CDE® Graduate Success Stories!

SuccesslogoOur Boot Campers and Course Attendees share their Success!

Success Rate! The majority of ours students go on to pass the exam. We celebrate their success and cheer our students on each step of the way. We know how much hard work and sacrifice goes into getting that passing score. Congratulations to every one of you!

If you have passed the CDE®* Exam, please send us your photo and a note. We would love to celebrate your achievement and serve as an encouragement to others! 

 Here are some of our CDE® Success Stories!


“I just passed my CDE and i am so so grateful to you for helping guide me through this exciting (nerve-wracking) process! 
Beverly you are an exceptional guiding light. I hear your voice in my head all day. Thank you for your invaluable wisdom and boot camp!!
So happy, so blessed to have found you.” 
– Misti Gueron MS, RDN, CDE


“I went into the test feeling great! Listening to Coach Bev on the webinars was delightful. She explains everything so well with real life examples that just make sense and really helps you relate. From the first webinar I was hooked. I would highly recommend her webinars. Thanks for helping me pass the CDE exam. On the day of my exam I felt prepared and confident. 

I would also like to add I am considered a type 1. I always tell my patients “I’m not only talking the talk, I’m walking the walk right along side you” and now I can add that I’m also a Certified Diabetic Educator.. so very elated to have this certificate. This one is personal! I feel privileged to have it! It was not an easy exam but I kept remembering little tips that Coach Beverly said and it worked. I seriously did the superwoman pose about four times during the exam too! Thank you!!”
– Maria Villafane CDE
 


“When I first set out to take the CDE exam I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of content I needed to learn. I used all of the Level 1, 2, and 3 courses as my main method of reviewing information. The courses consolidated all of the information really well, and helped me make the most out of my study time. I am an auditory and hands on learner so the webinars plus quizzes were extremely helpful to me. Beverly made the learning fun, easy and applicable! It’s clear that she has a genuine passion for diabetes education. These courses are an absolute must have for anyone looking to take the CDE Exam. Not only did they effectively help me prepare for the exam, they have helped me become a better educator.”
Kacey Conyers, MS, RD, LD, CDE


“Anyone, and I mean…ANYONE, that is interested in taking the CDE exam or simply becoming well versed in diabetes management — should take Beverly Thomassian’s courses. These tools along with various additional resources prepared me wonderfully to sit for the examination. I was not confident that I would pass (why? I DO NOT KNOW), yet I did – with an excellent score! 
 
Beverly is the real deal and down-to-earth. Becoming a CDE requires a large wealth of information, and she consolidates the main themes wonderfully. I appreciate that I even got a personal email from her, congratulating my success. What company owner and well read instructor does that? Only someone who is one of a kind. Dear reader, you may be feeling the same way that I felt initially; please hear me when I say: “Utilize Diabetes Education Services!”
– A. Fortenberry, RD, CDE


“Becoming a CDE has been a dream since my days in undergraduate. After becoming a Registered Dietitian I began to count down the days and hours needed to become eligible to sit for the CDE exam. Taking the online diabetes course helped me to focus on my weaknesses and helped me gain the confidence to succeed in the exam. To prepare for the exam I used the Level 3- CDE Boot Camp as my main study tool and supplemented courses from Level 2- Beyond Fundamentals to fill in a few knowledge gaps.  I would listen to each presentation over and over to the point that my wife felt she was studying also! I highly recommend this program to any looking to become a Certified Diabetes Educator. Thank you Beverly and the entire Diabetes Education Services team!”

-Corey Colson, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE


“When first looking into the possibility of becoming a CDE, I was pretty overwhelmed with the vast amount of material that the CDE test covers. However, I had the opportunity to purchase a package of webinars as well as attend the training in Carmel, CA. I could tell right away that Bev and her team had a passion for Diabetes Education that was totally different than AADE’s trainings or webinars. All of the information they presented made the knowledge stick in a personal way. It also gave me a new inspiration for working with patients with Diabetes and supporting their journey. 2 months after the Carmel training, I’m a CDE and loving my work with Diabetes!”
– Dylan Jones M.S. RDN, LD, CES, CDE


