Diabetes Staff

Sarah Balko

Sarah Balko, RD, CDE, IC®

Sarah graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics.  She went on to complete her internship in nutrition through Central Michigan University.  Sarah started at MGH in 2001 as an Outpatient Registered Dietitian.  In 2006 Sarah became a Certified Diabetes Educator, and in that same year took on the role of Manager of Diabetes Education at UP Health System - Marquette.  In addition to working with patients on their diabetes, Sarah ensures that the diabetes education program maintains ADA Recognition.

Kimberly Sue Hantz
Kimberly Sue Hantz, RD, CDE, IC®

Kim is a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian with over 20 years of work experience. She has worked in a wide range of practice areas however states she has found her true passion in diabetes education. She is a certified insulin pump trainer on Animas, Medtronic, and Omni pod pumps, does continuous glucose monitoring studies, counsels persons individually and teaches a variety of diabetes self-management classes.  Kim can be seen at several clinics in Marquette County.
Ms. Hantz has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Michigan State University. Her internship was completed at University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital and Clinics. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Dietetic Association, the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice group and the Nutrition in Complementary Care Practice group.

Michael Parks

Michael Parks, RN, BSN, CDE -  Diabetes Educator

Mike is a graduate of Finlandia University with a Bachelor of Science – Nursing.  His work experiences include Emergency Department, ICU, and most recently the Catheterization Lab here at UPHSM since 2010. Mike has a strong passion for diabetes and hopes to be a valuable resource for the inpatient population at UPHSM.