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Take charge of your Type 1 Diabetes. 
Less stress, a lower A1c, less arguing, fewer highs and lows... A better overall understanding of how, why and what is happening and IS it possible to prevent the daily blood glucose roller coaster? 

The answer is YES!

Learn from our panel of experts as they take you through everything you need to know about T1D from exercise, diet and nutrition, basic and advanced bolusing, family vacations and many more topics.
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Less stress, a lower A1c, less arguing, fewer highs and lows... A better overall understanding of how, why and what is happening and IS it possible to prevent the daily blood glucose roller coaster?
The answer is YES!
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Join our panel of 12+ experts as they take you through everything you need to know about T1D from exercise, diet and nutrition, basic and advanced bolusing, family vacations and many more topics. See list of speakers and topics below.
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Summit Topics & Speakers
Gary Schiener - MS, CDE
Latest Technological Advancements in T1D
with Gary Schiener - MS, CDE
Author, Certified Diabetic Educator, T1D Rockstar and thought-leader Gary Scheiner will be interviewed on the various topics that have been brought up frequently on the support boards, as well as topics he covers in his award winning Think Like A Pancreas published book which has a new edition coming out in 2020. 

Gary Scheiner is owner and Clinical Director of Integrated Diabetes Services, a practice located just outside of Philadelphia specializing in intensive insulin therapy and advanced education for children and adults. Gary has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for 22 years and has had type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 33 years. Gary was named 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. 

Cassady Kintner, MS, LMFTA, MDFT
What you need to know to set your PWD up for success
with Cassady Kintner- MS, LMFTA, MDFT
Cassady Kintner has mastered the art of 'How to talk so your T1 listens, and Listen so your T1 talks' be it your child, teen, spouse or self. It is so important to understand that how you talk to yourself about your care on a daily basis will directly correlate to the payoff in the treatment and health of the person with T1. Cassady will set you up with what you need to know to set your person with diabetes up for success! Don't miss this session if you are a caregiver, or a T1 yourself. Give yourself the grace and gift of listening to be kind and accept that burnout is real and diabetes is work.

Cassady is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Medical Family Therapist who specializes in working with people living with chronic illness, particularly type one diabetes (which she's had herself for over 23 years). Cassady has a private practice where she works with teens, adults, couples and families struggling with depression, anxiety, diabetes distress and burnout as well as issues with body image and disordered eating around diabetes. Cassady facilitates workshops for parents of kids and teens with T1D navigating independence and the transition of care management responsibilities.  She is also the Board President of ConnecT1D, a nonprofit that works to build community and address the psychosocial needs of people living with T1D.

Neil Greathouse
What I wish I knew before, that I can share now about T1
with Neil Greathouse
Neil is an amazing resource to the type 1 community for many reasons and not just because of his amazing documentaries and entertaining nature. His content has informative depths and facts that are life changing. In fact, these tips and tricks have helped to change his own life. If you haven't checked out his #hackthebetes videos on YouTube or Instagram you are in for a treat, because Neil will make you smile, laugh and improve your glucose control - did you even think that was possible?!?

Neil was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes during flight training in the United States Air Force. Talk about “buckle up we may encounter some mild turbulence!” After working as a Creative Director at his company, he began creating daily video content on Instagram & YouTube as @thebetes. Along with a team from NLC Creative & Beyond Type 1, he directed the Bike Beyond Documentary. Every day he works hard to not frighten people with his overwhelming strength & bicep prowess.

Dr. Jody Stanislaw -  NMD, CDE
Carb Counting alone is not enough!
with Dr. Jody Stanislaw -  NMD, CDE
I recommended that a healthy diet should consist of at least 80 percent healthy, whole foods, which allows for occasional favored treats 20 percent or less of the time. Because this talk is shared with the masses, and frankly the average diet today is more like 80 percent processed and maybe 20 percent healthy, I proposed the 80/20 ratio because it’s a more realistic goal for most people to achieve.

Dr. Jody Stanislaw received her doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 from the acclaimed holistic medical school in Seattle, Bastyr University. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Type 1 Diabetes Specialist, and a founding board member of the Low Carb Diabetes Association. Having lived with Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 7, she has dedicated her career to helping others with Type 1. From her 30+ years of experience, she teaches life-changing information about living well with Type 1 that most patients and physicians have never learned.

