Diabetes Education

Diabetes can be challenging, whether you’re newly diagnosed or you or a loved one has been living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes for a while. But you don’t have to go it alone. 

St. Tammany Health System’s Diabetes Education program and medical nutrition therapy provide the resources and the support you need not just to manage your diabetes but to thrive in the process.

That includes help from our certified diabetes care and education specialists to develop a customized treatment plan for you, as well as education on proper diabetes management for patients and family members. 

It also includes our gestational diabetes program, which provides one to two individual sessions with a certified diabetes educator, an initial assessment session and a follow-up session. (You may contact the diabetes education program manager at 985-871-5983 for more information.)

Additionally, we offer medical nutrition therapy from our registered dieticians for people with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight management, or other nutrition-related problems. With a physician’s referral, we offer individual appointments and group classes to provide cost-effective, high quality self-management training.

Not only has the STHS Diabetes Education program been recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a provider of diabetes self-management education in accordance with national standards for quality diabetes patient education, but most insurance companies, including Medicare, provide coverage for it.

Our services include diabetes education for individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, women with pre-existing diabetes during pregnancy and women diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

So wherever you are with this disease, know that you have options – not to mention tools, resources and support. Contact us today to begin living your best life.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the St. Tammany Health System Diabetes Education Department at 985-871-5983.


An outpatient Registered Dietitian is available to provide medical nutrition therapy individually for persons with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight management, pre-diabetes, or other nutrition-related problems. In order to make an appointment with the outpatient registered dietitian, please call 985-892-3766 and ask to speak with the dietitian.


The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is a medically designed comprehensive weight management protocol that promotes weight loss while sparing muscle mass.  It is a four-phase method that focuses not only on weight loss, but also on creating sustainable lifestyle changes to help you maintain your weight loss and new healthy life.  You will meet weekly one-on-one with our Registered Dietitian/Ideal Protein Coach to help motivate, guide, and educate you through your journey. For more information regarding this program, contact Rachel Posner, RD, LDN at 985-892-3766.

A closer look

If left unchecked, diabetes can affect every organ of your body. The good news is that, if properly managed, you can still live a full, fruitful life, which is why STHS has a team of educators on staff to help Northshore diabetes patients learn how to live with the disease.


Diabetes Education Department 
(985) 871-5983

Medical Nutrition Therapy
(985) 898-4063

(985) 871-5665

American Diabetes Association
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Terry Compton, APRN, MS, CDCES, Program Manager
Pam Adams, RN
Kelli Braud, RD, LDN, MS, CDCES
Ashley Dieck, BSN, RN
Julie Fortenberry, RD, LDN
Jennifer Gagliano, RD, LDN, CDCES
Stacey Lanoux, RD, LDN
Rebecca Stubenrauch, BSN, RN, CDCES