Speakers we are honored to have at 2018 WADE Annual Educational Conference:

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Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, CD, CDE

Topic:  Embracing Metabolic Surgery as a Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

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Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, CD, CDE, graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Nutritional Sciences, completed her dietetic internship at Mayo Clinic Florida, and received a MS in Health Communication from Boston Univeristy.  She is a specialist in weight management with a focus on bariatric nutrition and has been working in the field since 2009.  In 2016, she became a Certified Diabetes Educator.  She practices in Seattle WA as a clinical dietitian at Virginia Mason Medical Center, an outpatient dietitian at Northwest Weight Loss Surgery, and a CDE Coach for Fit4D.  She started studying Spanish as an adult so she could serve as a bilingual clinician.  Prior to moving to Seattle, she was the Bariatric Nutrition Manager at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  She was a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Evidence Analysis Library bariatric surgery work group. 

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Alyson Blum, PharmD, CDE

Topic:  Pumps and CGM use in Pregnancy and 2) Insulin: cost savings, resources and writing prescriptions

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Alyson Blum, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacist in obstetrics. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University and completed a 1 year residency and a 1 year fellowship in obstetrics. She currently works at the Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. There she manages inpatient and outpatient medications, insulin pumps and glucose control for patients with diabetes during pregnancy. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at WSU College of Pharmacy. She is also Co-Medical Director for Camp STIX, a local camp for children with type 1 diabetes.

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H. Kennedy Cathcart, DO

Topic:  Use of R U 500 Insulin Therapy

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Dr. Cathcart is an endocrinologist at Northside Internal Medicine in Spokane, WA.  He specializes in diabetes, thyroid and adrenal disease.  He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984.  His advanced training was at Baystate Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, and Tufts Medical School of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology Metabolism in Boston, MA.  He is a member of AACE, ADA, and the Endocrinology Society. His Philosophy of Care: "I work with patients to develop a personalized care plan for their problems."

COI: Dr. Cathcart receives research funding from Novo Nordisk, Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, and Sanofi. He will give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of general drug names will be used rather than using trade names. If an educational material or content includes trade names, then it will accompany the respective generic name and include all available trade names or products or medications. His educational materials (e.g. slides, abstracts, handouts) will not contain any advertising, logos, or product-group messages. 

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Line Goulet, RN, BSN, M.Ed., CDE

Topic:  The Dual Diagnosis of Diabetes and Cancer

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Line Goulet, RN, is a diabetes educator at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, in Coupeville, WA.   She was been nominated in 2016 by a former patient for the Linda Lee Martens “Health Hero Adult Award.” The Linda Lee Martens Community Health Hero Awards were created to honor Linda Lee Martens, the late executive secretary of Island County Public Health, for her extraordinary love for others, which she exemplified through service to the community.

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Patricia Haldi, MSN, RN, CRRN, CD

Topic:  Alzheimer's Disease and Diabetes

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Pat is recently retired  (but active) from working over 30 years as both a certified diabetes educator (CDE) and certified rehabilitation nurse (CRRN) at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, WA.  She has spoken at various ARN National Education Conferences on topics including Diabetes in Rehabilitation.  Pat has spoken at AADE on Disability and Diabetes, as well as Diabetes in Long Term Care.  Pat spoke at the Spinal Cord Nurses Conference on Diabetes and Spinal Cord Injury.  She has contributed as a co-author in two additions of the “ARN Advance Practice Core Curriculum” on both diabetes and obesity.  Pat was awarded AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year 1999-2000.  She served as WADE’s president from 2008-2009.

Pat continues to be active with both AADE and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and is currently President of the Northwest Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (NWARN). Pat has served on WADE’s annual meeting committee for over 7 years as chair of the annual Goldstein Silent Auction.  Pat’s interest in Alzheimer’s and Diabetes comes from personal experience with her husband who lives with both early stage Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes and a personal friend who lived with type 1 diabetes and early onset of Alzheimer’s and recently died from Alzheimer’s complications at the early age of 55.  Pat and her husband, John, have found the Alzheimer’s Association as a great  source of education and hope for the future cure of Alzheimer’s.

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Jill Knapp

Topic:  Living Well With Type 2 Diabetes

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Jill Knapp is a wife and mother of 3. Since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Jill has lost 100 pounds. It has led her to a new foundation to help others get healthy and fit. Jill's inspiring weight loss story has been featured on the Dr. OZ show, First For Women Magazine, Diabetes Forecast Magazine and in many other publications. She also taped a diabetes documentary last summer that will be on a predominant medical web site in the near future. She is a motivational speaker, sharing the message of living a healthy life style. She speaks at schools, weight loss challenges, after school programs and at women's groups. She is also a diabetes advocate for the American Diabetes Association. To get to know more about Jill, you can visit her web site "Get Up and Get Moving."


