You’re Invited! FREE Gut & Skin Bacteria Webinar Today

November is National Diabetes Month. We are celebrating with our annual Gut Bacteria Webinar. Join Us!

Register for FREE Webinar – Getting to the Gut & Skin, Meet Your Microbiome airs TODAY, November 9th at 11:30 am PST

Can’t make the live version? That’s okay. Just register to receive the link to the recorded version later today.

Join the wonderment as we explore the role of our Microbiome.


New Webinar topics:

  • Discuss the latest research on our microbiome
  • Describe the link between COVID and gut bacterial health
  • Discuss the role of the skin microbiome in health and body weight
  • Describe the importance of diet during pregnancy to promote the baby’s healthy microbiome.
  • State the relationship between gut health and diabetes risk
  • Describe 3 strategies to get our microbiome back to better health.

“This Webinar is filled with Bev’s energy, knowledge, and passion for diabetes that she replicates in all her teachings. She puts a demand on herself to be a mentor to all. Her information is well organized, full of current/relevant research, and helps CDCES’ view into the future as a changing world impacts diabetics. I find her to be the most exciting and engaging educator and … OUTSTANDING teacher!!” – recent participant

This one-hour complimentary journey will expand your view of how the trillions of bacterial hitchhikers profoundly influence our health. We will discuss how foods, the environment, and our medical practices have impacted our gut bacteria over time and strategies we can take to protect these old friends.


New Updated Pocketcards Printed and Ready

Emily Gibbons– “My coworker just ordered a bunch of these cards for the physicians we work with in the hospital. They are awesome. You guys are the best! I will continue to give you business.”

Our four-sided medication accordion Pocketcards were designed by Coach Beverly Thomassian to assist in clinical practice and exam preparation. One of our best sellers, the Diabetes Medication PocketCard is perfect for all Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.

Updates Include:

  • The GLP-1 RA, dulaglutide, (Trulicity), has two new higher doses.
  • There is a new biosimilar basal insulin called Semglee.
  • Canagliflozin (Invokana) removed the black box warning.

Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!

Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.* 

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

November Newsletter | You’re Invited to Celebrate Diabetes Month | 2 FREE Webinars

November is an exciting month. We celebrate National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day. Plus, we get to exercise our right to vote.

I love this quote by Sharon Salzberg, “Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world.”

Ms. Salzberg’s expression is the perfect segue to this year’s Diabetes Month Celebration theme; Taking care of Youth with Diabetes. When we take care of children with diabetes, we are making a long-term commitment to our families, communities, and the future. Diabetes Specialists are natural advocates for children and families living with diabetes.

We are excited to share helpful resources to support you with ongoing advocacy, education, and emotional support for young people living with diabetes.

November also kicks off our holiday season extravaganza. Celebrating during a pandemic is going to present many challenging situations and awkward conversations around safety. To help out, we are sharing our Stress Management Strategies for the Holidays handout. Plus, our dietitian expert, Dawn DeSoto, bravely explores her personal story of stress and sugar overconsumption. She provides some delicious low sugar recipes to help ease us through the holidays.

Lastly, as part of our annual celebration, we are excited to invite you to two FREE Webinars. Diabetes Management in Tots to Teens and our Gut & Skin Microbiome Webinar. We will look into COVID and gut health plus explore some new science that might change our showering habits.

We are grateful for family and friends. We are thankful for each one of you and the message of hope you share with our diabetes community.

In health and gratitude,

Coach Beverly, Bryanna, and Jackson

Click here to read our full November newsletter.
Sign up for our newsletter


FREE Webinar – Getting to the Gut, Meet Your Microbiome airs November 9th at 11:15 am PST

Join the wonderment as we explore the role of our Microbiome.


