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Diabetes & Nutrition

Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action or both. Diabetes can be associated with serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

Comprehensive Diabetes Program

To help you learn how to manage your diabetes, we offer individual counseling for adults with certified diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and group diabetes education classes called "Diabetes University". To enroll, your medical provider must fax a referral, or you may contact us yourself. Diabetes University is usually covered by most insurance providers. Our diabetes and nutrition program has received national recognition by the American Diabetes Association for being a quality diabetes education program since May 24, 2001. 

Our Staff

We are passionate about what we do and have the expertise and experience to help you be successful. Our team has over 80 years of experience working with people with diabetes. 

Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist and Program Coordinator

Terry has 40 years of experience working with people with diabetes. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received her Master’s Degree from George Mason University. Terry is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and is also a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She was awarded Fellowship in the American Association of Diabetes Educators (now Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists) in 2012, one of 98 individuals who have received this honor to date. She is a member of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists and has held numerous volunteer leadership positions at the national level. She loves helping people with diabetes and helping people successfully self-manage this chronic condition.

Connie Scott, MSM, RDN, CSSD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

Connie has been working in the field of dietetics for 33 years with 22 of those years as an active duty, United States Naval Officer. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Science degree in Management. Connie’s experience is varied to include clinical provider in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service Management, and Health Promotion and Wellness. She was the specialty leader for Navy Dietetics, a working member on the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense (DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for Screening and Management of Overweight and Obesity, DoD Dietary Supplements Committee, and DoD’s Performance Nutrition Optimization working group. Her instructional areas of focus are diabetes, weight management, hypercholesterolemia, performance/sports nutrition, dietary supplement safety, and general nutrition.

Miranda Shearin, RDN, CDCES
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator 

Miranda is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 25 years of experience in the nutrition field. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. She completed her Dietetic Internship Program with the Virginia Department of Health. She has an extensive background in clinical dietetics that includes diabetes, oncology, dialysis, nutrition support (tube-feedings), and wound healing. Miranda is a native of Chesapeake, VA and enjoys helping her community achieve better health through nutrition and exercise.

Tracy Hatfield Yoda, MS, RDN, CSOWM, CDCES
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator

Tracy has more than 20 years of experience in the nutrition field and fitness industry. While Tracy’s experience is varied as a clinical provider in Medical Nutrition Therapy, she specializes in diabetes and weight management. She has her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Physical Activity from James Madison University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Kinesiology from Norfolk State University. Tracy is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She is a Lifestyle Coach for the Center for Disease Control’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Tracy created and teaches the My Healthy Weigh weight management program for The Lifestyle Center. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Tracy serves on the staff Wellness Committee for Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. Tracy is passionate about helping people to live healthier lives through nutrition, exercise and making lasting healthy lifestyle changes.

Loretta Richardson, DNP, CEL, RN, CDCES
Doctor of Nursing Practice and Certified Diabetes Educator

Loretta also holds an AAS in dietetics and minor in exercise science. She has been working in the field of health promotion and wellness for over 15 years as well as teaching health and wellness within the community. Loretta owned and operated a fitness facility for over 10 years where she improved the lifestyles of individuals in the community. She retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of active-duty service. Loretta’s experience is varied to include Medical Surgical nursing, nursing academia, health, and nutrition. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Liberty University with her Scholarly Project focus to include “Telehealth and Prediabetes.” Her instructional areas of focus are diabetes, improved lifestyle behaviors by healthy eating and exercise, and reducing chronic conditions within the community.

Ashley Reed, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Ashley obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology at Sonoma State University, completed her dietetics certificate at Point Loma Nazarene University, and her dietetic internship with Meredith College. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in nutrition through Meredith College. She provides Medical Nutrition Therapy for individuals with a variety of conditions to include but not limited to diabetes, weight control, hyperlipidemia, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, various gastrointestinal conditions, bariatric surgery patients, and malnutrition. Additionally she  is an instructor for the  twelve-session My Healthy Weigh weight loss program. She enjoys using nutrition education as a way to empower patients to take charge of their health through diet and exercise.

Amanda Miller, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Amanda has 5 years of experience in the nutrition field. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science, Health Promotion, and Nutrition. She completed Wellness Workdays Dietetic Internship, completing rotations in clinical settings, the NFL, and within the community. After completing her dietetic internship, she worked in long-term care, where she gained experience in geriatric nutrition and food service management. Since transitioning into the outpatient setting, she has thoroughly enjoyed counseling patients one-on-one. She has provided nutrition counseling to patients diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and eating disorders; as well as patients seeking to undergo bariatric surgery. Helping patients improve their quality of life through diet and lifestyle changes is Amanda’s favorite part of her career.

Emily Thomas, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Emily is a graduate of West Virginia University with bachelor’s degrees in Human Nutrition and Foods and Exercise Physiology. She completed her dietetic internship at Syracuse University. She has worked in a variety of nutrition settings including food service, long-term care, and outpatient nutrition counseling. She currently counsels patients with a variety of medical conditions including diabetes, malnutrition, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and more. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Emily enjoys helping people transform their lives with practical and attainable lifestyle modifications. ​

Making an Appointment

Contact your physician to discuss your participation in our program. If you do not have a physician, you can find one here. Most insurances will cover the program if you are diagnosed with diabetes and many will cover counseling for medical nutrition therapy (co-pays will apply, depending on your insurance coverage). We recommend contacting your insurance carrier prior to your appointment to ensure coverage.

Your doctor will need to write a prescription for “Complete Diabetes Education Program” or “Nutrition Counseling” and fax it to the outpatient scheduling office at 757-312-6673.

If you have any questions about the program or insurance coverage, call us at 757-312-6673.


Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

736 Battlefield Blvd North

Chesapeake , VA 23320

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

736 Battlefield Blvd North

Chesapeake, VA 23320