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In order to stay up to date on the best recipes, latest treatments, drug discovery, clinical studies and how to manage type 2 diabetes everyday Type2Diabetes.com brings you frequent articles, blogs, points of view and advice from leading nutritionists, certified diabetes educators, patient advocates and professional medical experts.

Patient Advocate

Kate Cornell

Kate Cornell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Diabetes education wasn’t offered to her so she set out to find her own answers via the Internet. Navigating through the vast amount of available, and sometimes incorrect, information was daunting but she eventually discovered what works for her. Read More

Lizmari M. Collazo

Lizmari M. Collazo is a person living with type 2 diabetes. She was diagnosed in 2009, after a couple of years of escalating symptoms, and the loss of her professional job in Human Resources. Sobered by the reality of her diagnosis, and her late father’s battle with the disease, she immediately took to the internet to learn as much as she could about the condition. Today, she is a much healthier person, and dedicates her time to help advocate and educate about this disease. Read More

Tonya Hidalgo

Tonya Hidalgo blogs at Mommy At Midlife, works in the television industry and, with the help of her husband, homeschools her children. Her life is beyond busy, and just like most people with Type 2 Diabetes, she is well aware that she needs to take better care of herself. Read More

Certified Diabetes Educators

Joanne Lyford

Diabetes touched me personally as an impressionable high school student. My older sister was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As she began making changes in her life, at the same time I was struggling with my weight and frequent headaches. After a five hour blood test, I discovered I had Reactive Hypoglycemia – a condition once thought to be a precursor to Type 2 diabetes. My headaches and irritability were caused when my blood sugar dropped low – the same symptoms my sister suffered as well. Visiting with a dietitian helped me better understand how to eat to manage my blood sugar. I lost some weight and felt much better. For me, nutrition proved to be very potent “medicine”. So powerful in fact I decided to study nutrition. Read More.

Melissa Halas-Liang

Melissa Halas-Liang, founder of SuperKidsNutrition.com is a nationally recognized nutrition educator, wellness expert and spokesperson for the California’s Dietetic Association (CDA). Recently awarded the CDA Excellence in Community Dietetics award, Melissa has over 15 years of diverse experience in nutrition education/curriculum, clinical/critical care, nutrition management, counseling, media, and writing. Read more.

Meryl Krochmal

I have worked as a registered dietitian (RD) for the last eight years and have been certified in diabetes education (CDE) for over five years. I have experience with inpatient and outpatient care, and help people of all ages manage their diabetes throughout their life’s span. While diabetes education has always been a passion, I also hold specialty certifications in pediatric nutrition and nutrition support (CSP and CNSC). Read more.

Toby Smithson

Toby Smithson is a Diabetes Lifestyle Expert with EosHealth, and the founder of DiabetesEveryDay.com, an online guidance and support resource for people with diabetes. Smithson is a registered and licensed Dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association). Read more.

Lindsey Verano, RD, LDN, CDE

Lindsey Verano is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator. She has spent over 9 years working in the healthcare field, and has always had a strong passion for helping others improve their health. Read more

Lori Zanini

Lori Zanini is a Nationally-Recognized and Award-Winning Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.Read more

Certified Nutrition Support Clinician / Registered Dietitian

Kelly Dabel

Kelly is a dietitian with 10 years of clinical experience at a large teaching hospital. While working as part of the clinical nutrition team she has gained extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of Medical Nutrition Therapy including Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Heart Disease, Cancer and Intensive Care/Nutrition Support. She has especially enjoyed working with clients to help improve blood sugar control and achieve weight loss. Read more.

Christina Saschin

Christina is a food columnist, blogger and nutritionist. She holds a BS in Nutrition and Food Sciences, loves cooking, rock climbing and the outdoors. Christina has worked at a diabetic camp for children and teens for the past three summers and enjoys creating recipes to accommodate individuals’ needs. Read more

Certified Life Coach / Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

Jen Picicci

Jen Picicci is a health writer and blogger, certified life coach, certified intuitive eating counselor, and holds a Master of Health Sciences with a concentration in health education. She writes and coaches on a variety of health and wellness topics, including how to not let food make you crazy and how to stop the diet and binge cycle. Read more.

Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist / Educator

Connie Burns

Connie Burns, MS/RDN, MEd has 25 years of experience as a clinical and community-based Registered Dietitian. She currently is a Health Education Coordinator in the state of Minnesota. She has also worked as a University Extension Educator, Worksite Wellness Dietitian, and RD team member for several American Diabetes Association Recognized Programs and diabetes prevention programs in the Upper Midwest, and as an online faculty/instructor. Read more.

Other T2D Experts

Jeanne Hecht, MPA, PMP

Jeanne Hecht is Senior Vice President and Global Head of Site and Patient Networks at Quintiles, a position she was appointed to in October 2014. In this role, Jeanne is responsible for leading, implementing, and driving a site and patient network-centric global strategy that leverages leading-edge technology. Read more.

Larissa Saschin

Larissa Saschin is a dancer and nutritionist. She holds a BS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, loves to dance ballet, rock climb, and hike outdoors. Read more

Hannah Noonan

Hannah is a student nutritionist (BHSc Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine), blogger and recipe creator who is passionate about empowering people to create their own nutritious and delicious food. Read more

Chef

Ward Alper, THE Decadent Diabetic

Ward Alper, The Decadent Diabetic is a type 2 diabetic and chef who lives and eats DECADENTLY in Portland, Maine. Ward has been working in the restaurant kitchen (beginning with peeling those high carbohydrate potatoes) since he was 8 years old. He has been a chef, manager, and consultant in New York City and Boston. His food service career has spanned the gamut of establishments from Kiss My Cookies to fine cuisine. Since his diagnosis more than six years ago, he has refocused his recipes and eating to support his diabetes health. Read more.

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