Free Diabetes Classes at Big Y
Upcoming Diabetes Education Classes:
Check Out Our Virtual Diabetes Class Schedule Below!
Meet your Diabetes Educators:
Stephanie Cloutier, PharmD
Stephanie is a staff pharmacist in Big Y's Longmeadow pharmacy and also spends time counseling patients in the Big Y / Western New England University Consultation & Wellness Center in the Cooley St. store location. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut in 2016 and then went on to complete a PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program with Big Y and Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The main focus during her residency was developing and teaching diabetes self-management education classes for Big Y. Since 2016, Stephanie has taught this series of classes multiple times in various Big Y locations to both customers and employees. She hopes to continue expanding and offering diabetes education classes in more Big Y locations and training additional pharmacists to educate individuals with diabetes. Stephanie has completed the American Pharmacist Association’s "The Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program" and is currently studying to be a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES).
Kristen Mellis, PharmD
Kristen is a staff pharmacist in Big Y’s Kingston location. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy - Boston in 2010. She has recently completed the Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes provided through Big Y pharmacy with instructor Stephanie Cloutier, PharmD. Her interest in diabetes education developed during her schooling as she worked one-on-one in clinic settings with patients to provide individualized diabetes management plans. Being a diabetes educator through Big Y allows Kristen to fulfill her original goals of structured, interactive care with her patients. The ever expanding knowledge and improvements in the management of diabetes allows Kristen to stay connected and educated in order to provide the best possible care to all of her patients.