MWHC Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Services
"The training was excellent. It made a real difference in how I was
able to control my diabetes" - JG
The Mary Washington Healthcare Diabetes Self-Management services offer
education and support to individuals who have been referred by a physician
after receiving a diagnosis of diabetes.
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In collaboration with your physician, our team of diabetes experts (nurses
and dietitians) specializes in helping you and your family develop the
skills, knowledge, and confidence to successfully manage your diabetes.
You will meet with our highly trained educators individually and/or in
small group sessions over a period of about three months to develop a
plan that works best for you. This allows time for you to apply what you’ve
learned and develop healthy habits.
Our services have been awarded recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Our educators are all registered nurses and dietitians with expertise in helping
participants learn to manage their diabetes.
Our MWH location was the recipient of the MWHC Medallion Award for Excellence
in Service in 2017 and 2018.
Living Well with Diabetes Program
Our services include a series of small group sessions or individual appointments,
spread out over about three months to allow for behavior change and applied learning.
Advanced Diabetes Management Skills - Integrating Technology
Specifically designed to educate and support those dependent on insulin
to meet their blood glucose targets. You will learn how to adjust your
insulin based on eating and exercise plans. These services are tailored
to your needs and include:
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
"All the readings and research I've done regarding diabetes was
not as informative as being able to sit and talk one-on-one. I was made
to feel at ease immediately." - PD
We encourage participants to bring another adult to sit in on sessions,
especially if the participant is learning-impaired, does not speak English
or needs added support.
Scheduling (for all locations):
Please call us at 540.741.2210 to discuss scheduling for these services.
A physician referral is required. Most insurance plans, including Medicare,
cover Diabetes Self-Management training. We encourage you to check with
your insurance plan to find out what your plan covers.
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Meet Our Team
Meet our expert team of clinicians that will provide you with the skills
and tools needed to manage diabetes and continue your journey to better
health. Our team has a vast background of knowledge and experience that
allows us to offer specialized education to meet your individual goals
for success. Our diabetes team will develop an individualized plan of
care in collaboration with you, your family, and your physician.
Cathy Peterjohn MS, RD, CDE*
BS in Food & Nutrition Colorado State University
MS in Food & Nutrition University of Kentucky
Over 40 years of experience as a dietitian
Over 25 years of experience as a CDE
MWH Manager of the Quarter 2011
Special interests: diabetes prevention and weight management
Cathy enjoys spending time with her cocker spaniel, gardening, and reading
Laura Eubanks BS, RD, CDE, CPT*
BS in Nutrition and Foods Virginia Tech
Over 20 years of experience as a dietitian & 5 years as a CDE
MWH Associate of the Month, November 2018
Specializes in childhood nutrition and insulin pumps/CGM therapy
Laura enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, running, music and travel.
Joanne Fortune MS, RD, CDE*
MS from Virginia Tech
BS from Rochester Institute of Technology
Over 35 years of experience as a dietitian
Over 20 years of experience as a CDE
MWH Employee of the Month June 2016
Specializes in diabetes during pregnancy, “mindful eating”,
and diabetes self-management for adults.
Joanne enjoys hiking, knitting, photography, travel, and spending time
with her family.
Stefanie Rekdal BS, RD, CDE, CPT*
BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University
Over 20 years of experience as a dietitian
Over 15 years experience as a CDE
MWH Employee of the Month July 2015
Specializes in renal nutrition and insulin pumps/CGM therapy
Stefanie enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys and creating
Parminder Singh BSN, RN, CDE*
BS in Nursing from University of Mary Washington
20 years of experience as an RN
Specializes in cardiac care
Parminder enjoys visiting her homeland of Scotland with her husband and
two children, and hiking.
Jody Long, MS, RD*
MS in Poultry Science Texas A&M University
BS in Animal Science University of Illinois
Dietetic Internship – Houston VA Hospital
Over 25 years of experience as a dietitian
Specializes in adult nutrition and weight loss management
Jody enjoys yoga, cycling, hiking, gardening, and spending time with the
cows, emus, and chickens on 30 acre farm.
Diabetes Service Specialist
Mary Washington Associate for over 15 years providing outstanding customer
service and program support
Gitte likes to bake and cook, enjoys spending time with her husband, four
children, and two dogs and traveling to her homeland of Denmark.
*BS Bachelor of Science
MS Master of Science
RD Registered Dietitian
CDE Certified Diabetes Educator
CPT Certified Pump Trainer
BSN Bachelor of Science Nursing
RN Registered Nurse