Nursing Continuing Education

Meet our Presenters:

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Susan Cotey, RN, CDCES

Susan Cotey is the coordinator for the Lennon Diabetes Center at the Cleveland Clinic Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center. She has developed and implemented an internationally recognized comprehensive diabetes self-management program that focuses on “Personal Quality Improvement” and lifestyle changes. Patients gather personal data and develop a plan to improve their health. The concept was presented in Scotland 2002 and again in London 2005 at the European Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare¼ presentations that prompted email responses from healthcare professionals throughout Europe. Susan developed a hospital-based Diabetes Nurse Champion Program which was replicated throughout the healthcare system. The programs earned the Cleveland Clinic Health System Eastern Region Presidents Award for Clinical Quality. She also received the “Nurse of Excellence Award”.

Susan was nominated for the “Northern Ohio Live” 2002 Awards of Achievement”; in the category of health and medicine. In 2003 she received the “Distinguished Women in Healthcare Award” from the Visiting Nurse Association under the category of patient care and in 2008; she was nominated for the Health Care Worker of the Year Award given by the Ohio Hospital Association.   In March of 2009 Susan was a presenter in Berlin, Germany at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, addressing the topic of Patient Engagement. In 2011 she received the American Diabetes Association’s Circle of Hospitals Award and was also featured in the Cleveland Clinic’s “Notable Nursing Journal.”  Susan was also a presenter at the 2013 American Diabetes Association’s 73rd Scientific Sessions.  In 2015, she was a finalist in the March of Dimes Ohio Nurse of the Year Award, in the category of Distinguished Nurse. Most recently, Susan received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cleveland Clinic’s Nursing Institute, 2016.


Melissa Matteo, MS, RDN, LD, CDE

Melissa Matteo is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for the endocrinology department at the Cleveland Clinic with over 18 years of clinical experience providing care to multiple sites including Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center, Beachwood Family Health Center, Lyndhurst Campus, Main Campus and Strongsville Family Health Center. She provides diabetes self management education to patients and their caregivers through individual education sessions, group classes, cooking classes and support groups. Melissa has implemented shared nutrition appointments to provide nutrition education in a group setting for chronic kidney disease, weight management and prenatal nutritional care at Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center. Melissa has participated in numerous community outreach programs including And The Beat Goes On blood pressure clinic, Produce Prescription, Stork’s Nest and Healthy Communities Wellness Initiative. She has also been interviewed for and authored multiple lay articles for a variety of websites and magazines, including Diabetes Forecast, on various nutritional topics. In addition to patient education, Melissa is currently a clinical investigator in a weight management research study at the Cleveland Clinic investigating the effectiveness of shared medical appointments for the weight management program with and without the use of FDA approved weight loss medications.

Melissa received her Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management in 2014, Certification in Diabetes Education (CDE) in 2007, Master of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2001, completed an American Dietetic Association (ADA) accredited internship program at the VA Hospital in Cleveland in 2000, and received her Bachelors of Science degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio in 1999. She is an active member of the American Diabetes


Cleveland State University School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development. by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)​​​​​​​