The 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, CDE
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
Kelly 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.
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, CMA
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.
Donna Rose, CMA
Donna has been a medical assistant since 2005. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, she started her career in health care in 1994. She became a certified nursing assistant working in nursing homes and in different facilities assisting adults with mental illness. In 2004 she went back to school and became a certified medical assistant working in occupational health services, urgent care and preventive wellness. She joined our team in 2018 and has since become a paraprofessional diabetes educator.
When she isn’t working Donna is very active in the community. She is involved with different local centers that assist people with all different pathways and in all stages of recovery from addiction. She believes with the right tools and support anyone can reclaim their own lives when they have the courage to change, and when they live one day at a time.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Cortney Berling, RD, CDE