One Dietitian, One Nurse Educator and  One Pharmacist will be assigned as the course faculty. 


Cecilia Sauter, MS, RD, CDE, FAADE
Clinical Project Manager, University of Michigan Health System (Ann Arbor, MI)

Cecilia works with the Michigan Primary Care Transformation project (MiPCT), as well as overseeing the Patient Centered Medical Home for all the primary care sites for the Health System. Prior to this, Cecilia was the founder and Director of the Diabetes Education Program at the University of Michigan. She has also worked as a seminar leader across the country and has delivered many presentations at community groups, as well as state and national conferences.

Cecilia was a board member for AADE as well as the Treasurer. Along with Ann Constance, Cecilia authored a book entitled "Inspiring and Supporting Behavior Change: A Food and Nutrition Professional's Counseling Guide." She also wrote a chapter in the book: "When Your Doctor Says Diabetes, A Guide to Regaining Control Over Your Health and Well Being: - Chapter 14: Working with a Dietitian. She also published several articles in peer reviewed journals. When not working, Cecilia enjoys being outdoors in her garden, watching her boys play soccer, or go hiking with her husband and friend.

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Patti Urbanski, MEd, RD, LD, CDE

Certified Diabetes Educator and Clinical Dietitian, St. Luke’s Diabetes Care Program (Duluth, MN)

Patti served on the American Diabetes Association’s Professional Practice Committee in 2012 and 2013, and was a member of the 2013 ADA Nutrition Position Statement Writing Committee. Patti is a past chair of the Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and served as chair of the Professional Practice Committee of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.  In addition, she served on the ADA national Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014. Her work experience includes serving as diabetes program coordinator and educator with a family medicine residency program and hospital-based education program. Patti has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of nutrition and diabetes topics.

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Kim DeCoste, RN, MSN, CDE, FAADE
DSME Accreditation Coordinator, KY Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (Richmond, KY)

Kim has been practicing diabetes education for over 30 years! She currenlty works as part of the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.  Her primary role involves working with health departments and other community partners to increase accredited/recognized DSME programs across the state.  In her private practice, Kim provides diabetes education and prevention classes and has been actively involed in diabetes educator licensure initiatives.  "It's great to see the professional growth of the participants as we work together during the course, and even more fun watching them accomplish career goals when they return home." - Kim DeCoste

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David K. Miller, RN, MSED, BSN, CDE, FAADE
CEO, Health Education and Life Promotion (HELP) (Hope, IN)

David’s experience in management and leadership has allowed him to serve individuals and organizations. David believes that life-long learning is the key to surviving today’s ever-changing environment. David has worked with numerous organizations including the National Council and Licensing Exam (NCLEX) for RN and LPN, Nursing 2000, Indiana University School of Nursing, J.B. Lippincott Publishing Company, Mosby Publishing Company, and the Nurse’s Book Society, and PESI Continuing Education Company.

David has been published in national journals, authored chapters for nursing textbooks, and presented at national conferences. He has experience with both television and radio media.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Ball State University and a Master’s of Science from Indiana University. David currently holds a certification in Medical-Surgical Nursing and is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).

David has developed and directed a hospital-based diabetes education program that has received American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognition by meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management education. He is the past president for the Indiana Central Association of Diabetes Educator and a past Board of Director for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

David works with weight loss centers as well as pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and Amylin Pharmaceuticals. He also works with businesses on employee wellness to reduce their healthcare costs. He also works with organizations and individuals on change and growth.




Condit Steil, PharmD, RPh, CDE
Professor and Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Department, Belmont University School of Pharmacy (Nashville, TN)

Dr. Steil is currently .  His work as a pharmacy educator has been recognized over the years with his active practice in a number of pharmacy settings, traditional and unique, and also with collaborative interdisciplinary team practices.  His long-term interest in chronic disease control over the years of his career led to his work in diabetes care and education.  Through his ability to communicate useful, up to date, practice approaches for improving chronic disease control he worked with other providers to achieve positive outcomes for patients, and present that information to other health care providers.  

"I believe the Core Concepts course provides a pharmacist with a complete update of information in structuring a comprehensive program for diabetes care and education. The attendee will find that they are well prepared to expand their desired patient-centered services and collaborate with other care givers to create a significant upgrade to their practice."

Conflicts Of Interest and Financial Relationships Disclosures:Speaker supported by Nipro, greater than one year ago. Sanofi-Aventis consultant panel within past year.



Curtis Triplitt, PharmD, CDE
Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSCSA) (San Antonio, TX)

Curtis L. Triplitt is  where he oversees many diabetes research projects. In addition, he clinically manages people with diabetes with an endocrinologist at the Texas Diabetes Institute.

Dr. Triplitt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Iowa and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin and the Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed a primary-care residency accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists at the William S. Middleton Veteran Administration’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Triplitt is well respected as a clinician, researcher, and author. He is an investigator in several ongoing research studies related to diabetes, and he has published several book chapters on diabetes, as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Diabetes Care, Diabetes Spectrum, Expert Review of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Pharmacotherapy, and Drugs. Dr. Triplitt is currently Secretary of the Texas Diabetes Council (TDC), which is legislatively mandated to develop and implement a state plan for diabetes treatment, education, and training. The TDC’s mission is also to develop standards of care for the prevention, identification, and treatment of patients with diabetes mellitus in Texas.