Health Education


Meet Our Staff

Sally Belles 

Sally Belles, RD
Registered dietitian who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She completed her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Sally has worked as a clinical dietitian for over 15 years. Her experience includes individualized medical nutrition therapy counseling to help patients better manage their chronic disease, aerobic exercise and strength training instruction, as well as weight loss/management. She is certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration in “Adult Weight Management”. Currently, Sally serves on the Board of Directors of the Hawai‘i Dietetic Association. Special interests include wellness, prevention, and fitness. Sally was born and raised on the island of Oahu.

Zale Hisashima 

Zale Hisashima, RD
Registered dietitian who received her Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Hawai‘i. She worked at various hospitals on Oahu where she completed the Sodexho Distance Education Internship Program. Zale works with patients to develop dietary and lifestyle changes to enhance their health and improve disease management. She is currently serving on the Hawai‘i Dietetic Association’s Board of Directors. Special interests include wellness/preventive care, diabetes management and weight loss/management. Zale was born and raised on the island of Hawai‘i.

Char Pidot-Buchner. 

Char Pidot-Buchner, RN, CDE
Registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, has been involved in diabetes education and care at Straub since 1991 in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Prior to joining Straub’s Health Education Center, she served as the Diabetes Education Program Chairperson for Joslin Center for Diabetes at Straub. Char is a member of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Hawai‘i Association of Diabetes Educators, served as a Board Member At Large and as the Membership Committee chairperson. She is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and the former Queen’s Hospital School of Nursing. Char was born and raised on the island of Molokai.

 Shana Suzuki 

Shana Suzuki, MS, RD, LD
Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian who earned her Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her Master’s thesis related to gene expression of certain factors and hormones involved in insulin-resistance and body fat accumulation in mice. She completed her dietetic internship through the Sodexo Distance Education Internship program in 2008 and has been working as a clinical dietitian since 2009. Shana is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Hawai‘i Dietetic Association where she previously served on the Board of Directors. Her areas of interest include diabetes self-management education, individualized nutrition plans, and preventative care. Shana was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu.

Nutrition Counseling

Our personal nutrition counseling philosophy is based on clinical nutrition, exercise, and individual well being. Helping you make changes today towards a healthier tomorrow!

At Straub we know that sound nutrition is a key component to your health. A Registered Dietitian can help you decrease your risk of disease, manage your weight, increase your energy level and achieve optimal performance in all you do. A Registered Dietitian is uniquely qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy and to promote optimal nutrition and wellness.

Services Include:

  • Assessment of current dietary habits & health status
  • Body fat testing & anthropometrical measurements
  • Individualized nutrition plan and lifestyle coaching
  • Management of medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol
  • Label reading and healthy shopping habits
  • Recipe alteration and healthy cooking guidelines
  • Exercise consultation
  • Disease prevention
  • Goal setting and action plans

Specific recommendations are based on medical conditions, lab work, and patients needs.

Diabetes Self Management Education

A Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitians provide education on the fundamentals of diabetes and the skills necessary for the daily self management of diabetes. Our program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association 

Classes Offered: 

  • Diabetes Overview & Goal Setting
    • What is Diabetes, Risk Factors, Signs and Symptoms, Types of Diabetes, Goal Setting for Success.
  • Nutrition & Exercise
    • Meal Planning Options, How Food Affects Your Blood Glucose, Benefits of Exercise, Getting Started on an Exercise Program
  • Medications & Monitoring
    • Learn to Use Glucose Meters, How Your Medication Works, and more.
  • Complications of Diabetes & Understanding the Emotional Aspects of Diabetes
    • Understanding the Complications, Treating Low Blood Glucose, Treating High Blood Glucose, Proper Foot Care, Discussing Emotions Related to Having Diabetes.
  • Fiber and Label Reading
    • Read the Nutrition Facts Label, Benefits and Sources of Fiber.

Other Services Offered: 

  • Initial Assessment
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Pregnancy and Preconception care

Choose Healthy Live Well: A New Diabetes Prevention Program

Registered Dietitians (RDs) provide education on the fundamentals of diabetes prevention and the skills necessary for the daily self-management of lowering risk factors for diabetes including managing related chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity to live a longer and healthier life. Our program is offered in two methods, where all participants receive free screenings for blood pressure, weight and BMI (body mass index) during each visit.

Program Offerings 


  • Single 90-Minute Preventive Health Overview Class
    • What is Diabetes and Prediabetes, Risk Factors, Importance of Prevention, Relationship Between Body Weight and Diabetes, Nutrition, Meal Planning, Benefits of Exercise and Getting Started on an Exercise Program
  • Five-session Complete and Comprehensive Diabetes Prevention Program
    • Preventive Health Overview
      • What is Diabetes and Prediabetes, Risk Factors, Importance of Prevention, Relationship Between Body Weight and Diabetes, Nutrition, Meal Planning, Benefits of Exercise and Getting Started on an Exercise Program
    • Meal Planning
      • Importance of Healthy Eating, Detailed Nutritional Information, How to Begin a Healthy Eating Program, Detailed Meal Planning, MyPlate Portioning Guide, Food Safety and Exercise Recommendations
    • Physical Activity and Behavior Change
      • A Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist provide education on Effects of Diabetes on the Body, FITT Principle, Exercise Recommendations, Target Heart Rate to Achieve Exercise Goals and an Exercise Demonstration/Training Session. RD then reviews Goal Setting for Success.
    • Healthy Shopping and Label Reading
      • Understanding Nutrition Facts Label, Percent Daily Value, Essential Nutrients and Shopping Tips
    • Healthy Cooking, Recipe Modification, Dining Out and Healthy Eating During the Holidays
      • Importance of Cooking Healthily, Healthy Cooking Methods and Tips, Recipe Substitutions, Dining Out Tips, Tips for the Holidays and Healthy Food Demo and Tasting

These services are provided at multiple Straub clinic locations on O‘ahu.  Please call 522-4325 for more information or request a referral from your physician.