Join us in Congratulating our Flower Scholarship Recipients!

We are excited to announce our DiabetesEd Flower Scholarship Recipients!

Flower Scholar Recipients Fall 2022

The Diabetes Educator Flower Scholarship is awarded to 2 individuals each year. This scholarship awards two deserving applicants the opportunity to attend our DiabetesEd Specialist Virtual Conference on October 12-14, 2022 free of charge. This gift of recognition is donated by a generous diabetes nurse specialist who believes that the health of our future depends on supporting diabetes educators in providing care in underserved communities.

The Flower Scholarship’s vision is to increase diversity in the diabetes education workforce by supporting diabetes nurse educators who come from underserved communities. 

It is always a very difficult decision for all of the judges. We read each application in careful detail considering the applicant’s impact on underserved communities, building bridges to improve access, volunteerism, financial need and readiness to take the CDCES exam. Read more about Ms. Owens and Ms. Hillman below.


Our “Flower” recipients are Janeka Owens & Patricia Hillman
 Congratulations from all of us at Diabetes Education Services!

Janeka Owens is a recipient of our “Flower Scholarship” because of her belief that “Diversity and representation matter in diabetes education”. She turns this belief into action in her work as a Nurse Educator in a hospital and in an outpatient Population Health Department in Pensacola, Florida. In addition to providing individual education, Janeka also provides group classes to both insured and uninsured individuals. She assists with hospital discharges and care management for individuals experiencing food and medical insecurity and makes sure they are connected with community health centers to receive ongoing care. Janeka goes on to say that, “representation is important to improve outcomes, build stronger communities and overall restore trust in health care”. Thank you, Janeka, for being a trusted health care provider and advocating to improve access to diabetes self-management and support programs for your community members.  


Patricia Hillman is also a Flower Scholarship Recipient. She provides diabetes care at a federally qualified health center in an underserved community. Many of the people she serves have no insurance and struggle to manage their diabetes. Patricia works directly with her Maternal/Fetal physician to co-manage people during pregnancy and often follows up with high-risk individuals on weekends. Many of the clients she serves, have limited resources, and lack insurance coverage. Patricia goes out her way to make sure they have needed resources and that they can easily access her with questions and concerns. Patricia has created a library of information in English, Spanish and Creole to meet community needs and create bridges of understanding.  She often accompanies those who have not yet learned English to the pharmacy to assist with language barriers and ensure they get the supplies they need. Patricia plans to apply the knowledge garnered from the course to continue empowering her community.

Congratulations to Janeka and PatriciaYou both are Flower Scholarship Recipients!


Want to Join Janeka and Patricia at our Virtual DiabetesEd Training Conference?

Enroll Now!

Airs October 12-14th, 2022

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Join us LIVE for this Virtual Training Conference and enjoy a sense of community!

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll benefit from this virtual conference with the latest research plus critical content that you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

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If you are seeking a state-of-the-art review of current diabetes care, this course is for you. Our team has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years, and we know what you need. This program can also be a great addition to your CDCES or BC-ADM exam study plan.

Team of expert faculty includes:

  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020
  • Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM
  • Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES, Diabetes Program Coordinator

Two Registration Options

Don’t worry if you can’t make it live. Your registration guarantees access to the recorded version in the Online University.

All hours earned count toward your CDCES Accreditation Information


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Certification Help – 2 FREE Webinars to Prep for CDCES or BC-ADM

Coach Beverly and Bryanna are here to Help

If you are considering taking the CDCES or BC-ADM Exam, we have great news. We are offering 2 different webinars that provide you with the study prep information and tools you need to propel across the finish line.

As health care professionals, we value your limited study time by offering evidence-based content carefully crafted for exam success with direct application to your clinical practice. Please let us know if we can be of any help on your journey!

Warmly, Coach Beverly and Bryanna

Preparing for BC-ADM FREE Webinar
September 20th at 11:30am PST

Register for BC-ADM Webinar | September 20, 2022

BC-ADM 2022 Note Taking Handout

Complete BC-ADM Resource Page

We hope you can join us live. But, if not, no worries.
We will send you a link to the recorded version within 24 hours of airing.