“This Webinar is filled with Bev’s energy, knowledge, and passion for diabetes that she replicates in all her teachings. She puts a demand on herself to be a mentor to all. Her information is well organized, full of current/relevant research, and helps CDCES’ view into the future as a changing world impacts diabetics. I find her to be the most exciting and engaging educator and … OUTSTANDING teacher!!” – recent participant

This one-hour complimentary journey will expand your view of how the trillions of bacterial hitchhikers profoundly influence our health. We will discuss how foods, the environment, and our medical practices have impacted our gut bacteria over time and strategies we can take to protect these old friends.

Webinar topics:

  • Discuss the latest research on our microbiome
  • State the relationship between gut health and diabetes risk
  • Describe 3 strategies to get our microbiome back to better health.

Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!

Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.* 

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Preparing for the CDCES Exam | Free Webinar | November 5, 2020

Studying for the CDCES exam?
Join us for our FREE webinar
Preparing for the CDCES Exam 2020

November 5, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (PST)

Unsure about updates for the 2020 exam?

Coach Beverly offers this FREE webinar to help get you to prepare for the CDCES Exam. All her tips and tricks are meant to ease your mind and reflect the updates to the CDCES content outline.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Implications of new certification name, CDCES for our specialty
  • Exam requirement updates for 2020
  • 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!

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

See our Preparing for CDCES Resource Page >>


Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!

Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.* 

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

“Making a Difference” Online Scholarship Due Sept. 10th

Attention Diabetes Advocates. This pandemic can stop us from offering our annual Diabetes Ed Conference, but it can’t stop us from offering our “Making a Difference” Scholarship!

We are awarding TWO Online Scholarships for our DiabetesEd Specialist Deluxe Online Prep Bundle, worth 44 CEs and valued at $429. Apply today!

We love recognizing and rewarding diabetes advocates who are making a difference in their community. In particular, we are looking for applicants who might be facing financial hardships and are working toward certification (CDCES). In light of the recognition of health disparities in our communities, we are seeking to award health care professionals who are making a difference through their daily actions, volunteer activities and advocacy work.

Coach Beverly chose her favorite (and most comprehensive) online course package, DiabetesEd Specialist Deluxe Online Prep Bundle, as our Scholarship Award.

This online course bundle is perfect for ambitious health care professionals who are working toward becoming a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). The scholarship includes enrollment in the Deluxe Bundle for one year.

Two Scholarship recipients will be awarded FREE enrollment in the DiabetesEd Specialist Deluxe Prep Bundle.

The application is due September 10, 2020, so apply TODAY! (see application below)

Deluxe Prep Online Bundle Includes:

  • Level 1 – Diabetes Fundamentals
  • Level 2 – Standards of Care 
  • Level 3 – Boot Camp (Live stream starts Sept 16, 2020)
  • Test Taking Toolkit – over 220 practice questions!
  • Technology Toolkit – Insulin pumps, sensors, and calculations, oh my!
  • Bonus Course: Mindfulness and Compassion in the Diabetes Encounter 

The goal of this Online “Making a Difference” Scholarship is three-fold:

  1. To recognize U.S. health care professionals who are making a difference in their community; and
  2. To support applicants’ effort to become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and
  3. To provide financial assistance with the DiabetesEd Specialist Deluxe Online Prep Bundle

If you are passionate about diabetes education, actively involved in advocating for diabetes care, and ready to participate in our Online University Courses, you are invited to apply for a complimentary online registration scholarship. Please download and complete the application below.


Scholarship Application:

We are excited to offer the “Making a Difference” scholarship that covers the cost of online course registration (valued at $429). Applicants must currently reside within the United States.  If you are interested, please download and complete the scholarship application below.

Scholarship Application – Due September 10th, 2020 for the Deluxe Prep Online Bundle

Click here to download the Scholarship Application.


Our very first Scholarship recipient, Susan Stauffer, with her teenage son who has Type 1 Diabetes. “He is my inspiration.”

2019 Sacramento Recipient

Cheryl Woolf is a recipient of our “Making a Difference Scholarship” for so many reasons! We honor Cheryl for her outstanding contribution as a volunteer and her fierce advocacy efforts for people with diabetes in her community. Cheryl works with Cities Changing Diabetes, to help bring resources to those living with diabetes in the Houston area, including developing an online learning center for healthcare professionals and people with diabetes.

