What is a Certified Diabetes Educator?
Certified Diabetes educators are educated and licensed health care professionals who possess distinct and specialized knowledge in diabetes self-management education. The credential demonstrates that they have mastered in depth knowledge and skills in the biological, social sciences, communication, counseling,and education to provide self-management education for those with, or at risk for diabetes. They can be instrumental in helping people understand diabetes, learn to live with it, and develop skills that will empower them to make necessary changes in their lives.
Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic team approach to the treatment of diabetes
Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic offers a comprehensive Diabetes Education Program which is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and focuses on self management training, medication adjustment,and long term follow up and support. NGDC’s continuity of care in diabetes management is comprehensive and unique. We have two board certified endocrinologists, and four Certified Diabetes Educators. We use a collaborative approach in planning diabetes care. In addition to seeing one’s personal physician, you may see one of our board certified Endocrinologists: Cacia Soares-Welch, MD, or Matthew Harris, MD or have them consulted on one’s treatment plan. Our comprehensive team includes our two nurse practitioners who are certified diabetes educators: Hyacinth Thomas, FNP-C, CDE, and Jennifer Roark, FNP-C, CDE. Our comprehensive diabetes education program is conducted by our diabetes educators: Mitzi Lovell, RN, CDE,and Amy Roark RD, LD, CDE who will help clients learn to effectively manage their diabetes. Appointments are both offered individually and in group sessions.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Services
Our classes are very interactive and include an initial assessment and four classes with quarterly follow-up’s which follow the AADE7 (trademark needed) Self-Care Behaviors:
- Healthy eating
- Being active
- Taking medication
- Problem solving
- Healthy coping
- Reducing risks
- Medication adjustments
- Quarterly follow up’s
- Immediate notification to physician of progress
We encourage you to learn more about our specialized diabetes services or give us a call today at (770) 297-4967 to speak to one of our diabetes educators.