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In collaboration with diabetes nurse educators and certified registered dietitians, 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

Clinical dietitians at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro are dedicated to teaching patients how to make nutritionally sound food choices no matter their disease or condition. Whether to speed up your recovery process, help you prevent disease, or just maintain a healthy lifestyle, our registered dietitians can put you on the path to optimal health.  

Outpatient nutrition counseling services 

Using medical nutrition therapy (MNT) – an evidence-based, individualized nutrition process meant to help treat certain medical conditions – our registered dietitians will help you develop realistic goals to improve your health. Our nutrition counseling services can help improve conditions that include: 

  • Diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational)
  • Heart disease
  • Oncology
  • Kidney disease
  • GI disorders
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Obesity
  • Celiac disease
  • Pediatric failure to thrive
  • and more 
How to schedule an appointment 

Request a nutrition education referral form from your physician. 

Providers: To refer a patient via EPIC, follow instructions here.  

Call or fax your nutrition education referral AND insurance authorization* to:

Centralized Scheduling
Phone: 855-353-3940
Fax: 855-359-6330

The scheduler will give you detailed instructions for the day of your appointment. 

Registered dietitians are the nutrition professionals. Unlike the term “nutritionist,” a registered dietitian is a legally protected term. Registered dietitians must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, 1200+ hours of supervised practice, pass a national board exam, comply with ethics guidelines, and complete continuing education credits to maintain their credential. 

Meet our team
Amy EspositoAmy Esposito, RD

Amy has been a registered dietitian since 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science in nutrition from California State University, Los Angeles. She is currently a candidate for a master's in applied nutrition from the University of New England with a focus on nutrition education.

When counseling patients, she uses motivational interviewing and says it is a natural way to connect with people. Learning that people make positive changes when shown empathy is what keeps her motivated.

Amy is an enthusiastic follower and teacher of plant-based diets. Having completed a comprehensive plant-based cooking course, she shares these skills with patients and has provided cooking demos in the community.

Ella KenneyElla Kenney, RD

Ella Kenney has been practicing as a registered dietitian since 2011. She covers all Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro units where dietitians are needed.

Ella earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University with a major in anthropology and worked in public relations. She then became an RD as a second career, completing her coursework at Hunter College in New York City. She is thankful to have found a career that has allowed her fascination and passion for nutrition to bloom into a rewarding decade of helping individuals better their health through improved nutrition. When not at the hospital, you will find Ella raising her four young children, playing sports, and dreaming of traveling.

Ella’s mission is to help patients realize that even small improvements in nutrition choices can make a big difference in their health, and to help them implement those changes in a positive, encouraging way.

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
  • 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: