Jenny Madzin earned a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Nutrition and a Masters of Science degree from East Tennessee State University in Nutrition with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. In addition to her extensive background and education in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, she has also advanced her education in the field of diabetes management and renal nutrition. Jenny is Board Certified as an Advanced Diabetes Manager and has the designation of Certified Diabetes Educator and Specialist in Renal Nutrition. Jenny is also certified as an insulin pump trainer and Basic Life Support, First Aid, AED instructor. Prior to joining the Galen Medical Group as a Diabetes Manager/Educator at Galen Health and Wellness in November 2018, Jenny most recently worked at Nephrology Associates and Chattanooga Kidney Centers as a Diabetes/Renal Specialist and taught Basic Nutrition and Food Safety at Chattanooga State College. She has also worked as the Diabetes Program Coordinator and Bariatric Dietitian at Erlanger Hospital. Jenny has years of experience working as a Nutrition Therapist helping patients with disordered eating improve his/her relationship with self and food. By taking a scientific approach with patient counseling combined with helping patients improve their relationship with food, she has been very successful in improving patient’s understanding, which has resulted in change in behavior, goal accomplishment, and improved overall quality of life.
Jenny is dedicated and committed to educating patients and families about diabetes and empowering the learner to manage their disease and reach goals. Jenny is passionate that our patients receive the best care and education.
When she is not working, Jenny enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Reagan & Lucille, running and biking, and spending time with her friends and family.
In the Chattanooga and surrounding areas, a high percentage of the population has diabetes and metabolic disorders. I decided to specialize in diabetes management and diabetes prevention because I knew that with my knowledge, experience, and dedication, I could make a true impact and difference and improve quality of lives by educating and empowering people in Chattanooga and surrounding areas to become the healthiest they can be and live life to the fullest. My desire is to be a part of decreasing the percentage of the population that has diabetes. Patient success begins with building a relationship based on trust and mutual respect. I believe that it is important that patients are actively involved in their treatment plan, so I give patients options and let them decide what will work best for them considering their values and life-situation. My role is to provide patients with knowledge and understanding, so they can confidently manage or prevent diabetes. My goal is to motivate patients to take control of their health by educating them on the disease process, prevention, and management. So much of being healthy and feeling good is related to lifestyle. I believe that improving health and quality of life is one of the greatest gifts I can give to others. I do not believe in noncompliance. Instead, I believe everyone has a desire to live life to the fullest and noncompliance comes from lack of education and understanding. We only have one life and one body. Life is about living. I am here to help patients live life to the fullest!
BS | Bachelor of Science, Human Ecology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
MS | Master of Science, East Tennessee State University
BC-ADM | Board Certified Advanced Diabetes Manager
CDE® | Certified Diabetes Educator
CSR | Board Certified Specialist Renal Nutrition
RD | Registered Dietitian (RD)
LDN | Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist State of Tennessee
CPT | Certified Pump/Product Trainer – Medtronic, Tandem, Omnipod, Animas, Accu-Check
FMP | Certified Foodservice Management Professional (FMP)
Certified ServSafe Instructor & Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor
Basic Life Support (BLS), Heartsaver, First Aid, AED Instructor
Certified Lifestyle Coach
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
Renal Nutrition Practice Group Sports, Cardiovascular, and
Wellness Nutrition Practice Group (SCAN)
Food and Culinary Practice Group
American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)
Chattanooga Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitians are nutrition experts who promote health and manage disease through food and nutrition. They educate people on what to eat to have a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal. They prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications. Dietitians have at least a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition (or other related area) along with supervised training through an internship or a coordinated program. Many states require dietitians to be licensed. Registered dietitians are awarded that credential by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to those who pass an exam after completing the academic coursework and the supervised internship. Many registered dietitians have other advanced specialty board certifications in certain areas of expertise…such as Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Renal, Oncology and Sports nutrition.
Each individual consultation….
I interview each patient to find out more about their current dietary intake. I will look over their current dietary habits and will make the recommended changes for the patient to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The biggest part of my job is educating the patient on the appropriate diet that has been ordered by their physician. I will work very closely with their health care provider to make sure that their patient receives the specific diet that they need. It will be a diet specially tailored to each of their specific individual health needs.
Dietitian vs. Nutritionist – A dietitian is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formaly the American Dietetic Association or ADA). A Registered Dietitian has completed an undergraduate program in nutrition and also a one year clinical internship program. Registered Dietitians must pass a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietitian Registration. Registered Dietitians must also maintain their registered status through continuing education and advanced degrees/certifications for areas of specialization. Examples of this might be a certification as a pediatric dietitian, nutrition support dietitian, sports dietitian or a certification for diabetes education.
A nutritionist is typically someone who completes an undergraduate or graduate degree in nutrition. Be aware that individuals who market themselves as “nutritionists” have very little or no training whatsoever in nutrition. Before you take “nutrition advice” from a nutritionist, be sure to check out the professional background and training of the individual giving it.
Our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program (DSME) is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and we are committed to providing education resources for the patients of Galen Medical Group and their caregivers. We believe that those individuals affected by diabetes must learn self-management skills and make lifestyle changes to effectively manage their diabetes. The goal is to enable the person with diabetes to delay or avoid the complications associated with this disorder. Galen Medical Group believes that learning self-management skills is an integral part in accomplishing this goal.
Prediabetes Program – The Galen Diabetes Prevention Program provides information to people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It works to make it easier for people with prediabetes to participate in an affordable, high-quality lifestyle change program to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health. The program is open to participants 18 years of age and older, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of > 24 kg/m2 (> 22 kg/m2 if Asian American), must have a blood test within the prediabetes range in the past year, or have a history of gestational diabetes. Participants that have already been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes are ineligible to enroll in this program. Since a lot of insurance carriers will cover the cost of this program, there could be little to no cost to the participant.
Diabetes Support Group – This is a new support program open to anyone in the Chattanooga community diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, and their loved ones. We will meet monthly to educate, guide and support in a nonjudgmental manner to foster self-management in their diabetes care. Will strive to empower individuals by providing education, guidance and support they need to live a healthy lifestyle. We will also promote self-management by boosting self-confidence by helping everyone overcome their own obstacles. This will be a welcoming, judgement-free environment so that everyone will feel comfortable sharing their own experiences. We will have monthly meetings that will be focused on one of the multiple problems that people with diabetes may be going through. We will also have guest speakers from the local medical community come and speak over these topics as well. This is a voluntary program and the participant can choose which session they would like to attend; however, all sessions are recommended. We encourage loved ones and caregivers to attend with the participants to educate themselves and encourage the participants to engage in a healthy lifestyle.
As the only Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition in the area able to assess outpatients, I will be able to work directly with healthy and/or ill children (newborn to 18 years of age) as well as children with special health care/nutritional needs. With 17 years of experience with the pediatric population, your children will receive the absolute best nutritional care in the area! Each stage of a child’s life needs specific nutrients to help them grow healthy and strong. Health habits from childhood can last a lifetime. It is very easy to find nutrition “advice” in the media and on the intranet but how do you know if it is trustworthy? Find a pediatric registered dietitian (CSP)! We are the experts in child and family nutrition and have many years of formal education and training so that we can offer you the best, most trusted nutritional advice out there.