Speakers we are honored to have at 2017 WADE Annual Educational Conference


Beverly Adler, PhD, CDE

Dr. Adler is a clinical psychologist, certified diabetes educator, author and speaker. Known as "Dr. Bev" to her patients she sees in her private practice in Baldwin, New York.  In addition to discussing issues of diabetes management, therapy focuses on processing feelings of denial, depression, anger, guilt, stress and anxiety. Utilizing a cognitive-behavioral orientation, she provides individual, family, and group therapy sessions. She has published two books which include insightful lessons of empowerment written by successful men and women with diabetes.  She has had type 1 diabetes for 40 years.  "My own personal philosophy is to take control of my diabetes and not let diabetes control my life.  My focus strongly endorses empowering the lives of people with diabetes."

 Therese Alden.jpg

Therese Alden, RD, CDE

Therese Alden is a registered dietitian with specialty training in diabetes management and education. A certified pump trainer, Therese has a thorough knowledge of all insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, and she enjoys helping her patients learn to use them to manage and improve blood glucose levels. Therese understands that everyone starts in a different place with his or her diabetes. She is here to coach and guide you as you begin to take control of your diabetes.


Mandeep Brar, MD

Dr. Brar is an Endocrinology specialist in Tacoma, Washington.  having over 14 years of diverse experience, especially in Endocrinology.  She completed a Residency at Charles R Drew University in Los Angeles, and a Fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. She is a board-certified endocrinologist who specializes in treatment of thyroid diseases including thyroid cancer and Grave’s disease, pituitary and adrenal disorders, and osteoporosis. Dr. Brar has experience in state of-the-art management of diabetes mellitus. She also specializes in management of insulin pumps for patients with Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Brar believes in providing high quality and evidenced based care tailored to optimize outcomes for each patient.  She is affiliated with many hospitals including St Clare Hospital, St Anthony Hospital, Tacoma General Allenmore Hospital, St Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Mandeep Brar also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including Franciscan Medical Group.


Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO

Dr. Chous has a practice specializing in diabetes eye care and education in Tacoma, WA. He developed type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, and proliferative diabetic retinopathy that required extensive laser treatment at the age of 21. He was fortunate to receive early diagnosis and effective treatment from his eye doctors (both an optometrist and an ophthalmologist) and maintains excellent vision to this day. Paul has authored more than 100 papers and a book on diabetes-related eye disease, and lectures frequently about diabetes to other eye doctors in the U.S. and internationally.

He currently serves on the Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry & Dentistry (PPOD) Work Group of the National Diabetes Education Program, as Vice President of the Ocular Nutrition Society, as a consultant to multiple diabetes and eye care companies, and was Principal Investigator of the Diabetes Visual Function Supplement Study (DiVFuSS), a randomized controlled clinical trial investigating the effects of diabetes on visual function in patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.


Christine Fisher, RD, CDE

Christine Fisher is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with additional advanced certification in insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). She has experience working with patients with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes, and patients with associated nutritional issues, including kidney disease, hypertension and high cholesterol. Christine cares for the whole person. She meets patients where they are, providing the tools and encouragement to help them manage their disease and improve their  


Emily Fleury 2016.bmp

Emily Fleury, BS

As the Director of Health Training and Community Wellness at INHS (Inland Northwest Health Services), Emily Fleury helps the community become and stay healthy every day. Emily has worked at INHS for the past 14 years developing and implementing hundreds of education programs for the community, worksites, and healthcare professionals. "One of the things I enjoy most about the Step UP and Go coalition, is that it is a collaboration of members with different backgrounds and expertise coming together to help the community. I enjoy being on a team that helps our community members succeed at taking steps to a healthier future."


 Steve Freed.jpg

Steve Freed, RPh, CDE

Stephen Freed, a registered pharmacist and diabetes educator, is the founder and publisher of Diabetes In Control. He is dedicated to advancing diabetes care for patients, physicians, pharmacists, and nurses. Steve has worked with many physicians helping them manage their diabetes patients. He has been president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, is a certified pump trainer, and has developed and presented CE/CME programs for AADE.


