Meet Ashley, LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.

To celebrate Registered Dietitians, we are interviewing an emerging leader in the field and our Virtual Conference Speaker, Ashley LaBrier.

Interview with Speaker, Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDES

Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDES, is an innovator in the field of diabetes, nutrition, and technology. Ashley is a consultant, and the Diabetes Education Program Coordinator at the Salinas Valley Medical Clinic’s Diabetes & Endocrine Center. 

Ms. Ashely Labrier, MS, RD, CDCES

Ms. LaBrier is passionate about providing person-centered education to empower those who live with diabetes. Having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes herself nearly 20 years ago, she combines her professional knowledge with personal experience and understanding. 

Meet Ashley in person at our Virtual Diabetes Specialist Course on April 17, 2021

1.  Question – What do you love about being a RD and Diabetes Specialist?

Ms. Labrier – There are a few things I REALLY love about being a dietitian and working with those living with diabetes:

At our clinic, education visits are purposely scheduled to allow adequate time to really understand the needs of each individual and make personalized suggestions. I LOVE that our work allows us to get to know the people we work with so intimately. This knowledge ultimately translates into providing meaningful support based on individual needs.

I also love teaching group education classes. There are few things more energizing than a room full of people who have come together to learn more about their diabetes. These classes always lead to great questions, dialogue, and connection. Hearing people leave an education class feeling empowered to conquer their diabetes and live a more healthful life is so satisfying for me personally and professionally. 

Lastly, translating nutrition and diabetes so it “makes sense” – I find it satisfying to see that “light bulb moment” after explaining a new concept. 

Question –  How do you anticipate nutrition recommendations changing for people with diabetes lives over the next few years?

Ms. LaBrier – I’m not sure how nutritional guidelines will change in the next few years, but I’d like to see more research exploring the long-term health impact of the popular diets, particularly the ketogenic diet and other higher fat and protein diets.  I also hope that dietary guidelines begin to factor in the social and environmental consequences of what we eat, not just nutrition alone.  What we eat impacts our health and the planet – sustainability is key. 

Question – Over the past year, what has been most challenging about providing diabetes care during the pandemic?

Ms. LaBrier – The pandemic has brought so much uncertainty to our lives. In working with our participants at the clinic, many have lost their jobs and are experiencing financial hardship. Some are busy caring for children or elderly or have lost a loved one. Others are more isolated from their social circles and support systems. Many have found it difficult to manage stress because certain activities that bring joy have been suspended. All of these factors, and many more, have complicated the picture for our community. Although every person has individual concerns, it seems like many individuals and families are stretched thin. They may have competing priorities and concerns that make managing a chronic condition more difficult than ever before. 

Question – What actions can Diabetes Specialists take to counsel people with diabetes who are facing food insecurity?

Ms. LaBrier – a key in working with individuals who face food insecurity is approaching the situation with compassion and a desire to understand.

Ask questions and make an honest effort to understand the struggles that they are facing around obtaining food. Not only does this help to build trust between the specialist and person with diabetes, but providing effective assistance is more realistic when you know what struggles they are facing. Being aware of the resources in your local community is especially important. Social workers can assist in applying for financial and food assistance programs. Plus local and affordable farmers markets and food banks can help sustain people through rough times. f

Question: Would you share your hobby (ies) and how you maintain work life balance?

Ms. LaBrier – My fiancé and I make an effort to get outside for fresh air cocktails regularly. We live in a beautiful area and enjoy paddle boarding, runs on the beach, hiking, camping trips, or walks in the neighborhood. Even on the busy days we maintain our work life balance by prioritizing time together doing these activities. 


Ashley will be speaking at our upcoming
Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Course
Join us live on October 6-8, 2021

Come join our Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program!

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.

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

In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!

CEs: Includes over 30 CEs
Program Info: 2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)
Speakers: View Conference Faculty.
Dates: Registration fee includes access to recorded content through July 31st, 2022.

Two Registration Options


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference Deluxe | Oct. 6-8 | 30+ CEs

Deluxe Virtual Program for $499 includes:

  • Presentations by our team of experts
  • Q & A Session with the instructor after each webinar
  • State-of-the-art review of current diabetes care and technology.
  • Resources for each session
  • Access to FREE podcast and recorded webinars within a week of each live session for one full year.

+Plus Syllabus, Standards and Swag:

  • Diabetes Educator Course 2021 Syllabus Hard Copy – over 100 pages -This spiral-bound workbook contains the printed version of all of the instructor’s slides.
  • ADA 2021 Standards of Care Book -The ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes is a key resource for healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care, education, and support.
  • DiabetesEd Services highlighters, Medication PocketCard and Pen
Register Now

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference Basic | Oct. 6-8 | 30+ CEs

Basic virtual program for $399 includes:

  • Presentations by our team of experts
  • Q & A Session with the instructor after each webinar
  • State-of-the-art review of current diabetes care and technology.
  • Resources for each session
  • Access to FREE podcast and recorded webinars within a week of each live session for one full year.
Register Now

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


Team of Experts: Our team of expert faculty has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years and we know what you need to succeed! In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!


Bonus Courses worth 12+ CEs, FREE

When you register for our Virtual Course, you have immediate access to these Bonus DiabetesEd University Online Courses – for FREE!

  • Test Taking Toolkit – Over 200 sample test questions!
  • Level 2 – Assessing and Promoting Well-Being: From Population Health to a Person-Centered Approach 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Hospital and Hyperglycemia 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Hyperglycemic Crisis, DKA and HHS Standards 1.0 CEs
  • Level 2 – Meds Management Update for Type 2 – 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Setting up a Successful Diabetes Program 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Pregnancy and Diabetes 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – From Tots to Teens – Diabetes Standards 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Older Adults and Diabetes 1.5 CEs
  • Mindfulness and Compassion in the Diabetes Encounter – 1.0 CE

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


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.*

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