Jane G. Hallstead, RN, MSN
Patient Education Coordinator/Diabetes Educator
A registered nurse with a master’s of science in nursing, Jane Hallstead became Thompson Health’s Patient Education Coordinator/Diabetes Educator in 2001, and also serves as coordinator of the Finger Lakes Diabetes Coalition, a subgroup of the New York State initiative on Diabetes Control and Prevention. In this role, she works with representatives from nine counties to provide diabetes education and programs to the community.
A tireless advocate for people with diabetes, Jane believes that when given the right tools, people can take control of the disease and live their lives to the fullest. She shares this message with patients on a one-on-one basis, as well as in her role as facilitator of Thompson Health’s monthly Diabetes Support Group, which meets the third Wednesday of every month.
In 2008, in the process of becoming a certified insulin pump trainer, Jane wore an insulin pump – using saline solution – for several days, and also pricked her finger three times a day to check her blood glucose levels. The experience, she says, gave her a true appreciation for the diligence with which diabetics must monitor their health.
A native of the Philippines, Jane worked at Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center for several years, moving to Canandaigua in 1987 after marrying Dr. Geoffry Hallstead, a local dentist. The couple lives in a “green” house with their two children, and in her spare time, Jane enjoys walking, running, reading, baking and cooking.
Linda M. Rowsick, RD, CD-N
A registered dietitian for more than 30 years, Linda focuses on promoting health via an essential part of our lives – food!
Linda is a certified dietitian-nutritionist in New York State. She has worked in various healthcare settings, including acute and long-term care, child and adult day care, consulting and foodservice supervision. An adjunct professor at Monroe Community College, she has also worked per diem in the community for Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service.
Currently Linda’s responsibilities at Thompson Health include inpatient care and outpatient services at the Diabetes and Nutrition Therapy Center.
Linda believes everyone’s life can be enhanced by the choices they make at the grocery store and in the kitchen. Nutrition is a science, so our knowledge is forever growing. Not only does Linda find the science of nutrition fascinating, but it is the “art” of nutrition that can make life rich by affecting many aspects of who we are and how we feel. In fact, Linda’s favorite expression is “You are what you eat!”
As a young teen, Darcy was inspired daily by her father to be healthy through regular exercise and a nutritious diet. She loves that the field of nutrition is one in which she can continually learn new things to pass along to others through counseling and education, and she firmly believes in the connection between nutrition and health. One of her favorite sayings is, “We need to eat to live….NOT live to eat.” Darcy pursued her passion for nutrition and ventured off to Mansfield University, where she earned her BS in Dietetics. She was later off to Iowa State University, where she completed her dietetic internship before taking the exam to become a licensed registered dietitian.A registered dietitian for almost 20 years, Darcy makes a commitment to follow the nutritional guidelines she counsels and encourages others to do. She started out in various healthcare facilities in Rochester, working in an assisted care living program, rehabilitation facilities and food service management. Currently, she provides nutritional care services in both inpatient and outpatient services at F.F. Thompson Hospital.!