Michael Klaper, MD

Dr. Klaper is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher and sought-after speaker on diet and health.  He has practiced medicine for more than 40
years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine.  Dr. Klaper is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition as well as numerous health videos. The premise of his website, DoctorKlaper.com, is 'Where Nutrition Meets Modern Medicine'.   He currently serves on the staff of the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, a nutritionally-based medical clinic specializing in therapeutic fasting and health improvement through a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Dr. Michael Klaper is licensed to practice medicine in California and Hawaii. 

Alvaro Lucioni.jpg

Alvaro Lucioni, MD

Dr. Lucioni is a Urology Specialist in Federal Way, Washington. He is a provider in the urology department at the Federal Way Virginia Mason Medical Center.  His areas of expertise include urinary incontinence (female and male), pelvic organ prolapse, voiding dysfunction, pelvic floor reconstruction, neuro-urology, uro-dynamics, erectile dysfunction, sexual health, kidney stones and urinary diversion.  His list of publications is extensive and includes articles, abstracts and book chapters.  He sums up his philosophy on patient care by saying "I believe in spending as much time as necessary in listening, teaching and helping my patients.  It is through a strong relationship with my patients that I can best help."

A Norene Photo, WADE.jpg

Amy Norene, MA, LMHC

Amy Noreen is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). She has worked at The Emily Program for four years as Therapist, Clinical Lead and running the Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Disorders Program. She specializes in treating trauma, mood disorders and ADHD which are common with people who have an eating disorder and is also is also a licensed supervisor in the state of Washington. At The Emily Program, a nationally recognized organization offering inpatient and outpatient treatment for eating disorders, she collaborates with a team of specialists including other therapists, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators and psychiatrists as well as outside professionals. 

Amy earned her Master’s Degree in counseling psychology from Argosy University in Seattle. She is also a certified Intuitive Eating Professional and has additional training in Lifespan Integration Therapy, ACT, somatic psychology and art and movement therapies, all of which she integrates into her work with clients. Before joining The Emily Program, Amy had a private practice, worked in the correctional system as a mental health professional and coached individuals for an organization development company. 

peggy compressed.jpg

Peggy Odegard, PharmD, CDE, FASCP, RPh

Peggy Soule Odegard earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington (UW) in 1990 and her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the UW in 1985. She is a Professor and Associated Dean for Professional Pharmacy Education at the University of Washington, School of Pharmacy, where her teaching and research emphasize diabetes and pharmacy practices-based interventions. Dr. Odegard has published over 75 refereed manuscripts, chapters, and abstracts; and is recognized nationally for her expertise in diabetes, inter-professional education, and collaborative practice training. She was a co-author of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) consensus statement 'Diabetes in Older Adults,' published in Diabetes Care and in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in 2012.

Dr. Odegard has continued her work at the front lines as a pharmacist and certified diabetes educator (CDE) throughout her career. She started her work in a community-based chain pharmacy; then in a health system practice; and currently works as a CDE and Clinical Pharmacist in an outpatient diabetes care clinic and through community outreach to older adults.


jennifer Okemah.jpg

Jennifer Okemah, MS, RD, CD, BC-ADM, CDE

Jennifer Okemah is the director of the Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center at the Western Washington Medical Group (WWMG). She is board certified in advanced diabetes management, a certified diabetes educator (CDE), and a certified insulin pump trainer for every FDA approved device, and certified as a sports specialist - dietetics. The WWMG Diabetes Program has 4 (soon to be 5) locations. Their team of diabetes educators are at a variety of skill levels. Jennifer believes in opening up avenues to create more CDE's. She has a passion in teaching critical thinking and spends a lot of time training other diabetes educators with the goal of positioning our field as solid team members in the changing world of medicine.


lisa randall.bmp

Lisa Randall, RD, LD, CDE

Lisa Randall received her degree in nutrition from Oregon State University and completed her dietetic internship at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN. Lisa has practiced in the field of nutrition for 29 years and has been a certified diabetes educator for 9 years. Lisa is the clinical coordinator for the INHS Community Wellness Center. Lisa has received both her Level 1 and Level 2 Certification of Training in Adult Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lisa received the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Community Practice Award for Excellence in 2011. 


Carrie Swift.jpg

Carrie Swift, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE

Carrie S. Swift is a Certified Diabetes Educator at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. She received her BS in Food Science/Human Nutrition and MS in Human Nutrition from Washington State University.  Carrie has been a CDE since 1990 and became board certified in advanced diabetes management in 2003.