Preparing for the CDCES Exam FREE Webinar
September 22 at 11:30am PST

This course will transform your test anxiety into calm self-confidence and test-taking readiness.

Join Coach Bev Live – September 22, 2022 at 11:30am

2022 PowerPoint Note-Taking Handouts

Complete CDCES Resource Page

We hope you can join us live. But, if not, no worries.
We will send you a link to the recorded version within 24 hours of airing.


Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator who has passed her CDCES Exam 6 times and first earned her BC-ADM credential 20 years ago. She is a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.


Virtual and Online Certification Education Options

3 Day Intensive: Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference |Oct. 12-14th
This Virtual Training Conference streams LIVE in October. Invite your friends to enjoy a group discount. Plus, save on travel costs and enjoy conference interactivity through demonstrations, games and Q&A sessions. Our Deluxe Conference Package includes a 100+ page printed syllabus, Med PocketCards, ADA Standards and swag. This advanced level course features 3 expert speakers who translate the ADA Standards, Meds, Technology, Complications, Nutrition Therapy and more. Join us to get recharged or to prepare for certification.

Self-Study Online Certification Bundles: 

These courses are designed to walk participants through the knowledge needed to succeed at either the CDCES or BC-ADM certification exams. Viewed at your convenience and pace, each module contains poll questions, case studies and real life situations that prepare participants for clinical situations as well as the exams. Students consistently state that our online courses not only helped them achieve certification, they also provided valuable insights into providing effective diabetes care. See more info below.

All hours earned count toward your CDCES Accreditation Information

Free Certification Resources


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Basal Bolus in Hospital & Insulin Calculation Workshop | Live Webinars

Coach Beverly is excited to announce two advanced level webinars that guide participants through the mysterious world of insulin calculations and basal bolus therapy in the hospital setting. We hope you can join us!

Basal Bolus Therapy in Hospitals |1.5 CEs | August 25th

Glucose control in the hospital matters! This course provides participants with a step-by-step approach to safely and effectively implement Basal Bolus Insulin Therapy in the inpatient setting. We discuss appropriate insulin dosing based on the patient’s clinical presentation and apply dosing strategies to a variety of case studies. Included are hard-to-manage situations that commonly occur in hospital settings and a discussion of solutions that will keep patients safe and get glucose levels to goal. In addition, sample basal/bolus and insulin drip guidelines plus lots of resource articles are included. 

Don’t worry if you can’t join us live, registrants have access to the recorded program and podcast for one full year.


Insulin Calculation Workshop – From Injections to Pumps | 1.5 CEs | August 23, 2022 

Insulin Calculation Webinar | Airs August 23rd
Determining basal and bolus rates for multiple daily injections or insulin pumps can seem overwhelming.  This course provides participants with a step-by-step approach to determine basal rates, bolus ratios, and how to problem-solve when blood glucose levels aren’t on target. During this course, Coach Beverly will provide abundant case studies to give participants hands-on practice and build confidence when calculating insulin doses for a variety of situations. Don’t worry if you can’t join us live, registrants have access to the recorded program and podcast for one full year.


Coach Beverly’s goal is to support our Diabetes Education Community and provide meaningful resources that are useful for your daily practice.

Click this link to Visit our FREE Resources Catalog Page

  • 10 Steps to Succeed
  • App Information – Best Diabetes Apps
  • Article Library
  • Blog Bytes
  • CDCES Coach App
  • Cheat Sheet Resource Page
  • Free Webinars with Coach Bev (Prep for CDCES, BC-ADM, and more!)
  • Medication PocketCards
  • Question of the Week
  • Supplement Information
  • Teaching Tools Instructional Videos
  • DiaBingo

Insulin Calculation Workshop & Basal Bolus in Hospital | Live Webinars

Coach Beverly is excited to announce two advanced level webinars that guide participants through the mysterious world of insulin calculations and basal bolus therapy in the hospital setting. We hope you can join us!

