TCOYD Conference & Health Fair - Sacramento, CA

March 3, 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 3, 2018
7:30am – Registration & Health Fair Open
9:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

How Much:

$30 per person. $25 per person when two or more are registering together.
After February 27, 2018: $45 per person

Parking: Many downtown parking facilities to choose from. 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!

Looking for detailed
conference schedule
and speaker information?

Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente for supporting this conference and helping to spread the word!


The most cutting-edge information
for individuals with



  • 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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9:00AM - 9:10AMWelcome & Introduction
Michelle Feinstein, Executive Director, TCOYD; Maury Gloster, MD; Deborah Greenwood, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDE FAADE; Maria C. Luna, BSN, RN, PHN, CDE and Patricia Ostrander, MD
9:10AM - 10:10AMYou CAN Always Get What you Want...Good Health & A Long Life with Diabetes!
Steven V. Edelman, MD
10:10AM - 10:40AMSweet & Not-So-Sweet Emotions
William Polonsky, PhD, CDE
10:40AM - 11:30AMExplore The TCOYD Health Fair
Visit our bustling health fair & enjoy a little snack and some refreshing beverages.



11:30AM - 12:30PMTips For Type 1s Given By Real World Type 1s
Steven V. Edelman, MD; Jeremy Pettus, MD; Greg Peterson; Elizabeth Dixon and Kerri Sparling
12:30PM - 1:30PMLunch & Visit Health Fair
Enjoy a complimentary, delicious & healthy lunch with other type 1s who totally get you! Don't forget to spend any extra time you have checking out the TCOYD Health Fair.
1:30PM - 2:15PMAfternoon Workshops A - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

CGM: The Greatest Advancement Since the Discovery of Insulin
Tricia Santos, MD

Not Your Boring Pump Talk
Rosanna Hannum, RN, MSN, CDE

I Admit...I Inhale! Affrezza & Other Newer Insulins
Jeremy Pettus, MD
2:30PM - 3:15PMAfternoon Workshops B - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

Bright Spots & Landmines: Effective Tips & Shortcuts
Adam Brown

Stem Cells & Diabetes: What Does the Future Have in Store?
Jeremy Pettus, MD

Staying in the Zone while Exercising
Tricia Santos, MD
3:30PM - 4:30PMDiabetes is About to Get Easier: The Artificial Pancreas Is Almost Here!
Jeremy Pettus, MD


11:30AM - 11:50AMDo You Know Your ABCs?
A1c, Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
Maury Gloster, MD
11:50AM - 12:10PMEvery BODY Can Exercise!
Jeanette DePatie
12:10PM - 12:30PMLighten Up Your Plate with Chef Lewis
Chef Robert Lewis
12:30PM - 1:30PMLunch & Visit Health Fair
Enjoy a complimentary, delicious & healthy lunch with other type 2s who totally get you! Don't forget to spend any extra time you have checking out the TCOYD Health Fair.
2:00PM - 3:00PMAfternoon Workshops A - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

Sugar Ain't Always Sweet: Learn How Sugar Affects Your Body
Mary Toscano

How Not to Be the "Diabetes Police":
Supporting Your Loved Ones with Type 2

William Polonsky, PhD, CDE

Online Resources: Diabetes in the Digital World
Deborah Greenwood, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE

We're Loving These New Diabetes Meds:
Stable Blood Sugars, Weight Loss & Healthier Hearts

Samira Kirmiz, MD
3:00PM - 3:30PMAfternoon Break & Visit Health Fair
Spend some more time in the TCOYD Health Fair
3:30 - 4:25PMAfternoon Workshops B - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) for Type 2s
Tricia Santos, MD

Why Weight? Weighing Medical vs. Surgical Options
Benjamin Shadle, MD and Brittanie Miller, MD

Getting Enough Zs? An Overview of Sleep Disorders
Robert Dias, MD

Fun Foot Facts & The Latest on Neuropathy
Craig Wargon, MD

"My Doctor Doesn't Get It!" My Patients Don't Listen!"
Patients vs. Providers

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



4:30PM - 5:00PMBalancing Diabetes: A Conversation About Finding Happiness & Living Well
Kerri Sparling
5:00PM - 5:05PMRaffle & Wrap Up
Stay to the very end for your chance to win a fabulous TCOYD Swag Bag full of fabulous gifts.




