Meet Timothy Graham, MD “Tim”
I grew up in Akron, OH, close to Cleveland and also spent some time in Columbus, OH in my younger years.
While a professor at Harvard (Boston), I was recruited by the University of Utah to establish a new Diabetes research and clinical unit focusing on the biology of fat. My laboratory was trying to answer the question: “Why does being overweight cause diabetes and diabetic complications like heart disease and stroke?” We made a lot of progress in this area, but there is still much to learn.
I grew up with a parent (my dad) who was seriously impaired by diabetes. I felt helpless watching diabetes wreak havoc on his life. Even though I couldn’t help him, I wanted to do something to help other people in his situation. While diabetes itself is sometimes hard to prevent, we are really good at preventing diabetic complications. I focus a lot of my effort on helping my patients reduce the risk of diabetic complications (like eye, kidney, nerve, and foot problems, and vascular disease like heart attacks and stroke). My dad developed all of these problems in his lifetime as a person with diabetes. My dad was overweight, and I was an overweight kid, so addressing the challenges of being overweight is also important to me.
My favorite color is green: forest green bordering on teal to be specific. We made sure to include that color in our clinic logo! My favorite meal is a bad answer for a doctor… but… pepperoni pizza with jalapeños. Now you know I am honest.
My favorite vacation spot is Lake George, NY or Marco Island, FL – it’s a toss-up!
My favorite movie is … well there are too many to choose just one. I enjoy movies, podcasts, and audible books.
My wife turned me into a Utes fan but I still love to watch Ohio State. I’m also a Cleveland Browns fan (please no laughing). With no college football this year, I’ll be taking more hikes with my dog… and wife, when I can convince her to join me! at least until the snow flies, and then we’ll be skiing!
Founding and opening DETS is something I have wanted for a long time. I am committed to creating something better for my patients, and not just duplicating the same old thing in Diabetes care, which frankly hadn’t been working very well for patients over the decades. You can count on me to bring you the latest and best approaches to treatment, a “listening ear”, an “I’m on your side” attitude, and a cooperative approach to finding a plan that will work for your lifestyle and needs. This is what you can count on from me as your Diabetes Specialist. Tim
Meet Tannen Ellis-Graham
CEO/Founder & Dr. Graham's better half.
Tannen is an unusual name. People who know me sometimes call me Tan, TanTan or just T; I've also been mistakenly called “Shannon" and even “Cannon". I prefer Tannen, but I will answer to almost anything.
I was born in Savannah, GA, in an Army tent. I was there until we moved to Utah when I was almost 5 yrs old. So, yes, I still say “Y'all” and “Fixing", and have even been known to say, “Are Y’all fixing to go somewhere". I attended school here in Utah, then took off to live and work in Oklahoma City, OK, and Charlotte, NC. It's a long story – ask me sometime. I've been back in Utah for decades now.
Why start DETS? This clinic is Tim's dream (Dr. Graham), and I am committed to creating a clinic that focuses on wellness, not illness. We are a good tag-team. He covers the medical side, and I cover the operations.
First, I am a Gemini, so I always have 2 or more answers. My favorite color right now is Orange but our company Teal is a close second. Tim's said it matches my eyes. I have a few favorite meals. First, Tim is an excellent cook, so I am a little partial to his cooking. Sushi, pasta, and ramen like Singapore noodles are neck and neck for my favorite foods, depending on the day.
I love Marco Island, FL, and the stone crab claws with mustard sauce they serve there. Heck, I like anywhere with a beach. The silly thing is I never go “into” the water. Not the swimming pool, lake, or ocean. I will hang-out alongside it or in a boat, but I never go into the water. [Is this TMI?]
I’m a huge sports fan, mostly football, and basketball. I love and support the Utes. I even turned Tim into a fan. I am an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and support Tim’s Browns (unless they are playing the Cowboys!).
When you see me at DETS, please say “hello” – I may not be a medical service provider, but I keep all the key systems working that enable our team to ensure you the best possible visit. Tannen
Laura Burton, Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)
I grew up in Taylorsville, Utah, and love everything Utah has to offer.
My family moved from New Hampshire to Utah when I was young. We moved in an old Desoto station wagon, and I remember some of the trips.
Diabetes care is meaningful to me both professionally and personally. I had a cousin that had type 1 diabetes, diagnosed when she was 10 years old. I was born on her 15th birthday which facilitated a strong bond between us. As a small child, I was always fascinated and intrigued watching, and of course, helping her with her diabetes care. I was obsessed with the chemistry set that was used to test her glucose levels. My mom had latent autoimmune diabetes of the adult (LADA). I also have type 2 diabetes which started as gestational diabetes.
My favorite colors are sea-green and magenta and my favorite meal is anything with Lobster.
My favorite vacation spots are Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and San Diego, California. Walking the trails in Utah is a close second.
My favorite actress is Meryl Streep. I am not a sports enthusiast, but if I were to pick a team, I would pick the Jazz. If asked I bleed red for the Utes. When I worked at the U you couldn’t not support the Utes!
