845 Johns Hopkins Dr., Suite B
Greenville, NC 27834
Phone: 252-689-6303
Fax: 252-689-6304

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Amy W. Howell, MD, FAAP, CDE

Amy W. Howell, MD, FAAP, CDE, BC-ADM

Diabetologist

Dr. Howell is a North Carolina native and has lived in Greenville for over 15 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Spanish from UNC Chapel Hill and her medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. After completing her pediatric residency training at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC (now Vidant Medical Center), she served on academic faculty as the Pediatric Chief Resident for the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. As a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she worked as a general pediatrician for five years including in a private practice for Goldsboro Pediatrics and at community health clinics in Greenville and Snow Hill. As a pediatrician, her clinical interests included nutrition and obesity, management of chronic disease, and community outreach and service. Combining these passions, led to further specialty training with her completing Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU/Vidant Medical Center with diabetology training in all age groups including pregnancy. In addition to being a Certified Diabetes Educator, she is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and continues her maintenance of certification for the American Board of Pediatrics. She is also a member of the American Diabetes Association. Since 2013, Dr. Howell has voluntarily served on the medical staff of Camp Needles in the Pines, a one week residential camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes. Dr. Howell has received several awards including the Brody School of Medicine's Dr. Katherine Bray-Strickland Young Alumni Award in 2013 for her continued domestic violence advocacy. She opened Down East Diabetology in 2015 and specializes in caring for all types of diabetes in children, young adults and pregnancy.


Jennifer Gwennap, LN

Sharon Lewis-Hackler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist & Certified Diabetes Educator

Sharon Lewis-Hackler is a North Carolina native. Born and raised in Vanceboro, she attended East Carolina University where she earned both her Bachelors of Science and her Masters of Science in Nutrition. While completing her Masters of Science in Nutrition, she completed her dietetic internship and then became a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist. For four years, she practiced nutrition in Greenville, NC at Cypress Glen Retirement Community, Nutrition Plus, and Physician's East. In 2005, she moved to Charleston, SC and focused her career solely on diabetes care for outpatients and inpatients at Trident Medical Center. While there, she became a Certified Diabetes Educator as well as earned her Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. In 2013, she moved back to Greenville and worked with the pediatric age group as the Advanced Nutrition Specialist for ECU Pediatric Specialty Care until 2016, when she started at Down East Diabetology as the Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. Since 2013, Sharon has served on the medical staff of Camp Needles in the Pines, a one week residential camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes ages 8 to 14 years. Sharon is currently pursuing certification as a Certified Pump Trainer for the top four insulin pumps on the market as well as being certified to train for Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitors. Diabetes education and weight management has been a large part of her career and she is very passionate about helping clients manage their blood sugars and lose weight. She is currently the Chair for the local American Association of Diabetes Educators (CCADE) committee. Sharon has two children with her husband and enjoys traveling and gardening in her spare time.


Kristen Springer Dreyfus, PhD

Kristen Springer Dreyfus, PhD, LMFTA

Medical Family Therapist

Dr. Dreyfus is originally from New Jersey where she attended college at Monmouth University. There she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies. She then continued her education at Boston College, receiving a Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology. She recently completed a Doctorate degree in Medical Family Therapy from East Carolina University where her dissertation research focused on primary care patients with diabetes. During an 18-month internship she was part of an inpatient integrated care team where she saw patients who were hospitalized for complications related to diabetes. Dr. Dreyfus has worked for East Carolina University for the last 15 years during which time she was involved with the curricular aspects of the Diabetes Fellowship in the Department of Internal Medicine. Currently, she is pursuing a license in Marriage and Family Therapy under the supervision of a licensed therapist. Dr. Dreyfus is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, the North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. Clinically, she works with individuals, couples and families from a biopsychosocial-spiritual lens. Her interests focus upon the relational aspects and healthcare utilization patterns among patients with chronic diseases.


Maleah Wilson, RN

Maleah Wilson, RN, CDE

Clinical Nurse Manager & Certified Diabetes Educator

Maleah Wilson is an eastern North Carolina native. She received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Beaufort County Community College followed by becoming a Registered Nurse. She began her practice as a cardiac nurse while working at both the inpatient and outpatient East Carolina Heart Institute for 4 years. Maleah then found her love for patients with diabetes when she started working as a Pediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist at East Carolina University. She worked in that role for 3 years before becoming the Clinical Nurse Manager at Down East Diabetology in 2015. Maleah became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2015. She is a Certified Pump Trainer for the top four insulin pumps on the market and is also certified to train for Dexcom continuous glucose monitors. Maleah has served as medical staff of Camp Needles in the Pines, a one week residential camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes ages 8 to 14 years, for several years. Maleah is currently a resident of Winterville where she lives with her husband and son.