Diabetes Education & Prevention

Knowledge is power.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 30.3 million people who have diabetes and 84.1 million who have pre-diabetes in the United States. These numbers are rapidly increasing.

If diabetes is not controlled, it can lead to serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney problems, nerve damage, amputation, sexual dysfunction, memory loss and more. So it is very important to know where to get help to prevent and manage diabetes.

What We Offer

Lohman Diabetes Education & Prevention Network

The Lohman’s and their family are concerned by the increasing expense and education needs of those living with diabetes and are committed to help make an impact to help those in our community. People who have diabetes are not “doomed” to have health problems. If you work with your health care team and keep your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol under control, you can prevent complications of diabetes.


In 2020, a state-of-the-art medical resource for diabetes treatment was brought to reality with the unveiling of the Lohman Diabetes Center of Excellence, made possible by a $4 million donation from Nancy and Lowell Lohman. Created to be a one-stop resource center for diabetes patients seeking access to world-class endocrinologists, on-site lab work, educational and lifestyle coaching, this building was constructed to serve the growing needs of our community in an unprecedented way. The center is located on the fifth floor of Halifax Health’s Professional Building at 311 Clyde Morris Blvd., now officially renamed the Lohman Building.

There are numerous early signs and symptoms of diabetes that include frequent urination, high blood sugar, increased thirst, fatigue, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss and tingling or numbness in the hands or feet. Take our digital risk assessment to determine your next steps.

Halifax Health offers outpatient diabetes education services taught by a registered nurse and registered dietitian who are Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists. Services are tailored to each person’s needs.

The American Diabetes Association recognizes our services as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.

Services are tailored to each person’s needs whether they are newly diagnosed or have a history of diabetes. We offer diabetes classes, one-on-one counseling, meal planning individualized by a dietitian, pregnancy/gestational diabetes counseling, instructions on how to test blood sugar or how to inject insulin and a free support group. 

To learn more about the diabetes education and resources we have available, please call 386.425.2242 or 386.425.4829.

We will teach you self-care skills which can help you reach your health goals.

Class topics include:

  • Explanation of different types of diabetes, causes and treatments
  • Causes and treatments of high and low blood sugars
  • Nutrition and healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Diabetes medications
  • Testing blood sugar
  • Complications (preventing, detecting and treating)
  • Stress, depression and other behavioral health issues affected by diabetes as well as many other topics and resources

Diabetes Education services are only offered to adults, 18 years or older. To participate in a Halifax Health Diabetes Education service, a referral from your Endocrinologist or Primary Care Physician and certain medical records are required. The hospital staff can verify insurance coverage before you attend.

To register, please call 386.425.2242 or 386.425.4829.

In partnership with Nancy and Lowell Lohman, we have put together a comprehensive video resource library covering a variety of topics in an effort to provide our community with a closer look at the daily habits and choices necessary to live a full life as a diabetic.

Help A Diabetic Child (HADC) purchase diabetes medical supplies, insulin, medical office visits and mental health services for children and college students with Type 1 Diabetes whose families struggle to afford these life-sustaining services.

With diabetes diagnoses on the rise, the cost of insulin climbing and health disparities widening, our mission to provide life-saving and life-sustaining services to those in need will be even more crucial.

Meet Your Diabetes Education & Prevention Team


Christine Goudreau, RN, CDCES, CPT, B.S.Ed.
Diabetes Educator
Christine Goudreau, RN, CDCES, CPT, B.S.Ed.
Diabetes Educator

Christine Goudreau RN is a certified specialist in Diabetes care and Education.  She completed her RN degree at Daytona community College in 1998. Then, she completed her two-year internship with endocrinology before accepting her Certification as Diabetes Educator. Finally, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Central Florida in Technical Education and Industry Training in 2007. Christine currently is a certified insulin pump trainer. She currently works with Halifax Health and Lohman Diabetes outpatient educational Services. She has lived in Florida for over 30 years. She is fluent in Portuguese and Cape Verde creole.

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Kim Koevenig, RDN, LDN, CDCES
Diabetes Education Coordinator/Dietitian
Kim Koevenig, RDN, LDN, CDCES
Diabetes Education Coordinator/Dietitian
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Poonam Kapadia, MD
Board-Certified Internal Medicine
Poonam Kapadia, MD
Board-Certified Internal Medicine

Poonam Kapadia, MD is a board-certified Internist with specialty training in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. She was raised in Orlando, Florida and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with honors and a double major in Biology and Anthropology.

Doctor Kapadia went on to earn her medical degree from the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida and completed her Internship in Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Kapadia completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of Central Florida and then pursued a two year fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism with the University of Florida in Jacksonville.

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