My favorite outdoor activities are anything with water, like swimming or boating, the best is being by or on the ocean. I enjoy riding my electric bike. I also like to play pickleball.
I have a strong conviction that my patients and I are partners in their diabetes journey. I support, guide, and take them under my “wing"; I cheer them on throughout their diabetes care.
Meet Melanie Morgan; MSN, FNP-C. I go by Melanie, but will usually answer to Melissa, Michelle, Melody, Melanoma.
I was born and raised in Orem, Utah. Met a boy in my Senior year of high school, dated through college, and got married a few months before graduation. Been married 20 years and counting.
My husband and I are 3rd and 4th generation Utah residents. Couldn't imagine pulling up the roots and living anywhere else!
I love taking care of people! It is in my nature! I want people to be happy and feel good, so becoming a nurse then a nurse practitioner were great ways to channel that instinct into a career. Plus, my mom was a nurse, my grandpa was a doctor, I have multiple aunts, uncles, cousins in medicine. It is kind of the “family business."
My favorite color is Purple or Teal depending on the day. Favorite meal – SNOW CRAB!! Hard to get it often in Utah, but I could eat it till I am sick (and occasionally I have)!
I love going to the beach, but since that is expensive I like to go up into the mountains more often. Anywhere that my kids and I are forced to unplug and don't get cell service will work, if there are good trails to 4-wheel and have a campfire, that's a bonus!
I love Robert Downey Jr, he has been a favorite forever! Ok, just since the early ‘90s, but still… I liked him before he was Iron Man!
Growing up in Orem, I was expected to root for BYU, so maybe that's why I never have and never will! 🙂 I tend to enjoy sports for the social aspect of the game, not the actual game. We throw a huge Superbowl party every year, and more often than not I can tell you who starred in the halftime show, but not the teams that were playing.
My family loves “Glamping" and hiking. I can't in good conscience call it camping when I have a heated/air-conditioned trailer with running water, flush toilet, and an actual mattress.
I firmly believe in TAKING CARE of people, not just TREATING them! There is so much more to managing health than writing a prescription and calling it a day. Plus, we work TOGETHER to come up with a plan! I live in reality, I know and live with a lot of the same challenges as my patients, so I understand that what SHOULD work isn't always what is GOING to work. So we adjust!
See you soon, Melanie
Meet Stephanie Rezac, RD, CDCES
Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (formerly known as CDE – certified diabetes educator)
I grew up in Las Vegas, NV but I moved to Utah in 2018 to be with my boyfriend, now, husband. YES, I just got married – before starting at DETS during a Pandemic…
I genuinely love my job! I am passionate about helping others and look forward to every opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise with people living with diabetes. There are always new things to learn within the realm of diabetes –therapies, products, research, technologies, etc. It is exciting to share the latest and greatest discoveries with both patients and the multidisciplinary health care team.
If you must know I love everything black everything! You will catch me wearing black more often than not. My favorite meal…I am a self-proclaimed connoisseur of food and beverage. However, if I had to pick one dish to label as a favorite, it would have to be eggplant parmesan.
My favorite vacation took place in England, but I also love visiting the Pacific Northwest here in the states and my favorite movie is “Man on Fire.”
Our household is not a Utes fan or a BYU fan…because we are (NHL) Vegas Golden Knights fans!!! GO KNIGHTS GO!!! I am learning to golf… You can spot my husband and I at various golf courses around the valley – him with the stripe show and me usually giving up after nine holes. We also love taking our beloved pit bull ‘Taz’ on night walks.
As a patient of DETS, you can count on me to support you throughout your diabetes journey – for both major milestones and everyday events. As research, medicine, and technology evolve, I look forward to being your core source of evidence-based diabetes information. Additionally, I am proud to serve as your healthcare partner, friend, and confidant. Your health and wellbeing are my #1 priority – always!
Shelby, Shelbster, Medical Assistant
I grew up in Draper, Ut surrounded by family
I work in healthcare because many members of my immediate/extended family have been diagnosed with complex/chronic medical conditions, including myself. At times my family members, or I, have experienced hardships with our chronic conditions (Including Diabetes and multiple Endocrine conditions). These hardships often lead to hospitalizations which at times, made us feel as if we were living at the doctor's office. When patients have chronic conditions; coordinating treatments, testing, follow-up care, and prescriptions can be challenging. I strive to be the MA/Friend that will “Go the extra mile" for my patients and be the advocate that you not only need but deserve (as if you are family).
My Favorite color is Mint/Teal. My favorite Meal is Enchiladas of any kind!
I love vacating at my family farm in southern UT and or Capitol Reef National Park.
Favorite movie or movie star is Kevin Hart, he never fails to make me laugh!
I am not a huge football fan, I enjoy dancing of any kind (Even though I am definitely NOT good at it)
When it is not 110 degrees in Utah, you’ll find me fishing or reading in my hammock next to the water.
As a patient of DETS, you can count on me to “go the extra mile” for them as well as be the positive, wellness-driven friend that is part of your healthcare team. You may not see me in the clinic most days because I work mostly remotely but I am there in spirit.
