1515 North Flagler Drive, Suite 430, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
8200 Jog Road, Suite 200, Boynton Beach, FL 33437
550 Heritage Drive, Suite 150, Jupiter, FL 33458
1041 State Road 7, Suite 1, Wellington, FL 33414
Several decades ago, the Joslin Clinic in Boston developed the nation’s first Diabetic Education Protocol and taught diabetic patients how to eat, exercise and how to take their medications. They also taught patients how to monitor their own condition and recognize the signs of early complications. Their efforts results in much healthier patients. Research has confirmed that patients who receive Diabetic Education’ achieve better diabetic control, feel better, and have less of a chance of getting complications from diabetes. Diabetes is a condition greatly influenced by your “lifestyle”. Factors such as eating, exercise, medications, mood and your general health status can affect your sugars. It is no mystery that achieving good sugars requires that you understand the effect of your lifestyle on your diabetes. Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists is proud to be an American Diabetes Association center of Recognition, with the only office-based Certified Diabetes Education program in South Florida. These credentials are only granted to those centers that meet the rigorous standards of the ADA in Diabetic Teaching and Education.
Meet Our Diabetes Educators
Ines Enriquez-Cobo, RN, CDE
A registered nurse with over 15 years of professional experience. Ines has specialized in the area of Diabetes Education for the last 10 years and is a certified insulin pump trainer for all insulin pumps as well as continuous glucose sensor. She has worked with Palm Beach Diabetes for over 10 years.
Gail Starr, LCSW, CDE
Gail received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College, NY and a Masters in Social Work from Barry University, Miami, Florida. Gail has worked as a medical social worker and diabetes educator at South Miami Hospital and is currently a counselor and diabetes educator at Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists, P.A. She specializes in eating disorders, life transitions, stress management and depression.
Jessica Cook MS, RD, LD/N, CDE - Director of Education
Jessica graduated from The Florida State University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics. Jessica has experience working as a clinical dietitian in a hospital setting, working as a teaching assistant at FSU focusing on medical nutrition therapy and has volunteered for various diabetes centers as well as youth camps educating the public on the importance of nutrition. Jessica specializes in diabetes management, weight loss, renal nutrition, hypoglycemia, high cholesterol management and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Jessica is currently the director of education at Palm Beach Diabetes & Endocrine Specialists and has been with the practice for four years.
Rosemarie Steinsapir, MS, RD, LD, CDE
Rosemarie earned a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition at Western Carolina University. She practiced dietetics for 25 years as a Chief of Clinical Nutrition.
Losing weight and managing diabetes at the same time is a challenge. Success depends on having the skills, knowledge, and support to achieve both goals. Some diabetes drugs can cause weight gain and other medications can make you prone to hypoglycemia. Hospital-based diabetes education programs skim over weight management. Most commercial diet programs lack the expertise to deal with the complexities and dangers of managing diabetes and weight loss. Our program addresses these issues head on. The curriculum at the PBDES Diabetes Center sets it apart from the generic advice and diets offered in these standardized courses. Our educational specialists tailor treatment regimens to the individual, not to the masses. ADA diets are expanded to include carbohydrate counting, providing patients with food choices that are realistic and flexible. Dietary plans are based on the patient’s history and anticipated future eating patterns, as well as individualized reactions to specific food sources. Pragmatic approaches, goals, and expectations are uniquely established, and offer practical methods aimed at controlling the disease versus theoretical axioms, which may or may not work. Using the expertise of specially-trained physicians, nutritionists, and certified diabetes educators, Living Well with Diabetes 1-2-3 PROGRAM is a three-step workshop that not only teaches you about your diabetes and how to gain control of your glucose, but also helps you safely and effectively manage your weight.
Three Steps To A Healthier You
Step #1 Assessment and Preparation
In three separate sessions, you will meet with a physician, a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and a Registered Dietician (RD). They will evaluate how you manage your diabetes and check for medications that promote weight gain or raise the risk of hypoglycemia. When appropriate, they will change your treatment plan to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia and promote weight loss.
Meet with your Physician
Your physician will discuss an individualized plan of action to control your diabetes and manage your weight. This may include medication changes, advice on monitoring your sugars and the use of advanced technology to assess your current condition.
Meet with a Certified Diabetes Educator
You will meet with a CDE to evaluate how you manage your diabetes, and check for medications that weight gain or raise the risk of hypoglycemia. When appropriate, changes to your treatment plan will be recommended to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia and promote weight loss.
Review your medications for risks of weight gain or hypoglycemia
Learn proper ways to treat high and low blood glucose levels
Become skilled at monitoring blood glucose levels like an expert
Receive education on how to prevent the complications of diabetes
Meet with a Registered Dietician
You will meet with a registered dietitian (RD) to evaluate your current eating plan and make modifications to help balance blood glucose levels.
