TCOYD Conference & Health Fair - San Diego, CA

November 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, November 17, 2018
7:30am – Registration & Health Fair Open
9:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

How Much:

$45 per person

Parking at the Convention Center is $15 per vehicle

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 in Dark Chocolate Cups

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?


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 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.

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

click headers for details

[mpc_tabs tabs_h_align=”center” active_tab=”0″ decor_line=”true” decor_color=”#dddddd” decor_active=”#75cdde” decor_size=”2″ decor_gap=”5″ font_color=”#6b6b6b” font_size=”16″ font_line_height=”1.75″ font_transform=”none” font_align=”left” content_padding_divider=”true” content_padding_css=”padding-top:20px;padding-right:0px;padding-left:0px;” padding_css=”padding:30px;” margin_divider=”true” margin_css=”margin-right:10px;margin-left:20px;” mpc_button__font_color=”#333333″ mpc_button__font_size=”18″ mpc_button__font_transform=”capitalize” mpc_button__font_align=”center” mpc_button__padding_divider=”true” mpc_button__padding_css=”padding-bottom:10px;” mpc_button__hover_font_color=”#75cdde” mpc_button__hover_background_effect=”expand-horizontal” button_margin_divider=”true” button_margin_css=”margin-right:20px;”][mpc_tab title=”MORNING SESSIONS” tab_id=”1515736321-1-794d22-9b57″]
[table “62” not found /]



[/mpc_tab][mpc_tab title=”ACTIVITY SESSIONS” tab_id=”1534888374958-7″]
7:30AM - 9:00AM / 10:40 - 11:30AMPersonal Training - Become a Warrior
Matt Vande Vegte, CPT
10:40AM – 11:30AM / 1:30PM-3:30PMDiabetes Strong
Christel Oerum
10:40AM - 11:30AM / 1:30PM - 3:30PMChair Dancing Fitness
Jodi Stolove, MS
10:40AM – 11:30AMYoga
Sarah Tomlinson
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 - 3:30PMFree Screenings
Foot Screening, Eye Screening, Blood Pressure Screening, And More!




[/mpc_tab][mpc_tab title=”TYPE 1 TRACK” tab_id=”1515736321-2-684d22-9b57″]
[table “67” not found /]



[/mpc_tab][mpc_tab title=”TYPE 2 TRACK” tab_id=”1515736726162-2-04d22-9b57″]
[table “61” not found /]



[/mpc_tab][mpc_tab title=”CLOSING SESSIONS” tab_id=”1515737714978-94d22-9b57″]
[table “63” not found /]





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.


*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

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

*Jeremy Pettus, MD…”Endo that Walks the Talk”, Jeremy is an endocrinologist and international speaker who talks about type 1 diabetes from his firsthand experience of living with the disease.

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

Tricia Santos, MD, “Endo Extraordinaire”, Tricia is an endocrinologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSD. She is an expert on diabetes and speaks nationally for TCOYD.

 *Kerri Sparling, Type 1 Blogger and Author, Kerri brings the humanness of the disease into the heart. You are not a list of complications and frightening stories. You are part of a community that is thriving and possibly living a healthier life due to your diagnosis.

Melissa Magwire, RN, CDE, Endocrine Clinic Supervisor, Shawnee Mission Endocrinology and Diabetes, Kansas

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

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

Tarane Sondoozi, PhD, Mindfulness Teacher, UCSD Center for Mindfulness

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

Daniel Einhorn, MD, Endocrinologist, Diabetes & Endocrine Associates

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

Melissa Magwire, RN, CDE, Endocrine Clinic Supervisor, Shawnee Mission Endocrinology and Diabetes, Kansas

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

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

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

Jodi Stolove, MS, Founder, Chair Dancing Fitness

*Sarah Tomlinson, Internationally Acclaimed Yoga and Yantra Teacher,

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

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

*Laura Barbra, CDE, NP, Nurse Practioner, UCSD Endocrine & Diabetes and Rady Children’s Hospital

Toni Burgess, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Sharp Health Care

Christine Favus, MPH, RDN, CDE, Health and Wellness Dept., Naval Medical Center San Diego

Thess Hilliard, FNP, CDE

*Suzanne Lohnes, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, UCSD

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

Michele Norrda, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Sharp Health Care

*Angela Norton, RN, PHN, CDE, Diabetes Educator and Case Manager, Sharp Chula Vista

Grenville Robinson, LVN, Nurse, VA Medical Center

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

Additional Specialists from San Diego Association of Diabetes Educators

Eye Screening – Nikolas London, MD, Ophthalmologist, Retina Consultants San Diego

Foot Screening – Ben Cullen, DPM, Podiatrist, San Diego Podiatry Group

Additional Podiatrits from the community

Cooking Classes – *Chef Robert Lewis, Chef, Cookbook Author, Founder, The Happy Diabetic

Veterans Unite – *Urban Miyares, Blinded Veteran, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Author

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

Need to cancel?  Email us at
To receive a full refund, cancelations must be received no later than Wednesday, November 7, 2018.