Insulin Calculation Webinar | Airs August 23rd
Determining basal and bolus rates for multiple daily injections or insulin pumps can seem overwhelming.  This course provides participants with a step-by-step approach to determine basal rates, bolus ratios, and how to problem-solve when blood glucose levels aren’t on target. During this course, Coach Beverly will provide abundant case studies to give participants hands-on practice and build confidence when calculating insulin doses for a variety of situations. Don’t worry if you can’t join us live, registrants have access to the recorded program and podcast for one full year.

Insulin Calculation Workshop – From Injections to Pumps | 1.5 CEs | August 23, 2022 


Basal Bolus Therapy in Hospitals |1.5 CEs | August 25th

Glucose control in the hospital matters! This course provides participants with a step-by-step approach to safely and effectively implement Basal Bolus Insulin Therapy in the inpatient setting. We discuss appropriate insulin dosing based on the patient’s clinical presentation and apply dosing strategies to a variety of case studies. Included are hard-to-manage situations that commonly occur in hospital settings and a discussion of solutions that will keep patients safe and get glucose levels to goal. In addition, sample basal/bolus and insulin drip guidelines plus lots of resource articles are included. 

Don’t worry if you can’t join us live, registrants have access to the recorded program and podcast for one full year.


Coach Beverly’s goal is to support our Diabetes Education Community and provide meaningful resources that are useful for your daily practice.

Click this link to Visit our FREE Resources Catalog Page

  • 10 Steps to Succeed
  • App Information – Best Diabetes Apps
  • Article Library
  • Blog Bytes
  • CDCES Coach App
  • Cheat Sheet Resource Page
  • Free Webinars with Coach Bev (Prep for CDCES, BC-ADM, and more!)
  • Medication PocketCards
  • Question of the Week
  • Supplement Information
  • Teaching Tools Instructional Videos
  • DiaBingo

You’re invited to our Upcoming Webinars!

See Full Calendar for Diabetes Education Services Webinars and Seminars


Starting your journey to becoming a CDCES?

Join us live August 10th at 11:30 am PST for our

Preparing for the CDCES Exam FREE Webinar

This course will transform your test anxiety into calm self-confidence and test taking readiness.

Can’t join us live?
Don’t worry, register and we will send you a link to the recorded version.

Webinar Topics

Read More: Preparing for CDCES Exam Webinar Topics

Preparing for the CDCES Exam |
FREE Webinar

  • Exam requirement updates for 2022.
  • Exam eligibility and test format
  • Strategies to succeed along with a review of study tips and test-taking tactics.
  • We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.
  • Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDCES Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test-taking tips!


What is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

Read More: What is a CDCES?

First awarded in 1986, as Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential and in 2020 with a new name: Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) to more accurately reflect the specialty. CDCES has become a standard of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education. Those who hold this certification are known to possess comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, management, and prediabetes.

Becoming a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) is one of the best professional and personal decisions I have ever made.” – Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM


Why become a CDCES?
Three Reasons from Coach Beverly

Read More: 3 Reasons to Become a CDCES

The best part of becoming a CDCES is working with my colleagues and people living with diabetes. As diabetes educators, we hear compelling and beautiful life stories. I am astounded by the barriers they face and inspired by their adaptability, problem-solving skills, and resilience.

– Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM

Reason 1: CDCES is a widely recognized certification by employers and health care professionals throughout the U.S.  This credential demonstrates a specialized and in-depth knowledge in the prevention and treatment of individuals living with pre-diabetes and diabetes.

Reason 2: Currently, 10% of people in the U.S. have diabetes and another 35% have pre-diabetes which means 45% of Americans are running around with elevated blood glucose levels.  Given this epidemic, there will be plenty of future job opportunities.

Reason 3: Having my CDCES along with my nursing degree, has opened many doors of opportunity; from working as an inpatient Diabetes Nurse Specialist in a hospital to working as a Manager of Diabetes Education in the outpatient setting to starting my own consulting company.