Create a custom individualized meal plan
Counseling on appropriate carbohydrate amounts for meals
Education on the best foods to choose for optimal blood glucose control
Review total calorie amounts needed for weight management
Step #2 Attend 1-2-3 Diabetes Workshop
Our core diabetes program in now enriched with tools for weight management such as “mindful eating,” an effective approach being used at the finest institutions in the country. This workshop is offered either in one eight-hour day or two four-hour sessions. Upon completing Step #2, you will understand:
The tools, tips and techniques you can use to easily control your diabetes
The early complications of diabetes
How to manage diabetes when ill
How to recognize symptoms of diabetic emergencies
The science of how different types of food affect your body
The science of exercise, and how you can use it to manage your diabetes
How to deal with the effects of stress and emotions on diabetes and weight control and practice the concepts of mindful eating
How to use mindful eating to improve your blood sugar control and safely lose weight
Step #3 Maintenance and Additional Resources
This step provides aftercare support to help you continue to use the new skills and information you have learned in the program. It is important that you maintain your progress and realize that you are not alone The Living Well with Diabetes 1-2-3 Program offers additional resources that we hope you will use to your advantage: General Refresher Workshop: A 2 hour interactive motivational group discussion designed to refresh you diabetes knowledge. There will be a review of blood glucose monitoring, strategies to treat hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, exercise and weight loss. Healthy Meal Planning Refresher Workshop: A 2 hour interactive workshop that includes planning healthy meals and snacks, what to buy when grocery shopping, foods to avoid, dining out, and healthy alternatives to cooking. Patients will receive a recipe booklet including carbohydrate counting guides and snack lists. A healthy snack will be prepared and provided for patients to try!
Appointments for classes must be scheduled through the main office (561) 659-6336, ext. 8001
MONDAY:West Palm Beach Healthy Meal Planning Refresher Workshop 515. N. Flagler Drive West Palm Beach FL, 33401 Directions: 1-95 to Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., head East until reaching N. Flagler Drive. Head South on N. Flagler until reaching 515 N. Flagler Drive located on right hand side. Valet parking is complimentary. Patients will receive parking ticket for garage, which will be validated during class hours. Classroom is located on ground level directly to the right of the parking attendant location. Scheduled Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
TUESDAY:West Palm Beach 515 N. Flagler Drive West Palm Beach FL, 33401 Directions: 1-95 to Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., head East until reaching N. Flagler Drive. Head South on N. Flagler until reaching 515 N. Flagler Drive located on right hand side. Valet parking is complimentary. Patients will receive parking ticket for garage, which will be validated during class hours. Classroom is located on ground level directly to the right of the parking attendant location. Scheduled Times: Workshop 1: 9:00am – 12:00pm Workshop 2: 1:00pm – 4:00pm West Palm Beach – Refresher Workshop 515. N . Flagler Drive West Palm Beach FL, 33401 Directions: 1-95 to Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., head East until reaching N. Flagler Drive. Head South on N. Flagler until reaching 515 N. Flagler Drive located on right hand side. Valet parking is complimentary. Patients will receive parking ticket for garage, which will be validated during class hours. Classroom is located on ground level directly to the right of the parking attendant location. Scheduled Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
WEDNESDAY:Boynton Beach Brookdale Senior Living – Library 8228 Jog Road Directions: Turnpike: Exit Boynton Beach Blvd, East to Jog Road. Turn left on Jog Rd. Go through Gateway Blvd light, less than ¼ mile on your right you will see Aberdeen Plaza Shopping Center, Dunkin Donuts on corner. Emeritus is directly behind Aberdeen Professional Plaza. I-95: Take I-95 to Gateway, go West on Gateway, Turn Right (North) onto Jog, then follow above. Scheduled Times: Workshop 1: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Workshop 2: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Jupiter – Refresher Workshop Jupiter Office in Abacoa Professional Center 550 Heritage Dr, Suite 150 Directions: 1-95 to Donald Ross Road. Left on to Military Trail, head north. Make a U-turn at University Drive. Office Building in on the right on Heritage Drive. Scheduled Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
THURSDAY:Lake Worth Mid County Senior Center 3680 Lake Worth Road Directions: I-95 exit 63, 6th Ave. Make a right onto 6th Ave. Make right onto S Congress. Make left onto Lake Worth Road. Destination is on the left. Scheduled Times: Workshop 1: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Workshop 2: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
SATURDAY (3 Locations)1. West Palm Beach 515 N. Flagler Drive West Palm Beach FL, 33401 Directions: See directions to Tuesday’s West Palm Beach Classes. Scheduled Times: Workshop 1: 9:00am – 12:00pm Workshop 2: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Jupiter Jupiter Office in Abacoa Professional Center 550 Heritage Dr, Suite 150 Directions: See directions to Wednesday’s Refresher Classes in Jupiter. Scheduled Times: Workshop 1: 9:00am – 12:00pm Workshop 2: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Wellington Wellington Reserve 1041 State Rd 7, Suite 1 Directions: Turnpike to Southern Blvd, turn right (west) to State Rd 7 (441 S). Left onto State Rd 7 (441 S). Building is on right in the Wellington Reserve Plaza next to Cheddar’s Restaurant before Wellington Regional Hospital. Scheduled Times: Workshop 1: 9:00am – 12:00pm Workshop 2: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Hands on classes geared towards the betterment of our community to serve in active lifestyle changes. We implement courses that promote heart healthy eating habits, and much more.
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Our team is interested in your learning. The first step in building a healthier body is the education in the areas necessary to experience a healthy well being. Our educators will be more than willing to provide the steps and the tools to get you on your feet & keep you on your feet.