What Is Diabetes Education?

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) is a program that teaches you how to manage and stay healthy with diabetes. The program is led by a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). A CDCES is also known as a diabetes educator. Diabetes educators will help you meet your personal diabetes and health goals by talking about the following topics:

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DSMES is not a “one size fits all” model. You decide what to talk about with your diabetes educator and a plan will be made just for you.

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How To Get Started

Ask your doctor for a referral or call our clinic at 503-494-3273.

Appointments are available in-person or over video and are covered by most insurance plans.

Meet Our Diabetes Educators!

Learn about our CDCES team here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone diagnosed with:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes
  • Steroid or chemotherapy-induced diabetes

*For patients 18 and older: you do NOT need to be seen by a doctor in our clinic

*For patients under 18: you must be seen by a doctor in our clinic 

  • 1-on-1 visits
  • Group visits –for adults with type 2 diabetes only. Click here to learn more.

  • 1-on-1 visits can be as short as 30 min or as long as 3 hours
  • Group classes are 2-2.5 hours each

DSMES visits are covered by most insurance plans.

Uninsured? Apply for financial assistance here.

For prediabetes education, click here.

Yes! Our diabetes educators can help train you on most insulin pumps and CGM systems.