Joslin Diabetes Educator with a Young Adult patient.

Your Guide to Everything Diabetes

At Joslin Diabetes Center, we believe education is power over diabetes. When patients truly understand their condition and how to manage it well, they can prevent many of its complications. That's why Joslin's team includes diabetes educators. These expertly trained, nationally certified professionals include nurses, registered dietitians, and exercise physiologists. They offer the practical tools and knowledge you need to fit diabetes into your life.

The Diabetes Learning Center

In the Diabetes Learning Center you will find information on diabetes and nutrition, diabetes and physical activity, how to treat a low blood glucose or care for your diabetes when you are ill, how to avoid the complications of diabetes and numerous other topics about how you can better care for and manage your diabetes.

Your Education Team

Our diabetes educators are nurses, dietitians, and exercise physiologists who are nationally certified by the American Diabetes Association. They’re an important part of your care team and work alongside you to help you adjust your lifestyle and stay on track.

Think of diabetes nurse educators as coaches. They’re the voice of encouragement, inspiring you to stay ahead of diabetes. They offer one-on-one consultations where you can discuss your questions and concerns — and learn realistic solutions. In a private environment, you can learn:

  • How to respond to changes in your blood glucose levels.
  • How to treat your diabetes when traveling across time zones.
  • How to recognize and treat low or high blood glucose levels.
  • How to take insulin or other medicines.
  • Ways to eat healthier and get more active.

Eating well is key to thriving with diabetes. That’s why we offer one-on-one counseling and group classes with registered dietitians. Work with one of our dietitians to:

  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Change what you eat based on your care plan.
  • Learn the latest diabetes and nutrition research.

Fitness is medicine in and of itself. It’s one of the tools we recommend to help manage diabetes. It’s also why we’re one of the few institutions in the nation to offer exercise physiologists as part of our care team.

Work with an exercise physiologist to create a realistic fitness plan. Whether you’re starting to get active or a seasoned athlete, we’ll help you learn how to incorporate fitness when you’re living with diabetes.

Jo-Anne Rizzotto, Director, Educational Services, Nutrition
Jo-Anne Rizzotto, MEd, RDN, LDN, CDE
Director, Educational Services
Nutrition Educator
Diabetes Educator and Care Specialist
Heidi Karner
Heidi Karner, MS, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Educator
Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly, MEd, BSN, RN, CDE
Clinical Manager, Educational Services
Nurse Educator
Karen Lau
Ka Hei Karen Lau, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE
Nutrition Educator, Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI)
Kerry Milaszewski
Kerry Milaszewski, BS, RN, CDE
Pediatric Nurse Educator
Nicole Patience
Nicole Patience, MS, RDN, LDN,CDE, CEDRD
Nutrition Educator
Eating Disorder Specialist
Adelaide Heidi Quinn
Adelaide Heidi Quinn, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Nutrition and Diabetes Educator
Jacqueline Shahar
Jacqueline Shahar, MEd, RCEP, CDE
Manager, Clinical Exercise Physiology
Certified Diabetes Educator
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Mallory Sin, BS, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Educator
Aurora Vellante, Exercise Physiologist
Aurora Vellante, BS
Exercise Physiologist

Education Resources & Programs

Classes & Events

Our classes take place in a supportive group environment or in a one-on-one setting with a certified diabetes educator. We offer classes & events for for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their families.

Educational Programs

We offer educational programs for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These programs are led by expertly trained diabetes educators who help guide patients through living with the condition.

Find An Educator

Joslin offers a team of certified diabetes educators that meet with patients one-on-one or in a group class setting. Our diabetes educators help patients confidently manage the disease on their own.