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After losing weight, reversing her own pre-diabetes and battling insulin dependent gestational diabetes, Dina Garcia has developed a true passion for helping others live the healthy, happy, energetic lives they deserve. As a registered dietitian-nutritionist and mindful eating coach, she is anti-diet and pro empowered eating. She can help you create balance in your life and diet so you don't have to over think what you should eat. She believes a healthy lifestyle should alleviate stress not create more. Dina has been a Registered Dietitian since 2005. She completed an undergraduate B.S. in Dietetics from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and then went on to complete her supervised practice at California State University, Fresno in Fresno, California. She founded Vida Nutrition, LLC in 2012, after 7 years of working as a clinical dietitian. Her favorite part about being a self-employed nutritionist is that she has the flexibility to create her own systems to better serve the needs of her clients.
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Caroline Baker, MSc. HEALTHY LIFESTYLE COACHING Caroline is a UK based, Health promotion expert with over 25 years experience of helping clients with their lifestyle goals. For the last 17 years she has specialised in coaching exercise, healthy eating and behaviour change to clients referred to her by medical practitioners. These novice clients need expert guidance to improve their health because of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, bad backs, etc. Caroline has a Masters degree in Health promotion from Brunel University (UK) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Sports Science from Loughborough University (UK). In addition she has accumulated numerous specialist exercise instructor qualifications (including Obesity and Diabetes management and Cardiac rehabilitation), along with nutrition and behaviour change coaching qualifications. Caroline lives in Wokingham, Royal Berkshire, England with her husband and 2 young sons. She herself has suffered for 20 years with Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue so she understands what it's like to have a chronic medical condition to contend with. Her online coaching business, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE COACHING (www.healthylifestylecoaching.co.uk) helps people struggling with metabolic diseases (diabetes, hypertension and obesity) to take back control of their health, weight and future through online behaviour change coaching.
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Jennifer Bryant, MS, RD, LD, CDE has been a Registered Dietitian for over 10 years. Jennifer has expertise in weight management and diabetes education, and is well versed in many other areas of nutrition. Jennifer is a Certified Diabetes Educator and she has her Master's Degree in Nutrition from the University of New Mexico. Jennifer spent over 9 years working at an Endocrinology Clinic in Albuquerque, NM teaching education classes and providing individual counseling for diabetes and weight loss. She is currently working at the YMCA of Central New Mexico providing education for the community. When Jennifer is not working, you'll find her volunteering at her son's elementary school, playing with her two year old daughter, and improving her fitness at the YMCA. She writes a nutrition blog (jcbryant81@wordpress.com) with advice and recipes, and is also involved with other activities at her church. She is passionate about educating and inspiring people to eat well to improve their health, energy, and overall quality of life.
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Mission: To Change the Way People Eat �Feeding People Food � The Way Food Was Meant To Be� Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free �Clean� recipes for the home cook. Amie recently healed herself from six years of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie works as a personal chef in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. After graduating from Boston University Business School, Amie followed her passion for cooking and healthy living through training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Amie shares her passion for and approach to �Clean Eating� by focusing on whole foods and ingredients that are good for you and your body. Through The Healthy Apple, Amie provides balanced, accessible and engaging information on the most basic components of good health. Amie struggled with chronic leg swelling, stomach problems and colitis; even venturing out to Mayo Clinic in 2010 to hear there was nothing wrong with her. After spending several years dealing with severe digestive issues, while pursuing a career in marketing and advertising, Amie�s health continued to deteriorate. Amie decided to take her health into her own hands and sought alternative options. It wasn�t until she began working with an Integrative Medical Doctor that Amie learned she was suffering from heavy metal accumulation and was born without the gene to absorb folate, key in detoxification. This made Amie realize that medicine can only do so much � it wasn�t offering her body what it needed to heal. Using acupuncture, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, and fresh, whole, unprocessed foods, Amie healed and remains 100% symptom free nearly five years later. Amie is unable to digest gluten, sugar and oils. The past few years Amie has discovered she is allergic to sulfates and cannot digest packaged foods, therefore she follows a Clean lifestyle filled with lean proteins, health fats and lots of veggies. In 2011, she quit her corporate job in order to focus on her consulting business, in which she develops recipes, makes media appearances, and engages consumer groups on behalf of food companies. In addition, Amie is active in many organizations that focus on food, nutrition and health. In addition to The Healthy Apple Culinary Nutrition work, Amie is a Food Media Expert and was previously the Culinary Nutritionist for the NBA Fit Program. Amie�s experience spans from