VIVA Wellness Family Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Denise supports clients on their journey toward wellness in achieving weight loss goals.
Nurse Practitioner, Medical Weight Loss Team
I have been a nurse for nearly 30 years and have worked in a variety of areas in patient care and medical specialties, first as an RN in cardiac care. Then as a Nurse Practitioner, I've worked in internal medicine, occupational and employee health, acute care, urgent care, sleep medicine, and mental health. I even worked as an adjunct faculty instructor for NP students.
My passion is helping clients with the connection between mental health and physical wellness.
Through all I have done thus far in my career, my passion is treating people as a whole and helping people see the connection between mental health and wellness. This is especially true in my own life, where stress relief through fitness has been a personal catalyst for my health. I am very active exercising 4-5 times a week. I love to walk, bike, go to gym and my ultimate favorite is yoga. (I started practicing yoga 21 years ago after my second child was born.)
A diabetes diagnosis made me realize I needed to focus more on diet and nutrition.
Prior to this diagnosis, I was never really too concerned with my diet, but 10 years ago my life with Type 1 diabetes meant embarking on a new journey, which was a game-changer for me. Through my diagnosis and focus on nutrition I have really learned to balance my diet to allow my desires and yet still succeed. Another challenge with my diabetes diagnosis is managing my blood sugars when I exercise, this continues to be a challenge for me.
I also have always struggled with bowel issues (IBS), bloating, and constipation. This has only gotten worse since my diabetes diagnosis. In addition, I have reached those menopausal years and it has been a huge challenge maintaining my weight, sleep schedule, and energy level. Therefore, I am looking forward to incorporating more VIVA Wellness services to help me optimize my digestion keeping in mind my unique body’s needs and likewise being able to offer this support to my clients.
I'll be working with Team VIVA to create new Vitamin Infusions.
I am excited to be working with the rest of the staff at VIVA Wellness to create new vitamin infusions and expanding these services, inspired by trends in the industry and my background in a Ketamine IV clinic.
My professional goals are simple: to help my clients!
I really enjoy getting to know my clients and connecting on a personal level. I want to understand their needs and goals think creatively to and help them to achieve them—that is what I love most about my profession.
My life goals are to be happy in whatever I choose to do and enjoy time with my family and friends.
Denise Kuhaupt, FNP-BC, APNP
Nurse Practitioner / Weight Loss / IV Vitamin Infusions
Denise graduated with honors from UW Oshkosh with both her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree (1993) and a Master of Science in Nursing degree (1998). She spent 5 years nursing in cardiac care, then as a nurse practitioner in internal medicine, occupational and employee health, acute care, urgent care, sleep medicine, and mental health. Denise also worked as adjunct faculty. In her spare time, in addition to exercising and yoga, she is an avid shopper! Just ask her husband and 2 children (daughter-23 and son-21). She loves spending time with her family and going on vacations together.
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