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Mary Kavanaugh, RN, CDE, MTTS

Mary Kavanaugh, RN, CDE, MTTS is a 59 year old mother of four grown children.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in 1978 and held various jobs and volunteer positions while her children were growing up.  Mary began Nursing School at UMass Dartmouth in 2005 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2008.  She worked as a School Nurse in the New Bedford public school system for three years and began at HealthFirst in 2011.  Mary is a Care Manager who works with patients to help them manage chronic illnesses, mainly diabetes, asthma, and hypertension.  She recently received her Diabetes Educator Certification, and Massachusetts Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.   Mary counsels individuals and groups in techniques and skills to help them stop smoking.  She was trained as a Patient Navigator by the Care Coordination Program sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.