Marketing, Branding and Advertising at Ralph Lauren Corporate, VOGUE Magazine and the NBA. Her work as a Marketing Consultant spans the hotel, spa, restaurant and FMG sectors�creating menus, developing marketing and PR efforts and building brand awareness for her clients. She has served as a brand ambassador for many well-known healthy living companies such as Rudi�s Gluten-Free Bread and Musselman�s Applesauce, contributing to their websites, attending conferences and food expos across the nation on their behalf. Amie�s insights and advice appears in Glamour Magazine, The Food Network Blog, The Food Network website, The Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Whole Living, Martha Stewart Radio, Clean Eating Magazine, Kiwi Magazine, the Doctors, YahooShine!, Rodale Institute, WebMD, The Daily Meal, Bing.com, Vitacost and Livestrong.com. Amie is the Recipe Editor for Williams Sonoma, Foodista, Foodily, One Green Planet, This Dish is Veg, Eat Drink Better, GIG Gluten-Intolerance Group Magazine, GenConnect, Celiac.com, Around The Plate, Honest Cooking, the NY Times Best Seller Series Skinny Bitch, Healthy Bitch Daily and Gluten-Free Faces as well as the Manhattan Gluten-Free Food Editor for the Examiner. Not limiting her focus to companies and brands, Amie works hands-on with individuals and groups as a Personal Chef, Food Allergy Concierge and Healthy Family Pantry Stylist to guide them through their transition into a healthier lifestyle. Amie works with Whole Foods Market as their Gluten-Free Manhattan Cooking Instructor and is a Gluten-Free Industry Innovator when it comes to helping clients, the community and companies live a healthy and happy life. She understands how difficult it can be to find time in our hectic lives to create a home cooked, nutritious meal, but is here to show you how easy it can be. Struggling with lactose and gluten intolerance from a young age, Amie�s recipes cater to the Dairy and Gluten Free lifestyle, without sacrificing taste. Amie believes in everything in moderation. Never using the word �diet,� she stands by the truth that �each of us has control over what we put into our mouths and these choices impact our bodies now and in the future.�
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Louis Philipson, MD, PhD, is an endocrinologist and a leading world authority on diabetes mellitus. His clinical interests include type 1 diabetes, complicated type 2 diabetes, monogenic diabetes and hypoglycemia. Recognized for unmatched expertise in the treatment of diabetes that is difficult to manage, Dr. Philipson's multisciplinary team frequently accepts referrals and provides consultations. Under his leadership, Kovler Diabetes Center has been recognized as a one of only seven National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diabetes Research and Training Centers in the U.S. For more than 25 years, Dr. Philipson has tirelessly explored the biophysical, molecular and genetic aspects of insulin secretion, and the genetics of diabetes. He and his colleagues discovered rare insulin gene mutations that produce beta cell ER stress and, in turn, cause neonatal diabetes. In addition, Dr. Philipson and his colleagues are among the nation's leading experts on monogenic diabetes, following more than 100 patients diagnosed with neonatal diabetes and many others with maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY) type diabetes. He also serves as co-director of the Human Islet Transplantation project at the University of Chicago. Dr. Philipson has served as principal investigator on numerous research projects. His work is widely published in biomedical journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science, Nature, Diabetes, American Journal of Physiology and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. As president of the Chicago/Northern Illinois board of the American Diabetes Association and a member of its National Board, he has been invited to speak and present at scientific research conferences and symposia worldwide. In addition, Dr. Philipson is the recipient of numerous awards including ADA Research Awards and the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) Outstanding Scientist Award. He was also named the 2011 recipient of the Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes by the American College of Physicians. Practice Locations The University of Chicago Medicine 5841 S. Maryland Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine 5758 S. Maryland Avenue Chicago, IL 60637
Born and raised in MICHIGAN I started to get into sports at a young age. I loved how it made me feel to work hard and accomplish my goals on and off the field. Soon after I seen that I had the ability not only to change my own life for the better through health and wellness, but others too! I went along to get my certification through nationally accredited certifications and receiving my degree in kinesiology from W.S.U. I always loved a challenge so I then pursued fitness competitions where I received my IFBB Pro card in 2013. Being a natural athlete this was a great accomplishment. Eventually I started getting into the commercial print realm through fitness and training. I am grateful to be featured in most of the biggest Exercise magazines such as Flex, men's health, muscle and fitness and more. I finally hit my first magazine cover through muscle and performance in 2015. If you have a vision and you want to make it real, you need to have the faith and belief that it can be done. Put your thought into action, create momentum to lasting change. I am a regular Joe that worked hard mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually I have been training clients with over 15,000 hours of experience through my career. My passion and vision is to create a IMPACT in people's lives through health and wellness. I work with everyone, from average joes, soccer moms, elite athletes , competitors and youth. My mentality is if you work hard for something and don't give up, you will become which what you focus on. Remember when you invest in yourself, I'm invested in you as well. Let's make a change in your life TODAY!