Carrie was a co-author of - Management of Diabetes in Long-term Care and Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) published in 2016. She authored the nutrition therapy chapter in Diabetes Management in Long-Term Settings published by the ADA in 2014. Carrie was also a co-author of the ADA consensus statement Diabetes in Older Adults published in Diabetes Care in 2012.

Carrie was recognized as Diabetes Educator of the Year by Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group in 2013 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.   

Craig taplin.jpg

Craig E Taplin, MD

Dr. Taplin specializes in pediatrics and endocrinology and is on staff at Seattle Children's Hospital. His clinical interests include type 1 diabetes, exercise and type 1 diabetes in children, prevention of hypoglycemia during and after exercise, growth and thyroid disorders.  He is board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology and General Pediatrics. "As a pediatrician I was drawn to endocrinology because, the vast majority of the time, we deal with clinical issues related to growth and physical development -- and there is nothing more fundamental to child health than those two things!  My goal for every child is for them to feel they can fulfill every hope and dream without letting a chronic disease get in the way."

Nicole Treanor, MS, RD, CD, CDE

Nicole Treanor is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with specialty training in diabetes education. She works in the diabetes education program at CHI Franciscan Health.  She believes that it is important to get to know each patient in order to provide individualized education. “Everyone has their own story and it is my job to help encourage patients to make choices to improve their health and manage their diabetes.” She loves food and enjoys cooking, and is always looking to both learn and share new tips with patients. Nicole empowers patients to take care of their diabetes and helps them understand that diabetes education is a time for sharing and learning, without judgment.

Stacey Trogdon, RD, CDE

Stacey Trogdon is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She currently works at the Emily Program in Spokane, Washington.  The Emily Program is a nationally recognized program offering outpatient and inpatient treatment for eating disorders. Stacey combines her skills as a Certified Diabetes Educator and Eating Disorder Dietitian to promote a unique shift from rigid rules and regimens to a mind body approach that provides strategies and insights that work to normalize her clients relationship with food while promoting optimal glucose management. Stacey also worked for 5 years at the INHS Diabetes Education Center in Spokane. She received her degree in dietetics from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Washington in Seattle. Stacey has been practicing in the dietetics field for over 20 years with a diverse portfolio of experience including clinical dietetics, private practice, diabetes education and corporate wellness consulting. Her private practice experience included freelance writing, corporate wellness and sports nutrition.

jim turner.gif

Jim Turner - Co-Host Dlife TV

Jim Turner is an actor, writer and producer that is probably best known for his role on the HBO comedy series ARLI$$, as the ex-football star turned agent Kirby Carlisle. He has a long list of TV and movie credits that include Greys Anatomy, Big Bang Theory, Granite Flats, Young & the Restless, Boston Legal, and many others. Jim is also the Co-host of dLife TV.  He has had Type 1 diabetes since 1970.  Jim enjoys sharing his personal stories with others who relate: "Everybody that knows me has heard 100 different stories about diabetes - decisions I've made, things I've done during insulin reactions. Some are really funny and some are really scary. I relish the opportunity to tell those stories." He recently started a small video production company with the crew he uses to make his dLife videos. They call themselves Pillbox and their collective work can be seen at youtube.com/pillboxchannel.  

wysham, carol_color_11-07_web.jpg

Carol Wysham, MD

Dr. Wysham is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is Section Head of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Rockwood Clinic in Spokane, Washington. Her current areas of research interest include reduction of CVD risk in type 2 diabetes and improving delivery of care for diabetes. She has conducted numerous trials for the National Institute of Health including the ACCORD Trial and the AIM-High Trial. She is a member of the American Diabetes Association and The Endocrine Society and a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology and The American College of Physicians.

Conflict of Interest and Financial Relationships Disclosures:


Paul Chous, MD - speakers bureau for Alcon, Regeneron, ZeaVision, VSP, Consultant for ZeaVision, Konan Medical, Risk Medical Solutions

Jennifer Okemah, RD, BC-ADM, CDE - speakers bureau for Dexcom, Sanofi Aventis. Consultant for Medtronic, OmniPod, Animas

Carol Wysham, MD - speakers bureau and consultant for Astra Zeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi Aventis

Craig Taplin, MD -Honoraria from JDRF for development of exercise/TID education curriculum