CDCES Online Prep Bundle (Levels 1, 2, and 3) +

ADCES Review Guide with 480+ Practice Questions

This bundle includes our CDCES Online Prep Bundle (featured above) plus the ADCES Review Guide.

The online bundle includes Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 (Boot Camp), plus two bonus courses. The ADCES Review Guide offers over 480+ practice questions and is a fantastic independent study tool and comprehensive resource for the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Exam.


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Announcing our Special Scholarship Recipient – Judith Paul

When Judith reached out to us for guidance to achieve her dream of becoming a CDCES, her sincerity and passion for improving diabetes care were immediately evident.

Judith contacted us last winter as she was preparing to take the CDCES exam. Through our phone conversations, her passion for Diabetes Care stood out.; she is inquisitive, enthusiastic, and has a strong desire to provide the best diabetes care possible.

Through our conversations, I got to know Judith very well. She had moved here several years ago from Haiti with a goal to become an RN, and eventually a Diabetes Educator. For Judith, diabetes is very dear to her heart as she has close family members who live with diabetes. She saw firsthand the devastating effects it can have when someone doesn’t receive adequate care.

Judith Paul embodies what it means to be a Diabetes Advocate

Becoming a CDCES is not an easy journey for anyone. A health care professional has to demonstrate 1000 hours of diabetes self-management work experience, earn CE’s, apply online and pay the testing fee of $350. Then there is the grueling four-hour exam, with complicated questions that use precise and nuanced language. Preparing for the exam requires months of dedicated study and preparation.

Making a Difference Scholarship

As I got to know Judith more, I felt should we be a great candidate for our “Making a Difference” Scholarship. We usually only offer this award once a year in the Spring to candidates who are making significant contributions to improving diabetes care in their community, but Judith’s desire and determination won our hearts. We awarded Judith free access to our CDCES Prep Bundle, to support her dream to become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Judith fully immersed herself in her studies. Over time, I could hear the changes in her language as she moved towards a more person-centered approach.

After months of dedicated studying, she passed her CDCES Exam this June!

We are so proud of you, Judith, and know that you are going to continue being a fantastic model for your colleagues to provide outstanding care for people living with diabetes!


Judith’s Story in Her Own Words

I am so excited to let Diabetes Education Services know that I recently passed the CDCES exam! I have dreamed of becoming a CDCES since 2017 and my thanks go to coach Beverly and Bryana for helping me make my dream a reality. My passion about diabetes education and those living with the disease drove me, along with my desire to share accurate and compelling information with patients and colleagues to help improve care.

I heard about Diabetes Education Services from a co-worker in December 2021 when I spoke with Bryanna. She was very professional, intelligent, kind, and helpful. She explained the program in detail and answered all of my questions and she provided me with information about the classes, online courses, free resources, App access, and much more. I am beyond grateful for all the support I received from coach Beverly and Bryanna. Coach Beverly made learning so fun and easy to understand. She teaches exactly the way I learn. I always looked forward to attending classes, listening to the webinar, podcast, and taking the quizzes. Her passion, knowledge and love for people living with diabetes are exceptional and she has inspired me even more. I have become more passionate, caring, and knowledgeable and I found myself talking to patients more effectively thanks to her example. Where I used to say “diabetic”, “obesity”, or “blood glucose not in control”, now I use phrases like “people with diabetes”, “participant with excess weight”, “blood glucose above target”, etc.

I found the CDCES exam so EASY because of the coaching program and your teaching style was exactly what I needed to be successful. You provided me with all the tools and resources that I needed. Coach Beverly’s program has the WHOLE package for people like me who need to learn about special situations such as pregnancy or pediatric, and also about diabetes technology. I learned test-taking strategies like choosing the best answers by using a process of elimination. I have attended other diabetes courses in the past, but I had never felt ready for the exam until I attended your program. During the exam I felt ready, confident, calm, and well prepared and I smiled as I heard Coach Beverly’s voice in my head. Coach Beverly not only teaches what you need to know to be successful in the CDCES exam, but also, she teaches how to be an excellent diabetes educator. Throughout the entire program, I felt like I had my own, personal coach and tutor. Beverly and Bryanna always responded to my emails and my last-minute questions in a timely manner.

