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Diabetes Therapy Services

Adult Diabetes Program at Joslin
Joslin Diabetes Center
3229 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13214
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-5726
Fax: 315 464-2510
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Individuals with diabetes can benefit from exercise and activity; however, pain and other factors may limit the ability to perform some activities. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department provides physical therapy for individuals with diabetes. This service includes a comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

The therapist will provide you with an individualized exercise program, while taking into account your pain or other limitations. The exercise program is designed so that it can be carried out in your home or in the community. The therapist works closely with the Joslin Diabetes Center and your physician/healthcare provider.

Who Can Benefit from Therapy?

People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

What Should You Expect from Your Therapy?

The exercise prescription for people with diabetes often includes aerobic/cardiovascular exercises and resistance/strengthening exercises. People with diabetes who perform regular exercise can see many benefits, including improved endurance, strength, flexibility, blood glucose levels, cholesterol, blood pressure, body weight and ability to do daily activities.

Preparing for your First Visit

  • Your first visit will typically include a complete examination and exercise instruction/education.
  • You should wear clothing that is easy to move in and bring a list of your current medications and the names of your physicians/other healthcare providers.
  • You should arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete paperwork for your visit.

A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.


Karen L Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, FAADE
Karen L Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, FAADE
315 464-5726

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 2005, Physical Therapy
  • MS: Syracuse University, 1998, Exercise Physiology


Certified Diabetes Educator; Geriatric Physical Therapy; Diabetes; Low Back Pain; Neck Strain; Osteoporosis; more

Clinical Interests

  • Diabetes Management, Osteoporosis Management, Running Injuries


  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)