Whirling Thunder Wellness

The Whirling Thunder Wellness Program, through the Winnebago Public Health Department, offers both youth and adults programs in disease prevention and health promotion.  The gym at Whirling Thunder provides a variety of activities to promote and maintain weight loss and a healthy, active lifestyle. Additionally, an aquatics program is offered to residents as an additional avenue to maintain good health and wellness for all ages.

The Diabetes Program’s philosophy is to provide a standard of care that creates optimal diabetes health care for each individual within a comfortable and pleasant environment so that each visit is a positive experience.

Services Include:

  • Weekly diabetes clinic
  • Diabetes education
  • Monthly optometry clinic
  • Nutrition Education
  • Freezer Meal Workshops
  • Lifestyle Coaching
  • Pathways Case Management Program
  • Community Screenings
  • Diabetes Prevention Youth Services
  • Diabetes Prevention classes/HoChunk Hope (1 year)
  • Diabetes Self-Management
  • Education & Support Classes/ Wa I pi nagu (10 weeks)

Mission and Vision Statement

Vison: Build a culture of health for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, free of diabetes and its complications for future generations

Mission: The Whirling Thunder Wellness Program fights diabetes by empowering individuals and families to live a healthy life in balance through programs and clinical services.

Values: The Whirling Thunder Wellness Program is dedicated to providing a variety of high standard services with professionalism, compassion, and integrity. Each individual associated with the program will strive to treat all clients, colleagues and associates with:

  • Honesty
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Kindness
  • Courtesy
  • Compassion
  • Respect for privacy and confidentiality


Diabetes Clinic is held weekly on Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Patients can expect an individualized Diabetes Care Plan with an integrated team. Services provide through this clinic include:

  • Diabetes medication review
  • Diabetes medication adjustments and prescription
  • Diabetes labs
  • Goal setting
  • Foot inspection and exam
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Follow-up appointments in accordance with the individual treatment plan
  • Coordinate specialties in accordance with treatment plan such as nutrition team, case management, exercise staff, classes or ongoing diabetes education visits

gym hours:

  • 8:00am - 8:00pm Monday - Friday
    8:30am - 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday

diabetes care team:

  • Diabetes Director – Camilla Barajas
  • Registered Nurse – Michele Smith
  • Nutrition Specialist – Mary Kelsey
  • Nurse Practitioner – Gretchen Wheelock
  • Lifestyle Coach – Rebekah American Horse
  • Diabetes Case Manager – Fred Harden
  • Clinical Assistant – Kerri Jepsen
  • Administrative Manager – Martina DeCora
  • Receptionist – Marisela Nava
  • Custodian – Shatecia Thomas

Wellness Director
Pilar Aldrich

Administrative Manager
Mary Kearnes

Lead Fitness Specialist
Sean Walker

Sports Coordinator

Fitness Specialist:
Maxwell Littlewalker
Levi Blackhawk
Xerxes Long
Samaria Loera
Kumi Masquat

Pool Manager/Kidz Cafe Head Cook
Lloyd Hamilton