“In preparation for the CDE, I signed up for the CDE Prep Bundle Level 1,2,3. I also purchased the very large book: The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management . While probably a great resource for Diabetic Educators, I found it to be way to large and overwhelming as a study resource.  I found the  CDE prep bundle to be clear and concise. I prefer audio learning and found it great that I could listen ” on the go.” I studied  in my car, in the dentist’s waiting room, while cleaning the house, etc. I listened to the entire series and found that each and every lecture offered something of importance. On exam day, to my great surprise, there were about 5 questions I had already done during the  online practice tests.  Additionally, I really liked Beverly’s  teaching style. She seems so genuine and I just have the feeling that she is a very kind person. Thank You!!” – Jennifer Becker PA-C, CDE and Person w/Type 1 Diabetes


“I passed my CDE exam, what an amazing feeling! A huge thank you to Beverly and her team. I highly recommend Beverly’s CDE Prep Bundle levels 1, 2, and 3 fundamentals course. Beverly is absolutely amazing. She not only made learning fun, easy to understand, and extremely informative. Her PowerPoints are to the point, easy to follow, and I loved her enthusiasm on the podcasts and in person. She provides so many great resources and tips along the way, in which I use in my own practice today! I had the pleasure of attending the diabetes educator course conference in San Diego and absolutely loved it.  Beverly is such a role model for all future diabetes educators with her extensive expertise, passion, and love for this community. Thank you Beverly and team for supporting me through this journey!” – Crystal Orozco, RDN, CDE


“Thank you doesn’t feel like enough to tell Beverly how much I appreciate her educational sessions. I had previously taken the CDE exam three times and failed by two or three points. After purchasing her  CDE prep bundle, I took a month to study using her webinars/sessions. I took my fourth test on 02/07/2018 and passed!!! I know I wouldn’t have been able to pass on my own.  The CDE exam is harder than the NCLEX!! Beverly doesn’t just give you the technical and practical information needed to be an educator, she teaches you how to look beyond the medication and formulas and see the patient as a person. The material covered in her sessions is thorough and up to date.  The educational sessions, boot camps, and the CDE app make passing a sure bet. But more importantly, Beverly’s passion concerning Diabetes Education spills over  and makes one a better educator. I wish I would have began studying with her when I first started on my diabetes education journey in 2015. Both myself and my patients have gained so much from her lessons. 

Again I can’t thank her enough and recommend everyone preparing to take the exam should study with Bev!!!” – Michelle L. White BSN, RN, CDE!!! 


“After previously taking the exam and missing it by 2 points, I took some time off before getting back into studying. Fast forward to fall of 2016, I attended a live, 3-day seminar to jump-start my preparation. While very intense and informative, I was left feeling overwhelmed and lacking the confidence I needed afterwards. In spring of 2017, I found out about Diabetes Education Services and the “CDE Coach” app through a coworker. Reluctantly, I checked it out and signed up for the level 1 and 2 boot camp series. This was just what I needed to rebuild my motivation, confidence, and knowledge in all aspects of CDE prep. The live and recorded webinars and practice tests were all there to use on my own time, as life allowed. With two toddlers at home and a baby the way, (and a fulltime job), this speaks volumes. Whether you listen to a webinar on the computer at lunch, on the Ipad after the kids are in bed, or flip through tables in the app or screenshots of areas you struggle with during your walk on the treadmill, this program is beyond helpful. I even printed and laminated the *free* medication cards and carried them with me everywhere. There is no doubt that Beverly’s coaching and the entire Diabetes Education Services program played a role in helping me pass the exam this time around!” – Hayley Mayo, MS, RDN, LD, CDE


“I have been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since July 2014. I completed the Coordinated Program in dietetics at the University of Missouri – Columbia. I have worked as an outpatient dietitian since May 2014 and set the goal to become a CDE by the end of 2017.  Beverly’s CDE Boot Camp came recommended to me by another CDE at the clinic where I work. The different boot camp lectures, practice exams, and medication flash cards made me feel as prepared as possible when it came time to sit for the exam. Finally, in December 2017, I achieved my goal of becoming a CDE. I have now recommended this program to other dietitians with the goal of becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator.” – Brenna Webster, RDN, LDN, CDE


“There are many web sites out there selling CDE preparatory materials.  They all seem to boast and advertise theirs as the most extensive and best study guide materials “you” should buy as a means to raise your exam score.  After having used some of those materials, I realized that they were lacking in depth and real preparation for the CDE examination.   Upon coming to that realization, I purchased the 4-level series of On-line University from Diabetes Education Services; I discovered what the other study guide materials lacked – a complete explanation of  the entire knowledge based training necessary for thorough preparation for the CDE examination. By studying the courses offered through Diabetes Education Services, I was fully prepared and did pass the CDE examination.  Beverly’s courses offered an in-depth and comprehensive review and explanation of the ADA Standards of Care.   Beverly is an excellent teacher, and has put together a great evidence based training series for the person studying for the CDE examination.  I would highly recommend the 4-level series from Diabetes Education  Service, as a way for thorough preparation for the CDE examination,  I really appreciate the fact that I have on-line access to the lessons for a year.” – Ernie Church, CDE®


