Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Part of Peninusula Regional Health System

Diabetes Education Program


Diabetes Self-Management and Medical Nutrition Therapy

The Diabetes Education Program offers a comprehensive program of group and individual educational sessions for people with diabetes. Our Diabetes Self-Management Program meets the criteria and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Our program staff includes Certified Diabetes Educators, Nurses and Registered Dietitians.

A series of 5 two hour classes provides information on nutrition, foot care, blood glucose monitoring, exercise, and other self-management skills to help people with diabetes control their disease. Evening sessions and day sessions are offered. The cost of the classes may be covered by your insurance. Diabetes Self-Management is a Medicare benefit and many insurances will cover Diabetes Self-Management Programs.

Medical Nutrition Therapy services are provided by the Registered Licensed Dietitian. Meet with the dietitian to develop an individualized plan to manage diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, early kidney disease, weight management or healthy eating. Medical Nutrition Therapy for diabetes and early kidney disease is a Medicare benefit.  Many insurances cover Medical Nutrition Therapy.  Initial appointments are 90 minutes with follow up appointments available.

Individual instruction for blood glucose monitoring, Byetta, Victoza, Symlin, or insulin injections can also be provided. We also offer a Pediatric program and a Gestational program.

Referral and General Information

A doctor's referral is required. Pre registration and an assessment must be completed to start the Diabetes Self- Management classes. Please call for more information. For a schedule of upcoming classes, please select Diabetes Education Classes from the "In This Section" on the right side of this page.

Phone: 410-543-7061
ax: 410-912-4936
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday


  • Susan Cottongim, RD, LDN, CDE
    Diabetes Education Coordinator
    Registered Dietitian

  • Kelly Birch, BSN, RN, CDE
    Nurse Educator

  • Pat Lankford, RN-BC, CDE
    Nurse Educator

  • Andrea Olsen, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
    Registered Dietitian

  • Sharon Shockley
    Administrative Assistant

  • Jack Snitzer, DO
    Medical Advisor