Celina is very involved with Diabetes Youth and Families (DYF) as a camp nurse. She particularly enjoys working Diabetes Teen Camp in Sequoia National Park every summer, assisting teens with Type 1 diabetes management during trekking and backpacking trips in the backcountry. She has also assisted in the development of Diabetes Spanish Camp through DYF for Spanish-speaking families. Prior to joining our practice, Celina worked as a school nurse in San Francisco caring for elementary school children with diabetes. She has also volunteered as a nurse doing diabetes education at St. Anthony’s Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco.
Before becoming a nurse Celina obtained her Master’s in Public Health at UC Berkeley and worked in children’s environmental health research. For 8 years she worked on a national research project investigating risk factors for metabolic syndrome and the effects of endocrine disruptors and other chemicals on children’s health. She presented study findings at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. EPA, CDC, and other organizations.
Celina is particularly interested in the transition of pediatric care to adult care for teens and young adult with diabetes. She is committed to providing high-quality and culturally appropriate care.
Celina grew up in El Salvador and Guatemala before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area as a teenager. She is fluent in Spanish and loves working with teens.
Two of Celina’s biggest passions are the outdoors and dogs. She enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and any excuse to go into the wilderness. Celina hopes to get a new furry four-legged companion in the near future to take along on her outdoor adventures. She also loves baseball and looks forward to becoming a Sacramento River Cats fan.