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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 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.

Meet the Team 


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
  • Weight management programs

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
  • Enteral nutrition and parenteral nutrition

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 is accepted with a referral from a Providence physician or physician group. 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 Medicare patients not covered by insurance.  

The frequency of dietitian visits will be outlined at the initial visit and is based on the program that is being followed.

As part of fulfilling its charitable commitment to the community, Providence Saint John’s Health Center provides medically necessary services, without cost or at a reduced cost, to eligible patients who have an inability to pay for their care. Our commitment to providing high-quality, comprehensive health care services – regardless of a patient’s ability to pay – ensures that the financial situation of people who need health care services does not prevent them from seeking or receiving care. Please contact us for further details regarding financial responsibility. 

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