dLife Diabetes Experts | Information from Diabetes Experts

To give you a well-rounded perspective on diabetes, dLife brings you regular columns written by experts from distinct backgrounds and disciplines.

Diabetes Education

GarneroHeadshotTheresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE: Theresa is an accomplished nurse, diabetes educator, and author. She was honored with two prestigious American Association of Diabetes Educator Awards: the 2004-2005 National Diabetes Educator of the Year and the Allene Van Son Award. She is author and illustrator of DIABETease, a collection of cartoons to promote diabetes self-management, as well as Your First Year With Diabetes. Each month Theresa answers your diabetes questions and offers her own brand of diabetes humor.


Read Theresa's columns here.


nicole_j_baker_80Nicole Johnson: Nicole Johnson was the anchor for dLifeTV from 2005-2009. She was also former Miss America 1999, all while having type 1 diabetes. Having received a Master's degree in Journalism, Nicole is working on another Master's in Public Health. Nicole is the author of several books including her own autobiography, Living With Diabetes (Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2001). She has also co-authored two cookbooks. Nicole's commitment to diabetes education and advocacy has garnered her the title of honorary CDE in the diabetes commmunity. She writes about a variety of education topics.

Read Nicole's columns here.

Diabetes & Oral Health


Charles W. Martin, DDSCharles W. Martin, DDS is the founder of DentistryForDiabeticsSM, a practice with select colleagues nationwide, Dr. Martin enjoys the promise of delivering potentially life-saving dental care to people who have diabetes across the country.

Read Charles's columns here.


Emotional & Behavioral Issues

Jen Nash, DClinPsych: Dr. Jen Nash is a clinical psychologist who has lived with diabetes for more than 20 years. She runs www.PositiveDiabetes.com, an education, therapy and coaching service that supports people with type 1 and 2 to manage the emotional and psychological impact of day to day life with diabetes.

Read Dr. Nash's columns here.


Richard Rubin, PhD, CDE: Dr. Rubin is the current President of The American Diabetes Association and an Associate Professor in Medicine and in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Btitleimore, MD. An active member of the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, Dr. Rubin has written over 100 articles, books, and book chapters for people with diabetes and for diabetes health care providers. He writes about emotional and behavioral issues related to diabetes for dLife. 

Read Dr. Rubin's columns here.


Joe Solowiejczyk, CDE, RN, MSW: is President of InBalance Healthcare, a counseling and education service for health care professionals and adults and children with diabetes. A diabetes nurse educator and family therapist who has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 40 years, Joe has been able to translate his personal experience into patient care. He writes about family dynamics and diabetes management for dLife.

Read Joe's columns here.

Exercise & Sports


Gary Hall Jr.: Ten-time Olympic medalist and American record holder, Gary Hall doesn’t let his type 1 diabetes stop him from going for gold—and getting it. Each month, Gary will take time out of his hectic schedule to share his unique view of living with diabetes.

Read Gary's columns here.


Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, FACSM: Dr. Colberg-Ochs, Professor of Exercise Physiology at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, will give her medical views on exercise and athletics, covering important topics such as what makes your blood sugar go up or down.

Read Dr. Colberg-Ochs's columns here.

Food & Nutrition

Lara Rondinelli, RD, LDN, CDE is the co-author of The Healthy Carb Diabetes Cookbook (American Diabetes Association, 2008) and Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking (American Diabetes Association, 2004). Lara is owner of Rondinelli Nutrition Consulting, LLC and  has been featured nationwide on various television and radio programs promoting healthy eating, cooking, and meal planning.

Read Lara's columns here.

Foot & Wound Care


Joy Pape, RN, BSN, CDE, WOCN, CFCN: Joy is the president of EnJoy Life! Health Consulting in New York City, and a diabetes nurse educator and Certified Foot Care Nurse with over thirty years of experience.  She is the co-author of the Real-Life Guide to Diabetes (The American Diabetes Association).  Joy is the First Vice President for the Metropolitan New York Association of the American Diabetes Association of Diabetes Educators (MNYADE).  Connect with Joy at www.joypape.com.

Read Joy's columns here.


Relationships & Intimacy


Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LD/N: Janis is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, insulin pump trainer, and author. She is the co-author of The Secrets of Living and Loving with Diabetes, a book that helps individuals keep diabetes from interfering with their personal relationships. Janis was recognized as the 2008 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year. She can be found at www.dearjanis.com. Each month, Janis will bring the dLife community tips and information on sex, intimacy, and relationships as they relate to diabetes.

Read Janis' columns here.

Research & Industry


Kelly L. Close is a medical writer with type 1 diabetes. She is president of Close Concerns, Inc., a healthcare information firm devoted to diabetes and obesity. The Close Concerns team attends over 30 scientific and industry-focused diabetes conferences in the US and abroad every year. She is the Editor-in-Chief of two newsletters: Diabetes Close Up, focusing in part on research presented at diabetes conferences, and diaTribe®, focusing on products and research, and helping people learn about new ways to manage diabetes better. Kelly writes about diabetes research issues for dLife.

Read Kelly's columns here.

DaveKBWpixDavid Kliff spent much of his career as an independent money manager for high net worth individuals before being diagnosed with diabetes in 1994 at the age of 36. It was this life-changing experience that led to the creation of Diabetic Investor, the leading source of research information on the diabetes sector. David has become a much sought after expert in his field and has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Money magazine, and Forbes. Now he brings his finance and investment expertise in the diabetes marketplace to the dLife community.

Read David’s columns here.

Vision & Eye Disease


A. Paul Chous, M.A., O.D.:Dr. Paul Chous, a native of Southern California, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus at the age of five. In 1986, the year he received his Master’s Degree, Dr. Chous developed proliferative diabetic retinopathy and underwent multiple laser treatments to save his vision. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Optometry in 1991 with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Dr. Chous has practiced optometry with a special emphasis on diabetic eye disease and diabetes education for 14 years in the State of Washington. He is the author of Diabetic Eye Disease: Lessons From a Diabetic Eye Doctor (Fairwood Press, 2003. See reviews at www.diabeticeyes.com). Dr. Chous will be writing about diabetic eye disease and vision issues for the dLife community.

Read Dr. Chous' columns here.

Miscellaneous Diabetes Issues

Daniel1Daniel Trecroci is a freelance healthcare journalist who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. For over eight years, he was the managing editor of Diabetes Health magazine.


Read Daniel's columns here.


Last Modified Date: November 27, 2012

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