Again, THANK YOU Coach Beverly, Bryanna, and all of the Diabetes Education Services staff for helping me make my dream a reality. As a person with a strong family history of diabetes, passing the CDCES exam is a HUGE personal accomplishment for me, and I could NOT have earned this certification without the Diabetes Education Services program. I plan to use Diabetes Education Services to obtain my CEUs and to polish my skills.

If someone is considering becoming a CDCES, they should absolutely consider this program. The designations CDCES after my name came from hard work and with help and support from Diabetes Education Services. Thank you, and I highly recommend you.

Judith Paul, BSN, RN, CCM, CDCES


Starting your journey to becoming a CDCES?

Join us live August 10th at 11:30 am PST for our

Preparing for the CDCES Exam FREE Webinar

This course will transform your test anxiety into calm self-confidence and test taking readiness.

Can’t join us live?
Don’t worry, register and we will send you a link to the recorded version.

Webinar Topics

Read More: Preparing for CDCES Exam Webinar Topics

Preparing for the CDCES Exam |
FREE Webinar

  • Exam requirement updates for 2022.
  • Exam eligibility and test format
  • Strategies to succeed along with a review of study tips and test-taking tactics.
  • We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.
  • Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDCES Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test-taking tips!


What is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

Read More: What is a CDCES?

First awarded in 1986, as Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential and in 2020 with a new name: Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) to more accurately reflect the specialty. CDCES has become a standard of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education. Those who hold this certification are known to possess comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, management, and prediabetes.

Becoming a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) is one of the best professional and personal decisions I have ever made.” – Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM


Why become a CDCES?
Three Reasons from Coach Beverly

Read More: 3 Reasons to Become a CDCES

The best part of becoming a CDCES is working with my colleagues and people living with diabetes. As diabetes educators, we hear compelling and beautiful life stories. I am astounded by the barriers they face and inspired by their adaptability, problem-solving skills, and resilience.

– Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM

Reason 1: CDCES is a widely recognized certification by employers and health care professionals throughout the U.S.  This credential demonstrates a specialized and in-depth knowledge in the prevention and treatment of individuals living with pre-diabetes and diabetes.

Reason 2: Currently, 10% of people in the U.S. have diabetes and another 35% have pre-diabetes which means 45% of Americans are running around with elevated blood glucose levels.  Given this epidemic, there will be plenty of future job opportunities.

Reason 3: Having my CDCES along with my nursing degree, has opened many doors of opportunity; from working as an inpatient Diabetes Nurse Specialist in a hospital to working as a Manager of Diabetes Education in the outpatient setting to starting my own consulting company.


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Rationale of the Week | Why is Diabetes Foot Care So Important?

For last week’s practice question, we quizzed test takers on why diabetes foot care is important. 91% of respondents chose the best answer. We want to share this important information, so you can pass it on to people living with diabetes and your colleagues, plus prepare for exam success!

Before we start though, if you don’t want any spoilers and haven’t tried the question yet, you can answer it below: Answer Question

Question: Why is it important that people with diabetes pay special attention to taking care of their feet?

Answer Choices:

  1. Years of insulin injections can increase risk of lower extremity complications.
  2. People with diabetes often experience changes in lower extremity sensation and circulation.
  3. Unusual skin growths are associated with diabetes unless preventative measures are routinely used.
  4. Everyone with diabetes needs a referral to a Podiatrist to prevent foot problems from starting.

As shown above, the most common choice was option 2, the second most common answer was option 4, then a tie for options 1 and 3.

Getting to the Best Answer

Answer 1 is incorrect. 1.39% chose this answer, “Years of insulin injections can increase risk of lower extremity complications.” Insulin injections don’t increase the risk of lower extremity problems and they might even reduce the risk of vascular disease by improving blood glucose levels.

