Diabetes Nurse Practitioner, Premier Internists
Caroline Trapp is nurse practitioner specializing in the care of people with diabetes. Dr. Trapp received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; her Masters of Science in community health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. She has been board certified in adult primary care, advanced diabetes management, and diabetes education. She has worked with people with diabetes for more than 20 years, and is passionate about supporting patients to reduce/eliminate the need for medication and maximize effective lifestyle interventions.
Dr. Trapp is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She was awarded Oakland University’s Nightingale Award for Education and Research in 2012 and inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2013.
In her work outside of Premier, Dr. Trapp manages a variety of diabetes prevention and reversal initiatives, including the development and national distribution of nutrition education resources for consumers and health care professionals. She has co-authored articles on plant-based nutrition, and presented at conferences and educational meetings across the U.S. and in China, Canada, the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Macedonia. In 2014, she was invited to give oral testimony to the USDA/HHS Dietary Guidelines Advisory Group. She is actively involved in ongoing partnerships with Native American organizations to address the food-related epidemic of type 2 diabetes. As part of this effort, she has produced unique materials, including videos and a recipe booklet (available at www.ThePowerPlate.org) that were Favorably Reviewed by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Most recently, she has established a committee of health educators from 14 tribal communities in New Mexico and Arizona, who are collaborating on a Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum that reflects Native American culture and plant-based nutrition.
Dr. Trapp also serves as a volunteer diabetes advisor to the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (pbnsg.org) of Southeastern Michigan.
In honor of her outstanding work, Dr. Trapp was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2013; awarded Oakland University’s Nightingale Award for Education and Research in 2012; and was a finalist for the American Association of Diabetes Educator's 2009 Diabetes Educator of the Year Award.
When she’s not trying to stop the over-reliance on medication and under-utilization of WFPB foods for diabetes, Caroline loves to hang out with family and friends, travel the world, cook from one of her 90+ vegan cookbooks (who knew there were so many available?!); and rescue cats.