She also volunteers weekly at a 7-acre urban farm to help combat the food desert in a community with high rates of diabetes and hypertension. Cheryl’s commitment to not only make resources available but to also advocate for empathy and compassion towards people with diabetes makes her an excellent recipient!


2019 Sacramento Recipient

Anna Wren is also one of our scholarship recipients for her dedication in providing care to anyone with diabetes. Located in rural Idaho, Anna is the sole instructor that provides multiple free events in three different counties through support, education, healthy cooking, medication options, and fun activities.

She also provides free education to local schools to help children and teens. Anna is passionate about providing resources and keeping costs down for people with diabetes. Thank you for all you do!


Carmel 2015 Recipient

Betsy Swinny is an RN at Baptist Health Systems in San Antonio, Texas.  She currently works in critical care and has managed the acute complications of diabetes.  She also volunteers her time at a variety of community events sponsored by the Baptist Health System, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Antonio Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.  Two of her most important patients and her inspiration, are her husband and son who both have type 1 diabetes.  Betsy is committed to helping patients with diabetes as well as pre-diabetic patients.  Betsy is committed to improving the health and well-being of patients with type 1 and types 2 diabetes.  Congratulations Betsy!


Our Summer 2020 Boot Camp begins September 16th!

In each webinar, either Coach Beverly, Dr. Isaacs, or Ms. Armstrong, highlight the critical content of each topic area, so you can focus your study time most efficiently. They also launch multiple poll questions to help participants focus on key concepts and assess their knowledge while learning the best test-taking strategies. 

2020 Boot Camp Live Stream Webinar Schedule with Coach Beverly

All courses air at 11:30 a.m. (PST)

  1. Diabetes – Not Just Hyperglycemia | Sept 16
  2. ADA Standards of Care | Sept 23
  3. Insulin Therapy – From Basal/Bolus to Pattern Management | Sept 30
  4. Insulin Intensive – Monitoring, Sick Days, Lower Extremities | Oct 7
  5. Meds for Type 2 | Oct 14
  6. Exercise and Preventing Microvascular Complications | Oct 21
  7. Coping & Behavior Change | Oct 28
  8. “The Big Finish” Test Taking Boot Camp | Nov 4

Can’t make it live?
No worries! All video presentations and podcasts will be available now on-demand.


Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!


AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Preparing For the CDCES Exam 2020 Free Webinar | September 3, 2020

FREE webinar, September 3, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (PST)

Unsure about updates for the 2020 exam?

Coach Beverly offers this FREE webinar to help get you to prepare for the CDCES Exam. All her tips and tricks are meant to ease your mind and reflect the updates to the CDCES content outline.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Implications of new certification name, CDCES for our specialty
  • Exam requirement updates for 2020
  • 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!

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

See our Preparing for CDCES Resource Page >>


Test Taking Toolkit (220+ practice questions) 

Whether you are preparing for the updated CDCES or BC-ADM exam, this test-taking toolkit is designed to prepare you for success.

This toolkit includes two courses with over 220 practice questions to help you prepare and simulate the exam.

  • ADA Standards Test Taking Tips
  • Preparing for CDCES Practice Exam

Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!


AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Setting Up a Successful Diabetes Program | FREE Webinar

Join live August 26th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (PST)

Watch for Free or 1.5 CEs | $29.00

This program provides you with a succinct overview of the latest standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Support Programs. It also provides insights into the exam philosophy and also highlights critical content areas.

Topics include:

  • Describe steps involved in setting up a DSMES Program
  • List DSMES program essentials
  • Discuss marketing strategies for success

Perfect for those planning to take the CDCES or BC-ADM or for those seeking a Standards update.


We are now offering the option to join the Level 2 Webinars live stream for free!