Answer 2 is correct. 91.29% of you chose this answer, “People with diabetes often experience changes in lower extremity sensation and circulation.” YES, GREAT JOB. Diabetes can contribute to increased risk of vessel disease and neuropathy if blood glucose levels and blood pressure readings are chronically above target. Of course, genetics and environment also play a role in increasing or decreasing the risk of lower extremity complications. By providing people with diabetes strategies to protect lower extremities and care for their feet, health care professionals make a big dent in improving outcomes. We have free patient education handouts that you are welcome to share with the clients you serve. Foot Care Teaching Sheet – Steps to Healthy Feet. This handout covers the important elements of foot care for people living with diabetes with simple and straightforward language and is also available in Spanish, Foot Care Teaching Sheet in Spanish– Pasos Para Tener Pies Sanos.

Answer 3 is incorrect. 1.39% of respondents chose this answer, “Unusual skin growths are associated with diabetes unless preventative measures are routinely used.” People with diabetes are not at increased risk of skin growths, however they are at risk for fungal infections, especially if blood sugars are elevated. Keeping feet clean and dry, especially in between toes can help ward off infections and interdigit maceration. We have free patient education handouts that you are welcome to share with the clients you serve. Foot Care Teaching Sheet – Steps to Healthy Feet. This handout covers the important elements of foot care for people living with diabetes with simple and straightforward language and is also available in Spanish, Foot Care Teaching Sheet in Spanish– Pasos Para Tener Pies Sanos.

Finally, Answer 4 is incorrect. 5.92% chose this answer, “Everyone with diabetes needs a referral to a Podiatrist to prevent foot problems from starting.” A person with diabetes, well managed glucose levels, who can safely provide their own foot care does not need a referral to a Podiatrist. However, people with neuropathy, vascular disease, foot deformities, thick toenails, or a history of foot problems, usually benefit from being referred to a Podiatrist for assessment and care. You can download or free 3 Steps to Save Feet – Assess, Screen, Report Handout.  This handout walks health care professionals through the steps involved in a 10-minute foot assessment and monofilament screening. Also includes a Screening Form to document and report findings.


Want to learn more about this question?
Enroll in our Foot Screening Bundle, now on Sale!

This bundle includes our 3 Steps to Save Feet; Assess, Screen, and Report Webinar + 20-pack of Monofilament + ADA Foot Screening Chart

People with diabetes are at increased risk of foot complications. Basic foot care education and intervention can reduce the risk of amputation by over 50 percent.

This bundle comes with our:

We have included instructions on assessing and inspecting feet, risk assessment, and action steps. We enhanced the teaching tools and forms from the Lower Extremity Prevention Program (LEAP) and are excited to share them with our community of diabetes advocates.

FREE Handouts and Resources

Read More: FREE Handouts and Resources

3 Steps to Save Feet – Assess, Screen, Report Handout.  This handout walks health care professionals through the steps involved in a 10-minute foot assessment and monofilament screening. Also includes a Screening Form to document and report findings.

Foot Care Teaching Sheet – Steps to Healthy Feet. This handout covers the important elements of foot care for people living with diabetes with simple and straightforward language.

Foot Care Teaching Sheet in Spanish– Pasos Para Tener Pies Sanos. This handout covers the important elements of foot care for people living with diabetes with simple and straightforward language.


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FREE Toolkit: A 3 Step Process to Save Feet

All health care professionals are invited to learn how to assess feet.

FREE Foot Care Toolkit

We have created a Foot Care Toolkit! This toolkit includes a Handout on how to perform a 10-minute foot assessment, a patient education handout, plus a FREE webinar detailing how to use these tools. Plus, we now offer discounted monofilaments that you can use in your practice setting.

3 Steps to Save Feet – Assess, Screen, Report Handout.  This handout walks health care professionals through the steps involved in a 10-minute foot assessment and monofilament screening. Also includes a Screening Form to document and report findings.

Foot Care Teaching Sheet – Steps to Healthy Feet. This handout covers the important elements of foot care for people living with diabetes with simple and straightforward language.

