Cynthia Gourneau, Diabetes Educator/Pharmacist
Cynthia is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa of Belcourt, ND. She was raised in Omaha, NE. Her role model was her mother, a licensed counselor with a master’s degree, who instilled the value of education within her. She attended Creighton University for her undergraduate and pharmacy school in Omaha.
Her first pharmacist position was with her tribe at the Quentin N. Burdick Hospital in Belcourt. She met her husband, Dominique, there while he was on leave from the Army visiting home. They married in Hinesville, GA and have a 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
Cynthia has experience working for various tribal entities including Fond du Lac’s urban Indian pharmacy, Mashkiki Waakaaigan, “Medicine House” in Anishinaabe, located in the American Indian Cultural Corridor of Minneapolis. She was also Chief Pharmacist for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in the beautiful upper peninsula of Michigan where she learned how to manage a 340B pharmacy and day-to-day operations.
During her 15 years as a pharmacist, she has acquired the knowledge to help manage various chronic diseases, specifically diabetes, with a patient-centered, team-based approach. She has gone from advocating for proper insulin titration for patients to currently utilizing the newest diabetic agents that yield less hypoglycemic affects. She is passionate when it comes to ensuring her patients are afforded the best possible care.
Cynthia enjoys spending time in nature with her family and Pomeranian, Beary. She is also excited to be around a multitude of different cultures and foods to experience and learn about with her children.