Meet Our Team

Our Nutrition Educators, Your Partners in Care

The team of trained professionals at Cascade Health can help increase self-management skills by giving you practical tools and knowledge helpful for managing your nutrition.

chs_finals_5x7_v-_400px_kirsten_gramKirsten Gram R.D., L.D., C.D.E.

Manager of Diabetes & Nutrition Education

Passionate about helping others make positive changes in their lives, Kirsten Gram provides education and support for those with diabetes, celiac disease, high cholesterol, and weight management issues.  Kirsten became a diabetes educator in 1990, and has worked in the diabetes field for 25 years.  Today, she oversees Cascade Health Solutions’ diabetes and nutrition programs.  Her role as an educator, she says, is to “till the ground” and “plant the seed,” but the “harvest” comes when that person puts in the hard work, learns from his or her mistakes, paving the way to a healthier lifestyle.  Kirsten enjoys hiking, biking, and trekking, as well as cooking, gardening, and being with her family.

chs_finals_5x7_v-_400px_denise_abbottDenise Abbott R.D., R.N., C.D.E.

Denise is a registered dietitian, registered nurse, and a certified diabetes educator.  She received her bachelor’s degree at UC Davis, completed her internship at Oregon Health Sciences University, and more recently completed her nursing degree at Lane Community College.  Becoming a certified diabetes educator has provided a wonderful opportunity to merge her experiences as a dietitian and nurse.  Having both backgrounds gives Denise a wide base of knowledge to draw upon when teaching classes or helping individuals who are learning to manage their diabetes and weight.  At Cascade Health Solutions Denise enjoys the collaboration and support that comes from belonging to a team of caring and competent diabetes professionals.  At home she enjoys gardening, biking, swimming, hiking, and cooking.  She is married to an outdoor adventure seeker and consequently has learned to scuba dive, kayak, fish, and ski since they have been together.  She grew up in California and loves visiting her family and the beaches there.

chs_finals_5x7_v-_400px_tracy_beckmanTracy Beckmann R.D.N., L.D.

Tracy became a Registered Dietitian so she could help people discover the connection between healthful lifestyle habits and improved quality of life.  In fact, her main goal is to show that eating well and moving your body can help you feel better on a very foundational level.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Oregon State University and completed her Dietetic Internship there as well.  Tracy can’t claim to be a native Oregonian, but she has lived in Eugene most of her life.  In her free time she enjoys backpacking, hiking, being outside, and of course, eating delicious and nutritious food!