Idaho State University
Bachelors of Science – Dietetics
Utah State University
RD – Registered Dietitian
LD – Licensed Dietitian
CDCES – Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists
Kesta is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who has worked at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center since 2006. She began her education at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk Connecticut and finished up at Idaho State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics. Kesta went on and completed a dietetic internship through Utah State University.
Kesta’s personal experiences helped her decide to become a registered dietitian. When she was eight years old, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. From that point and through the difficult teenage years, Kesta wanted to improve the management of her own diabetes. She felt that she could impact others that had her same issues. Then in 1999, she was told that her kidneys had failed and that she would need a kidney transplant. After the transplant, she strived for the goal to help others with the common bond by furthering her education and becoming an educator at Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center.
Kesta educates patients and their families to improve their understanding of diabetes in both the classroom setting and one-on-one consultations. She travels around the area promoting diabetes awareness and education at a wide variety of health fairs and functions. In the area schools, Kesta also provides diabetes awareness and training.
Kesta enjoys working with her patients and feels satisfied when patients return after having been successful with the management of their diabetes. She thrives on seeing people return to a follow-up visit and they are smiling and feeling good about the accomplishments they have made.
Kesta has lived in Rigby for most of her life except for the two years she spent as a nanny in Stamford, CT. She is married and has three adopted children.
Her family is the most important thing in her life and this is where she spends most of her time. Kesta’s favorite things to do are scrapbooking, sewing, cooking, camping and attending her kid’s events which include cross country, basketball, baseball, and ballroom dancing.