Jane G. Hallstead, RN, MSN
Patient Education Coordinator/Diabetes Educator
A registered nurse with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing, Jane Hallstead assumed the role of patient education coordinator in 2001. She joined the Diabetes Center in 2007 as an instructional staff and assumed the role of the Center’s coordinator in 2011, the same year she received her certification as a certified diabetes educator. Jane counsels both inpatients and outpatients with diabetes.
Jane has been associated with Thompson Hospital since 1987. She also worked as an adjunct nursing clinical instructor at FLCC and as the clinical coordinator at private practice during this time. She also served as the coordinator of the Finger Lakes Diabetes Coalition. Before coming to Thompson Hospital, Jane worked at Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia as a medical technologist for nine years.
A tireless advocate for people with diabetes, Jane believes that when given the right tools and support, people can take control of the disease and live their lives to the fullest. Jane facilitates a monthly diabetes support group, which meets every third Wednesday of the month.
Jane is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association, and the Rochester Area Diabetes Educators.
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.!