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Overview

From 1980 through 2012, the number of adults with diagnosed diabetes in the United States nearly quadrupled, from 5.5 million to 21.3 million. Among adults, about 1.7 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year. If this trend continues, as many as 1 out of every 3 adults in the United States could have diabetes by 2050. In addition, more than 18,000 new cases of type 1 diabetes are estimated to be diagnosed among US youth younger than age 20 each year.

National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017

Diabetes can be a serious, typically chronic condition, but also a very manageable one for many people. Often, diabetes education is a crucial component of treatment that can help to optimize the health and well-being of teens and adults with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

At the Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Diabetes Center, we’re committed to helping you manage your diabetes through personalized care, quality education, and ongoing support. The Center offers innovative tools and programs that focus on exercise, nutrition, medication, and other measures for the prevention as well as successful management of diabetes. For more information on specific services, programs or classes for people living with diabetes, click the links below or to the right:

 

The American Diabetes Association recognizes this education service as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.

 

We are a American Diabetes Association-recognized Diabetes Education programCooley Dickinson Diabetes Center offers several classes for people living with diabetes and pre-diabetes. See below for our current and upcoming offerings.


 

Insulin prices have risen dramatically in the U.S. in recent years. Click HERE to read about efforts by the ADA’s Insulin Access and Affordability Working Group to demand transparency from all entities in the supply chain and keep insulin affordable for all of the more than 7 million people who rely on it to treat their diabetes.

 


 

  • Upcoming Classes & Events: Supermarket Tours

    Walk the aisles of Stop & Shop on these healthy food tours, in search of diabetic-friendly meal options. The program is free, but you must register in advance as tour size is limited. People living with diabetes and their families are encouraged to attend. Our certified diabetes educators conduct the tours in Northampton and Hadley.

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  • Cooking Class for People with Diabetes

    Learn how to cook quick meals that are healthy and affordable, and that you enjoy. April topic is healthy breakfast ideas.

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Care Team

Partners in ExcellenceThe staff at the Diabetes Center were awarded the 2017 Partners in Excellence Team Award  in recognition of outstanding performance and commitment to excellence in providing diabetes care.

The staff of the Cooley Dickinson Diabetes Center is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of teens and adults with pre-diabetes and diabetes through prevention, care, management, and ongoing support. The Center teaches practical diabetes care and prevention by providing education and tools to successfully manage diabetes through innovative programs of education, exercise, nutrition, medication, and support.

Diabetes Center Medical Director
Jeffrey M. Korff, MD

A Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism since 1981, Dr. Korff has practiced endocrinology and metabolism in the Pioneer Valley since 1986, and founded the Center for Excellence in Diabetes Education with Kelly Henry in 2002. He graduated from Tufts Medical School, completed a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Chicago and served as a Visiting Scientist and Senior Staff Fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Korff is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Tufts School of Medicine, and is a member of The Endocrine Society and the American Thyroid Association. He brings his expertise and concern for patients with diabetes to the Diabetes Center as its Medical Director.

Medical Management of Diabetes
Kinga Pluta, MD, BC-ADM, CDEKinga Pluta, MD, Internist, Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Diabetes Center

Kinga is an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics trained physician who has focused her practice on diabetes management and education. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Siena College and her medical degree from Albany Medical College. Kinga completed her Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency training at the University of Connecticut and affiliated hospitals in 2002, and is board certified in both specialties. In 2010, after 8 years in the primary care field, she began to focus her practice on diabetes care, a transition in focus which came just two years after her young daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  In 2010 she completed requirements to become a Certified Diabetes Educator and in 2013 received the BC-ADM certification. Kinga is passionate about working with patients to find lifestyle and medication regimens which will work best for their specific needs. She believes that educating and empowering people with diabetes to find strategies to live full, happy and healthy lives is the key to their success.

Diabetes Self-Management Education
Diabetes Educators

Kelly Henry, RNKelly Henry, RN, CDE, CPT

A Registered Nurse for over 30 years and a Certified Diabetes Educator for 20 years, Kelly is the diabetes program coordinator for the Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Diabetes Program in Northampton Massachusetts. She and Dr. Jeffrey Korff founded the Center for Excellence in Diabetes Education in 2002. CEDE joined the Cooley Dickinson Medical Group in January of 2008.

Kelly believes strongly in educating and supporting those affected by diabetes, allowing them to learn how to fit management of the disease into their daily routines without letting it take over their lives. She supports every patient in their efforts to lead the lives they choose, by ensuring that they and their family members have the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about their care.

Kara Maloney, RD, CDE

Kara is a clinical nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator whose areas of expertise include diabetes, weight management, cardiovascular disease and sports nutrition. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Health Sciences from Boston College and a Master of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition from Framingham State University. She has been working in the field of nutrition since 2002 and specializing in diabetes for over 10 years now. She believes that living healthy comes down to two important things: education and planning.

Cortney Berling, RD, CDE

Cortney received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of Cincinnati and has been working in the field of nutrition and diabetes ever since. As a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian Cortney is passionate about helping every member of our community live a healthy lifestyle. She believes that knowledge is power, and that with the right tools and support, anyone can make small steps toward a big change!

Diabetes Paraprofessional Educators

Madi Bias, Paraprofessional Diabetes EducatorMadi Bias

Madi has been with the diabetes center since 2002. She works as one of the center’s medical assistants, paraprofessional diabetes educators and lifestyle coaches. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she helps to provide a vital communication resource to our Spanish-speaking community. She is an excellent motivator, and is passionate about finding simple ways to improve the management of diabetes in our patients’ everyday schedules and about helping them to achieve their goals.

Molly Brooks, Diabetes Paraprofessional EducatorMolly Brooks

Molly has been with the Diabetes Center for just under two years. She is another one of our excellent medical assistants, Para-educators, and lifestyle coaches. Molly has a degree in Public Health and Community Health Education, and is working to become a nurse educator. As the office’s “gentle giant,” she spends her free time playing tackle football on the Hartford women’s team and coming up with delicious and healthy recipes for the center’s cooking classes. Molly is upbeat, friendly, and passionate about patient advocacy. She is happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to stop by the office to come and see her!

Medical Nutrition Therapy
Registered Dieticians
Kara Maloney, RD, CDE
Cortney Berling, RD, CDE

 

 

Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Diabetes Center

CONTACT 413-586-1601

OFFICE HOURS Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm;
Friday, 8 am - 3 pm

Location & Directions 22 Atwood Drive
Northampton, MA 01060

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Getting up and moving throughout the day is one of the best things you can do for your health. If you need some inspiration, get moving with a whole bunch of folks on MAY 2nd.

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Visit diatribe.org for diabetes education and resources


 

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