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Certified Diabetes Educator

Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Programs & Education

Research shows people who receive diabetes education are more likely to be healthy and thrive. That’s because they’re more likely to engage in primary care and preventative services, take their medications as prescribed, control their blood glucose, and manage their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They also frequently have lower diabetes-related health care costs thanks to their participation in learning more about their diabetes.

Learn more about Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) services from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Free Monthly Diabetes Education Programs

Studies show that people who are involved in a support group experience greater success than those who do it alone. Not only will you be encouraged by others, but you will have an opportunity to learn about issues that affect people with diabetes.
Our Certified Diabetes Educator, Karen Doesch, RD, LD, CDE, leads each free monthly program at Wayne HealthCare. Topics range from self-care, improving blood glucose, and healthy eating.

Diabetic & Pre-Diabetic Group Classes

Group classes offer a relaxed and informal atmosphere where individuals can discuss relevant topics, ask questions, share experiences, and work with a Certified Diabetes Educator on a one-on-one basis.

The Pre-Diabetic Group Classes program aims to lower an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants will learn about risk factors for developing diabetes, lifestyle factors to help improve glycemic control, eating healthy and increasing activity.

Group classes also address:

  • Managing diabetes
  • Meal planning to improve blood glucose control
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Beginning or maintaining an exercise program
  • lifestyle changes to improve blood glucose control
  • Coping with diabetes

Classes are held each month. To meet your schedule, you can attend one of our morning, afternoon, or evening classes.

Individual Session with a Certified Diabetes Educator

Meet privately with a Certified Diabetes Educator to learn more about using your meter, diabetes, diabetic medications, drawing up and administering insulin, complications, and controlling your disease.

Individual Session with a Registered Dietitian

One of the most popular questions asked by diabetics is "what can I eat?" A dietitian can show you how, by planning and moderation, you can eat just about anything you’d like. In this program, also known as medical nutrition therapy, a dietitian specializing in diabetic meal planning will help you to develop food strategies that best fit your lifestyle.

Community Programs

We host and support a variety of community events and programs each year. These events help increase diabetes awareness and promote wellness. Programs include health fairs, Diabetes Day Event, Dining with Diabetes, lectures, and guest speakers.

Get in Touch to Attend a Program or Session

To attend a diabetes educational program, please our Certified Diabetes Educator, Karen Droesch, at (937) 547-5750 or You can also visit our News Center to check out our monthly calendar of classes and events.