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Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro

In collaboration with diabetes nurse educators and certified registered dieticians, the Diabetes Care team at Providence Little Company of Mary San Pedro provides education, support and self-management skills to people with diabetes.

Together, we work with you and your personal physician to develop an individualized diabetic care plan that fits your lifestyle.

Our goal is to help each patient and their family understand the complexities of diabetes and how to effectively manage it. While there is no cure for diabetes, our comprehensive services teach patients about the disease through education and support groups. These services include:

  • Diabetes self-management
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Medication administration assistance
  • Insulin injection techniques
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Stress management
  • Complication prevention

Diabetic Support Group

A bi-monthly informational meeting for anyone who has questions related to diabetes. Free to the community.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro

  • Four West Conference Room
  • First & third Wednesday of each month; 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • For information: Cauleen Svanda, RN, MSN, CDE, at 310-241-4065.

Monthly Forum with Dr. Olga Calof

Join special guest, Dr. Olga Calof, MD, Board Certified Endocrinologist, in an open forum to learn more about diabetes prevention and improving diabetes control. Ask questions and receive advice regarding nutrition, exercise, metabolism and more.

Free to the community from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the 4th Thursday each month.

Diabetes Management

Speak one-on-one with a certified diabetes nurse educator and a certified registered dietitian to learn how to better manage your diabetes.

Dietitian consultation and diabetes education consultation available. Family members are welcome. A doctor's referral is needed to schedule an appointment. For information: Joanne Feldman, RD, CDE, at 310-832-3311, ext. 6244.

Home Health

Little Company of Mary Home Health provides a full range of health care services to patients in their homes. Based on patient needs the home care clinician designs a plan of treatment with the attending physician and a team of professionals, ensuring continuity of care. We personalize your care and provide resource specialists for your diabetes education, nutritional counseling and management.

The Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro offers complete diabetes education and targeted nutrition counseling. Our Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator and Certified Registered Dietitian have developed a comprehensive diabetes education program in individualized sessions to help patients gain the everyday skills needed to manage diabetes successfully.

At Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro, Type 1, Type 2, gestational and newly-diagnosed diabetics are provided with the assistance they need to create their own diabetes management plan.

Creating a Diabetes Management Plan Includes

  • Blood glucose self-monitoring and evaluation
  • Recognizing and treating low blood sugar
  • Meal planning
  • Weight management
  • Foot and eye care recommendations
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Diabetes management during pregnancy

Medical nutrition therapy

The Certified Registered Dietitian at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro provides nutrition counseling and assessments and can tailor a program for any patient using the guidelines from the American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes education class

The Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro Diabetes Education Class reviews the basics of diabetes management. Few diseases call for as much self-care as diabetes. And, few diseases have so much comprehensive information patients must learn to successfully manage it. Our Diabetes Education Class provides information that is easily adaptable to your lifestyle. The class includes information on nutrition, medications, home glucose monitoring, exercise, the importance of stress management, and avoiding long and short-term complications. In an effort to keep all your diabetes team members informed, we provide a detailed summary of your participation to your personal healthcare provider.

For more information, and to schedule a class, please call

A physician referral is required to attend class; your physician's office may fax the referral to:

Xavier Fendt was diagnosed in 2006 as being pre-diabetic through a blood glucose test during an annual physical and he now attends the Diabetes support group in San Pedro. "I was put on medication to help control my blood sugar but I really didn't know what else to do about it," the 73-year-old recalls. He made changes to his diet, and found his way into a water aerobics class but without a support group he had to educate himself. "I wanted to connect with other people who were also trying to make the changes I needed to make and I lit up when I read about the Diabetes support group in Pathways to Health. Now I attend regularly and I'm always learning something from the other members in the group. It's very valuable."