The Whirling Thunder Wellness Program, through the Winnebago Public Health Department, offers both youth and adults programs in disease prevention and health promotion.  The gym at Whirling Thunder provides a variety of activities to promote and maintain weight loss and a healthy, active lifestyle. Additionally, an aquatics program is offered to residents as an additional avenue to maintain good health and wellness for all ages.

 The Diabetes Program’s philosophy is to provide a standard of care that creates optimal diabetes health care for each individual within a comfortable and pleasant environment so that each visit is a positive experience.

Services Include:

  • Weekly diabetes clinic
  • Diabetes education
  • Monthly optometry clinic
  • Nutrition Education
  • Freezer Meal Workshops
  • Lifestyle Coaching
  • Pathways Case Management Program
  • Community Screenings
  • Diabetes Prevention Youth Services
  • Diabetes Prevention classes/HoChunk Hope (1 year)
  • Diabetes Self-Management
  • Education & Support Classes/ Wa I pi nagu (10 weeks)

Diabetes Clinic is held weekly on Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Patients can expect an individualized Diabetes Care Plan with an integrated team. Services provide through this clinic include:

  • Diabetes medication review
  • Diabetes medication adjustments and prescription
  • Diabetes labs
  • Goal setting
  • Foot inspection and exam
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Follow-up appointments in accordance with the individual treatment plan
  • Coordinate specialties in accordance with treatment plan such as nutrition team, case management, exercise staff, classes or ongoing diabetes education visits

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Mission and Vision Statement

Vison: Build a culture of health for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, free of diabetes and its complications for future generations

Mission: The Whirling Thunder Wellness Program fights diabetes by empowering individuals and families to live a healthy life in balance through programs and clinical services.

Values: The Whirling Thunder Wellness Program is dedicated to providing a variety of high standard services with professionalism, compassion, and integrity. Each individual associated with the program will strive to treat all clients, colleagues and associates with:

  • Honesty
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Kindness
  • Courtesy
  • Compassion
  • Respect for privacy and confidentiality

Gym Hours: 8am-8pm Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm Weekends

Wellness Team:

  • Wellness Director – Pilar Aldrich
  • Administrative Manager – Mary Kearnes
  • Lead Fitness Specialist – Sean Walker
  • Sports Coordinator – Eugene DeCora
  • Pool Manger/Kidz Café head cook – Lloyd Hamilton
  • Fitness Specialists
    • Caden Cleveland
    • Manuel Reyome
    • Levi Blackhawk
    • Isabel Earth
    • Maxwell Littlewalker
    • Alonzo Frenchman

Diabetes Care Team:

  • Diabetes Director – Camilla Barajas
  • Registered Nurse – Michele Smith
  • Nutrition Specialist – Mary Kelsey
  • Nurse Practitioner – Gretchen Wheelock
  • Lifestyle Coach – Rebekah American Horse
  • Diabetes Case Manager – Fred Harden
  • Clinical Assistant – Kerri Jepsen
  • Administrative Manager – Martina DeCora
  • Receptionist – Marisela Nava
  • Custodian – Shatecia Thomas

 Whirling Thunder Wellness Center staff can be contacted at 844-568-6421