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Christiian Lewis, ARNP, BC-ADM

Topics:  1.  Physical Activity with Diabetes     2.  Steroid Use and Diabetes:  Inpatient and Outpatient

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Christiian Lewis, ARNP, specializes in diabetes at the Providence Endocrinology Clinic in Spokane, Washington.  He attended the Gonzaga University Nurse Practitioner Program.   He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and American Diabetes Association.  He is also very involved in the planning committee and medical unit for Camp STIX, a diabetes camp for children with type 1 diabetes

Nadine Mitchell, RDN, RN, BSN, CDE

Topic:  Eating Disorders

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Nadine Mitchell is a Clinical Dietitian and Registered Nurse at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington.  She earned a degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Utah State University in 1993, after which she achieved extra certifications as a Diabetes Educator and then in adult weight management.  Nadine graduated with her nursing degree from Washington State University in May 2016.  The majority of her 24-year career has been spent focused in hospital out-patient nutrition therapy.  Besides diabetes and eating disorders, her other specialties include kidney disease, pediatric and adult weight management, heart disease.  In addition, she often works with people who have celiac disease, food allergies, and any other nutrition-related problem. She is also bilingual Spanish.  Nadine is married. 

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Michael H. Shannon, MD

Topic: Diabetes in Pregnancy:  Detection, Intervention, Prevention

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Michael H. Shannon, MD, is an endocrinologist with Providence Medical Group in Olympia, Washington. He is the Chair of the Endocrine/Diabetes Clinical Advancement Team for Providence Health and Services, a 35-hospital integrated health system. He serves as the Medical Director for Specialties for his region’s Accountable Care Network. He also serves as the lead physician informaticist developing ambulatory medical specialties in EPIC for Providence Health and Services. He is the Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of metadoc.org, a website dedicated to the open source sharing of tools to improve the physician and patient experience in the era of EHRs. Dr. Shannon graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Diego, and then he went on to perform an internal medicine residency, geriatrics fellowship, and endocrinology fellowship at the University of Washington. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. He spent almost 25% of his endocrinology fellowship studying diabetes in pregnancy under Dr. Zane Brown in the Maternal Infant Care Center at the University of Washington. Over the last ten years, he has managed over 100 women with Type 1 Diabetes, and several hundreds more with Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes, in his own practice. He has presented and published papers on diabetes in pregnancy. 

COI: Dr. Shannon is a paid consultant for Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly, and also serves on the 'Speakers Bureau' of Novo Nordisk. He will give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of general drug names will be used rather than using trade names. If an educational material or content includes trade names, then it will accompany the respective generic name and include all available trade names or products or medications. His educational materials (e.g. slides, abstracts, handouts) will not contain any advertising, logos, or product-group messages.

Erin Simms, RDN, CD, CNSC, CDE

Topic:  Challenges in the care of the person with the Dual Diagnosis of Diabetes and Cancer

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Dietitian Erin Simms, RDN, CD, CNSC, CDE, is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist certified in Washington State. She is also a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician and a Certified Diabetic Educator and participates in our Accredited Diabetes Education Program. Simms received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and completed her dietetic internship at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. She works in both our in-patient and out-patient settings, providing individualized Medical Nutrition Therapy as well as supporting the nutrition needs of our Diabetes and Oncology services. Simms has been a CDE for more than 10 years; and also working with outpatient oncology patients for than 5 years helping manage s/e cancer treatment and diabetes in the WhidbeyHealth Medical Center MAC Clinic which is accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

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Bruce Wilson, MD

Topic:  Cardiovascular Outcomes and Diabetes Medication: Choices in Type 2 DM

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Dr Bruce Wilson is an endocrinologist in Richland, WA, and has been specializing in Diabetes and Metabolism for more than 20 years.  He received his medical degree from the University of Washington.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He has been involved in several clinical trials, including the post approval study of  the 'Threshold Suspend Feature' with the Medtronic 530 G insulin pump, and 'Continuing medical education programs being placed under closer scrutiny.'

COI: Dr. Wilson is on the 'Speakers Bureau' of numerous pharmacy companies, including: Merck, Sanofi, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Astra Zeneca, and B I. He will give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of general drug names will be used rather than using trade names. If an educational material or content includes trade names, then it will accompany the respective generic name and include all available trade names or products or medications. His educational materials (e.g. slides, abstracts, handouts) will not contain any advertising, logos, or product-group messages.