TCOYD Conference & Health Fair - Albany, NY

JUNE 22, 2019

Cutting Edge Treatments

Cutting Edge Treatments


Expert Speakers


Interactive health Fair


Inspiring Education


Complimentary Lunch


For Type 1s, Type 2s & Those Who Care


Saturday, June 22, 2019
7:30am – Registration & Health Fair Open
9:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207

How Much:

Thru June 18, 2019: $25 per person.

($20 per person when two or more are registering together.)

At the Door: $35 per person.

Parking info here.

Want to attend but can’t afford the registration fee? Contact our office at 800.998.2693 and ask about our Registration Assistance Program.


Mid-Morning Snack: Apple & String Cheese

Lunch: Chicken Fajita Salad

Dessert: Creamy Lime Mousse

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  • EXPERT Speakers
  • LEADING Diabetes Doctors, Specialists & Researchers
  • Interactive & Innovative HEALTH FAIR
  • One-on-One “ASK AN EXPERT” Sit Downs
  • Delicious & Healthy LUNCH Included



Expert Speakers & Informative Presentations/Workshops – A rare opportunity to get educated by the nations leading experts in diabetes care and mangement.

Important Health Screenings – A variety of complimentary health screenings available in the TCOYD Health Fair, including foot, eye, blood pressure & more.

Ask A Specialist – Sit down with a diabetes specialist & get your questions answered. Doctors, diabetes educators, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists & more!

Exhibitor Booths – Interact & engage with state-of-the-art device companies, innovative pharmaceuticals, local support programs & healthy lifestyle options.

Fun Fitness – Learn fun ways to be active without the gym!

A Delicious & Healthy Lunch – Sit and connect with other’s who have type 1 and type 2 diabetes.


Tips for Type 1s: Given by Real World Type 1s

Not Your Boring Pump Talk

Treatments for Type 1 Other Than Insulin

Avoiding Meal Spikes, From What to Eat to When to Inject

CGM: The Greatest Advancement Since the Discovery of Insulin

Diabetes is About to Get Easier: The Artificial Pancreas is Almost Here!


An Explosion of Type 2 Treatments

Hey, Every BODY Can Exercise!

Cooking Class with Chef Lewis

We’re Loving These New Diabetes Medications…Stable Blood Sugars, Weight Loss & Healthier Hearts

Why Weight? Weighing Medical & Surgical Options

Home Glucose and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) for Type 2s

Fun Foot Facts and the Latest on Neuropathy

Getting Our Signals Crossed: What Do Patients and Providers Get Wrong about Each Other?

“I always learn something new that I can take home and use. This conference gives me the encouragement that I need so I can do well with my diabetes.”

– Conference Participant 2017

Meet People Like YOU!

Share your own experience & learn from others!

Be Part of Something BIG

We literally fill the room with people ready to take control of their diabetes!

You Ask, We ANSWER!

Get one-one-one time with diabetes educators and specialists.

TCOYD Conference Schedule

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7:30AM - 9:00AMRegistration/Check-In & Health Fair Open
9:00AM - 9:10AMWelcome & Introduction
Robert Busch, MD; *Connie Hanham-Cain, MSN, RN, CDE
9:10AM - 10:10AMConquering Diabetes…I Get a Good Feeling
Steven V. Edelman, MD
10:10AM - 10:40AMDiabetes for the Encouraged and Discouraged
William Polonsky, PhD, CDE
10:40AM - 11:30AMExplore The TCOYD Health Fair
Visit our bustling health fair, enjoy a little snack & some refreshing beverages.



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11:30AM - 12:30PMTips for Type 1s Given by Real World Type 1s
*Steven Edelman, MD; Schafer Boeder, MD; *Conni Hanham-Cain, MSN, RN, CDE; *Judith Jones-Ambrosini; *David Marshilok, RN, CDE; *Will Ryan
12:30PM - 1:30PMLuncheon
Enjoy a complimentary, delicious & healthy lunch with other type 1s who totally get you!
1:30PM - 2:15PMAfternoon Workshops A - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

I Admit It, I Inhale! Inhaled and Other Newer Insulins
Schafer Boeder, MD

Not Your Boring Pump Talk
Eileen Hogan, FNP-C
2:30PM - 3:15PMAfternoon Workshops B - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

CGM: The Greatest Advancement Since the Discovery of Insulin
*Donna Trast, BSN, CDE, CPT, CHC

I Can’t Feel My Toes or My Lows: Neuropathy and Hypoglycemia
*Connie Hanham-Cain, MSN, RN, CDE
3:15PM - 3:30PMAfternoon Break & Visit Health Fair
Spend some more time in the TCOYD Health Fair
3:30PM - 4:30PMDiabetes Is About to Get Easier…The Artifical Pancreas Is Almost Here!
Ian Blumer, MD, FRCPC; Schafer Boeder, MD; Gregg Gerety, MD



