dLife Columnists

Expert Columnists

A. Paul Chous, M.A., O.D.: Dr. Paul Chous, an optometrist in Southern California, was diagnosed wtih type 1 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. Dr. Chous writes about diabetic eye disease and vision issues.

Kelly L. Close: Kelly is medical writer with type 1 diabetes. She is president of Close Concerns, Inc., a healthcare information firm devoted to diabetes and obesity. She is the Editor-in-Chief of 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.

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.

Wil Dubois thumb, author of Diabetes Simplified, writes from both clinical and personal experience. He works as a diabetes treatment specialist and has type 1 diabetes himself, and as such speaks both "doctor" and "patient."

Bennet Dunlap, MSHC is a health communicator, consultant, father of 4 — two of whom have type 1 diabetes — blogger, and a person living with type 2 diabetes. In addition to his blog, Your Diabetes May Vary, he hosts the internet radio show "DSMA Live ‘Rents" and produces content for theBetesNow.com and DrinkingWithDiabetes.com.

GarneroHeadshotTheresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE: Theresa is an accomplished nurse, diabetes educator, and author. Each month Theresa answers your diabetes questions and offers her own brand of diabetes humor.

Dr. Michael J. Goldberg, D.M.D. is known as "The Doctor's Dentist" by his peers. He is the former Director of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital's General Practice Residency Program and a principal in Manhattan Dental Health. He is the author of "What The Tooth Fairy Didn't Tell You" (Barber, Cosby).

Mary Ann Hodorowicz thumbMary Ann Hodorowiz, RD, LDN, MBA, CDE, CEC is not only a nutritionist and CDE, she is a consultant, trainer, speaker and author or the health, food and pharmaceutical industries in nutrition, wellness, diabetes and Medicare and private insurance reimbursement. She brings her expertise to dLife with her column, Financing Diabetes Care: "How To" Tips for Patients.

MyersonDr. Merle Myerson is a board-certified cardiologist and holds a doctorate in Applied and Exercise Physiology and post-doctorates in basic lipid research and preventive cardiology/cardiovascular epidemiology. Dr. Myerson is actively involved in research and teaching for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, lipid science, sports medicine, HIV, and women's heart health.

Jen Nash, DClinPsych: Dr. Jen Nash is a clinical psychologist who has lived with diabetes for over 20 years. She runs www.PositiveDiabetes.com, an education, therapy, and coaching service that helps people manage the emotional and psychological impact of life with diabetes.

Joy Pape, MSN, RN, FNP, CDE, WOCN, CFCN FAADE: 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 Real-Life Guide to Diabetes.

Lara Rondinelli, RD, LDN, CDE: Lara 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 on various TV and radio programs promoting healthy eating, cooking, and meal planning.

Janis Roszler, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, FAND : 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.


 Viewpoints Columnists

MichelleMichelle Alswager has been a strong advocate in the "d" world since her son, Jesse, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000. After his sudden passing 10 years later, she continues to advocate, educate, and push the envelope in her son's name, as chronicled in That's My Point.

TravisTravis Grubbs, a professional home inspector and city Building and Zoning Inspector, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in May of 2006. Travis shares his experiences as a middle-aged male who had to change his life in order to address his diabetes in Turn the Page.

ScottScott Johnson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5. In his column, Which Way Is Down, Scott brings his personal viewpoint as a young man managing diabetes and everyday life.

TomHeadshotTom Karlya is the father of two children with diabetes. In Diabetes Dad, he shares his perspective as a diabetes activist as well as a loved one providing support in any way he can.

La Shaun Kotaran: La Shaun Phoenix Kotaran is a Detroit-based vocalist, spoken word artist, activist, event-host and wife. Kotaran's work is infused with her love for the city of Detroit, hip-hop, social justice and love of mankind.

ChristelChristel Marchand Aprigliano is a wife, mom, and vocal advocate living with type 1 diabetes. In Been There, Done That, Christel offers insight on how to survive — and celebrate — who and what we are.

Ilene After two bouts with gestational diabetes, Ilene Raymond Rush was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1987. In her column, Second Chances, Ilene talks about living and staying healthy with diabetes after the age of 50.

Kerri_Morrone1 Kerri Sparling explores the world of relationships, independence, and growing up in Generation D. Diagnosed as a child, Kerri's column is about living life as successfully and honestly as she can, all while living with type 1 diabetes.


Archived Expert Columnists

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. Gary shares his unique view of living with diabetes.

nicole_j_baker_80Nicole Johnson: Nicole Johnson was the anchor of dLifeTV from 2005-2009. She was also former Miss America 1999, all while having type 1 diabetes. Nicole's commitment to diabetes education and advocacy has garnered her the title of honorary CDE in the diabetes community.

DaveKBWpixDavid Kliff: David 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.

Charles W. Martin, DDSCharles W. Martin, DDS: Charles 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 with diabetes

Richard Rubin, PhD, CDE: Dr. Rubin is the former President of The American Diabetes Association, Associate Professor in Medicine and in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He writes about emotional and behaviorial issues related to diabetes.

Joe Solowiejczyk, CDE, RN, MSW: President of InBalance Healthcare, a counseling and education service for health care professionals and adults and children with diabetes. A diabetes nurse educator and familiy therapist who has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 40 years, he writes about family dynamics and diabetes.

DanielDaniel Trecroci: Daniel 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.


Archived Viewpoints Columnists

RachelRachel Baumgartel relates the tales of her double-duty diabetes experience in Dueling Diabetes. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in March 2005. Her husband has had type 1 diabetes for over twenty years.

Kathryn FossKathryn Foss is a technical writer from Texas living in Oslo, Norway. In July of 2005, she was enjoying life as a newlywed when type 2 diabetes made its debut. Read about her experiences in Suddenly Diabetic.

DeannaDeanna Glick, living with type 1 diabetes for over 14 years, met her greatest challenge so far as a woman with diabetes: having a child. She talks about managing diabetes and motherhood in her column, Mommy Meter.

Karen 1Karen Hargrave-Nykaza is the mother of a child with type 1 diabetes. In A New Normal, she shares her perspective as she and her family find new meaning in life with diabetes.

MannyManny Hernandez is an Engineer from Venezuela who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in late 2002. He is the voice of the Latino/Hispanic community at dLife through his column, "Hola Diabetes."

Kalimah JohnsonKalimah Johnson is a performance poet and activist for women, sexual assault, domestic violence, and for the LGBT community. In her column, Get It Together, Sugar, Kalimah talks about how type 2 diabetes impacts her life.

WaltWalt Raleigh was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005. He has been eating better, exercising, and taking off weight. His column, Type 2 Curmudgeon, shares his viewpoint as he learns the ropes of diabetes, from carb counting to exercising.

AlanAlan Shanley was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2002, and is now a retired engineer who travels the world whenever he can. His column, Testing Testing, talks about diabetes, traveling, and life in Australia with type 2.

Melissa_StopplerMelissa Conrad Stoppler is a doctor and a mother performing her own Balancing Act as someone with type 2 diabetes. She brings her unique duality as a physician and patient to enhance her perspective.

amy_tenderich Amy Tenderich gives her views in Straight Up. As a woman with type 1 diabetes, she shares her unique observations on the challenges of living with diabetes.

Kathy WeinheimerKathy Weinheimer was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on her fifth birthday in 1957. In Here's to the Next Fifty, she relates her experiences living with diabetes for fifty years, as well as her hopes and expectations for the future.

Last Modified Date: March 03, 2016

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