“Excellent as usual! Love Bev’s passion and energy. Thank you for all you do, I appreciate you plenty!! You guys are the absolute best as offering individuals that are not in need of CEs the opportunity to benefit by listening to the content without financial strain is huge, especially during these unprecedented times of furlough/layoff. Thank you and stay well”

Free viewing without CEs – This option is available for those who want to join the live stream of the Level 2 webinars(s), but don’t need CEs. More info here.

Need CEs? You can purchase the course, which includes the live stream webinar, recorded on-demand videos, podcasts, handouts, and additional resources. Register here.

Watch for FREE recorded webinar (no CEs).


Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!


AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

FREE Prep for BC-ADM Exam Webinar | Aug 20

Join us Aug 20, 2020 @ 11:30 – 12:40 p.m. PST

Many of you are curious about the steps involved in becoming a BC-ADM. Thank you for reaching out to us with your questions about eligibility and study strategies. Coach Beverly will be providing answers to your questions interwoven with her own journey to achieve her Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM).

Becoming Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) is an excellent professional goal for diabetes specialists with an advanced degree in their field and a professional license as an advanced practice nurse, registered dietitian, or registered pharmacist or provider.

The person holding the BC-ADM credential skillfully manages complex patient needs and assists patients with their therapeutic problem-solving. Within their scope of practice, healthcare professionals who hold the BC-ADM certification:

  • Adjust medications
  • Treat and monitor acute and chronic complications and other comorbidities
  • Counsel patients on lifestyle modifications
  • Address psychosocial issues
  • Participate in research and mentoring

The scope of advanced diabetes practice includes clinical management skills such as medication adjustment, medical nutrition therapy, exercise planning, counseling for behavior management, and psycho-social issues. There is a focus on research, national standards, medical management of diabetes, and co-conditions, with a person-centered care approach.


Preparing for the BC-ADM Exam |
FREE Webinar

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

This free webinar will review BC-ADM requirements for the current year.

Coach Beverly will discuss:

  • exam eligibility and test format,
  • strategies to succeed
  • study tips and test-taking tactics.

She will also review sample test questions and reasoning behind choosing the right answers. We hope you can join us.

Aug 20, 2020 @ 11:30 – 12:40 p.m. PST

For more information on Preparing for the BC-ADM exam, visit our BC-ADM exam prep resource page.


The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.
**To satisfy the requirement for renewal of certification by continuing education for the Certification Board for Diabetes Care & Education (CBDCE), continuing education activities must be applicable to diabetes and approved by a provider on the CBDCE List of Recognized Providers (www.ncbde.org). CBDCE does not approve of continuing education. Diabetes Education Services is accredited/approved by the Commission of Dietetic Registration which is on the list of CBDCE Recognized Providers.”


Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!

CV Disease & Diabetes | FREE Webinar

Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes Standards 2020

Watch for Free or 1.5 CEs | $29.00

Perfect for those planning to take the CDCES or BC-ADM or for those seeking an update.

Diabetes Specialists have a critical role in advocating for CV reduction. Coach Beverly is extending a special invitation to join this webinar on the latest standards for CV reduction.

This webinar addresses:

  • insulin resistance syndrome and vascular complications.
  • impact of vessel disease from the heart to the toes.
  • prevention of vascular disease
  • strategies to achieve goals of care.

We are now offering the option to join the Level 2 Webinars live stream for free!

“Excellent as usual! Love Bev’s passion and energy. Thank you for all you do, I appreciate you plenty!! You guys are the absolute best as offering individuals that are not in need of CEs the opportunity to benefit by listening to the content without financial strain is huge, especially during these unprecedented times of furlough/layoff. Thank you and stay well”

Free viewing without CEs – This option is available for those who want to join the live stream of the Level 2 webinars(s), but don’t need CEs. More info here.

Need CEs? You can purchase the course, which includes the live stream webinar, recorded on-demand videos, podcast, handouts and additional resources. Register here.

Watch for FREE recorded webinar (no CEs).


Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!


AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Diabetes Blog Bytes

Sign up now to receive the latest Blog Bytes in your inbox.

Upcoming Courses & Events

    Live Seminars

  • N/A

View Full Calendar