“I attended Beverly’s conference, and was blown away by the care and expertise she puts into this creative business of hers. She is a diabetes nurse because she truly cares for the patient – she advocates for them, and translates to us how to best care for them as well. I was super inspired. As far as the exam, Beverly highlights what might be on it during her talks (because no one can really say). Not only is Beverly intelligent, highly experienced and caring, she is also hilarious and a real person. She doesn’t put up any fronts, and I just have a tremendous amount of respect for her. Fast forward, I passed my exam and am now practicing, and I know I’ve greatly improved how I work because of her. I can’t say enough good things.” – Hanna Rifkin


“Thank you Bev! You are so amazing to share your time, expertise, and awesome self through your Online University. Before I discovered your website I felt lost and unsure where to begin my diabetes educator journey.  Your webinars are engaging and informative. Throughout the exam, and now in everyday practice, I hear your voice reminding me of recommendations, standards, and professional ways to handle every diabetes situation.  I couldn’t have done it without you.  A million thanks!
P.S.  Meeting you in person was incredible – you are even more wonderful in real life!” – Melissa Anderson, RDN, CDE


“Thank you to Beverly and her dedicated staff for providing an effective and efficient means to prepare for the CDE exam! After 7 months of studying using the CDE Coach App, online University prep courses and sample tests provided I passed the CDE exam. There are other study options and apps available, however this website and app is most comprehensive, streamlined and personalized. I am grateful for all the effort behind this organization which helped me pass the exam and, has given me tools and information for being better at my work in diabetes education. Thank you!” – Suzy Stockmann, RD,CDE


Thank you Beverly and team for making my preparation to pass the CDE exam a smooth, pleasant, and rewarding process! Not only it was a great review for some of the areas that I felt confident with, but it was also an excellent learning platform for so much more! I am thrilled to be officially a CDE!

-Xenia Averkiou, MS, RD, CD, CDE


After previously taking the exam and missing it by 2 points, I took some time off before getting back into studying.  Fast forward to fall of 2016, I attended a live, 3-day seminar to jump-start my preparation.  While very intense and informative, I was left feeling overwhelmed and lacking the confidence I needed afterwards.  In spring of 2017, I found out about Diabetes Education Services and the “CDE Coach” app through a coworker.  Reluctantly, I checked it out and signed up for the level 1 and 2 boot camp series.  This was just what I needed to rebuild my motivation, confidence, and knowledge in all aspects of CDE prep.  The live and recorded webinars and practice tests were all there to use on my own time, as life allowed.  With two toddlers at home and a baby the way, (and a fulltime job), this speaks volumes.  Whether you listen to a webinar on the computer at lunch, on the Ipad after the kids are in bed, or flip through tables in the app or screenshots of areas you struggle with during your walk on the treadmill, this program is beyond helpful.  I even printed and laminated the *free* medication cards and carried them with me everywhere.  There is no doubt that Beverly’s coaching and the entire Diabetes Education Services program played a role in helping me pass the exam this time around!”

Hayley Mayo, MS, RDN, LD, CDE


Beverly praised me for not giving up, and that went a long way!

“After some struggle with the exam, Beverly took the time to review with me some key points to help pass the CDE® exam. Her Boot Camp courses are very well organized and having those pocket cards to study went a long way. I had the pleasure of talking to Beverly and with her guidance, I was able to pinpoint the mistakes I was doing and pass. Also, focusing on the first 3 chapters of “The Art & Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference,” as suggested by Beverly, was paramount in my success. Last thing, Beverly praised me for not giving up, and that went a long way. I would not have done it without you. Thank you Beverly.”

Gregorio Rodriguez MSN, RN, CDE®

I appreciate your time and effort dedicated to helping other educators succeed.

“I had the privilege of enjoying the Deluxe boot camp series with 31 webcasts and various resources. I am very busy and did not have time to read that enormous book to it’s entirety. Listening to Beverly’s webcasts on my drives to and from work became my routine. I also enjoyed the CDE mobile app to review algorithms and the standards of care while in waiting rooms, on lunch break or being tied up by a train. Diabetes really hits home for me. My family, friends and community are no stranger to this disease and the potential complications. It is important to me to keep up with current research and practice. I had 3 short months to prepare for the exam and passed on my first try! I feel confident in my position and stronger as an educator.  I appreciate your time and effort dedicated to helping other educators succeed.”

