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MWHC Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Services

Our diabetes management program offers education and support to individuals who have been referred by a physician after receiving a diagnosis of diabetes. Starting your diabetes wellness journey can be overwhelming, but your Diabetes Care and Educational Specialist is here to help. These videos are a great place to start: what is a Diabetes Care and Educational Specialist and when you should see one.

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.

Click here to meet our team!

#insideMWHC Podcasts about Diabetes

Virtual Diabetes Education

View our playlist on YouTube of diabetes-related videos and education. Click the menu button next to the Watch later button to choose a different video.

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.

Living Well With Diabetes Program

Topics Include:

  • Healthy eating and meal planning
  • Reading food labels
  • Exercising for better health
  • Monitoring your blood sugar
  • Balancing food, exercise and medications
  • Avoiding complications
  • Eating out
  • Healthy coping and problem solving

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:

  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Insulin pump training

"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

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. Telehealth audio/visual visits are available as an option.

Forms for new patients

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Are you looking for a provider specializing in diabetes? Mary Washington Endocrinology is here for you.

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Kids for a Cure Club - Support group for children with Type 1 Diabetes and their parents.

For any questions or information regarding support groups and special events, call us at 540.741.2210.

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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.

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  • Stefanie Rekdal

    Stefanie Rekdal, BS, RD, CDCES, CPT*
    Team Leader & Diabetes Educator
    BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University
    Dietetic Internship - Virginia State University

    Over 25 years of experience as a dietitian
    Over 20 years experience as a CDCES
    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 greeting cards.

  • Parminder Singh

    Parminder Singh, BSN, RN, CDCES*
    Diabetes Educator
    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

    Jody Long, MS, RD, CDCES*
    Diabetes Educator
    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.

  • Courtney Wilkerson

    Courtney Wilkerson, BSN, RN*, CDCES
    Diabetes Educator
    BS in Nursing from George Mason University
    5 years of experience as an RN
    Associate of the Month April 2021

    Courtney enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and cat; vegetable gardening; and playing trivia games.

  • Sarah Whitson

    Sarah Whitson, BS, RD*
    Diabetes Educator
    BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech
    Dietetic Internship - Virginia Department of Health
    8 years of experience as a dietitian

    Sarah likes cycling and cooking, and enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, and two dogs.

  • Gitte Lett

    Gitte Lett
    Diabetes Service Specialist
    Mary Washington Associate for over 20 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
    CDCES Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
    CPT Certified Pump Trainer
    BSN Bachelor of Science Nursing
    RN Registered Nurse

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