Nancy Smith teaches patients how disease can be an opportunity

Nancy Smith graduated with a BS in nutrition from Auburn University and received her master's degree in nutrition from Mississippi State University. Throughout the years, she has gained the titles of registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator CDE). She has been a dietitian for 17 years and a CDE for 14 years. With this extensive history in the pharma field and her advanced knowledge of it, Nancy was the perfect candidate to become a Clinical Educator for VMS BioMarketing. Nancy brings her expertise to help patients with diabetes and osteoporosis initiate new treatment regimen via inhalation or injection.

"I have the privilege of introducing patients to therapy that can be life changing, improve their quality of life and allow the them to have the best possible outcomes. Through having a conversation with me about their therapy, they can be at ease to ask any questions and receive the support necessary to help them stay on therapy."

Nancy?s grandfather had diabetes and passed away from the disease when she was a teenager. Seeing his struggle to understand and stay on therapy sparked a desire to help make education and treatment easier for those with diabetes. This passion led Nancy to help people with any chronic disease and use her knowledge to change lives.

?A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of educating a patient who needed and was ready for a change in her diabetes regimen, but she was nervous and overwhelmed to make the shift. I was able to sit with her, take time for her to ask questions and vocalize her concerns. After answering questions, I could tell the patient felt better and was confident in starting this new therapy. I was elated to hear from her physician that the patient made the change successfully, achieved the best A1C she ever had, was less worried about controlling her blood sugars because this therapy was much easier for her to manage, and she had more energy throughout the day. Results are what I strive for; I know I had a hand in changing her life in a positive way.?

Nancy loves the work she does for VMS for many reasons. To her, one of the best parts of the job is being able to be on everyone?s team; she also enjoys working with physicians and is a trusted resource when they don?t have the time to counsel their patients. She finds that when patients feel they are important and that someone cares enough to listen and explain the disease, the sickness becomes an opportunity instead of a burden.

Since joining the VMS team, Nancy enjoys the freedom and effectiveness that comes with the job. ?The opportunity to work with VMS has been a blessing to me because it allows me to excel in my career while also giving me time to pour into other important areas of my life,? she said. ?The atmosphere at VMS is refreshing. From top the top down, I truly feel that I am an important part of the team. VMS understands the pharma business and they know the value of partnering with educators, like me, to educate and empower patients and make a difference.?",