Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program Live Webinar Schedule & Faculty Bios

Faculty of Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program

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.


Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES

We are thrilled to welcome our newest speaker, Diana Isaacs, who will be joining our Virtual and Live Courses!

Dr. Isaacs was named 2020 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year for her educational platform promoting the use of CGM for people with diabetes and other innovations.  Dr. Isaacs was awarded the Ohio Pharmacists Association Under 40 Award in 2019. Dr. Isaacs has served in leadership roles for several pharmacies and diabetes organizations. She has numerous diabetes publications and research projects with a focus on medications, CGM and diabetes technology.

As the CGM Program Coordinator and clinical pharmacist specialist in the Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center, Dr. Isaacs brings a wealth of clinical knowledge combined with extensive research experience to this program.


Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES

Ashley is an educator, dietitian, and the Diabetes Education Program Coordinator at the Salinas Valley Medical Clinic’s Diabetes & Endocrine Center. Her work with people living with diabetes focuses on the value of healthy nutrition and movement to improve well-being.

Ashley 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. 

Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program Flyer 2021


Program Schedule

Day 1 | Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Course | April 15, 2021

8:00 – 8:15   | Welcome and Introductions | Chair Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM

8:15 – 10:15 | Diabetes Overview and Glycemic Goals | Coach Beverly Thomassian

10:30 – 12:15 | Diabetes Medications, What Diabetes Specialists Need to Know | Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020

1:15 – 3:15 | Insulin – The Ultimate Hormone Replacement Therapy | Dr. Diana Isaacs

3:45 – 5:15 | COVID and Diabetes Update – From Hospital to Home | Coach Beverly


Day 2 |Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Course | April 16, 2021

8:00 – 9:30| Intensive Insulin Therapy— From Carbs to Correction to reach glucose targets | Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020

9:45 – 11:15 | Integrating Technology, Continuous Glucose Monitoring, and Insulin Pumps into Care | Dr. Diana Isaacs

11:15 – 12:15 | CV Risk Management with a Pharmacology Focus | Dr. Diana Isaacs

1:15 – 3:15 | Critical Assessment – Fine Tuning your Diabetes Detective Skills | Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM

3:30 – 4:30 | Cancer and Diabetes Update, Solving Mysteries for Type 1 and Type 2 | Coach Beverly

4:30 – 5:15 | Becoming an Exceptional Educator | Coach Beverly



Day 3 | Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Course| April 17, 2021

8:00—9: 45 | Medical Nutrition Therapy Updates and Critical Content | Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES

10:00 – 11:30 | How to Eat by the Numbers and Meal Planning Approaches 11:30 – 12:00 | Keeping Well Through Activity and Nutrition

Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program Flyer 2021


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.