Christel Oerum
Why is Diabetes Management and Exercise so hard and what can you do about it?
with Christel Oerum
 In this session Christel will discuss how different types of exercise can impact blood sugars and what different strategies can be implemented to reduce the risk of high or low blood sugars. She will not only walk us through her system for cracking the code to diabetes and exercise but also how she manages her own workouts and what the few medical guidelines say.  

Christel is a Los Angeles based speaker, writer, diabetes coach, and diabetes advocate. She has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1997 and at an early stage decided that it wasn’t going to slow her down. Her motto is “There is Nothing You Can’t do With Diabetes”. She writes about how to be Fit With Diabetes on DiabetesStrong.com. She also coaches people with diabetes from across the globe, online and in-person, and supports them in meeting their health and fitness goals.
Christel holds an MBA in Finance & Strategy and an ISSA Personal Trainer certification with specialization in Fitness and Diabetes (Level 3 certified from the Diabetes Motion Academy).

Ginger Viera
Diabetes...Emotions, Burnout ..Oh my!
with Ginger Vieira
Ginger has been the go to source for T1 Emotional Eating as a resource which is a loaded topic when it comes to T1. Food is medicine and food is controlled and everyone wants control, and what happens when you feel out of control? Emotional eating, diabetes burnout and the complexities that go along with it are all going to be covered in the interview with Ginger hosted by Ilana. 

Ginger Vieira has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014. She is the author of 4 books: Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes, Dealing with Diabetes Burnout, Emotional Eating with Diabetes, Your Diabetes Science Experiment. Ginger creates content regularly for Diabetes Strong, Healthline, HealthCentral, DiabetesDaily, EverydayHealth and her YouTube Channel. 

Her background includes a B.S. in Professional Writing, certifications in cognitive coaching, Ashtanga yoga, and personal training with several records in drug-free powerlifting. She lives in Vermont with two kiddos and two dogs.

Marcy Schacter
Future of Stem Technology
with Anna Barash, RN BSN CDE
Anna will talk about current clinical research and new advances at the Beneroya Institute of Medical Research.

Anna has been involved in community diabetes support since well before she ever became a nurse. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just before her 2nd birthday. For the last 12 years, she has continuously worked and volunteered in diabetes summer camps, started and lead local support groups for individuals and families, been active with the JDRF Young Leadership Committee (YLC), and worked closely with Seattle Public Schools as a resource for school nurses, diabetes training, and PDA courses.
 Through her nursing career over the last 8 years, Anna has worked in a variety of settings- from bedside nursing, to travel nursing, school nursing, to her current specialization in diabetes education and clinical research nursing at Benaroya Research Institute (partnered with Seattle Children’s Hospital). Her area of expertise is multifaceted, with continued community involvement, outreach education, support, and connection to current research for the type 1 diabetes community here in Seattle. 

Marcy Schacter
Cooking with flavor, for your health, and no one will know
with Marcy Schacter
Making food for yourself or for the family day after day can seem like a chore and keeping it inspiring and something that everyone will eat is the challenge. Try this delicious and nutritious meal ideas with some sides and snacks she will prep and teach you in her quick session. So easy that you can do it tonight! Gluten free and celiac friendly too.. the best part... no one has to know!

As a chef and wellness advocate for over 25 years I have found simple affordable solutions to keep us healthy, lose unwanted pounds and yet make the experience pleasant without feeling deprived when it comes to flavor or satiety. I make it easy to create nutritious meals that are specifically designed to reduce sugar consumption, lower your carb count and reduce food sensitivity and inflammation. As I am a passionate foodie. It is so much fun to create menus that tantalizing the taste buds on every level!
I am also working with Evolv Health a Social Business that has been making a huge impact on the health of tens of thousands of people and in the past 3 years our Social Enterprise “Buy 1 Nourish 2 “ has triggered whole food donations of over 21 million servings to children suffering from malnutrition around the globe. Currently we are working to bring opportunities through various partner organization to children right here in North America.

