenda is the proud mom of Georgie, a 12-year old terrier mix and enjoys various “crafting” hobbies.
Shreya Parikh, MD
Dr. Shreya Parikh was born in New York, but raised in Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Parikh received her undergraduate degree at UT Austin and attended medical school at UTMB Galveston. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Endocrinology fellowship at UT Houston Health Science Center.
She likes being an integral part in someone’s life to try to help them make lifestyle changes and live a healthier life. In addition she likes to help people avoid the end-organ damages related to poorly controlled diabetes and provide them with education.
Dr. Parikh is married with children. In her spare time she enjoys doing yoga and cooking, as well as spending time with friends and family.