Laura_Andromalos.jpgLaura Andromalos, MS, RD, CSOWM, CDCES
University of Minnesota Medical Center; Clinical Nutrition Manager

Laura Andromalos has specialized in the treatment of obesity and diabetes for over 11 years. She is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Previously, she was the Bariatric Nutrition Manager at Brigham and Women’s in Boston, MA, the Nutrition Program Manager at Northwest Weight & Wellness Center in Everett, WA, a clinical dietitian at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, and as a bilingual Certified Diabetes Educator Coach in the telehealth setting for Cecelia Health. She graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Nutrition Sciences, completed her dietetic internship at Mayo Clinic Florida, and received a MS in Health Communication from Boston University. Laura is passionate about professional development and education for herself as well as others. She has held leadership positions on several professional organization boards, has presented at conferences around the world, and has published articles in scientific journals and consumer-focused magazines.

Susan_Cornell.jpgSusan Cornell, PharmD, CDCES, FAPhA, FADCES
Midwestern University College of Pharmacy- Downers Grove; Associate Director/Associate Professor

Susan Cornell, BS, Pharm.D, CDCES, FAPhA, FADCES is the associate director of experiential education and an associate professor in the department of pharmacy practice at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in Downers Grove, Illinois. Dr. Cornell is also a certified diabetes care and education specialist. Dr. Cornell’s current clinical practice is with the Bolingbrook Christian Health and Will-Grundy Medical Clinics, where she trains, educates, and supervises students from the colleges of medicine, pharmacy, dental and health sciences, as they provide diabetes education classes, as well as, individual diabetes care and medication therapy management for patients in numerous underserved community clinics. Dr. Cornell has received numerous awards and been invited to give numerous presentations to various healthcare professionals and community groups, worldwide. She has served as editor, as well as, published and contributed to many peer-reviewed, professional written and online publications.

Lorena_Drago.jpgLorena Drago, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES
Hispanic Foodways, LLC; Principal

Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, is a registered dietitian, consultant and certified diabetes educator. Lorena specializes in the multicultural aspects of diabetes self-management education and is an expert in developing culturally and ethnically-oriented nutrition and diabetes education materials. She founded, Hispanic Foodways which received the New York City Small Business Award in 2006. She developed the Nutriportion™ Measuring Cups that has the calorie and carbohydrate amounts of common foods embossed on each cup and the Nutriportion™ Hispanic Food Cards that have pictures and nutrition composition of common Hispanic foods.

Amy_Hess_Fischl.jpgAmy Hess Fischl, MS RDN LDN BC-ADM CDCES
University of Chicago, Program Manager

Amy Hess Fischl is an advanced practice dietitian, diabetes educator and coordinator for the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center Teen Transition program, working with the adult and pediatric endocrinologists in the clinic to more effectively allow transition care throughout the life span. She speaks internationally on all diabetes topics, especially children and teens with diabetes, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. She is actively involved in the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as several international groups for diabetes and pre-diabetes. She was named 2018 IL AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year and also received the 2018 Pan Arab Congress on Diabetes Award of Excellence for her contributions to diabetes care and education. Her dream vacation always includes diving with sharks.

Blank_Canvas_on_Transparent_Background.pngMark Heyman, PhD, CDCES
Center for Diabetes & Mental Health, Executive Director

Dr. Mark Heyman is a diabetes psychologist, Certified Diabetes Educator and the Executive Director of the Center for Diabetes & Mental Health (CDMH). Mark provides education and evidence-based clinical treatment to people with diabetes, cutting-edge training to health care providers, and innovative program development and strategic consulting services to the diabetes business community. Mark received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University and completed his psychology internship at the UCSD School of Medicine. He holds an appointment as a Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD.

Living with diabetes involves so much more than managing blood sugars. Diabetes takes an emotional and psychological toll as well. The emotional burden of living with diabetes impacts quality of life and diabetes management behaviors. As a result, health care professionals who work with people with diabetes need to be familiar with the emotional challenges of living with diabetes. They should also be trained to provide brief interventions to support their patients in overcoming these challenges.

This presentation will provide an overview of the most common psychological issues people with diabetes experience. Using several case studies, we will talk about how health care providers who care for people with diabetes can help people reduce psychosocial and behavioral barriers to diabetes management. Specifically, we will introduce several brief interventions health care providers can use to address psychosocial barriers to diabetes management in their practice.

Ka_Hei_Karen_Lau.jpgKa Hei Karen Lau, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES
Joslin Diabetes Center, Registered Dietitian

Karen Lau is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. She provides patients with tailored nutrition and diabetes management care plans to help them attain better health and improved diabetes control. Her area of interests include tailored care and advocacy for Asian Americans, prevention and management of gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and utilization of technologies for better diabetes management. She is experienced in conducting community outreach seminars, nutrition workshops and cooking demonstrations to the public. She has also given webinars and has presented at national and international scientific conferences, such as the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and continuing medical education (CME) programs in the USA and in Asia. Lau is also involved in research, with the latest publication including the 2019 American Diabetes Association Consensus Report of Nutrition Therapy for Adults with Diabetes or Prediabetes.

Janice_MacLeod.jpgJanice MacLeod, MA, RD, CDCES, FADCES
Companion Medical, Director Clinical Advocacy

Janice leads clinical advocacy at Companion Medical partnering with professional organizations and thought leaders in diabetes, digital health and practice transformation to establish smart insulin pens as a standard of care for injection therapy. Previously Janice served as the Director, Clinical Innovation for Welldoc and at Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care as Clinical Affairs Manager, and as Senior Medical Science Liaison. Janice has spent many years in clinical practice as a dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist serving at both the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD and at Carilion Health System in Roanoke, VA. Janice has served as both author for multiple publications, contributed to book and curriculum manuals, and has developed numerous continuing education programs and presentations in the areas of diabetes nutrition, digital health, and practice transformation. Janice works with a network of leading international diabetes clinicians and researchers and is currently chair-elect of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Diabetes Practice Group. Her passion is developing business-savvy solutions leveraging technology to transform diabetes care.

Katherine_ONeal.jpgKatherine O'Neal, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, CDCES, BC-ADM, AE-C, CLS, FADCES
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy; Associate Professor

Katherine O’Neal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and Adjunct Association Professor with the College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. Her clinical practice is with Internal Medicine primary care focusing on chronic disease states, especially diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, migraine and asthma. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 in Community Practice with USA Drug and The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and a PGY2 in Ambulatory Care with The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in Tulsa, OK. Dr. O’Neal received her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK. She is a certified diabetes care and education specialist and board certified in advance diabetes management. Her research interests include patient empowerment and health literacy.