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Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department

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Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department

Whether your quality of life is affected by diabetes, obesity, heart disease or other chronic conditions, our Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center provides quality education and support to help patients prevent, reverse and control their chronic conditions.

Our goal is to provide you with all the help you need to successfully manage your weight or medical condition in an outpatient setting.

Support for any condition

Our support services are provided in a caring and empathetic environment. We strive to tailor our education services to fit the complex and personal needs of each patient, no matter their condition. Our compassionate care can help if you suffer from:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Allergies
  • Immune system disorders
  • Dietary or weight problems

Expert team care

Our Nutrition and Diabetes Team features skilled nurses, registered dietitians and nationally-certified diabetes educators. Together, we work with you to develop an individualized care plan that fits your lifestyle and can help you successfully reach your nutrition goal.

Diabetes education

Along with diet and nutrition assistance, our certified diabetes educators offer comprehensive education and support services for diabetics. Diabetes education topics include:

  • Diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Pre-diabetes mellitus
  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Glucometer training
  • Lifestyle management
  • On-site insulin pump training center
  • Weight management programs
  • Insulin delivery equipment training (syringes, PENs and pumps)

Nutritional services

Our comprehensive Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department also offers consultation and one-on-one counseling for a variety of conditions including:

  • Weight management
  • Oncology nutrition and management
  • Cancer prevention strategies
  • Wellness and fitness
  • Heart disease
    • Coronary heart disease
    • Congestive heart failure
    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • High cholesterol
    • Metabolic syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Kidney and liver dysfunction
  • Vegetarian diets
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Immune system disorders
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Download our nutrition fact sheet

In addition to the general nutrition services and diabetes nutrition services, the Nutrition and Diabetes Education Program offers the following services

  • Bilingual educators for Spanish-speaking patients
  • A pump support group that meets the last Wednesday of the month. It is open to all insulin pump users and their loved ones. Call 310-829-8889 for more information.
  • Supplement information
  • Weight and wellness assistance

Download our nutrition fact sheet


Insurance providers require a written referral. A doctor must fill out a Providence Saint John’s Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department referral form before a patient can be seen. Forms can be given to the nutritionist at the time of the appointment or faxed to 310-315-6131.

Download Referral Form


Private insurance and physician groups often cover a variety of diagnoses for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). Contracts are with Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Medicare covers diabetes and renal disease and will expand coverage to other medical conditions in the near future. As a courtesy, Providence Saint John’s offers private discounts for those not covered by insurance.

Anabelle Ahdoot, MS, RD, CDE

Anabelle Ahdoot, MS, RD, CDEAnabelle Ahdoot has been an inpatient dietitian here at Providence Saint John’s Health Center for three years now and has recently become more active in the outpatient department along with earning her credentials as a Certified Diabetes Educator.   She graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Master of Science in Nutrition and is also bi-lingual (English and Farsi).

Anabelle enjoys practicing as a dietitian because it allows her to meet new people every day and to be a part of a dynamic, evolving, science-based profession.  She values the opportunity to grow her knowledge in the medical field by learning about and assisting with a diversity of patient needs.  She believes that her experiences with the community of practitioners, patients, and their families here at Saint John’s have helped her learn and develop into a better educator, healthcare provider, and person overall.

Anabelle’s mission is to empower individuals and communities to adopt healthier lifestyles through individualized culturally-sensitive, and high quality nutrition education.

Svetlana Akoyeva, MS, RD

Svetlana Akoyeva, MS, RDSvetlana Akoyeva joined the Providence Saint John’s Health Center Outpatient Nutrition Education team with a master’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from California State University, Northridge. She is a registered dietitian as well as a professional member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Oncology Nutrition Practice Group. She is bi-lingual (English and Russian) and enjoys conversing with a diverse population of cultures and age groups.

Svetlana finds it very rewarding to get to know and work one-on-one with cancer patients, tailoring the nutrition education and lifestyle management to meet their individual preferences and concerns. She considers Saint John’s a unique place where patients have the ability to improve their qualities of life through clinical excellence and spiritual healing.

Svetlana’s mission is to empower patients with tools and skills to make the best food choices to improve and maintain their comfort and well-being.

Kari Ikemoto, RD, CDE

Kari Ikemoto, RD, CDE Kari Ikemoto recently joined our outpatient team here at Providence Saint John’s in April of 2017, but has been practicing as a registered dietitian since 2014 and a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2016.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Cal Poly Pomona and completed her dietetic internship at Keen State College/Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.  Kari’s specialties within dietetics include oncology, diabetes, pediatrics, wellness, and sports nutrition. 

Kari values the opportunity to support people throughout all stages of health: sickness, wellness, and everything in between.  She enjoys wearing the many hats of a dietitian – from educator to recipe developer to researcher, providing her the ability to explore the many aspects of health and nutrition.

To her, practicing at Saint John’s feels like a tight knit community right in the middle of bustling Los Angeles, a place where she feels connected with both the medical team and the greater community.

Kari’s mission is to help her patients understand that healthy eating is not about perfection but progress.  She strives to help people develop and nurture healthy relationships with food and their body.