Alex Bautz and Type 1 diabetes advocate
Diagnosed at 23 and Nothing Can Stop Me
With Alex Bautz,  Architect, Community Advocate and Leader
Alex is an amateur athlete and one of the ConnecT1D co-founders. He built Team ConnecT1D – a group of people with T1D that competed in races and endurance athletic events. And he climbed (almost) to the top of Mount Rainier this summer with T1D. Alex is a great guy and an inspiring part of the T1D community. His background with sports, exercise and nonprofit building is a unique combination! 

Alex is an amateur athlete and one of the ConnecT1D co-founders. He built Team ConnecT1D – a group of people with T1D that competed in races and endurance athletic events. And he climbed (almost) to the top of Mount Rainier this summer with T1D. Alex is a great guy and an inspiring part of the T1D community. His background with sports, exercise and nonprofit building is a unique combination! 
Parenting Teens with T1D
with Ilana Bergen
Who says that two is better than 1? Well, when her second child was diagnosed with T1, she heard everything in the book, at least you know what you are doing, and at glad it's not cancer! But does any of that matter if you don't stop and take a moment to process? Listen to Ilana discuss the reality of parenting two t1 teens for the past 12 years day in and day out and talk about the real stuff, like 'what happens after dark' and answer truthful hard questions like 'do you ever want to cry' and share her story about how it's not always sprinkles and rainbows... because that is what your family and friends want to hear. The truth is, it tough, and it's okay to talk about it. It doesn't always get easier, but you get used to your new normal.

Ilana has been the parent of 2 type 1 diabetic teens and has over 12 years experience with T1 since the first diagnosis. She co-founded POKED (Parents Of Kids Enduring Diabetes), an online Facebook community with 9000 members and growing. Its a place for parents to read, share hide, open up and most of all support one another. 

Her family has written and published a book for newly diagnosed type 1 kids called Team Helping and has since formed a non-profit organization to help fund and continue the supportive resourcees to the community through Diabetes and Me, the hosting organization of this virtual summit. Ilana is also a consultant running her own marketing and business consulting company. Special credit to Archana M. who volunteered on DiabetesandMe.org over the summer to make this summit a reality. 

The power of social media

with Jillian Rippolone

Jillian Rippolone will be interviewed by host Ilana Bergen on a wide range of topics. We will be discussing her Caravan to Canada trip with Bernie Sanders to bring awareness to the Insulin Affordability Crisis happening in the United States and the Diabetes community on social media. Additionally, we will also be discussing her journey as a Type 1 and growing up having a Type 1 sibling. 


 Jillian Rippolone was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 8 years old in 1997. Jillian and her brother were diagnosed one year apart with Type 1. Jillian was one of the first Type 1 accounts spreading diabetes awareness and inspiring others to live confidently with Type 1 Diabetes. Jillian is a Type 1 advocate and volunteer in her community and on her social media platforms. She is currently on the Omnipod System and Dexcom G6 and holds her bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Social Science. 

The cost of Insulin

with Archana Matela, PM, a graduate student at University of Washington, and an educator

Archana will be talking about the reasons behind the rising cost of Insulin, how citizen activism is making an impact, and the recent developments that have taken place to increase the transparency on drug pricing. She will also be sharing few resources that can help you bring down the cost of Insulin. This session is for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of Insulin drug pricing in a simple and concise manner.


Archana is a Program Manager at BergenMedia, a graduate student at the University of Washington, and an educator. She is an empathetic listener who is committed to understanding people and building long lasting relationships. She has 10+ years of experience in education, curriculum development, and collaboration with cross-functional teams in different countries. She has worked with various nonprofits and schools to spearhead initiatives focused on making education accessible and inclusive. She is looking forward to graduating from the University of Washington, Seattle in the summer of 2020 with a degree in Master of Science in Information Management. 
Caring For Your Child During Marital Issues & Single Parenting

With Kristen Bienstock, Attorney at Bienstock Law

Shared custody of kids with medical conditions, before a diagnosis, during and after. Changing parenting plans, sharing supplies, insurance and sharing responsibility. Caring for your child through marital issues and during single parenting can be a tough road to navigate on top of the other compounded new responsibilities. Kristen will be interviewed and discuss how to ensure your child's health and welfare comes first and before any disputes and how the laws are created to protect our children to be able to do so. 

