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Diabetes Self-Management Program

American Diabetes Association Logo mediumRecognized by the American Diabetes Association, the diabetes self-management program at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital helps educate and train individuals and family members how to manage diabetes.

You don’t have to live with diabetes; let diabetes live with you. Get the education and support you need so that you can get on with life.

Who Should Attend? Adults 18 years or older with:

  • Newly diagnosed diabetes
  • Diabetes needing improved control
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Pre-diabetes
  • type 1 diabetes
  • type 2 diabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Insulin Pump Users

A support person is welcome to accompany you.

What Is Offered?

Group classes and One-on-One sessions for:

  • Living Well with Diabetes
  • Meal Planning & Carbohydrate Counting
  • Weight Management/Weight Loss
  • Dining Out Strategies
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring
  • Smoothing Out Highs & Lows
  • Understanding Insulin
  • Physical Activity Techniques
  • Foot Care
  • Preventing Complications
  • Goal Setting & Healthy Habits
  • Managing blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Management During Pregnancy
  • Insulin Pump Management

What You Can Expect?

  • Sessions with Registered Dietician and Registered Nurse
  • Flexible Monday through Friday schedule
  • Free blood glucose monitor
  • A series of 3 classes or individualized visits
  • A team approach with your physician & educator
  • Ongoing communication with your educator
  • Reminder notices from your educator for upcoming or missed appointments
  • A request for a referral from your doctor
  • Individual Spanish classes when needed

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, contact Central Scheduling at (281) 644-7180. Our Business Office will be able to address all of your financial concerns. For immediate questions about the program, please call (281) 644-7055. If you need to leave a message, you will receive a return call that day or the following business day.

Free Diabetes Support Group

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, 23900 Katy Freeway, hosts a diabetes support group once a quarter from 6:30 pm - 8:00 p.m. in the Tiger A Conference Room. Please call (281) 644-7055 for more information or to RSVP.

Katy Program Leaders

Past President of Southeast Texas Association of Diabetes Educators

Kathy Katy Diabetes EducatorKathy is an RN, BSN, CDE and Diabetes Program Coordinator at Memorial Hermann Katy. Kathy has extensive experience working in hospital based diabetes education programs. She has obtained and maintained American Diabetes Association (ADA) Recognition status for two area hospitals.

Kathy has been a consultant for the Diabetes Knowledge and Exchange Program which was a program that provided reports to selected physician offices to show compliance with ADA standards. She has twice been the recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award which is presented to a person who shows outstanding community service. Kathy has provided diabetes classes to endocrinology clinics in the Houston area as well as diabetes school training for the Hempstead Independent School district. She enjoys writing and had an article published in Nursing 2002.

Voted Diabetes Educator of the Year By Southeast Texas Association of Diabetes Educators

Shirley ChambersShirley Chambers is an MEd, RD, LD CDE who specializes in Stress Management, Diabetes Education, Weight Management, and Cardiovascular Nutrition. She served as a nutrition faculty member at the University of Houston for 13 years, as well as Director of the Dietetics Program. For 10 years, Shirley was an instructor at the Mind/Body Institute, Cardiac Rehabilitation/Wellness Program at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.
In 2002, Shirley co-authored Meal Solutions for Busy People. She has extensive experience in public speaking, radio/TV, writing, corporate wellness programs, weight management programs, and supermarket tours. She has presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators national conference, as well as local and state professional seminars and CE programs. Additional Awards include: Distinguished Alumni Award, Sam Houston State University; Outstanding Internship Preceptor, Dietetic Internship, University of Houston.

Graduate of Texas Woman’s University Master’s in Nutrition Program

Amy SmithAmy Smith is an MS, RD, LD who specializes in Clinical Nutrition, Diabetes Education, and Weight Management. Amy completed her dietetic internship from the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center, where she spent a year devoted to attending to the nutritional needs of our nation's heroes. She completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition  from the University of Houston, and her Master's in Nutrition from Texas Woman's University. Upon graduation from her internship and graduate school, Amy began working in diabetes education. Amy currently resides in Katy, where she enjoys promoting diabetes awareness, combating childhood obesity, diabetes education, public speaking, and being involved in the community. Currently she is an active member of the Katy Chamber of Commerce and is an ambassador in the community for the diabetes education program and diabetes awareness. Amy has plans to sit for her Certified Diabetes Educator exam in the near future.