Biography

Kellie Rodriguez is originally from Australia and received her Bachelors in Nursing Science from La Trobe University and her Masters in Nursing and Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education at Deakin University, in Melbourne Australia. In 2014 she completed her Executive MBA in Health Sector Management and Policy at the University of Miami, Florida.  

A stepfather with Type 1 diabetes and the ability to provide nursing care across the lifespan stimulated her to complete her further university studies in diabetes education and embark upon career long ambition of providing collaborative care to improve health outcomes for people with diabetes.

Ms. Rodriguez has worked as a director of diabetes education services for more than 18 years, with specific clinical interests in Type 1 diabetes, insulin management, gestational diabetes, insulin pump, and glucose sensor technology.

Ms. Rodriguez moved to Dallas to join UT Southwestern as Director of Diabetes Education and Community Engagement, as part of Parkland's Global Diabetes Program, to assist in directing and developing effective models of diabetes care and education delivery across the Parkland’s Health & Hospital System and Dallas community.

Ms. Rodriguez has always been active within local and national professional organizations for diabetes education, with the next 3 years serving as a member on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), where she also holds local and state positions. She served for 5 years on the National Board of the the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, where in 2014, she was national Chair. Outside of her professional roles, Ms. Rodriguez’s treasures her time with her husband and three young children and opportunities for personal fitness, social gatherings with friends, and enjoying the outdoors.

Research Interest

  • Establishing effective models of diabetes care and education delivery
  • Glycemic variability versus A1c
  • Inpatient management of diabetes
  • Optimizing patient access, engagement and motivation
  • Reimbursement strategies for diabetes self-management education

Publications

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) (2017-2019)
  • Texas AADE (State Coordinating Body & North Texas LNG) (2015-2018)
  • National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) (2014-2015)
  • National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) (2011-2015)
  • Greater Miami Association of Diabetes Educators (as part of AADE) (2008-2010)
  • Greater Miami Association of Diabetes Educators (as part of AADE) (2007-2010)
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) (2006)
  • Greater Miami Association of Diabetes Educators (as part of AADE) (2006-2014)