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Diabetes Educators

A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a qualified health care professional that provides diabetes self-management education (DSME) and ongoing support to patients. Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to change their behaviors and successfully self-manage their disease and improve their quality of life.

As diabetes educators, we believe diabetes education is critically important for a patient's overall diabetes care. Diabetes education is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans. A primary care provider or endocrinologist can refer patients to a diabetes educator. 

Mercy Diabetes Educators include:

Kathy Calkin
Cristin Glenn
Emily Graham
Dawn Gustofson
Joni Jensen
Madelene Richert


(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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