Clinics & Education

Clinical Care

Pediatric Clinic

The Pediatric Clinic offers complete education and support for children and adolescents with all types of diabetes. The Clinic is certified by the American Diabetes Association. Many of our doctors, nurses, dietitians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and social workers are Certified Diabetes Educators, who can provide families and patients with an understanding of type 1 diabetes and encourage their confidence in its day-to-day management.

New Faculty of the Pediatric Diabetes Division

Shideh Majidi, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Majidi joined the Pediatric Division in July. Her primary clinical and research interests are in behavioral and psychosocial aspects of care in youth with type 1 diabetes. Her fellowship research project involved looking at barriers to implementing depression screening in clinic. Dr. Majidi currently has an NIH/NIDDK K12 award to continue and expand on behavioral and psychosocial research, including depression, high risk patients, and patient experience with advanced technologies (such as the artificial pancreas). One of the best parts of working in the diabetes field for Dr. Majidi is being able to work with families and patients throughout their childhood. Each patient and family is unique, and her passion is to continuously strive to ensure her patients receive the best care possible for their individual and unique diabetes needs.

Kimberly A. Driscoll, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Driscoll joined the BDC in September of 2015 as an assistant professor and a licensed pediatric psychologist. Her patient-oriented clinical research addresses adherence to medical treatment regimens, with a specific focus on using technology to optimize adherence and health outcomes in type 1 diabetes. She received an NIH/NIDDK K23 Career Development Award aimed at providing longitudinal intervention to improve insulin pump adherence in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. She is a member of the Psychosocial Studies committee of TEDDY (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young) and is the consulting psychologist on Dr. Jennifer Raymond’s Team Clinic grant funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust and on several artificial pancreas studies (PI: Dr. David Maahs). Before joining the Barbara Davis Center, she was faculty in the Florida State University College of Medicine and the Associate Director of the Florida State University Psychology Clinic.

Gregory Forlenza, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Forlenza joined the Pediatric Division of the BDC in July. His research focus is on development, refinement and testing of diabetes technology including insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors and the artificial pancreas. He is interested in using technology to help patients better control their diabetes and reduce the burden of diabetes on children and their families. He is Co-Investigator on several JDRF and NIH grants with Dr. David Maahs, Dr. Peter Chase, and Dr. Robert Slover. Dr. Forlenza is also interested in islet transplantation as a potential cure for type 1 diabetes and was the Co-Principal Investigator for a project investigating combining islet transplantation with artificial pancreas technology. He is passionate about the benefits of diabetes camps and has been volunteering at various camps for over 10 years.

Adult Clinic

The Adult Clinic continues to strive for excellence in diabetes care and research as it provides care for approximately 3,000 patients, age 18-75. Diabetes education is extremely vital to the Adult Clinic, whether the patient is newly diagnosed or has had diabetes for over 50 years. On staff, clinical social workers, a pharmacist, nurses, as well as dieticians, who are Certified Diabetes Educators who specialize in educating our patients on how to effectively self manage their diabetes and to troubleshoot obstacles they may face in their health.

The Adult Clinic is now able to accept new patients (particularly those with type 1 diabetes) thanks to the addition of Dr. Aaron Michels, who received his endocrinology training from the University of Colorado and joined the Clinic in July 2010.

Eye Clinic

The BDC eye clinic, funded by the Melvin and Elaine Wolf Foundation, and directed by Dr. Brian Bucca from 2007-present, provides in-house comprehensive retinal care for children and adults with diabetes. Its mission is to prevent diabetes-related eye disease and vision loss through accurate detection, comprehensive patient education and compassionate care. The Retinopathy Screening Wing offers unparalleled quality of care and state-of-the-art diagnostic retinal imaging, which assists in the detection of the earliest stages of retinopathy and also enables identification of patients with advanced eye disease necessitating treatment in order to preserve vision. The Eye clinic is currently taking new patients and is able to provide same day appointments as well as walk-in appointments (303-724-6735).


The staff of the Barbara Davis Center is committed to helping patients and their families understand diabetes, from the initial diagnosis to long-term management.

The dietitians here at the Center meet with each new onset or new to clinic family to teach them how to adjust diet to insulin delivery. They are also available to all patients during regularly scheduled visits, individual nutrition visits, and by telephone.

 Pumps and Sensors

The Pediatric Clinic has a comprehensive program for helping patients initiate insulin pump therapy and/or continuance glucose monitoring. Certified trainers are available on site, and all pump and sensors training is done in the outpatient setting.

Dr. Peter Chase has published Understanding Insulin Pumps & Continuous Glucose Monitors available for purchase at the front desk of the BDC or online at:

Social Work

Social Work

The Barbara Davis Center’s clinical social workers meet with each new onset patient and their family in order to help them adjust to the diagnosis of diabetes. They are available to help with diabetes related issues at anytime, both during clinic visits and outside of regularly scheduled appointments.

To learn more, please schedule an appointment to visit the social work staff members:

Pediatric Clinic:    
Ellen Fay-Itzkowitz, LCSW, CDE
Dana Shepard, LCSW
Gladys Villa, LCSW

Adult Clinic:    
Lisa Meyers, MSW, CDE

The Social Work Program at the Barbara Davis Center works to help patients and families through the psychological and psychosocial aspects of diabetes. Their services include:

  • New Onset Education
  • Clinics for new BDC patients
  • Ongoing clinic patients as requested by families or BDC team members
  • Differential diagnosis for children, teens, and young adults with mood, thought, or eating disorders as well as depression and anxiety
  • Education
  • Needle fears
  • Protective services and cases of medical neglect
  • Crisis management
  • Research
  • And more!

Beyond High School Workshop

Beyond High School Workshop

This workshop is held once a year by the Barbara Davis Center.

The Beyond High School Program is a fun, interactive program that prepares adolescents with diabetes for several life changes during their transition from high school to college, to work, and living away from parents.

This course is for young men and women who have type 1 diabetes and who are seniors in high school, who have graduated from high school, or are starting out on their own.  There will also be a 1-hour session for parents for a question and answer session.

Topics discussed include:

  • Communication about diabetes
  • Food
  • Exercise
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Health
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health Care Change
  • Support Systems
  • Technology
  • Parent Group

For questions about the program, registration, and cost, please contact Regina Reece at 303-724-6744 or

Grandparent Classes

Grandparent Classes

This course helps grandparents feel comfortable & proficient while caring for children with diabetes. Please be prepared for an interactive, hands-on experience and come prepared to participate and ask questions.

This course takes place four times a year in March, May, September, and November.

Topics discussed include:

  • What is diabetes and why do some kids get it?
  • Why does insulin help and what does it do?
  • What to do when high and low blood sugars occur
  • Blood sugar testing and insulin injections
  • Food and diabetes

Due to space constraints, participation in each workshop will be limited to the first 25 people who register. Registration will first open for grandparents of Barbara Davis Center patients, but others may request to be on the waiting list if there is room available.

For questions about the program, registration, and cost, please contact Regina Reece at 303-724-6744 or

Colorado School Nurse Conference

Colorado School Nurse Conference–“Taking Diabetes to School”

This is an informative program on current intensified management of diabetes and delegation of tasks for school nurses. Through lectures and practicums, this program will enhance the knowledge and skills needed to meet the health care needs of children with diabetes in the school setting. The Barbara Davis Center presents this program to emphasize the values of family and community as an important part of the health team. We encourage attendance by all community/school based providers.

For questions about the program, registration, and cost, please contact Regina Reece at 303-724-6744 or