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11:30AM - 11:50AMAn Explosion of Type 2 Treatments
Robert Busch, MD
11:50AM - 12:10PMHey, Every BODY Can Exercise!
Melissa Montalto, BS
12:10PM - 12:30PMLighten Up Your Plate with Chef Lewis
*Chef Lewis
12:30PM - 1:30PMLuncheon
Enjoy a complimentary, delicious & healthy lunch with other type 2s who totally get you!
2:00PM - 3:00PMAfternoon Workshops A - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

Meter Readings: Hi...Low Now What?
Marie Occhiogrosso, RN, BSN, CDE

Managing Stress through Mindfulness and Meditation
*Janet Ducette, LMHC
3:00PM - 3:30PMAfternoon Break & Visit Health Fair
Spend some more time in the TCOYD Health Fair
3:30PM - 4:25PMAfternoon Workshops B - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

An In-Depth Look at Type 2 Treatments, Including Insulin Options
Robert Busch, MD

Be Sweet to Your Feet: Foot Care
E. Giannin Perez, DPM, FACFAS

Getting Our Signals Crossed:
What Do Patients and Providers Get Wrong about Each Other?

William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, and *Steven V. Edelman, MD



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10:40AM – 11:30AM / 1:30PM-3:30PMTai Chi, Yoga and Functional Movement & Exercise
Judith Jones-Ambrosini, Sarah McLeod and Melissa Montalto
1:30PM - 3:30PMAsk A Specialist
Endocrinologists, Diabetes Educators, Dietitians, Nurses, Pharmacists, And More!
1:30PM - 3:30PMFree Screenings
Foot Screening, Eye Screening, Blood Pressure Screening, And More!




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4:30PM - 5:00PMThriving, Inspiring and Improving Life with Diabetes
*Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, PhD, CPsychol
5:00PM - 5:05PMDrawing & Wrap Up
Stay to the very end for your chance to win a fabulous TCOYD Swag Bag full of fabulous gifts.





Online & telephone registration for this conference is closed, but you can still attend...

Just show up on the day of event!


Speakers & Faculty

*extra-relatable faculty (they’re living with type 1)


*Steven V. Edelman, MD
TCOYD Founder & Director

Dr. Edelman is the founder and director of Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System of San Diego. He is also the director of the Diabetes Care Clinic at the VA Medical Center. Dr. Edelman, who has type 1 diabetes himself, has written more than 200 articles, five books, and has won numerous awards for teaching and humanitarianism. He has been chosen by the medical students at UCSD as the ‘teacher of the year’ numerous times. Among his many honors, Dr. Edelman has received the ‘Diabetes Educator Of The Year’ award by the American Diabetes Association, the ‘Distinction in Endocrinology’ award by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and named ‘Top 1% of U.S. Endocrinologists’ by US News and World Report.

Schafer Boeder, MD
Type 2 Track Co-Director, Endocrinologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine

Schafer Boeder, MD, is a board-certified endocrinologist who diagnoses and treats people with a variety of endocrine conditions, with a particular focus on diabetes. His research is focused on new medications, devices, and technologies to help patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. He is active in patient education through organizations such as Taking Control of Your Diabetes, where he speaks on topics such as current and future therapies for diabetes.  Dr. Boeder was chief fellow during his endocrinology and metabolism fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. He earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

Ian Blumer, MD, FRCPC
Endocrinologist, Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, University of Toronto

Dr. Blumer is an endocrinologist in Toronto, Canada. He is a director of the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, a lecturer at the University of Toronto, and is Chair of the Endocrine Society Diabetes and Pregnancy Clinical Practice Guideline Task Force. Dr. Blumer has been awarded the Canadian Diabetes Association’s highest clinical honor, the Gerald S. Wong Award, given in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to people living with diabetes; and has been the recipient of the Professor M. Viswanathan Gold Medal Oration Award. Dr. Blumer has delivered lectures across the Americas as well as in Europe and Asia including presenting at scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association, the International Diabetes Federation, the Endocrine Society, the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society, the Chinese Society of Endocrinology, the Emirates Diabetes Society, and the Canadian Diabetes Association. In addition to his scientific publications, Dr. Blumer has authored 9 books including works on diabetes, cooking with diabetes, prescription drug therapy, celiac disease, and doctor-patient relationships.

William Polonsky, PhD, CDCES
Clinical Psychologist; Founder & CEO, Behavioral Diabetes Institute

Dr. Polonsky is President and Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization totally dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Polonsky received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as Senior Psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, he received the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Richard R. Rubin Award for distinguished contributions to behavioral medicine and psychology. Dr. Polonsky’s most recent research projects have focused on quality of life in diabetes, diabetes-related distress and depression, hypoglycemic fear, and glucose monitoring behavior and attitudes in people living with diabetes.

