TCOYD Conference & Health Fair - Spokane, WA

June 2, 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, June 2, 2018

7:30am – Registration & Health Fair Open

9:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


Spokane Convention Center

334 W Spokane Falls Blvd

Spokane, WA 99201

How Much:

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

Parking: $10 in the covered parking garage located below the Exhibit Halls. Entrance to this lot is located on West Spokane Falls Blvd.

After May 29, 2018: $45 per person

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 and String Cheese

Lunch: Rainbow Salad with Almond Roasted Chicken

Dessert: Chocolate Heaven Cake

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 nation’s leading experts in diabetes care and management.

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 – Belly dancing & yoga – learn fun ways to be active without the gym!

A Delicious & Healthy Lunch – Sit and connect with others who have type 1 and type 2 diabetes.




Tips for Type 1s: Given by Real World Type 1s

I Admit It, I Inhale! Inhaled Insulin & Other Newer Insulins

Not Your Boring Pump Talk

Food for Thought: Low Carb, Paleo, Juicing, Gluten Free & More

CGM: The Greatest Advancement Since the Discovery of Insulin

Treatments for Type 1 Other Than Insulin

Thyroid & Other Autoimmune Diseases

Diabetes is About to Get Easier: The Artificial Pancreas is Almost Here!


An Explosion of Type 2 Treatments

Hey, Every BODY Can Exercise

Lighten Up Your Plate with Chef Lewis

Cooking Class with Chef Lewis

How Not to Be the “Diabetes Police” Supporting Your Loved One with Type 2

Keep Your Kidneys Kicking and Your Heart Pumping

Why Weight? Weighing Medical and Surgical Options

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) for Type 2s

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


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 May 29: $30!

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

$45 per person (after May 29)

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.

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.

*Irl B. Hirsch, MD

Dr. Hirsch is a professor of medicine and holds the Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Chair at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed medical school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, trained in internal medicine at the University of Miami in Miami FL and Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, FL, and completed a research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. From both a research and teaching point of view, Dr. Hirsch’s career has focused on studying the best strategies for the use of insulin therapy in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, innovations in technology for diabetes management. More recently, he has become involved with artificial pancreas technology. The management of hyperglycemia in the hospital has been an interest of Dr. Hirsch for over 25 years. With regard to patient care, the majority of patients in his practice have type 1 diabetes or unusual forms of diabetes.

*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.

*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

Carol Wysham, MD
Section Head, Rockwood Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology

Carol Wysham, MD graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, in 1980 and did her internship in internal medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland in 1983. She had a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA, from 1983 to 1986. She was Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota between 1986 and 1992. During that time she was also Chief, Endocrinology and Metabolism, at the Ramsey Clinic in St. Paul. Currently, she is Section Head of the the Rockwood Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Spokane, WA, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is also Chair, Washington State Diabetes Collaborative.


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

*Irl Hirsch, MD Endocrinologist, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Type 1 Track Co-Director, TCOYD

Tricia Santos, MD Endocrinologist, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine; Type 2 Track Co-Director, TCOYD

Kennedy Cathcart, DO, Endocrinologist, Columbia Medical Associates

Michaela Cosma, MD, Endocrinologist, Providence Northeast Washington Medical Group

Carol Wysham, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Endocrinologist, Rockwood Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology


*Alicia Grassl, RN, Registered Nurse, Rockwood Clinic

*Josh Neumiller, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy , WSU

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

Matthew Rawlins, MD, Bariatric Surgeon, MultiCare Rockwood Center for Weight Loss and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery

Jen Ropp, RD, CDE, Dietician, Rockwood Clinic


*Josh Neumiller, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy , WSU

Additional Specialists from the Community

Additional Screeners from the community

Mollie Busby, Yoga Instructor, Owner, Yoga Hive Studios, Montana; Co-Founder, Riding On Insulin

Heidi Peterson, ATC, Athletic Trainer, North Spokane Physical and Sport Therapy Clinic

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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 Wednesday, May 23, 2018.