TCOYD Conference & Health Fair - Bellevue, WA

FEBRUARY 8, 2020

Cutting Edge Treatments

Cutting Edge Treatments


Expert Speakers


Interactive health Fair


Inspiring Education


Complimentary Lunch

A life changing CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE For Type 1s, Type 2s & Those Who Care!



Saturday, February 8, 2020
7:30am – Registration & Health Fair Open
9:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Parking info here.


$25 per person. $20 per person when two or more are registering together.
After February 4, 2020: $35 per person

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


Mid-Morning Snack: Apple & String Cheese
Lunch: Chicken Fajita Salad
Dessert: Creamy Lime Mousse

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

Just show up on the day of event!

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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.


– Continuous Glucose Monitors and Pumps

– Inhaled and Other Newer Insulins

– Keto Diet: A High Fat Fad or Freaking Fabulous?

– The Artificial Pancreas and other Newsworthy Highlights for Type 1s


– Why Weight? Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Options

– Diapression: Strategies for Addressing Diabetes Burnout

– Type 2 Medications, Including Insulin

– Improving Communication Between Patients and Providers

“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

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 & Introductions
Irl B. Hirsch, MD; Frances Broyles, MD; and Christian Herter, MD, FAAFP, FAWM
9:10AM - 10:10AMThe Diabetes Conference of Tomorrow TODAY!
Steven V. Edelman, MD; William Polonsky, PhD, CDE; Jeremy Pettus, MD; Tricia Santos, 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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10:40AM – 11:30AM / 1:30PM-3:30PMFun Fitness Activities
1:30PM - 3:30PMAsk A Specialist
Endocrinologists, Diabetes Educators, Dietitians, Nurses, Pharmacists, and More!
1:30PM - 3:30PMImportant Health Screenings
A variety of complimentary health screening!




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11:30AM - 12:30PMTips for Type 1s Given by Real World Type 1s
Jeremy Pettus, MD; Steven Edelman, MD; Christian Herter, MD, FAAFP, FAWM, and a panel of type 1s from the community
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

Update on Newer Insulins to Improve Your Time In Range
Jeremy Pettus, MD

Not Your Boring Pump Talk
Tom Kowalski, RN, CDE
2:30PM - 3:15PMAfternoon Workshops B - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

CGM: The Greatest Advancement Since the Discovery of Insulin
Christian Herter, MD, FAAFP, FAWM, and Irl B. Hirsch, MD

The Keto Diet: A High Fat Fad or Freaking Fabulous?
Jan Rystrom, RD, 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!
Jeremy Pettus, MD, and Irl B. Hirsch, MD



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11:30AM - 11:50AMThe Heart of the Matter: Cardiovascular Care
Tricia Santos, MD
11:50AM - 12:10PMHey, Every BODY Can Exercise!
Instructor from PRO Sports Club (TBD)
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

Cooking Class with Chef Lewis
Chef Robert Lewis

Diabetes Burnout
William Polonsky, PhD, CDE

An In-Depth Look at Type 2 Treatments, Including Insulin Options
Frances Broyles, MD

Cooking Class with Chef Lewis
Chef Robert Lewis
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

Why Weight? Weighing Medical and Surgical Options
Ellen Schur, MD, MS

Sexual Health: Diabetes Between the Sheets
Hunter Wessells, MD, FACS

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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4:30PM - 5:00PMDiabetes Doesn’t Stop Me!
Christian Herter, MD, FAAFP, FAWM
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.

*Jeremy Pettus, MD
Type 1 Track and Professional Education Director, Endocrinologist, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Jeremy Pettus was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 15 years old.  Since that time he has dedicated his career to educating and treating others like himself.  He is currently an Endocrinologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.  There, he focuses primarily on clinical trials to develop and test new and innovative therapies for people living with diabetes.  These include studies ranging from medications to reverse or slow the disease once it occurs, to islet cell transplantation strategies, to device studies such as artificial pancreas technology.  As somebody who has the disease himself, sees patients with type 1, and is actively working on curing/treating the disease, we are honored to have him as our Type 1 Track director.  Dr. Pettus travels across the country and the world meeting other leading physicians and scientists and brings this information directly to TCOYD conference participants.

