TCOYD Conference & Health Fair - Monterey, CA

March 17, 2018

Cutting Edge Treatments

Cutting Edge Treatments


Expert Speakers


Interactive health Fair


Inspiring Education


Complimentary Lunch


For Type 1s, Type 2s & Those Who Care


Saturday, March 17, 2018

7:30am – Registration & Health Fair Open

9:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


Monterey Conference Center

1 Portola Plaza

Monterey, CA 93940

How Much:

$30 per person. $25 per person when two or more are registering together.

After March 13, 2018: $45 per person

Parking: Parking is available downtown at the West Garage for $10 and the East Garage for $7. For more info on parking visit

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

Online registration for this event is now closed but you can still attend!  Just show up on the day of the conference!

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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 ZUMBA! A fun way 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!


Take the Mystery Out of Carb Counting & Label Reading

Help for Thoes Who Are Newly Diagnosed or at Risk

Why Am I So Tired? Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

“My Doctor Doesn’t Get It! My Patients Don’t Listen” Patients vs. Providers

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

Meter Readings: High, Low…Now What?

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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Early Bird Pricing NOW until March 13: $30!

$25 per person (when two or more registering together)

$45 per person (after March 13)

Online registration for this event is now closed but you can still attend!  Just show up on the day of the conference!


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 Co-Director, Endocrinologist, Assistant 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.

William Polonsky, PhD, CDE
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

David Sobel, MD, MPH
Leader in Patient-Centered Care

Dr. Sobel is a primary care physician, TV personality, author, and leader in patient-centered care. He goes beyond just treating the disease to finding out what makes each person tic. He believe that by focusing on your passions you will discover the  motivation to live a long and healthy life.




*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, Type 1 Track Co-Director

Nicolas Kissell, MD Endocrinologist, Salinas Valley Medical Clinic

Leonard Sanders, MD Endocrinologist, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Dana Armstrong, RD, CDE Director of Diabetes Services, Salinas Valley Medical Clinic

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

*Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD Dietitian, Salinas Valley Medical Clinic; Ironman Competitor

Juan P. Frias, MD President, National Research Institute; Clinical Faculty, UCSD School of Medicine

Robert Lewis, Chef – The Happy Diabetic Chef

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

David Sobel, MD, MPH, Primary Care Physician, TV Personality, Author

Mark Vierra, MD  Bariatric Surgeon, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Craig Wargon, DPM Podiatrist, Medical Director of Technology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group Northern California


*Angie Adragna, Type 1 Panelist

*Rebecca Bishop, Type 1 Panelist

*Brad Boggan, Type 1 Panelist

*Carolyn Davidson, Type 1 Panelist


Jan Burnett Line Dancing Instructor


Paola Ball, MS, CCP, CEP, Director of Disease Management and Wellness, Community Health Innovations

Leanne Wentworth, MS, RDN, MES, Diabetes Initiative Coordinator, Community Health Innovations

Ihovana Aguirre, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, CHOMP

Sabah Al-Marashi, DNP, CDE, Nurse Practioner, CHOMP

Dawn Clark, FNP, CDE, Nurse Practioner, CHOMP

Wind Chen, PharmD, CDE, Pharmacist, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Marie Diez, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, CHOMP

Jose Gasca, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Natividad

Susan Healy, FNP, CDE, Nurse Practitioner, Cypress Healthcare Partners

Mirella Lopez, MS, RD, Diabetes Educator, Cypress Healthcare Partners

Carol Lee, PharmD, CDE, Pharmacist, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Kim Lau, PhamD, CDE, Pharmacist, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Ester Perez, PA, CDE, Physician Assistant, PA, CDE

Cindy Qu, MS, RD, CDE, Clinical Nutrition Manager, CHOMP

Bertha Ramirez, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, CHOMP

Theresa Rozell, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, CHOMP

Susan Yu, PhamD, CDE, Pharmacist, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Additional Specialists from the Community


Craig Wargon, DPM Podiatrist, Medical Director of Technology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group Northern California


Mady Flores, MA, Medical Assistant, Cypress Healthcare Partners

Connie Oros, MA, Medical Assistant, Cypress Healthcare Partners

Jason Rios, MA, Medical Assistant, Cypress Healthcare Partners

Kathy Romero, MA, Medical Assistant, Cypress Healthcare Partners

Dena Villanueva, MA, Medical Assistant, Cypress Healthcare Partners

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Conference Participant Shares His Story

Hear from someone with diabetes explain why HE keeps coming back to TCOYD conferences.

Hear What Diabetes Experts Have to Say About TCOYD

Don’t just take our word for it – hear what the experts have to say!

Hear From a Doctor Living with Diabetes

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.

Cancelation Refund Policy

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To receive a full refund, cancelations must be received no later than March 7, 2018.