Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE
Theresa Garnero has 20 years experience as a registered nurse partnering with people who have diabetes throughout her career. She is an Advanced Practice R.N. with a Master of Science in Nursing, a Certified Diabetes Educator, and is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. She is the past President of the California Central Coast Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and member of the San Francisco Bay Area Association of AADE. She also belongs to several AADE specialty practice groups: Inpatient Management, Pregnancy/Reproductive, Hispanic/Latino and Physical Activity groups.
Theresa has a passion for humor in healthcare and combined her science background with her artistic ability. She is an internationally published cartoonist and freelance writer. She is the Clinical Nurse Manager of Center for Diabetes Services at California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco, California.
In her attempts to impact the diabetes community on a larger scale, Theresa Garnero authored and illustrated a diabetes education cartoon book, called DIABETease: A Lighter Look at the Serious Subject of Diabetes. It is filled with visually inviting information about type 1 and type 2 diabetes and multicultural characters. Her hope is to inspire diabetes self-management and raise money for research. The book and the cartoons are available through her website www.tgarnero.com or by contacting the publisher, BookSurge at 1-866-308-6235.
She also wrote Your First Year With Diabetes, an interactive book designed to put the reader in control of his or her health.
Theresa was honored with two prestigious awards from the American Association of Diabetes Educators: the 2004-2005 National Diabetes Educator of the Year and the Allene Van Son Award for best education tool in using diabetes cartoons to promote diabetes self-management. She lectures nationwide about humor and healthcare. Theresa just completed an innovative book for the American Diabetes Association (publication slated for June 2008 — stay tuned!).
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