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Certified Diabetes Educators

Laura McNamara, RD, CDE

Laura McNamara, RD, CDE

Laura McNamara, RD, CDE is a nutrition educator at the Diabetes HealthSource. She has a Bachelors Degree in Dietetics from the State University College at Buffalo, and became certified in diabetes education in 1990. She has experience in nutrition counseling, cardiac rehab, and an interest in sports nutrition. Laura enjoys empowering clients to work on behavioral change to improve their health.


Sally C. Nordquist, R.N., C.D.E., M.S.Ed.

Sally C. Nordquist, R.N., C.D.E., M.S.Ed.

Sally is the certified diabetes nurse educator, as well as the Program Coordinator at the Diabetes HealthSource. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from SUNY at Utica/Rome. In 1992, she received a Master’s Degree in Community Health Education from SUNY at Brockport.

Sally has been certified in diabetes education since 1994. She was previously certified in nephrology nursing & she has strong dialysis background. She is also a certified pump trainer and is proficient with CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring system). Sally’s special interests include patient education and assisting clients with behavior change.


Susan Calcagno R.D., M.S., C.D.E.

Susan Calcagno RD, MS, CDE

Susan, has been a practicing Certified Diabetes Educator in nutrition for the past 7 years.

She had practiced as a CDE for an international pharmaceutical company.Previous to that position she was the Nutritionist-Diabetes Educator for the Women’s Health Out Patient Department at Strong Memorial Hospital. She has been a practicing nutritionist for over 30 years.


Maria Hendricks beckman.

Marcia Hendricks Beckman, RD

Marcia is a Registered Dietitian and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for 24 years. Her career started in Norfolk, Virginia at the Diabetes Institute. She also served as diabetes coordinator at Emanuel Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Marcia enjoys working with patients to help them fit diabetes care into their life.  She understands the overwhelming challenge that a chronic condition can present and counsels patients to avoid self-defeating behaviors and thoughts.  

Her nutrition specialties include T1DM and pump therapy.  She assists the DHS team in Continuous Glucose Monitor analysis.  Marcia is married and has one daughter attending Brighton High School. 


Christine Franzese

Christine Franzese, MS, BSN, CDE

Christine has been a registered nurse for 20 years with a primary focus caring for patients with cardiac and pulmonary disease.  She began her career in 1995 working at Genesee Hospital then transitioned to Highland Hospital in 2001. 

Christine obtained her RN from Monroe Community College and her BSN from St. John Fisher College.  In 2006 she obtained a Master Degree in Healthcare and Leadership: Health Promotion, Education, and Technology from the University of Rochester.

Christine has been with Diabetes Health Source since April 2012. She became a Certified Diabetes Educator in November 2014 and a certified Insulin pump trainer in December 2015.  Her special interests include patient education and partnering with patients and families to improve overall health.