Wanda is a dietitian and diabetes educator at Florida Hospital Diabetes & Endocrinology Institute Tampa, FL. She has worked as a renal case manager and clinical dietitian at Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida. Wanda has also been Chief Clinical Dietitian at Hialeah Hospital Hialeah, FL. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Wanda's interests include translation, running, circuit training, visit historic small towns and healthy cooking.
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Dr. Rajan has a Ph.D in Human Biology and 12 years of experience in Medical Research. Dr. Rajan is a former faculty at the Kovler Diabetes Center, University of Chicago and has authored several research papers including a patent. Currently Dr. Rajan is the Founder and CEO of Prana Diabetes, a company that focuses on preventing and managing diabetes using the power of technology.
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Shelly Najjar, MPH, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who helps people reach their goals and live their dreams through optimum wellness. She believes that a whole person approach to wellness is essential to achieving goals for any area of life. As a dietitian, Shelly experienced the joy of guiding people through the process of goal achievement, strategizing with them to figure out ways to succeed with their health goals despite challenges, Now she helps people with any goal, using the science-based coaching processes she learned as a dietitian. Through writing, speaking, and productivity coaching, Shelly helps each of us find the right balance of work, life, and play.
Diana Isaacs, Pharm.D., BCPS, BC-ADM, CDE, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). In addition to teaching, Dr. Isaacs works as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in ambulatory care at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital where she treats patients with diabetes. Dr. Isaacs is also working on NIH funded research in the area of medication adherence.
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Vivian Tiegen,M.Ed.,RDN,LDN,CDE is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 35 years of experience specializing in Diabetes and Kidney Disease. Vivian also specializes in functional and integrative nutrition therapies for medical conditions and wellness. Vivian has a private nutrition consulting practice in Jupiter, Florida and is available for in-person, phone, or internet consultation.
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James R. Elliot Board Certified Transformation Coach James helps people who: - Have settled (life, career, health, relationships [or lack of ]) and are miserable - Want to hear themselves speaking to people with confidence - Are frustrated with seeing themselves "stuck" for no reason - Are just doing things other people want them to do- and not living their own life - Have all / most of the check marks in life and are still not happy - Want to have better health James helps people to: -Feel very confident in everything they do -Hear themselves say "I am truly happy" -See themselves living their real purpose in life - and know who they really are -Find themselves with the right partner James is passionate about connecting people with their incredible selves, to believe in their true worth and to live out their lives with confidence, health and vitality. Through his path to success, the founder James R. Elliot used to be clinically obese, lacked confidence and self-esteem, was rejected by the opposite sex, not taken seriously in business, had difficulty in sales, was unmotivated and depressed, was and suffering from digestive issues and chronic pain. Now, through his own transformation, he is healthy, happy, confident, energetic and motivated! James helps his clients transform into who they want to be. If James can do it, you can do it! Let him show you how it can be easy and fast! James has been interviewed on CTV News, Rogers News, the TV Show Insight, and has spoken for many events, including business events, corporate lunch and learns, private organizations, and large networking conferences. Watch for his upcoming book! James is a board certified practitioner!: ABNLP, ABNLPC, ABH, ABTLT, NNCP
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