St. Mary's Medical Center | Huntington, WV | (304) 526-1234

Diabetes Education

The Joslin Diabetes Center education affiliate at St. Mary's is a partner of the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, an international leader in diabetes treatment, research, and education.

Individuals educated at Joslin receive the benefit of millions of dollars worth of research.

How St. Mary's Can Help

We are here to help patients with diabetes management issues, to answer questions and to work with patients and their physicians to find solutions to individual concerns. Ask your doctor to refer you to Joslin or call our center to request an information packet. Once we have the referral from your physician, we can work to schedule you for classes or an individual consultation.

The Joslin Diabetes Center education affiliate at St. Mary's is accredited by the American Diabetes Association and is Medicare-approved. Most insurance providers offer benefits for diabetes education. Check with your insurance company regarding coverage.

For more information about Joslin, call (304) 526-8363.

Wendy Barker, RN, BSA, MA, MAEd

Wendy Barker


Wendy Barker, RN, BSN, MA, MAEd, is the program coordinator for the Joslin Diabetes Center education affiliate at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Barker provides self-management education for patients with diabetes, assists patients with insulin and insulin pump therapy and monitors patient outcomes.

Prior to joining the Joslin program, Barker was a school nurse for 23 years, working with students with diabetes and other acute and chronic conditions. Her experience also includes cardiac nursing at St. Mary’s.


Heather Venoy, RD, LD, MA

Heather Venoy


Heather Venoy, RD, LD, MA, is the cardiovascular and diabetes nutrition educator for the Joslin Diabetes education affiliate at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Venoy provides nutrition education, counseling and support for participants of the Joslin Diabetes Center education affiliate, cardiac rehabilitation and the preventive health programs.

She has more than 15 years of experience teaching and developing programs in public health as a dietitian and program support manager for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Nutrition Services.