Camilla Barajas RN, BSN, CDE

Thank you so much to Beverly and her team for sharing their knowledge and passion for diabetes education!

“My goal was to take (and pass) the CDE exam before I have my second child.  I wasn’t sure exactly where to start studying and then I found Beverly and her team!!  I purchased the Level 2 Beyond Fundamentals courses and took advantage of the MANY resources and tips she has on her website including the 10 steps to succeed at the CDE exam.  I received a medication and oral pocket card in the mail which was so helpful for studying and I also carry it around with me at work just in case I need to reference it.  I listened to the Level 2 programs at least 2 times each because the app makes it so easy to listen anytime (cooking dinner, cleaning the dishwasher, etc!).  The way Beverly presents the information in her webcasts is so easy to understand and retain that it made it very easy for me to study and learn.  I am proud to say I met my goal of taking and passing the exam with only 6 weeks to go until I deliver my 2nd child.  Thank you so much to Beverly and her team for sharing their knowledge and passion for diabetes education with the rest of us!!  I really do not think I would have had as much success without them!!!”

Allison Johnson, RD, LD, CDE

Beverly’s program helped me streamline my studies.

“Thanks so much to Beverly and her team for helping me to succeed on the CDE exam!  I had a baby 10 months ago, and wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to manage working, studying, and being a new mom.  Beverly’s program helped me streamline my studies, including coming up with a plan for focusing on the most important information.  Bev’s passion, knowledge, and excitement for the world of diabetes education is so evident in her teaching approach.  She presented the information in an easy to understand manner.  I loved all the poll questions and practice exams, which stimulated test day, and really helped me succeed.  Thanks so much for helping me to become a CDE!”

Christina Heiberg, RD, CDE

 
Anyone who follows this program can do it.

“OMG!!! I am SO happy and grateful and honored to be able to write this note to you today and to be able to say these words! This morning I went in and took the CDE exam in Hayward and I passed! It is so emotional! Tears flowing. THANK YOU!  Thank you for everything you do to make the world of becoming a CDE a friendlier and attainable place Beverly! I listened to you for the past few months non-stop, my brain was overflowing full when I walked into that room today— most helpful was the repetition and your calm, engaging, compassionate voice. I stood up in the Wonder Woman pose about half way through the test- I calmed my breathing- I looked for the BEST answer and basically just felt as ready as I could be.  All of those hours paid off.

Your courses are absolutely amazing!  Even more important (probably)- I learned SO much- I feel ready and set to use these skills to help people, more poised than ever before.

Thank you for being there and creating this platform! Anyone who follows this program can do it – it gives you tools, skills, confidence and underneath it all, I knew it would be ok even if I didn’t pass the first time- I knew I had learned so much more and would be able to do more, and I would have persevered- it gave me that, maybe strength.  I will always be grateful to all of you!! 

P.S. I also took Beverly’s advice to envision myself succeeding and created a vision board and in the center it had that title. So, yes, you played an incredible role in my passing the exam- so appreciative.”

Erika Deshmukh, MS, RD, CDE

These courses were so valuable!

“I passed my exam!! These courses were so valuable in not just passing, but also learning so much about diabetes care. After taking the courses offered through the bundle, I felt more confident as a provider. The topics were extremely relevant to the needs of my patients, and I am thrilled to share this information with patients and other colleagues. Thank you so much!”

Wendy Lopez MS, RD, CDE

I recommend your programs, tips, website and CDE App to my peers

“I would like to thank Beverly for all of her guidance and expert advice with preparing me for the CDE exam. I loved her approach and her tips for success were key to my success. 
I will recommend your programs, tips, website and CDE App to my peers.
Again, thank you for your knowledge and support!”

Erika Rosettie CDE

Thank you for amazing Boot Camp Series!

“Thank you for your amazing Boot Camp Series!  It was a true catalyst to successfully passing the CDE Exam!! What a great feeling to get that piece of paper saying “You have Passed this examination.”  I celebrated with a plate of pasta, bread and a glass (ok 2 glasses) of wine. I didn’t count the carbs or the calories!!! Thank you again for an amazing experience and your wealth of knowledge!”

Heather Crimmins-FraserMS, RD, CDE

Passed my CDE Test!

