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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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Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D., was appointed JDRF's first Chief Mission officer in December 2014 and serves as a key link between JDRF and the broad diabetes community. Dr. Kowalski combines his professional experience as a scientist with his personal experience of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for over 30 years to help guide and champion JDRF's programs focused on creating a world without T1D. Dr. Kowalski is an internationally recognized expert in the area of diabetes technologies and has been a leader of JDRF's Artificial Pancreas Research Project, a multi-million dollar initiative that began in 2005 to accelerate the progress toward automated insulin-delivery systems. He has authored numerous articles on T1D research and was a coauthor of the landmark study in The New England Journal of Medicine that revealed the effectiveness of continuous glucose monitors in T1D management. Dr. Kowalski has traveled and spoken globally about diabetes research progress, and is known for his ability to translate science into easily understandable concepts. Dr. Kowalski has presented at many national and international scientific conferences, including the American Diabetes Association Annual Scientific Sessions, and was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Diabetes Technology Society Meeting. He has been a voice for diabetes research in the popular media, appearing on The Martha Stewart Show, dLife, Fox Business, and NPR, among others. He is often quoted in the print media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and People magazine. Dr. Kowalski is a member of the JDRF PEAK Program's expert panel and often speaks about the importance of exercise and diet in better diabetes control. While living with T1D, he has completed 17 marathons. Online, he often tweets (@aaronjkowalski) about exercise and diabetes and how all people with T1D can live their lives without limits.
Dr. Joshua Hedman was born in Galesburg, Illinois in 1977. He grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa, where he graduated high school in 1995. Dr. Hedman attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated in 1999 with a Biology major and Chemistry minor. He moved to Chicago, IL after completing his undergraduate studies. In Chicago, Dr. Hedman graduated from Scholl College in 2003 where he received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. He then completed a three-year surgical residency at the DVA-Chicago. He was fortunate to receive comprehensive training regarding all foot and ankle problems, including diabetic limb salvage. Additionally, Dr. Hedman completed a 6-week surgical fellowship in European reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. In July of 2006, he moved from Chicago to San Antonio and shortly after went into practice with two of his friends at The Foot & Ankle Treatment Center of San Antonio. After a successful career in San Antonio, Dr. Hedman, later relocated back to Chicago in 2012 to practice at the Chicago Pain and Orthopedic Institute, and has recently opened the Foot and Ankle Treatment Center of Chicago. During his second year of residency, at the age of 27, he was diagnosed with late onset Type 1 Diabetes and was placed on an insulin pump a couple months following this diagnosis. Due to his extensive training in diabetic limb salvage and his recent diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes, Dr. Hedman has reached out to the American Diabetes Association and is highly involved in their mission to finding a cure for diabetes. Additionally, Dr. Hedman has seen the high incidence of diabetes and its unfortunate complications throughout this professional career in both Chicago and San Antonio. He can attest to the need for increased awareness and education in the growing diabetic population. Dr. Hedman is an active board member in Chicago for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and served as the community chair for the 2016 Diabetes Expo in the Chicago-area. He was the former board President for the San Antonio ADA chapter and has participated in the annual ADA Expo, Tour de Cure (as a Red Rider), and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in both San Antonio and Chicago chapters.
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Leslie Anne Wood, M.A., H.H.C.P. is an Intuitive Counselor who uses her real life experiences, a formal education in Holistic Wellness techniques, and a lifelong ability as a Clairsentient to help you manage grief, loss, depression or physical pain. During her ten years of private practice, Leslie continues to observe the often dramatic curative effects that Holistic Wellness techniques offer her clients. Although Leslie has received formal training in modalities that range from Western Herbalism, Energy Medicine and Foot Reflexology to Aromatherapy, The Bach Flower Essences and Crystal Healing, she is quick to combine treatment techniques to help her clients heal in Mind, Body and Spirit. In many cases she recommends the use of these modalities to increase the efficacy of traditional Western Medicine. Leslie is an award winning Inspirational Speaker and the author of the book: Bullied But Not Beaten - Years of Torment and Threats of Murder Reveal Ways to Combat Bullying Leslie shares lessons learned as she guided her teenaged daughter through six years of bullying that resulted in fear, theft and actual threats of murder. Her book is available at Amazon.com and for Kindle and Nook.
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As a former professional athlete, Jason Burns knows what it takes to set and achieve challenging goals. He was a former running back at the University of Wisconsin and with the Cincinnati Bengals. The desire to live his own life to the fullest led Jason to realize that true wellness was not a result of fitness training alone, but a well-considered balance of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. Jason's holistic pedagogy has evolved through not only extensive research and professional mentorship but also years of personal trial and error. His relentless pursuit of excellence is rooted in the philosophy that failure is simply feedback. An early quest for knowledge about how to maximize the body's performance has turned into a lifelong passion for competitive excellence. Through the founding of his gym, Mettle Fitness, Jason has been able to provide a much needed resource for every age and fitness level. By combining nutrition with elements of strength development, conditioning and speed training he has created a dynamic program designed to get his clients to a level of fitness they'd never dreamed was possible. The gym provides CrossFit for adults, and sports performance training for teens. Jason is a certified personal trainer, and also has credentials as Level 1&2 CrossFit certified. Jason is a frequent lecturer to student groups, coaching professionals and members of the high intensity training fitness community. He is sought after for his expert opinion, appearing in a variety of television and print stories, including: Fox News' Fox&Friends, ABC7 Chicago, WGN TV as well as the Chicago Tribun, LA Times and TimeOut Magazine. Jason recently launched Mettle Minds Foundation, a non-profit that aims to extend his impact and potential of fitness to transform the realities of young people in under-served communities.
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Birgit Witherspoon, MS, HHC, is trained in all the dietary theories and qualified to advise people on improving their health through diet and lifestyle modifications including many programs for personal growth and self-development. The foundation for her work is the blood type diet. Yet, everybody is an individual and a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. She creates a unique plan for each client to help them achieve peak performance physically, mentally and emotionally. Inspired by her mom, who was very sick but couldn't be helped much by traditional medicine, Birgit embarked on a journey into alternative health, earning her Master's Degree in Domestic Science/Health in 1989. In 2006, Birgit completed a Somatic Intuitive Training Practitioner Program and is certified to practice SIT, a powerful method to reduce stress and emotional. In 2007, Birgit graduated with honors from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and holds certifications as a Holistic Health Counselor from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Teachers College of Columbia University. She continues to learn and grow to provide the best service possible.
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Daniele Hargenrader, founder of Diabetes Dominator Coaching, is the bestselling author of Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator. She is a nutritionist with her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science, a Diabetes and Health Coach, and a Certified Personal Trainer. Daniele is an international speaker, has presented at Fortune 100 companies, top ranked hospitals and diabetes camps, and has dedicated herself to teaching people how to live the life they imagined through taking control of their powers of choice and self-love. She has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1991. Daniele founded Diabetes Dominator in 2009 with the intention of serving those who are looking for a path to turn a perceived adversity into an advantage through the Diabetes Dominator system and the Six Pillars of Total Health. She helps individuals from all walks of life to think, eat, and move in ways that allow them to achieve a quality of health and life that they previously thought unattainable.
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