Foot Care Teaching Sheet in Spanish– Pasos Para Tener Pies Sanos. This handout covers the important elements of foot care for people living with diabetes with simple and straightforward language.

FREE Webinar Airs July 19th! Coach Beverly will walk participants through the 3 Step Process to Save Feet; Assess, Screen and Report.   She will provide simple and clear instructions on how to assess and inspect feet, along with risk assessment and action steps. We will share free teaching tools, strategies, and documentation forms adapted from the Lower Extremity Prevention Program (LEAP) that you can immediately implement in your practice setting.

No matter your profession, learning the basics of lower extremity assessment can help you to identify when people with diabetes are in jeopardy of serious foot problems. Basic foot care assessment and education can reduce the risk of amputation by over 50%.

According to a 2019 article published in Diabetes Care, the rate of amputations in the U.S. is increasing. Each year, people with diabetes experience over 100,000 non-traumatic amputations. In the United States, every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, and every day 230 Americans with diabetes will suffer an amputation.

There are also major health disparities in people at the highest risk of losing lower extremities. African Americans are 4 times more likely to experience diabetes-related amputation than whites.

If each one of us reading this article prevented ONE amputation, we could prevent 40, 000 amputations.

By assessing and screening for feet at risk, including using a monofilament to detect loss of protective sensation, diabetes health care professionals can immediately identify high-risk feet and take steps to protect lower extremities.

Learn how to take an active role in decreasing this devastating loss of limb and often life.


Join us for our new FREE Webinar
3 Steps to Save Feet: Assess, Screen, Report

FREE Webinar Airs July 19th! Coach Beverly will walk participants through the 3 Step Process to Save Feet; Assess, Screen and Report.   She will provide simple and clear instructions on how to assess and inspect feet, along with risk assessment and action steps. We will share free teaching tools, strategies, and documentation forms adapted from the Lower Extremity Prevention Program (LEAP) that you can immediately implement in your practice setting.

Topics include:

  • Effective foot assessment made easy
  • How to use a monofilament to assess sensation
  • Using a screening form to report findings

All health care professionals are invited to join us to learn strategies to protect lower extremities during this FREE Webinar (no CEs) or enroll for $19 for 1.0 CE.

We are excited to share this life-saving information with our community of diabetes advocates.

Can’t join us live?
Don’t worry, we will send you a link to the recorded version.

Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, BC-ADM, CDCES

Author, Nurse, Educator, Clinician and Innovator, Beverly has specialized in diabetes management for over twenty years. As president and founder of Diabetes Educational Services, Beverly is dedicated to optimizing diabetes care and improving the lives of those with diabetes.


NEW! Order Monofilament (5.07) for Diabetes Foot Screening 20-Pack

People with diabetes are at increased risk of foot complications. By using a 5.07 monofilament (delivers 10gms of linear pressure) to assess for loss of sensation, diabetes health care professionals can immediately identify high-risk feet and take steps to protect lower extremities. Basic foot care education and intervention can reduce the risk of amputation by over 50 percent.

We are excited to provide these single-use 5.07 monofilaments in packs of 20. 

We have included instructions on how to assess and inspect feet, along with risk assessment and action steps. We enhanced the teaching tools and forms from the Lower Extremity Prevention Program (LEAP) and are excited to share them with our community of diabetes advocates.


Want to learn more about Diabetes Care?  Join us for our

Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference
30+ CEs

Airs October 12-14th, 2022

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Join us LIVE for this Virtual Course and enjoy a sense of community!

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll benefit from this virtual conference with the latest research plus critical content that you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

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If you are seeking a state-of-the-art review of current diabetes care, this course is for you. Our team has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years, and we know what you need. This program can also be a great addition to your CDCES or BC-ADM exam study plan.

Team of expert faculty includes:

  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020
  • Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM
  • Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES, Diabetes Program Coordinator

Two Registration Options

Don’t worry if you can’t make it live. Your registration guarantees access to the recorded version in the Online University.

All hours earned count toward your CDCES Accreditation Information


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