TCOYD Conference & Health Fair - San Diego, CA

OCTOBER 12, 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, October 12, 2019
7:30am – Registration & Health Fair Open
9:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

How Much:

Thru October 8, 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: Green Goddess Salad with Chicken and Crumbled Bacon

Dessert: Paleo, Gluten-Free, OH-BABY Lemon Bars

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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, 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 - 10:30AMThe Diabetes Conference of Tomorrow TODAY!
Steven V. Edelman, MD; William Polonsky, PhD, CDE; Jeremy Pettus, MD; and Tricia Santos, MD
10:30AM - 11:30AMExplore The TCOYD Health Fair
Visit our bustling health fair, enjoy a little snack & some refreshing beverages.
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11:30AM - 12:30PMThe World's Largest Shared Medical Appointment for Type 1s
Jeremy Pettus, MD; Steven V. Edelman, MD; and YOU
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

Finding Your Formula for Diabetes and Exercise (Low Impact vs. Anaerobic vs. Laying on the Couch)
Christel Oerum

What Do Type 1 Dietitians Eat and Do They Practice What They Preach?
Tiana Lavin, RD; and Dana Palermo, RDN, CDE, CNSC

Joint Issues: Trigger Finger, Frozen Shoulder and Limited Mobility
Heather McDonald, MD, FRCPC

The Newest Features in Sensor Augmented Insulin Pumps
Schafer Boeder, MD
2:30PM - 3:15PMAfternoon Workshops B - Select Your Favorite Topic & Attend

From Driving to Sky Diving…How to Stay Safe in a World with Hypos
Ian Blumer, MD, FRCPC

CGM Weapons of Mass Instruction…Teaching You How to Stay in Range
Tricia Santos, MD and Laura Barba, CDE, NP

Prevention, Early Detection, and Aggressive Treatment of Eye, Kidney and Nerve Disease
Daniel Einhorn, MD

Are You on the Pill? SGLT Inhibitors…the Pill for Type 1
Jeremy Pettus, MD
3:30PM - 4:30PMTop 10 Hottest Things in Type 1 Right Now!
Jeremy Pettus, MD
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11:30AM - 12:30PMThe World's Largest Shared Medical Appointment for Type 2s
Tricia Santos, MD; Schafer Boeder, MD; and YOU
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

The Heart of the Matter: Cardiovascular Care
Juan Pablo Frias, MD

Getting Enough Zs? Sleep Apnea
Chris Sadler, PA-C, CDE, DFAAPA

Diabetes Etiquette: Supporting Your Loved One with Diabetes
William Polonsky, PhD, CDE

Taste for Life: Cooking Tips with a Dash of Motivation
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

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) for Type 2s…No More Finger Pricks!
Schafer Boeder, MD

What’s New in Type 2 Treatment Options, Including Insulin
Neelima Chu, MD

Why Weight? Medical and Surgical Treatments for Weight Loss
Michael Lee, MD

Doctors are from Mars, Patients are from Venus
Steven V. Edelman, MD, and William Polonsky, PhD, CDE
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10:40AM – 11:30AM / 1:30PM-3:30PMPersonal Training, Boot Camp, Chair Dancing, Yoga, Mindfulness and More!
1:30PM - 3:30PMSmall Group Session
Veterans Unite, Cooking Classes and More!
1:30PM - 3:30PMAsk A Specialist
Endocrinologists, Diabetes Educators, Dietitians, Nurses, Pharmacists, And More!
1:30PM - 3:30PMScreenings
Foot Screening, Eye Screening, Blood Pressure Screening and More
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4:30PM - 5:00PMHow to Use the Sparks from Today to Ignite Your Tomorrow
Steven V. Edelman, MD; William Polonsky, PhD, CDE; Jeremy Pettus, MD; Tricia Santos, MD
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.

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.

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

Endocrinologist & President, Diabetes & Endocrine Associates; Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine; President, American College of Endocrinology

Endocrinologist, Sharp Health Care


*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

*Laura Barba, NP, CDE, Nurse Practitioner, UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital

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

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

Daniel Einhorn, MD, Endocrinologist, Diabetes & Endocrine Associates

*Tiana Lavin, RDN, Dietitian, UCI Health

Heather McDonald, MD, FRCPC, Rheumatologist, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

*Christel Oerum, Online Diabetes Coach, Co-Founder, DiabetesStrong

*Dana Palermo, RDN, CDE, CNSC, Diabetes and Research Clinical Dietitian, VA San Diego

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

Neelima Chu, MD, Endocrinologist, Sharp Health Care

Juan Pablo Frias, MD, CEO, Principal Investigator, National Research Institute

Michael Lee, MD, Endocrinologist, Weight Management Specialist, Scripps

*Chef Robert Lewis, Chef, Cookbook Author, Founder, The Happy Diabetic

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

Chris Sadler, PA-C, CDE, DFAAPA, Medical Science Outcomes Liason-Medical Affairs, Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc.

Cindy Shaw, Owner, Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor, Radiant Yoga Studios

Jodi Stolove, MS, Founder, Chair Dancing Fitness

*Matt Vande Vegte, CPT, Online Diabetes Coach, Co-Founder, FTF Warrior

Janice Baker, MBA, RD, CDE, CNSC, BC-ADM, Dietitian,

Timothy Bailey, MD, FACE, FACP, Endocrinologist, Founder, AMCR Clinic

Lorraine Farrar, MSN, RN, CDE, BC-ADM, Diabetes Educator

Candis Morello, PharmD, CDE, APh, FCSHP, FASHP, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, UCSD, Skagg School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

*Angela Norton, RN, BSN, PHN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

Cynthia Stuenkel, MD, Endocrinologist, Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine

*Jeff Unger, MD, FAAFP, FACE, Specialist in Pain, Headaches, Mental Illness and Addiction, Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice

Larry Verity, PhD, FACSM, Professor of Exercise Physiology, SDSU Additional Specialists from the Community

Jamie Wolosin, MD, Gastroenterologist, Sharp HealthCare

Additional Specialists from San Diego Association of Diabetes Educators

Ben Cullen, DPM, Podiatrist, San Diego Podiatry Group

Additional Podiatrists from the Community

*Chef Robert Lewis, Chef, Cookbook Author, Founder, The Happy Diabetic

Frances O’Neil, MSW, RDN, CDE, Dietitian, Cookbook Author, 10 Minute Healthy Rice Cooker Meals,

*Urban Miyares, Blinded Veteran, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Author

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Conference Participant Shares His Story

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Hear What Diabetes Experts Have to Say About TCOYD

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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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