Tricia Santos, MD
Type 2 Track Co-Director, Endocrinologist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Santos did her endocrinology training under Dr. Edelman who sparked a love for all things diabetes and always kept things both “educational & entertaining.” Now she is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD where she wears many different hats. She has a special interest in caring for diabetic patients and helping them take a more active role in managing their diabetes. She directs the Diabetes & Endocrinology courses at the UCSD School of Medicine. She also teaches doctors in training and primary care physicians where she focuses on the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and involving the patient in medical decision making. Her love of teaching patients, students, and doctors has been recognized by several teaching awards. Her research focuses on investigating new and advanced therapies and technology for people with diabetes.

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

*Irl B. Hirsch, MD

Dr. Hirsch is a professor of medicine and holds the Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Chair at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed medical school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, trained in internal medicine at the University of Miami in Miami FL and Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, FL, and completed a research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. From both a research and teaching point of view, Dr. Hirsch’s career has focused on studying the best strategies for the use of insulin therapy in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, innovations in technology for diabetes management. More recently, he has become involved with artificial pancreas technology. The management of hyperglycemia in the hospital has been an interest of Dr. Hirsch for over 25 years. With regard to patient care, the majority of patients in his practice have type 1 diabetes or unusual forms of diabetes.

Christian Herter, MD, FAAFP, FAWM
Family Practice Specialist, Overlake Medical Center

Dr. Herter is a primary care physician at the Everett Clinic. He has held positions at Overlake Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, and the University of Washington.  He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota school of medicine, and completed residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, and has had type 1 diabetes himself for 35 years.  Practice interests include insulin pump therapy and CGM implementation for patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes.  He has served as climb leader with the Seattle Mountaineers and Mountaineering Oriented First Aid Instructor for Snohomish County Search and Rescue.  An avid cyclist with the Cascade Bicycle Club, he participates in the Chilly Hilly and Seattle to Portland cycle events annually, and commutes to work, rain or shine, all year long.  As an owner of the Spruce Claim crystal mine in the North Cascades and life-long rock hound, he regularly fills his living spaces with mineral specimens.  Despite this, he is still married.  His infinitely patient, supportive and amazing family keeps him grounded and happy.

Frances Broyles, MD
Endocrinologist, Systems Medical Director Diabetes, Endocrinolgy, and Nutrition, Swedish Medical Group


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

*Jeremy Pettus, MD, Endocrinologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine

Tricia Santos, MD, Endocrinologist, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of MedicineLocal Co-Directors

*Irl B. Hirsch, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Roosevelt

Christian Herter, MD, FAAFP, FAWM, Family Practice Specialist, Overlake Medical Center

Frances Broyles, MD, Endocrinologist, Systems Medical Director Diabetes, Endocrinolgy, and Nutrition, Swedish Medical Group

*Irl B. Hirsch, MD, “Endo That Walks the Talk,” Irl is a beloved endocrinologist and international speaker who talks about type 1 diabetes from his firsthand experience of living well with the disease.

*Chef Robert Lewis, “The Happy Diabetic Chef,” Chef Lewis is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. He shares his tips, tidbits and humorous anecdotes about cooking and living well with diabetes.

William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, Behavioral Psychologist, Bill is founder and president of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute focusing on the emotional side of diabetes.

*Tom Kowalski, MS, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Swedish Diabetes Education Center

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

Jan Rystrom, RD, CDE, Dietitian, Swedish Diabetes Education Center

Ellen Schur, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinincal Research Director, University of Washington Medicine Diabetes Institute

Hunter Wessells, MD, FACS, Professor and Nelson Chair of Urology, University of Washington

Instructor from PRO Sports Club (TBD)

Xenia Averkiou, RD, CDE, Dietitian, University of Washington Medical Center

Julie Cantwell, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Swedish Edmonds Campus

Karen Harris, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Swedish Edmonds Campus

Kathy Magee, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Swedish Diabetes Education Center

Sarah Rosenbloom, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Providence, Everett

Jan Wolfram, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Swedish Diabetes Education Center

Stacey Trogdon, RD, CDE, Dietitian, Diabetes Education & Outpatient Nutrition Clinics, Overlake Medical Center

Lisa Levinson, RN, CDE, Program Coordinator/Lead, Diabetes Education & Outpatient Nutrition Clinics, Overlake Medical Center

Jennifer Okemah, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE, Owner/Dietitian/Diabetes Educator, Salute Nutrition, PLLC

Additional Specialists from the Community

Craig Wargon, DPM, Podiatrist, Medical Director of The Technology Group, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Additional Screeners from the community

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Endocrinologist Dr. Jeremy Pettus, MD has been living with type 1 since age 15. Hear what he has to say about the TCOYD Conference & Health Fair.

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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