All progress in research innovation needs to make its way to diabetes care.  We want to provide the best care available for people living with diabetes and other endocrine conditions.  We offer care for people with diabetes and specialized areas including pediatrics, gestational, and diabetes and pregnancy.  We want The Center to be able to help people with diabetes in all aspects of their life.




Jordan Pinsker, MD, runs the Pediatric Diabetes Clinical Service for children and adolescents. Dr. Pinsker’s focus with the diabetes clinic is on the use of advanced technologies to help children and families with diabetes care. He offers consultation and teaching on:

  • Insulin pump use
  • Continuous glucose monitors
  • Other advanced technologies for diabetes care


For more information or to schedule an appointment please call: Stephanie Torres, at (805) 682-7638, ext. 209




Kristin Castorino, D.O. has been an integral part of the team here at the William Sansum Diabetes Center and will be continuing to provide specialized care for diabetes and pregnancy. Her focus will be on seeing patients who:

  • Have pre-pregnancy questions
  • Have just found out they are pregnant and have diabetes
  • Are at risk for gestational diabetes
  • Want postpartum advice and insight
  • Are referrals from OB providers for care of gestational diabetes

The goal is to provide extra support to the patient and obstetrician in the pregnancy to ensure the health of both the mother and child. Dr. Castorino has special interest in an integrated approach to health and wellness.

Bilingual services available. Appointments offered within 1 week. The Center also provides similar services at the Santa Barbara Health Care Center as part of their women’s health services on Tuesdays from 1 pm – 5 pm. They are located at 345 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. (805) 681-5488.


Overview of HIPAA

What is HIPAA?

It is a federal law titled the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Which federal agency oversees HIPAA compliance?

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Why was HIPAA established?

  • To protect employees’ insurance when they lost or changed jobs.
  • To protect the privacy and security of patients’ health information.
  • To adopt national standards for electronic health care transactions.
  • To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system.

What do the HIPAA regulations do for health care?

  • Protects patients’ rights regarding their health information, including the right to review it and make decisions about how it is used and disclosed.
  • Provides for appropriate use and disclosure of patients’ health information.
  • Requires health care providers to implement safeguards to ensure privacy of patients’ health information.

On what exactly do the privacy regulations focus?

  • Individually identifiable information, which means it identifies the patient or could be used to identify the patient.
  • Paper or electronic patient medical or health records.
  • Patient information exchanged verbally.
  • Information relating to the past, present, or future physical or mental condition of an individual.
  • Research data that identifies individual patients.