Meet The Staff

Grunberger Diabetes Institute Meet The Staff
Office Staff
Lynne Frazier
Office Manager

Lynne was very enthusiastic to join the staff at Grunberger Diabetes Institute in August of 2016. She has 15 years of medical office management experience, and loves working at GDI daily. She appreciates how the doctors are respectful of their patients’ time and treat their employees like family. She subscribes to the motto, “Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.” She enjoys spending time on her pontoon with her family, her new grandson James, and two dogs, Joey and Chandler.

Angie Golden
Receptionist

Angie Golden came to Grunberger Diabetes Institute in December 2020 with over 16 years of medical reception experience. She has dedicated herself to provide quality service and deliver excellence to the patients she encounters. Angie enjoys spending time with her grown children and grandson. In her spare time, she enjoys a good book, watching movies, bowling and the outdoors.

Diabetes Educator
Ellen Darnall
Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator RD, CDCES

Ellen has been a practicing dietitian since 2013. She has worked in clinical, community, and outpatient education settings. Ellen will be assisting patients at Grunberger Diabetes Institute through insulin pump training, individual medical nutrition therapy appointments, in addition to diabetes education and nutrition classes. Ellen created a Diabetes Education Program, certified and recognized by the American Diabetes Association; reimbursable by all insurance payers. Ellen uses food as medicine approach to develop individually tailored nutrition advice for patients with diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, cardiovascular and gastric disorders.

 

“What I love most about what I do is being able to provide education to help people understand how healthy eating and lifestyle changes can lead to better management of the chronic disease. I help my patients learn to understand how nutrition directly impacts their overall health and wellbeing. When I’m not at work you can find me running, practicing yoga, or cooking up a healthy vegetable-filled meal with my family.”

 

Credentials

 

  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDCES)
  • Dietitian (RD)
  • Diabetes Education Program Director; certified and recognized by the American Diabetes Association
  • Ellen Darnall, RD, CDCES, attended Michigan State University and completed her dietetic internship at Wayne State University
  • Certified Pump trainer
Weight Management
Elizabeth Shimoura
Weight Management Coach MS

Elizabeth earned her Master of Science degree from Kyoto University Graduate School of Biostudies in Systemic Life Science. She is the Grunberger Diabetes Institute’s Weight Management Coach. She provides patients with the tools, training, and support needed to jump-start and manage their weight loss. She customizes an individual weight loss and wellness program for each patient. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys rock climbing and spending time outdoors.

Credentials

  • Elizabeth earned her Master of Science degree from Kyoto University Graduate School of Biostudies in Systemic Life Science

Medical Assistants
Monica Pham
Medical Assistant, BS

Monica recently joined the Grunberger Diabetes Institute! She graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s in Human Biology with a minor in pharmacology and toxicology. She will continue her education in a master’s in public health, working towards medical school! On her off time, she enjoys longboarding and knitting.

 

James Bolday
Medical Assistant

James has worked as a medical assistant for over 10 years. Prior to joining Grunberger Diabetes Institute, James was a medical assistant at Kidz1st Pediatrics. James’ areas of expertise include his patient interaction, teaching of diabetes medications, and time management. He is a people person and most patients know him by name at the office. James is always trying to further his knowledge of diabetes and stay up to date with all of the ongoing changes in the world of diabetes. When not hard at work, James enjoys relaxing, catching up on shows, and spending time with his wife and family.

Haley Scott
Medical Assistant

Haley Scott graduated from Michigan State University in December 2019. She plans on attending medical school in the fall of 2021. In her free time, she loves being outside playing volleyball and participating in all sports. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Zahra Kazem
Medical Assistant

Prior to working at Grunberger Diabetes Institute, she had worked for four years as a medical assistant in Neurosurgery and pain management. She hopes to start her pre-med education at Oakland University in the spring. Zahra has an avid interest in medicine and loves gaining knowledge in the medical field. In her spare time, she enjoys watching documentaries about serial killers and history. She also takes pleasure in raising her German-husky dog, Sasha.