Marissa and Honey
Meet Marissa Garett (Missa, but only close friends call me that), MA/Scribe
I grew up in Southern California, I followed my now ex-husband up here and fell in love with the State and I love my career as an MA.
Diabetes is close to my heart. It is something my family deals with daily since my son was diagnosed at age 3. I have managed to change a scary diagnosis into my life's work and passion.
My Favorite Color is Green and my favorite meal is warm french bread and cheese (not technically a meal, but nothing is better than warm bread) anywhere near the ocean.
I don't watch a lot of movies, but I will read anything by Sara J Mass or Ken Follett.
I’m happy to say I now bleed RED!! Go Utes! I am so sad that football season is canceled at school this year. I was really looking forward to that. I am a huge football fan. My favorite NFL team is the New England Patriots!!! (She and Dr. Graham have a lot to talk about if the NFL has a season this year)
I like water sports but honestly, I would rather float down a river or hang out by the water with a book and a drink.
Has a patient of DETS, you can be assured I know how hard maintaining a sense of normalcy with diabetes can be. A diabetic can do anything or be anything. It is not a death sentence or a curse, but an opportunity to rise above a challenge and become stronger.
Thanks, So excited to meet everyone and start this new adventure, Marissa
Meet Taylor Freestone, MA/Scribe
My name is Taylor but most people call me Tay. I am a certified medical assistant (CMA).
I grew up in Orem, Utah and have lived in Utah my entire life.
The reason I do what I do is because I have always been fascinated in the medical field ever since I was a little girl. I love helping and caring for people. Being in the medical field, I can always advance in my career and learn more knowledge about so many different things which I love. I have always wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting, and that makes a difference in someone's life and that is why I do what I do.
My favorite color is green (like a forest green) and my favorite meal is any type of breakfast food or a good pasta dish with garlic bread. Before COVID my favorite vacation spot was DisneyLand or Disney World (big Disney fan) or just going to a nice beach and relaxing. After COVID, in the canyon for some camping.
My favorite movie star is Blake Lively, Sandra Bullock, or Will Smith. My dad might disown me if I say anything other than BYU. I prefer to watch Basketball or Baseball. My favorite baseball team is the Angels and my favorite basketball team is the Jazz. I love hiking, biking, long-boarding, going on walks, and camping.
As a caregiver at DETS, you can count on me to give you the best care possible and make you a priority. I will make it a comfortable environment where you can feel free to express your concerns and know that your needs will be met.
See you Soon – Taylor
Meet Alexandra H. Phlebotomist
I grew up with my extended family and a few dogs. I love being a phlebotomist! It's using your very fine motor skills to get veins also labs are an essential part of diagnoses for patients.
My favorite colors are blue, green, and purple.
I love Sushi, and I drink tons of water.
My favorite vacation spots are London or California. During coronavirus, I have only traveled to my backyard.
Auntie Mame is my favorite movie but I do a lot more reading than watching movies. My favorite genre is science fiction.
I’m a huge Utes fan, so I Bleed red. I'm more of an indoor gardener but I like outdoor gardening as well.
The one thing patients at DETS can count on from me is the fact I know no one enjoys getting poked by a needle but I'll be as gentle, quick, and professional as possible. ~ Alexandra
Meet Gina Colosimo, PSR (Patient Service Rep)
Some people call me G, and no one ever gets my last name right the first time. I’ve also been called G-Colo, but feel Gina is best.
I was born in Utah and grew up in Draper. I am lucky to have a large family here, with 20+ cousins of all ages and stages of life. I graduated from Juan Diego Catholic High School with Honors and am attending the University of Utah. I just started my Senior year.
I want to help where I am needed so I joined Team DETS. The hours work great with my college schedule. Yellow is my favorite color and there is nothing better than a Fried egg with avocado.
Hawaii is my happy place. The sun, surf, and beach always make me happy. My favorite movie is Remember the Titans.
Of course, I bleed red! #GOUTES – I’m sure going to miss Football this year. I enjoy running or jumping on the trampoline with my little brother. I will always have a positive attitude and willingness to help. I’m looking forward to checking you in at DETS. Gina
Meet Laura Gonzalez
Meet Rissa, Phlebotomist
Meet Trinity White, Front Desk
Meet Whitney Peterson, MA
Meet Bella Bomber – DETS support puppy.
I am a Shih Tzu – a toy-sized dog breed developed in Tibet. Registry: ACA. My favorite colors are Cream and White. I'm hypoallergenic, so no one has to worry about being allergic to me.
I was born on Sept 3rd, 2020. I found a forever home on November 13th, 2020, with Tannen and Dr. Tim and fellow fur baby Rudy. He's a mini Aussie.
My job is to bring joy and love to Team DETS and the patients when needed. I love meeting new people, especially ones who bring me treats or play fetch with me. I love to play fetch.
I'm still potty training and learning not to chew on everything I can get my mouth on.
They say I am a good addition to Team DETS – please say hello when you see me at the clinic – bring treats, but don't tell anyone.