Diabetes and endocrinology

The Spectrum Health Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology provides a wide range of specialized services for patients in West Michigan and beyond. Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Diabetologists
  • Endocrinologists
  • Advanced practice providers
  • Registered dietitians
  • Certified diabetes educators
  • Licensed master’s-level social workers

Referrals and consultations

We emphasize education, treatment and prevention of complications for disorders of the glands, hormones and metabolism. Easy, coordinated access is provided to specialties and services, including heart care, foot and ankle medicine, neurology, eye care, weight management and pain management. We work with patients to explain the importance of exercise, nutrition and blood sugar control for regulating diabetes and improving quality of life. We test the blood glucose levels of everyone admitted to our hospitals. This tells us if patients have diabetes mellitus or if they’re at increased risk for developing it (pre-diabetes). Well-controlled blood glucose levels have been shown to lead to fewer complications, improved healing and shorter hospital stays.

Our services

  • Comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis
  • Consultations to form and carry out comprehensive, individualized care plans
  • Management of complications associated with diabetes
  • Patient education
  • Initiation of insulin therapy
  • Management of “multi-dose” intensive insulin therapy
  • Continuous glucose monitoring systems and insulin pumps
  • Hyperlipidemia management
  • Hypertension management
  • Thyroid, adrenal, pituitary and hormone disorder management
  • Metabolic syndrome management
  • Thyroid biopsy
  • Blood glucose management during pregnancy


Our education program is accredited through the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Patients managing diabetes don’t have to do it alone. We provide the necessary tools so patients can successfully self-manage the day-to-day rigors of living with diabetes. A certified diabetes educator will work with your patient to create a plan that provides ongoing support and tools for improved health.

Education services

  • Diabetes self-management training
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Insulin pump therapy and training
  • Diabetes and exercise strategies
  • Diabetes medication education
  • Weight management
  • Pregnancy and diabetes education and counseling
  • Continuous glucose monitoring therapy and training
  • Blood glucose pattern management

Mental health and counseling

Diabetes can bring unique stressors to patient’s lives, affecting mental and emotional well-being. Counseling services support patients struggling to cope with common mental health conditions and chronic illnesses. These services complement the care patients receive from our multispecialty team. Counseling is covered by most insurance companies. These services are available to patients seen in our clinic. No referral is needed.

Mental health conditions treated

  • Diabetes-related distress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Coping with complications
  • Struggles adhering to medical regimens
  • Psychosocial adjustment to diabetes
  • Weight management and disordered eating

Diabetes and pregnancy program

The medical management of diabetes during pregnancy increases the biological, psychosocial and financial demands on a woman and her support system. Our diabetes and pregnancy program assists with the management of all types of diabetes and dovetails with routine obstetrics and gynecology pregnancy care. Our comprehensive team offers a patient-centered approach that enhances a woman’s ability to manage her diabetes and the lifestyle changes needed to ensure her and her child’s well-being.


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