Kristen L. Bienstock earned her J.D. Degree from New England School of Law in 2002. She graduated with Dean's list honors, as well as winning the Public Interest Law Grant. After law school, she spent time in California honing her family law skills at various local family law firms before moving to Washington. Kristen started her own practice to be more effective in helping people deal with a variety of legal issues and founded Bienstock Law, PLLC.

Ms. Bienstock has represented several clients in contested and uncontested dissolution proceedings, domestic violence cases, adoptions, relocation cases, child custody and child support modifications. She was actively involved in Pro Bono work with the King County Bar Associations Free Legal Clinics Family Law Programs and has received the Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation for years 2010 - 2018. 

Kristen has won the 10 best attorneys in client satisfaction from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for 2017-2019 and has also been recognized as the top 100 family law attorneys in the State of Washington for the year 2018 by the American Society of Legal Advocates, as well as the top 100 Attorneys for 2019 from the American Academy of Attorneys. Ms. Bienstock has also been recognized by Lawyers of Distinction for excellence in family law and divorce law for 2019.
Garrit Pille
My T1D is never going to hold me back again, and don't let it hold you back either!
with Garrit Pillie, Adventurer and Engineer
When I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I was in my early 20s. At first, I refused to accept I would need to use insulin. I tried running miles every day and avoiding carbs entirely to manage. My levels were still way too high, and I was a downright skeleton. My boss ended up taking me on a tour of a kidney treatment dialysis center and mentioned that this could be my future if I don’t face reality. What a wake-up call. I then discovered the Omnipod system and that has been a huge help in managing my levels when I’m having a blast doing everything I want to do such as downhill mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding. I was also honored and humbled to recently reach third degree level black belt in Iaido after training for nearly 10 years. Life is good!
Garrit is a Director of Engineering in commercial real estate. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Washington, where he graduated cum laude. He juggled working towards his degree while also advancing in his career as a building engineer, flipping houses, and managing his diabetes. Garrit and his wife are also proud to have as part of their family their service dog, Neko. Neko has been trained to alert Garrit when his glucose levels are too low. They enjoy many adventures living aboard their boat, which allows them to explore the jewels of the Pacific Northwest, including the San Juan and Gulf Islands.

Dr. Timothy J. Kieffer-  PHD
The future of Stem Cell research and T1D
with Dr. Timothy J. Kieffer-  PHD's research team presenting on his behalf
Restoration of insulin independence and normoglycemia has been the overarching goal in diabetes research and therapy. While whole-organ and islet transplantation have become gold-standard procedures in achieving glucose control in diabetic patients, the profound lack of suitable donor tissues severely hampers the broad application of these therapies. Here, we describe current efforts aimed at generating a sustainable source of functional human stem cell-derived insulin-producing islet cells for cell transplantation and present 
state-of-the-art efforts to protect such cells via immune modulation and encapsulation strategies.

Dr. Kieffer’s laboratory is focused on the development of novel gene and cell therapy approaches to treat diabetes. He has co-authored >175 peer reviewed publications and given >100 invited presentations. He has mentored >40 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in addition to numerous undergraduates and is an active teacher. He has received scholarships from the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and JDRF and his research has been supported by these agencies, in addition to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Stem Cell Network. In 2010 he received the CDA Young Scientist Award and in 2018 was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2016/17 he spent 1 year on sabbatical at The Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University.

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By providing education and support for the T1D community we can help kids and families live a full and happy life.
The not for profit organization, Diabetes and Me is operated exclusively for charitable purposes, specifically to provide resources to newly diagnosed families with children who are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Our network has been built to include an online support group with almost 15,000 national families (members) and over 2500  in the Pacific Northwest. 

We further our purpose by conducting the following activities:
Diabetes and Me charitable group offer books to newly diagnosed families free of charge, offers online support and has offered family fun days fully sponsored and allow kids and parents to feel ‘normal for a day and see that there are many others dealing with the diagnosis successfully to support each other, learn and gain new connections. 
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