Endocrinology and diabetes services are provided at two locations Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford. Both locations offer advanced clinical care for the treatment of endocrine diseases and diabetes for patients age 18 and older. Patient education and support services include diabetes screening, comprehensive diabetes care and management, weight management and nutrition counseling.


Endocrinology


Endocrinologists are specialized physicians who oversee diagnosis and care for hormone-related conditions and diseases. Hormones and their regulation and secretion are responsible for maintaining energy levels, reproductions, growth and development, responses to stress and injury, and the overall internal balance of body systems. Our expert physicians, diagnostic equipment and state-of-the-art facilities deliver the utmost in treatment combine with personal and individualized care.

Your physician may recommend or prescribe a visit with an endocrinologist to help diagnose and treat various disorders such as:

* Diabetes and hypoglycemia

* Adrenal disorders including Cushing's syndrome and Conn's syndrome

* Metabolic bone disease including osteoporosis

* Thyroid diseases

* Sex hormone disorders

Most endocrine disorders are chronic diseases, such as diabetes, requiring life-long medical care. We focus on understanding the patient at all levels - personal and biological - to provide the optimal therapy and disease management through the entire course of treatment and ongoing care.


Diabetes Treatment and Self-Management


Did you know that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US and that 22 million people have diabetes? The sad truth is 11 million people don’t know it!

The good news is, when it comes to diabetes, knowledge really is power! The power to live life your way starts with good diabetes control. Taking control of diabetes is the key to improving your quality of life.

Keeping your blood sugar (also called blood glucose) levels in the normal range can make a big difference now and in the future. In the short run, you will feel better, stay healthy and have more energy. And in the long run you will lower your chances of having diabetes related problems such as eye disease, kidney disease and nerve damage. Ultimately, you will enjoy a better quality life.

We offer an outstanding diabetes education program that has been nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association for its excellence in patient teaching methods! Our program teaches you how to manage your diabetes with immediate results that will lower your blood sugar and help you achieve long-term results. Spouses and family members are welcomed and encouraged to attend with you.

Our hospital-based programs work with a person’s needs and respond to those needs with compassion, caring and knowledgeable decisions. Unlike other hospital programs in the area, our programs give you access to physicians and nurse practitioners as well as access to certified diabetes nurse educators and certified diabetes dietitian educators.   

Our team is dedicated to helping adult patients with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes, thyroid diseases, osteoporosis, as well as other endocrine disorders. We also offer a goal-oriented self-management and treatment program. The overall goal is to help people with diabetes have a better quality of life by preventing any complications that often arise from diabetes including: early stage heart disease and strokes, blindness or greatly reduced vision, kidney failure, loss of nerve sensations that can interfere with mobility issues and loss of limbs.

Small changes to diet and lifestyle can make an impact on your risk for developing Type II diabetes.

To learn and take control of your diabetes, the Diabetes Self-Management Program includes group classes or 1:1 sessions that teach you how to live and manage your diabetes. We work together, as a team, with you, your family and your primary care physician to help build the most up to date medical and nutritional treatment plan for you and provide you with the information and resources you need to control your diabetes.

Health Minute features Dr. Bindiya Thakkar, an endocrinologist at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. In this video, Dr. Thakkar will help to define diabetes and discuss causes, prevention and treatment options.

Please call either hospital location to schedule your class or to make an individual appointment. To join the Diabetes Self-Management Program, you must be referred by a physician.

For more information regarding coverage, please call your health insurance company prior to your first visit. Download our Diabetes Care and Management brochure .

Diabetes Self-Management Program
     
Lawrence Memorial Hospital   Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
170 Governors Avenue   585 Lebanon Street
Medford, MA   Melrose, MA
     
781-306-6370   781-979-3400
     
Rena La Vasseur, RN, CDE   Alice DiCenzo, BSN, RN, CDE
(Certified Diabetes Educator/   (Certified Diabetes Educator/
Pump Trainer)   Pump Trainer)
     
    Mary Ann Tillotson, BSN, RN, CDE
    (Certified Diabetes Educator/
    Pump Trainer)
     

 


Locations 


Endocrinology and Diabetes Locations

       
    Lawrence Memorial Hospital  
    170 Governors Avenue  
    Medford, MA  
       
    781-306-6370  
       
    Sunita Schurgin, MD  
    Tara J. Hamilton, MD  
    Ellen Klee, NP  
    Rena La Vasseur, RN, CDE   
       
Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
585 Lebanon Street
Melrose, MA
 
