TCOYD Conference & Health Fair - Raleigh, NC

MAY 11, 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, May 11, 2019
7:30am – Registration & Health Fair Open
9:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

How Much:

Thru May 7, 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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Online & telephone registration for this conference is closed, but you can still attend...

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The most cutting-edge information
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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
John Buse, MD, PhD; Dave D’Alessio, MD; Elizabeth Holt, MD, FACE; Michelle Mielke, RD, CDE; and Laura Young, MD, PhD
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 - 12:30PMWords of Wisdom from Real Life Type 1s and Medical Pros
Steven V. Edelman, MD; Camille Izlar, RD, CDE, BC-ADM; Nancy Lelle-Michel, MSN, RN, CDE, BC-ADM and a panel of people living with type 1
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

How to Get the Most out of Your Pump
Camille Izlar, RD, CDE, BC-ADM; and Nancy Lelle-Michel, MSN, RN, CDE, BC-ADM

Alcohol and Diabetes: Do They Mix?
Corey Berlin, MD

Managing Stress through Mindfulness and Meditation
Laura Young, MD, PhD
2:30PM - 3:15PMAfternoon Workshops B - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

Inhaled and Other Newer Insulins
Thomas O’Connell, MD

Diabetes Burnout
William Polonsky, PhD, CDE

What’s New in Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)?
Tricia Santos, MD; Michelle Mielke, RD, CDE; and Camille Izlar, RD, CDE, BC-ADM
3:15PM - 3:30PMAfternoon Break & Visit Health Fair
Spend some more time in the TCOYD Health Fair
3:30PM - 4:30PMA Recap of Today’s Highlights and What’s Newsworthy for Type 1s
John Buse, MD, PhD



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11:30AM - 11:50AMAn Explosion of Type 2 Treatments
Tricia Santos, MD
11:50PM - 12:10PMHey, Every BODY Can Exercise!
Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD
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

An In-Depth Look at Type 2 Treatments, Including Insulin Options
Dave D’Alessio, MD or John Buse, MD, PhD

Women’s Health Thru the Ages: Pregnancy thru Menopause
Kim Boggess, MD

Making Exercise Tolerable – Possibly Even Joyful!
Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD

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

The Heart of the Matter: Cardiovascular Care
Matthew Crowley, MD

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

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

Men’s Health: Erectile Dysfunction or Low T? Things are Looking Up
Matt Coward, MD

Home Glucose and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) for Type 2s
Elizabeth Holt, MD, FACE



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10:40AM – 11:30AM / 1:30PM-3:30PMResistance Training & Yoga
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 - 5:00PMRiding On Insulin
Sean Busby
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.

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

John B. Buse, MD, PhD, CDE, FACE

John Buse is an endocrinologist who specializes in treating diabetes. An Associate Professor of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, he serves as their Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Co-chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Director of the Diabetes Care Center, and Director of the Endocrinology Clinics. Dr. Buse is a past recipient of the American Health “Best Doctor in America” award and the HOPE Health Corps Award.

Elizabeth Holt, MD
Endocrinologist, Raleigh Endocrine Associates; Assistant Consulting Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine

Abbie Smith-Ryan, PHD
Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology; Director, Applied Physiology Laboratory; Co-Director, Human Performance, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, UNC

*Sean Busby
Champion Snowboarder

Sean Busby is a professional snowboarder and founder of the non profit Riding On Insulin. In February 2014, Sean became the first person with T1D to backcountry snowboard all seven continents and one of the youngest to do so. His expeditions include trips to Morocco, Antarctica (twice!), Patagonia, Iceland, Norway, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Alaska, Tasmania, and more. Sean and his wife, Mollie, have been featured on HGTV and the DIY Network for their hand built off the grid homestead in Northwest Montana where the live with their three dogs, sixteen chickens, seven ducks, three turkeys, and one rabbit.


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

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

John Buse, MD, PhD, Director, Diabetes Care Center; Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Professor, UNC School of Medicine

David D’Alessio, MD, Associate Director, Duke Molecular Physiology Institute, Duke University School of Medicine

Elizabeth Holt, MD, FACE, Endocrinologist, Raleigh Endocrine Associates, Assistant Consulting Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine

*Camille Izlar, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, Certified Pump Trainer, UNC Diabetes Care Center

Michelle Mielke, RD, CDE, Diabetes Educator, UNC Hospitals Diabetes and Endocrinology at Meadowmont

Laura Young, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, Endocrinololgy Fellowship Program, Division of Endocrinology, UNC School of Medicine

Corey Berlin, MD, Endocrinologist, Raleigh Endocrine Associates

Kim Boggess, MD, Obstetrition & Gynecologist, UNC School of Medicine

Matthew Coward, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor of Urology, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UNC School of Medicine

Matthew Crowley, MD, Endocrinologist, Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center

*Nancy Lelle-Michel, MSN, RN, CDE, BC-ADM, Program Coordinator, Duke University’s Adult Diabetes Education Program, Duke University Hospital

Thomas O’Connell, MD, Endocrinologist, Kernodle Clinic Mebane and Kernodle Clinic West, Duke Health

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

Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD, Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology; Director, Applied Physiology Laboratory; Co-Director, Human Performance, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, UNC

Sierra Luz, MEd, CHC, E-RYT, Yoga Instructor, Integrative Health Coach, Transformational Life Coach, Mindful Journey

Meghana Bhatta, MD

Asha Bohannon, PharmD, CDE

Susan Coleman, RD, CDE

Shelley Conner, RN, CDE

Cary Holt, RN, CDE

Ellie Lawrence, RD, CDE

Nancy Lelle-Michel, RN, CDE

Dushun McCowen, RN

Rosie O’Hara, RN, CDE

Linnet Steinman, RN, CDE

Mary Wahl, RN, CDE

Hope Warshaw, RD, CDE

Doris Wellbron, RD, CDE

Susan Rohn, RD, CDE

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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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