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Diabetes Wellness News Authors & Guest Authors Biographies

Dr. Walter Bortz II, MD (photo) is a Clinical Associate and Professor of Medicine, Stanford university School of Medicine. He is the author of several books: Dare to Be 100,We Live Too Short and Die Too Long,  Living Longer for Dummies and most recently Diabetes Danger: What 200 Million Americans At Risk Need to Know. Dr. Bortz writes a monthly column for the Diabetes Wellness News.

Dr. Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a member of the staff at the Diabetes Center and Pediatric Diabetes Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has been involved in long-term studies regarding life-style and the psychosocial issues involved with diabetes. He has published many papers, articles and book chapters and he writes a bi-monthly column for the Diabetes Wellness News. Dr. Rubin has also served as the President of Health Care and Education of the American Diabetes Association.

Taylor-Kevin Issacs, MS CSCS, is a Clinical Exercise physiologist Instructor, NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, American Council on Exercise (ACE)-certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, IDEA Master Fitness Trainer, ACE Personal Trainer of the year 2002.

Dr. Daniel Finkelstein is Professor of Opthamology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a member of the Retinal Vascular Center staff with particular interest in the laser management of venous occlusion, laser management of diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa. He is the director of the free diabetic retinopathy screening clinic at the Wilmer Eye Institute that DRWF sponsors.

Dr Pamela Cangelosi PhD, RNC is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University.

Dee Armstrong is a Fitness instructor, personal trainer, Principal of Lifestride fitness course, director for Fulcrum Instructor Training and NVQ assessor.  She resides in the UK.

Jane DeVane, MS, RD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist, and Reiki practitioner. She has her own private practice.

Azmina Govinkji, BS, SRD, NLP Practitoner, is a Consultant Nutritionist, State Registered Dietitian, health writer and Broadcaster on TV and radio in the UK.  She has published many articles and books.

Linda Hicks, RN, MS, CDE has been involved in patient education programs throughout her career as a nurse. She has created recognized diabetes education program. And she feels her role as a CDE is to be an advocate for her patients and to try to help differentiate between valid treatments and the many hoaxes that are available.

Jeanne Keith-Ferris, RN, BSN is the president and founder of the Gastroparesis and Dysmotilities Association. This organization is raising the awareness of gastroparesis through education, research support and advocacy.

David Mendosa has type 2 diabetes and is a free lance writer and is published in a variety of diabetes publications.

Nina Puddefoot, Master Pracitioner, and Certified NLP Trainer, she provides transformational training to businesses.  She is an author and presenter.  She runs courses that help people alter their lives by changing how they think about themselves.

Nina Rynearson, RN, MSN, DE is the founder and past chair of the AADE Insulin Pump Specialist Practice Group and a Clinical Services Manager for Animas Corporation. 

Jeanne M Sorrell, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Associate Dean, Academic Program and Research at the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University.

Cynthia Tucker, BSN, RN, CDE, CPT is the Diabetes Outpatient Education Coordinator for Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. She has pump training certificates from Medtronic MiniMed, Animas and Deltec. She is also a person with Type 1 diabetes.

Donald J. Cecchi, is a management consultant and a lawyer with an expertise in reorganization and project management.



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