Diabetes Management Center

Located across from the Sam B. Cook Healthplex Fitness Center
at Capital Region Southwest Campus
1432 Southwest Blvd
Jefferson City, MO 65109

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What We Do
Comprehensive Services
Certified Diabetes Educator and Nurses

Program Goals
How to Get Started
What Our Patients are Saying

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What We Do:

The Diabetes managements Center provides Diabetes Self-management Training through classroom and individual instruction. The American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Program has recognized the Capital Region Diabetes management Center as meeting the National Standards for diabetes self-management training.

Comprehensive Services:

The staff at the center collaborates with a participant’s physician to coordinate treatment and preventive services, improve compliance and disease management for their participants. Diabetes Management Center participants and staff members can also rely on the nearby resources of Capital Region Family Eye Care, the Capital Region Sam B. Cook Healthplex HealthplexCapital Region Psychology and Counseling and the Diabetes Foot Clinic.

  • Classes are held in the morning, afternoon and evening to accommodate both participants and their families.
  • Individual appointments are also available in the event that prescheduled class times will not work, or when special attention is needed.
  • Classes are conducted in three, short sessions with time to practice in between. Because adults learn best with repetition and it takes on average three weeks to make a lifestyle change, this class format ensures optimal success.
  • The Living with Diabetes Support Group meets from 5:30 – 6:30 on the first Monday of odd number months.

The focus of the DMC classes is to teach participants not what they can't do but what they can do to be healthy. Much of the nutrition information is focused on counting carbs and creating flexible meal plans that can accommodate hectic schedules. On average, participants who come to the DMC lose about seven pounds from the beginning of class to the eight-week follow-up session.

Certified Diabetes Educator and Nurses

Capital Region's Certified Diabetes Educators, Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians use an interdisciplinary approach to nutrition, foot care, eye care, behavior/change management, dental care and exercise. Educators work with those living with diabetes and their families in both group and individual settings.

Leota Maag, RN, BSN, CDE

Maag Leota.JPGLeota is a graduate of Truman State University with a BS in Nursing. She has been a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) since 1996 and has been active in diabetes education and a member of American Association of Diabetes Educators since 1987. Leota has worked in Columbia, MO, Tulsa, OK, and Joliet, IL before coming to CRMC. Leota is a certified pump trainer and enjoys DMC teamworking with patients in both group and individual settings.

Carol Smart

smart, carol.jpgCarol joined the DMC team as Office Coordinator in June 2003. She attended Lincoln University and has been employed with CRMC since 1981. Carol coordinates scheduling, insurance verification, billing and other functions for the Diabetes Management Center.


Program Goals

  • Provide the patient with self-management skills
  • Maximize the effectiveness of medical treatment
  • Inform patients about the latest in diabetes treatment and research
  • Encourage daily activity and a healthy lifestyle
  • Reduce the risk of the long-term complication of diabetes

How to Get Started

The Diabetes Management Center requires a physician order for participation. Community physicians will continue to follow their patients as always in their offices, but can refer them to the Diabetes Management Center for comprehensive diabetes self-management training. The Diabetes Management Center sends reports to the physicians so they will know that patients have attended classes and set self-care goals.

Are You at Risk?

Take this Diabetes Risk Assessment to learn your risk for developing type 2 diabetes:

A1c Testing Dates at the Sam B. Cook Healthplex

Helpful Links:

About Diabetes
Myth’s about diabetes
American Diabetes Association
American Podiatric Medical Association
Diabetic Gourmet Magazine
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) 
American Dietetic Association 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
International Diabetes Foundation
Joslin Diabetes Center
National Eye Health Education Program
Weight Control Information Network (WIN) 

What Our Patient’s are Saying

I was really recluctant to do the class but I was amazed at how much I learned. I’m very glad I took the course.

”Great! I wish I had this a year ago!”

“Learning that limiting carbs, along with exercise provided me the tools needed to reduce my blood sugar and weight! Great to know I can change.”

“Everything was good and it helped me so very much.”

“I have already seen a change in my numbers, and I have learned a lot. Thank you so much!”