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Karla joined the SDRI team in 2022 as a Diabetes Research & Education Coordinator. Karla is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Over the past 10 years Karla has worked with individuals with prediabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and individuals with wounds related to diabetes. Karla is passionate about providing education and working with other diabetes specialists to meet the needs of the individuals she is caring for. She believes education is key and she considers herself a lifelong learner. Karla is excited to expand her knowledge in diabetes research, prevention, and ways that she can continue to contribute to the health of our community.

Karla was born and raised in Ventura county and lives in Oxnard with her husband and 2 girls. Karla loves running outdoors, and has completed many half marathons and 9 full marathons – one of her favorite things is run for charity so she can combine her love for running with her love for helping others!