Early Bird Pricing NOW until February 27: $30!

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

$45 per person (after February 27)

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.

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, 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

*Kerri Sparling
Founder and Blogger, Six Until Me

Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1986. She manages her diabetes and lives her life by the mantra “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.” Kerri is a passionate advocate for all-things diabetes. She is the creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the first and most widely read diabetes patient blogs, reaching a global audience of patients, caregivers, and industry. Outside of her blog, Kerri’s work can be found at diaTribe, Animas, and in diabetes outreach like JDRF’s Countdown magazine, in addition to her extensive diabetes YouTube channel. Well-versed in social media and its influence on patients, Kerri presents regularly at conferences and works full-time as a writer and consultant.

Jeanette DePatie
Plus-Sized Fitness Guru, Certified Fitness Instructor

Jeanette DePatie is a certified aerobics instructor, personal trainer and veteran fitness professional with over 10 years of experience training students of all sizes, shapes, ages and abilities. She has appeared in print, and on radio and TV showing anyone can be healthy and fit.


*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 Medicine

Deborah Greenwood, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDE FAADE Diabetes & Chronic Disease Digital Health Consultant; 2015 President, American Association of Diabetes Educators

Maury Gloster, MD Founder of the Sutter Diabetes Care Center; Medical Consultant, Medical Board of California

Maria C. Luna, BSN, RN, PHN, CDE Cardiovascular Risk and Diabetes Management Program, Chronic Conditions, North Valley Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

Patricia Ostrander, MD Head of Endocrinology Division, Mercy Medical Group; Medical Director of MGH Diabetes Quality Initiative, Mercy General Hospital

Adam Brown, Chief of Staff, Head of Diabetes Technology, Close Concerns, Inc.

Robert Dias, MD Neurologist & Sleep Specialist, Mercy Medical Group

Rosanna Hannum, RN, MSN, CDE Lead Nurse, Coordinator, Pediatric Endocrine and Nutrition Service Children’s Outpatient Service, Sutter Medical Foundation

Samira Kirmiz, MD Endocrinologist, Mercy Medical Group

Brittanie Miller, RD Registered Dietitian, Sutter Health

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

Benjamin Shadle, MD Bariatric Surgeon, Sutter Health

Mary Toscano, CNE Nutrition Educator & Author, Sweet Fire: Sugar, Diabetes and Your Health

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


Linda Taylor Zumba Instructor, 24 Hour Fitness, Step 1


Mary Aleman, RD, CDE Dietitian, Elica Health

Sara Boyd, RD, CDE Dietitian, Sutter Health

Annette Dreith, RD, CDE Dietitan, Mercy Medical Group

Mary Jackels, RD, CDE Dietitian, Kaiser Permanente

Kristen Ransbury, MS, RD, CDE Lead Registered Dietitian, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group


CDEs (Certified Diabetes Educators):

Mary Aleman, RD, CDE Dietitian, Elica Health

Alicia Cabral, BSN, RN, CDE Diabetes Care Manager, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

Jody Davis, RN, CDE Diabetes Educator, Mercy Medical Group

Colleen Duncan, RN, BSN, CDE Diabetes Care Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Barbara Escoto, RN, CDE Diabetes Educator, Centene Health Net Federal Services

Karen McManus, RN, BSN/PHN, CDE Diabetes Care Manager, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

Elaine Reynolds, RD, CDE

Lori Tanner, RN, CDE Diabetes Care Manager, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group



Chris Andre, BSN, RN Nurse, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

Rosa De Alba, MSN, RN Nurse, WellSpace Health

Alicia Zuniga, RN Nurse, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan


Gaytri Sarkar, MD Endocrinologist, Mercy Medical Group


Dana Cozzetto, DPM Podiatrist, Mercy Medical Group

John Dawson, DPM Podiatrist, Mercy Medical Group

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



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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.

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To receive a full refund, cancelations must be received no later than February 21, 2018.