Meet the St. Francis Diabetes Team
Debra Hull, RN, BSN
Helping others learn to manage their diabetes is a passion of Deb's. Being diagnosed at the age of nine, before diabetes education was available helps Deb understand the value of diabetes education, no matter how long a person has had it. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1991, Deb has been blessed with many outstanding opportunities in the world of diabetes. During her career with Eli Lilly & Company as a Diabetes Care Specialist, Deb had the opportunity to work with many diabetes education centers. Deb has used this experience to help build a quality diabetes education program at St. Francis. Deb prefers to be outside where jogging and water-skiing are her favorite things to do. Inside, Deb enjoys studying the bible. Deb, her husband and their three children live on their family farm outside of Maryville.
Julie Livengood RD, LD
660-562-2600 ext. 5106
Julie Livengood is a Registered Dietitian with St Francis Hospital & Health Services. Julie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Foods & Nutrition from Northwest Missouri State University. After working in public health for seven years, Julie was one of four chosen to attend the Missouri Department of Health Dietetic Internship. She is registered nationally with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed in Missouri. Julie has worked in the area of nutrition since 1998, including clinical nutrition, public health, foodservice, education, and counseling.
Julie is dedicated to bringing nutritional health and healing to patients. Providing an empowering environment is Julie's priority; one that erases the concept of dieting and encompasses nourishment and mindfulness as part of a healthy lifestyle.
While growing up on dairy farms in South Dakota and Missouri, Julie learned early on the meaning of hard work, taking care of life, and the importance of family. Julie currently resides in Burlington Junction with husband, Dana, and son, Levi.
Katie Skaggs BSN, RN, IBCLC
OB Nurse & Lactation Consultant
Originally from the St. Louis area, Katie and her husband moved to Maryville in 2010 and were blessed with their son in 2011. They enjoy many activities as a family and have grown fond of the small-town friendliness of Maryville. After beginning her journey as an obstetrics nurse, Katie further pursued her certification as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Katie now uses her skills not only in the OB department, but also in the prenatal setting where she works with newly expecting mothers and those with gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes can occur in any expecting mother regardless of their prior health history. By testing early in pregnancy, we are able to treat gestational diabetes through close blood sugar monitoring, changes in diet and lifestyle practices such as exercise.
Sharon Meyer, PT
Sharon started in the Physical Therapy department at St. Francis in 1991. After there, Sharon has worked in different settings including long-term care and home health and then returned back to St. Francis. She has appreciated all the settings of physical therapy.
Sharon enjoys the educational component of physical therapy, thus assisting with the Diabetes Education is a perfect fit. At home, Sharon loves growing flowers and "exterior designing". Sharon and her husband, Ray have three sons.
Amie Rucker, Pharm.D.
Amie graduated from Roseman University, in Henderson, NV in 2013. She has worked in pharmacy since 2005 in both the retail and hospital sectors and enjoy both! Amie is interested in diabetes education because it runs in her family and she firmly believes that good education is the key ingredient to successfully treating and monitoring diabetes and even preventing type 2 diabetes altogether. Amie especially enjoys working with inquisitive patients who are interested in learning and receiving information. Amie holds a special interest in the proper use of antibiotics. She is actively working towards developing methods and programs that will improve antibiotic use and lower resistance patterns. Amie loves tasting new foods and going out to eat (but she does it in moderation of course!) In her free time, Amie enjoys being with her family and her dogs, hiking, biking, walking the dogs and being outdoors.
Matt Marting, Pharm.D., RPh
Matthew grew up in Saint Louis Missouri and obtained his Pharm.D from Saint Louis College of Pharmacy. He has lived in Maryville for about a year, and enjoys blacksmithing in his spare time. Matthew feels that the most important part of Diabetes management is the patient's involvement in their own care.