*Chef Robert Lewis

Chef Robert Lewis graduated from the Prestigious Culinary Institute of America in 1976. In 1998 he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Thus began his motivation to create great tasting dishes that are easy to prepare. Chef Robert is a nationally recognized author, public speaker and spokesperson for all people affected with diabetes. He travels the country speaking on the benefits of healthy eating not only for people affected with diabetes, but also for anyone who would like to eat and live a healthy lifestyle. Robert has worked with Al Roker, Ben Vereen, Richard Simmons, Ann Curry, Indy car racer Charlie Kimble, The Amazing Race Winner Nat Strand and many others! He's also been been featured in Diabetes Health Monitor, Diabetes Health magazine, USA Today, The Radish and Diabetic Living Magazine and more. Check out the Chef’s podcast “The Happy Diabetic Kitchen” Chef Robert Lewis The Happy Diabetic Turning Ordinary Ingredients into something Extraordinary

Robert Busch, MD
Director of Clinical Research, Albany Medical College Faculty Practice: Community Endocrine Group, Albany, New York

Robert Busch, MD, practices Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism in Albany, NY at Endocrine Group. Dr. Robert Busch received his B.A. from Brandeis University,and his Medical Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He served his Internship, Residency,and was Chief Medical Resident at North Shore University Hospital,prior to his endocrinology fellowship at Albany Medical College

Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Certified Diabetes Educator

Connie is Owner/Director of Healthy Diabetes Concepts in Schenectady, NY. She has a long career in community based mental health nursing offering holistic wellness counseling & support, eventually earning a MSN Clinical Specialty in Diabetes Nursing, Education, and Program Management from Capella University. She is a contributing author for My Sweet Life: Successful Women with Diabetes; writes about various diabetes topics for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) publications as a contributing editor, author, and presenter, most recently for the AADE Advanced Practice Certificate: Managing Diabetes Complications on neuropathies and neuropathic joint disorders. Connie is a founding member of the Diabetes Women of Wisdom Collective and Annual Self-Care Retreat She also serves as a peer support DiabetesSisters PODS Leader for the Albany area, and is a member of T1DExchange Patient Advisory Committee. She has lived with T1 diabetes since early childhood.

*Alicia McAuliffe-Forgarty, PhD, CPsychol
Vice President T1D Exchange

Alicia is from Albany and used her diabetes diagnosis to better the lives for all people living with the disease. She founded Circle of Life Camp for kids with diabetes, has been vice president for lifestyle management at the ADA and is currently vice president for the patient-centered research T1D Exchange.


*Steven V. Edelman, MD, Endocrinologist, Founder & Director TCOYD, Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine, VA Medical Center San Diego

Robert Busch, MD, Endocrinologist, Albany Medical Center

*Connie Hanham-Cain, MSN, RN, CDE, Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Healthy Diabetes Concepts: Education, Advocacy, Support; PODS Leader, DiabetesSisters, Albany/Schenectady, NY

Ian Blumer, MD, FRCPC, Endocrinologist, Charles H. Best Centre, University of Toronto

Schafer Boeder, MD, Endocrinologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine

*Janet Doucette, LMHC, Mindstream Biofeedback & Consulting, Great Barrington, MA

*Gregg Gerety, MD, Endocrinologist, Albany Medical Center

Eileen Hogan, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner, St. Peter’s Diabetes and Endocrine Care

Marie Occhiogrosso, RN, BSN, CDE, Program Director, Nutrtition and Diabetes Center, Community Care Physicians, P.C.

William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, Clinical Psychologist, Founder and CEO, Behavioral Diabetes Institute

*Donna Trast, BSN, CDE, CPT, CHC, Certified Pump Trainer, Certified Health Coach and Nutrition Counselor, Kingston, New York

*Judith Jones-Ambrosini, Diabetes Journalist, Tai Chi Instructor

*Sarah McLeod, Certified Yoga Instructor

Melissa Montalto, Personal Trainer, Strengh and Conditioning Coach, American College of Sports Medicine

Ask A Cardiologist – Prefunction Level 2
Samuel Volo, MD

Ask An Educator – Prefunction Level 2
Anne Hummel, MS, RN, CDE; and Lisbeth Irish, RDN, CDN, CDE

Ask A Pharmacist – Prefunction Level 2
Mike Kane, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP

Eye Screening – Prefunction Level 2
Robert Brass, MD

*David Marshilok RN, CDE, millennial adult, T1D since early childhood, new father

*Will Ryan, silent generation adult, successful businessman, T1D/LADA since age 30

*Connie Hanham-Cain, baby boomer adult, T1D since early childhood

*Judith Jones Ambrosini, silent generation adult, T1D/Lada since age 19

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Conference Registration Assistance Program:

Would you like to attend this conference but need financial assistance to cover the registration fee? Contact the TCOYD office at 800.998.2693 to learn more about our Registration Assistance Program and how we can help those in need.

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