781-979-3400
 
Bindiya Thakkar, MD
Alice DiCenzo, BSN, RN, CDE
Mary Ann Tillotson, BSN, RN, CDE
 

 


 Our Providers

 

SchurginMD 125Sunita Schurgin, MD

HamiltonMD 125Tara J. Hamilton, MD

 

 

50240068alicesmall    100media36imag0066croppedfo
Alice DiCenzo,
RN, BSN, CDE
  Mary Ann Tillotson, 
RN, BSN, CDE

 

rena   KLEE Ellen 160
Rena LaVasseur, 
RN, CDE
  Ellen Klee, NP

 


Diabetes Support Group


Our program provides a support group for people living with diabetes to help them and their loved ones better cope with the daily challenges of managing their disease. People with diabetes and their families are encouraged to attend a meeting to discuss and share their concerns with a healthcare provider and each other.  

Call 781-338-7759 to confirm group schedule and location. Registration is not required and there is no fee to attend.

  


Contact Us


To make an appointment at any of our two convenient locations or for more information, please contact us at the numbers below.

 Endocrinology and Diabetes

Lawrence Memorial Hospital
170 Governors Avenue
Medford, MA

781-306-6370

Sunita Schurgin, MD
Tara J. Hamilton, MD
Ellen Klee, NP
Rena La Vasseur, RN, CDE


Endocrinology and Diabetes

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital 
585 Lebanon Street
Melrose, MA

781-979-3400

Partha Sinha, MD
Bindiya Thakkar, MD
Alice DiCenzo, BSN, RN, CDE
Mary Ann Tillotson, BSN, RN, CDE

 

  



Running Through Type 1 Diabetes

Putnam runner 300c

Gregory Putnam has been a competitive athlete all of his life – a runner. So when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 28, he couldn’t believe it.

   “Something just all of a sudden happened,” he said. “I was constantly thirsty and going to the bathroom. My housemate, whose mother was a nurse, told me that my symptoms were related to diabetes. I thought, ‘This can’t be true. I’m really healthy. I’m athletic.’”

   Sure enough it was true. Putnam was able to keep his Type 1 diabetes in check by lowering his carbohydrate Intake and taking the right amount of insulin to match his carbohydrate Intake." 

   Putnam, who lives in Stoneham, has seen various doctors over the years. Most shook their heads when he said how much he ran and told him it was too much. It wasn’t until Putnam came to Hallmark Health that he finally felt that someone got it, got him.  “Going to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital was a tremendously positive change,” said Putnam. “That was the first time I felt someone was listening to me. I appreciate that so much.”

   Now 46, Putnam runs about 60 miles a week, both on his own and in races with his running team. The extensive and intense training makes managing his diabetes difficult. He frequently has to make adjustments based on how much he runs and what he eats. He is not willing to let diabetes take running away from him.

   “I’m very stubborn about my running and my competition,” said Putnam, who was recently named the 2015 Massachusetts Masters runner of the year by New England Runner magazine. “It’s really difficult at times to get my numbers correct when I’m racing.”

   Putnam works closely with Alice DiCenzo, BSN, RN, CDE, a certified diabetes educator at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. This fall he began using an insulin pump along with his continuous glucose monitoring system, or CGMS, instead of injections, which has been an ongoing adjustment. DiCenzo worked with him every step of the way. When he first made the switch, he and DiCenzo worked very closely making the necessary adjustments.

   What Putnam appreciates most is DiCenzo’ s acceptance of his running. “Alice really values what matters most to her patients like me, and that says a great deal about who she is as a person as well as what she provides as a diabetes educator,” he said. “The caregivers, doctors and administrative staff, definitely work in what’s important in your life and make the diabetes fit around that.”

   For Putnam, those important things are his family, running and teaching high school English. With the help of Hallmark Health he has learned livable strategies for managing his Type 1 diabetes so he can enjoy all of these to the fullest!


News & Events

  $1.45 million improvement project to enhance comfort and convenience for birthing families...

 

Not to be missed...  

 
Enhanced Creative Coping:
A new mom's group
Medford Family  Network
Monday, April 23-June 18

VNA and Hospice
Comedy Show FUNdraiser!
Giggles Comedy Club, Saugus, MA
Wednesday, April 25

Taste of Spring
Subaru of Wakefield
Thursday, May 10
 
10th Annual Christine
Cameron Symposium

MHA Conference Center
Burlington, MA
Friday, May 18
 

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital 
Golf Invitational

Kernwood Country Club, Salem, MA
Monday, June 25

 

social facebook   social twitter   social youtube