“I wanted to let you know I passed my CDE exam with an 83% today! I cannot thank you enough for the webcasts you have available. I commute 180 miles every day for work, and I was able to use that windshield time as STUDY TIME thanks to your webcasts. I learned so much about diabetes care and various counseling approaches.

Beverly, the tone you set for your patient interactions has carried over into my own personal counseling. I am noticing a connection with my patients I never had before. Thank you so much for helping me obtain my credential, but more importantly, to become a more effective educator.”

Kalyn CryerRD, CDE

 
Thank you for the great work you do!

“I am so excited to have passed my CDE® exam!  It was a very hard exam, and all the online classes from Bev, and all the resources you provided were the key to my success. Thank you again for all the great work you do!”

Julie AubinBSN, CCM, CDE

Beverly's CDE Bootcamp!

“Beverly’s CDE® Bootcamp is by far the best investment I made in preparing for the CDE® exam. It is very thorough and her calm approach in teaching the material helped immensely with my anxiety about taking the exam.”

Tonya Ashrafi MA, RD, LDN, CDE

Thank you for your guidance and support!

“Thank you Beverly, Susan, and Diabetes Education Services! I wouldn’t have passed the CDE® exam without your guidance and support. The live seminar allowed me to dive right in, focus, stay accountable to my studies, and to ask questions from you and my surrounding experts. The online classes also helped me review and pin-point my weak areas. It was a challenging test but I passed with your support. Thank you!”

Ginger Cochran, CDE®

This is a dream come true

“I PASSED!!! This is a dream come true.  I am currently the ONLY Latina and trilingual CDE® in my area.  Honestly, I believe I am the only Latina CDE in the Capital Region of NY.  Thank you for your help during the Boot Camp series.”

Tatiana Alcantara CDE®

A great at helping me focus and pass the exam!

“Thank you Beverly, Susan and Diabetes Education Services for helping me maintain my CDE® credential. I was concerned about passing the exam since I haven’t been working in diabetes and there is so much material to learn, memorize and apply.  The CDE® Bootcamp webinar series along with the Level 2 series was great at helping me focus and pass the exam!   Thanks Again!”

Beth L. Sponseller MS, RDN, CFT, CDE®

Boot Camp!

“I am so proud to add CDE® to my credentials! I learned an incredible amount of information to pass the exam and it has been rewarding to put my knowledge into practice. I couldn’t have done it without the Boot Camp!”

Laura Andromalos MS, RD, LDN, CDE®

 
All the studying gave me confidence!

“Passed my CDE® on October 27th.  I was probably over prepared, but appreciate that all the studying gave me confidence as an educator.  Thank you Beverly, for your program that helped me prepare.”

Marcine Kowpak RN, MSN, CDE®

Classes are inspiring!

“Took the CDE® Exam in December 2016. Here is my selfie in the parking garage in SF just after passing. I loved that you get instant results.  Beverly’s classes both in person and on-line are inspiring.That is what kept me focused and confident. (I did the Wonder Woman pose before clicking start on the exam and about half way through). Maybe that helped too.”

Julie Lester RN, CDE®

I Passed!!!

“I passed!!! I could not thank you enough for the CDE® Bootcamp courses. I used your CDE® Coach App and listened to you every day during my  commute to work this past month. Incidentally, my 8 and 5 year old daughters have mastered ‘The Plate’ as
they were stuck listening to you for a month in the car. So it was a win..win!

Will be back, my goal this coming year is BC-ADM! Thanks again.”

Elizabeth Muchiri MS, APRN, NP-C, CDE®

I passed! I passed!

“I passed! I passed! Thank you Beverly and Susan for having such a wonderful program available! Beverly, I appreciate your passion and teaching style. I took multiple study courses from you and felt super confident sitting down to take the exam. I am so glad it’s over with and now I can relax and enjoy the Holidays!!”

Tess Warwick MS, RDN, CDE®

Thank you for the excellent resources!

“Thank you for the excellent resources that diabetes education services provided to help me pass the CDE® exam this fall.  I am including this picture of me with one of my daughters because they listened to your webinars and podcasts and learned about diabetes too!  The podcasts were such a great resource because I could listen and learn while I was walking the dog, running errands, or waiting at swim team practice.  Thank you for providing many scenarios and real patient stories.  This helped the material come to life and enhanced my understanding.

Thank you so much!”

Jill Trotman CDE®

 

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*Certified Diabetes Educator® and CDE® are registered marks owned by NCBDE. The use of DES products do not guarantee successful passage of the CDE® exam. NCBDE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDE® exam, except for those published by NCBDE.”