Back row: Kris, Jayde, Rita, and Lisa; Front Row: Belinda Childs, APRN and Amanda Ast, APRN

Great Plains Diabetes Research,

Inc is a not-for-profit organization that was started in 1982 by Richard A. Guthrie, MD, Endocrinologist, Joseph W. Hume, MD, Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Leslie W. Nesmith, MD, Retinologist.  
We provide clinical care and education to patients and families of all ages, participate in innovative research, provide telehealth services, provide public and professional education, and youth activities including the addition of Camp Live Well, a day camp for children with diabetes. We are an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner clinic supported by Rami Mortada, MD, endocrinologsit who is our collaborating physician. 
We accept most insurances for our clinical services as well as self-pay. As a non-profit we accept donations to allow us to provide services to all individuals with diabetes as well as to support our community activities. 
The mission of Great Plains Diabetes is to provide innovative care and resources for our communities, families, and individuals affected by diabetes.

Dr. Guthrie receiving his 10 and 25 year medals for living with diabetes on insulin from Lilly. Pictured is Terry Burlakoff, Lindy Childs, Rita Pedigo, Julie Dvorak, Debbie Hinnen, Kirby Conley, Drs. Diana and Richard Guthrie.

Our Providers

Belinda Childs

Belinda Childs is Executive Director and a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist at Great Plains Diabetes. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Nursing at Wichita State University. She graduated from Wichita State University with a Masters in Nursing, Diabetes Nurse Specialist. She started working with Drs. Richard and Diana Guthrie at KU Medical School-Wichita in 1979, moved with the to MidAmerica Diabetes Associates with them from 1985 until Dr. Guthrie’s retirement in 2014. She then founded Great Plains Diabetes Clinic with the support of the Board with Julie Dvorak, RN,CDE and Rita Pedigo. Mrs. Childs served as editor for Diabetes Spectrum from 2001 to 2005, is the editor of The Complete Nurses Guide to Diabetes Care, and has authored several publications. She is a member of American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Diabetes Association (where she is a past president of Health Care & Education) and the Kansas Advanced Practice Nurses, currently serving as a Director, CNS.

Mrs. Childs is the 2010 recipient of the American Diabetes Association's Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award and the 1997 recipient of the American Diabetes Association Dr. Rachmiel Levine Award. She also served on the 2005/2012 ADA Advisory Panel on hypoglycemia and has served on the International Hypoglycemia Study Group board since it’s inception. She has been married to Rick since 1975, has two adult children, and enjoys her farm on weekend in North Central Kansas.

Amanda Ast, FNP-C, BC-ADM

Amanda is a family nurse practitioner who is board certified through AANP and also is board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. She has been with Great Plains Diabetes since January of 2018. She provides diabetes care and education for all ages as well as provides pump education and is certified for implantation of the Eversence Glucose Sensor. She was drawn to diabetes care because she has a niece ad sister-in-law with type 1 diabetes. She is married to husband, Chris, and they have three children, Wyatt, Emma, and Lilly.

Our Staff

Kris Johnson

Kris was initially a volunteer for Great Plains Diabetes as her father was a founding father of Great Plains Diabetes Research, Inc in 1983. She still volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors and serves as secretary of the Board. She works part time in the office as an office assistant, helping schedule new patients for care and education, as well as other clerical activities. She graduated from Wichita State University with a BA in Human Resources and has a banking work history. She is married and has one daughter.

Lisa Molt, RN

Lisa joined us in August of 2020 as a diabetes nurse. She has been a nurse for over 11 years with an expertise in cardiac care. She is married, has a young daughter and loves to cook. She enjoys supporting others who may be needing extra motivation or encouragement.

Rita Pedigo, Office Manager

Rita is a founding staff member of the Great Plains Diabetes Clinic. She came with Belinda Childs, APRN and Julie Dvorak, RN, CDE to open the diabetes clinic after working at MidAmerica Diabetes Associates for 8 years. She has been instrumental in guiding the development of the clinic policies, insurance contracts, credentialling for the providers and is the smiling face and cheerful voice that our patients hear when they call our office. Rita has taken a lead in the public diabetes event that we have hosted for 4 years, Live Well with Diabetes. She is a wife, mother of 3, and grandmother of 5.

Julie Dvorak, RN, BSN, CDE

Julie was a founding staff member with Lindy and Rita, in 2014 when Great Plains Diabetes Center opened. She had worked at MidAmerica Diabetes Associates with Dr. Guthrie and Lindy for 15 years. She developed the diabetes education program at Great Plains Diabetes. She is married and has three children. She has a long history of supporting youth and adults with diabetes.

Jayde Byrd

Jayde joined Great Plains Diabetes in August, 2020 as medical assistant. In addition to gathering information for the diabetes educators and providers and providing patient support, she is the driver behind getting patient assistance medications for patients who qualify, which at this time is a critical need. If she is not working, she is going to college and providing babysitting services for her new nephew. She also paints and chases after a two year old German Sheppard who has lot of energy.

Allison Childs, RN, BSN

Allison works a few days a week supporting people with diabetes at Great Plains Diabetes. She works full time at Via Christi Hospital on the oncology unit. She started working at MidAmerica Diabetes Associates in medical records when she was in high school, volunteered at Camp Discovery in high school and continues to be a camp nurse. She graduated from Neuman University as a nurse in 2011.

MaKenzie Tade

MaKenzie is a premed student at Kansas University. She has worked with us for nearly 2 years as medical assistant and special projects coordinator. She is not afraid to tackle any project she is given. She covers vacations/time off when she is home from college and is able to do some work via the internet while at school as well as managing special projects. We continue to encourage her to choose the field of endocrinology in her future.

Our Board

Steve Hayes, President

Doug Minson, Vice-President

Kris Johnson, Secretary

Casey Woolfolk, Treasurer

Frankie Francel, Consultant

Bill Cantwell

Debbie Hinnen

Bob Hamrick

Will Hukle

John Smith

Micheal Varenhorst

Paul Weishaar

Diana Guthrie

Matt Thibault

Tammy Taylor

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