At AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center we specialize in the treatment of thyroid disorders. We treat all conditions related to the thyroid gland from hyperactive thyroid disease to hypothyroid states where the thyroid gland is under active. In addition, we evaluate and recommend treatment plans and evaluation for nodular thyroid disease including multinodular thyroid gland as well as thyroid cancers.
Patients who are diagnosed with diabetes are seen and evaluated through our protocol driven same day walk-in clinic for patients with new diagnoses of diabetes. Here patient blood glucose levels are stabilized, treatment for acute blood glucose levels is instituted and the patients are monitored in the clinic for as long as needed. Thereafter patients are sent home and seen on a daily basis until blood glucose levels are stabilized and a treatment plan is initiated. This alleviates the need for hospitalization with the new diagnosis of diabetes and patients are able to start stable outpatient regimen without missing days from work or school. We provide service for both patients with type-I and type-II diabetes and also young patients with new diagnosis of diabetes.
Jennifer Jurado, FNP-BC, CDE
Jennifer Jurado is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry at Christian Brother’s University before attending Nursing School at Union University. As a registered nurse, she spent 5 years working in cardiac intensive care and cardiac step-down units. Her work with these patients led to an interest in preventative care, so she returned to school and received her Family Nurse practitioner degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado in 2013.
She is particularly interested in the effects of a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet to reverse insulin resistance and improve diabetes control, while decreasing the risk of developing complication associated with diabetes. Research shows a WFPB diet can also lead to weight loss, improvements in hypertension and cholesterol, and a decreased rate of heart disease and many cancers. She holds a Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University.
Outside of work she enjoys cooking, travel, being outdoors, and spending time with her soon to be family of 4.
Belinda Hilliard, DNP-BC, CDE
Belinda Hilliard-Presley is a board-certified Doctor of Nursing Practice and Certified Diabetes Educator. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Union University before receiving her Master of Science in Nursing at University of Tennessee. She began working with Dr. Latif in 2008. Hilliard-Presley worked in the ICU units and Psych units prior to receiving her Nurse Practice degree. Belinda then went on to receive her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Union University. She is the recipient of the Fannie J. Watt Award for showing the greatest potential for effective practice in Psychiatric Nursing.
Watching family members live with diabetes has ignited a passion to help patients live successfully with their diagnosis. Belinda is the first nurse practitioner in the United States to be certified by Senseonics to implant the Eversense continuous blood glucose monitor system. In addition, she has participated as coinvestigator in multiple clinical trials.
Outside of work, Belinda can be found working outdoors, traveling and enjoying time with her husband, sons and two dogs.
Sarah Pulliam, FNP-C
Sarah Pulliam is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Memphis. Pulliam then went on to earn her Masters of Science in Nursing at Union University. She has been working with Dr. Latif since 2016.
Working at Methodist Germantown in Cardiac Step Down for five years, gave Sarah a passion for preventative care for diabetes mellitus. In addition, she has a passion for women living with PCOS.
Outside of work, Sarah enjoys attending church with her family, which includes her husband, two girls and soon to be baby boy. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and running.
Marcy Kaufman, RDN, LDN, MS
Marcy Kaufman is a Registered Dietician. She received her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from the University of Memphis. Marcy has been employed at AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center since 2015.
Kaufman is trained in Clinical Nutrition and specializes in Diabetes Nutrition, Whole Food Plant Based diet, Pump and CGMS therapies.
Marcy enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, two cats and gecko. In addition, Marcy loves to spend time cooking, baking, reading, painting, playing with her animals and going on walks with her husband.
Terry Moore, RN, CDE
Terry Moore is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She graduated with honors from Baptist Memorial School of Nursing in Memphis. Moore has been the recipient of the Gold Standard Award and a finalist twice for the Memphis Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award. Prior to arriving at AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center in 2009, Terry worked for Baptist Memorial Hospital and UT Medical Group.
In addition to being a diabetes educator and a Certified Pump Trainer, Moore has developed diabetes education material and written chapters in education manuals as well as speak at community events. Her passion for those living with diabetes is evident as she has spent time every summer since 1998 as a staff member at Camp Hopewell Diabetes Sessions. Moore has also moderated diabetes support groups.
Terry and her husband have two adult children, 7 cats and 2 turtles. She enjoys walking outside, gardening and playing her clarinet in the church orchestra.
Lesley Draffin, RN
Lesley Draffin is a Registered Nurse. She received her degree from Southwest TN Community College Nursing Program. While working full time at AM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, Lesley earned her degree. She has worked for Dr. Latif since 2011.
Upon opening the Insulin Pump Center, Draffin became the coordinator and a Certified Pump Trainer (CPT) for all insulin pumps. In 2019, she became the Research Coordinator for the center, where she consistently directs local research studies geared to finding a cure for diabetes while making the diagnosis of the disease less cumbersome. Family members living with diabetes drives Lesley’s passion.
Draffin and her husband have two small children. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling when she has the opportunity.