My Why/My Type 1 Diabetic Dietitian Story

When I was a senior in high school in 2002, I stared at myself in the mirror with tears coming down my face as I held it together all day trying to be strong. While my older siblings were at college, I felt like I needed to be a backbone for the family and remain optimistic.

I spent the earlier 10 hours unexpectedly sitting at OSU Medical Center as my dad was undergoing a double organ transplant as a result of what type 1 diabetes did to his body.

Even though I was fighting the same disease, his health stance is what has driven me to do everything possible to learn the most, articulate the best, and help as many people with diabetes as possible to use nutrition in a holistic way to have exceptional health.

On February 5th, 2002, a fire was lit within me and today it only burns brighter to become an outspoken dietitian preventing any daughter, father, and anyone in-between from ever being in that same position.

Having a chronic disease can be tough, but it shapes us into the heroes we are. I know in my soul, I was meant to have type 1 diabetes so I can better help YOU.

Mission: We save thousands of years of our clients’ lives by guiding them to better health with practical solutions & personalized nutrition.

Vision: Kelly Schmidt Wellness is a key player in weaving functional nutrition into blood sugar care for busy driven clients, focusing on blood sugar readings within optimal ranges and preventing complications from historical blood sugar mismangement.

Services: In 2012, I opened my private practice. I conduct presentations to large and small companies addressing practical ways for people to feel their best. On an individual scale, I provide virtual counseling for 1-on-1 coaching.

    • I also offer 3 programs ongoing throughout the year & a monthly Membership.
    • I am no stranger to media, partnering with aligned brands and being featured in Oprah Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Glamour, Redbook Magazine, USAToday, popular podcasts, and more.
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Client Testimonials

“Kelly has been a life-changer for me. More than just a dietitian, she has become a true life coach. Her help has been tremendous and she’s amazing to work with. Anytime I hear that someone is struggling with controlling their blood sugar or their diet, I always refer them to Kelly.”


“Kelly has been a tremendous asset to our local JDRF Chapter. Whether speaking to a small, intimate crowd or in a theater with hundreds of attendees, she makes her conversation engaging and relatable. She is always prepared, has a wealth of knowledge and relies on personal experiences to connect with the audience. We’re thankful to have such a great resource in Kelly!”

Kelsey Gaskins, JDRF Development Manager

“Kelly is passionate about educating patients as well as providers on what is it is like to live with diabetes. Her own personal story as a Type 1, patient, as well as a caregiver for diabetic patients, is powerful and resonates with anyone involved. She is an advocate and a resource for those involved with managing diabetes.”

Dr. Muckley, Audience Member of Kelly's Keynote at EastWest Eye Conference

“Best hour I have spent in thirty years of coming to CE seminars. Thank you for all the info.”

Audience Member, Kelly's Keynote at EastWest Eye Conference

“The two client events you did for me were my best attended and most enthusiastically engaged.”

Michael Bruce, VP Morgan Stanley. Corporate Client Speaking Event

“Changing your health is a process. I started in July, and this is by far not the longest I’ve ever stuck to a health plan. But unlike other programs I’ve tried, I feel like I can do this for the rest of my life. It’s not a program, it’s a choice and a way to live.”

Lesley, Weight-loss Client, 40/f

“I have had several opportunities to hear Kelly speak to various sized audiences and it has been a pleasure every time. I have been impressed with her ability to connect with an audience and her thorough knowledge of her topic. Her happy and warm personality holds my attention and she makes her topics understandable. She speaks from the heart! I think she is very talented and would recommend her to anyone as a speaker.”

Matt Murtha, Director of Cushman & Wakefield

“I’m absolutely psyched about my morning sugar levels. Are you kidding me? I thought to go into the 200s every day was inevitable. Unbelievable.”

Client, Type 1 Diabetic

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