As Director of Lifestyle and Nutrition, I have a unique perspective on how individual lifestyle is vital to consider in diabetes education.
Our team at Integrated Diabetes Services is the best at providing education that isn’t just a checklist of information. While you may have heard a few of us speak on podcasts or read our articles in the many online diabetes support communities, it is important to know each of us is unique in what we can provide to best meet an individual need.
Founder and Owner of Integrated Diabetes, Gary Scheiner, set out 30+ years ago, after his own type 1 diagnosis as a young adult, to reach beyond the mainstream education system and provide “more”.
He started small and over the years has been able to set a higher standard for what education should look like – what each education system should be striving to provide. He was nominated as Diabetes Educator of the Year in 2014 and exemplifies, with continual improvement, the need to adapt diabetes education to meet the need because of the changes in technology and what we know about diabetes management.
As a top educator, he has taken this strategy of education further by putting together a team of educators that are each picked for unique abilities to meet the needs of those with diabetes – both type 1 and type 2. Understanding that he can’t provide everything means a team is needed and he is very good at adding to the Integrated team. Our skilled clinicians really have all the angles of what it takes to manage diabetes covered.
Our staff is backed by a knowledgeable administrative team.
From the first call to inquire about service, our front-line office will find the best clinician to meet your unique needs. Each person with diabetes needs to have the best education to meet their goals. Because our administrators know us as clinicians as well as people with diabetes, they have your best interest in mind. They ask specific questions to be able to pair you with someone who has the most knowledge about where to start so you can reach your goals.
We have an awesome team of nurses, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and mental health therapists.
Each has something unique to bring to those who want in-depth, well-rounded, self-management education. Take a closer look at what we have to offer – you’ll find a match that surpasses what you have had thus far!
Alicia’s diverse nursing career has given her experience with a broad range of clients and a variety of health conditions that add a layer of navigation when living with diabetes.
One of her passions is advocating for the needs of her patients, whether it be in overcoming insurance restrictions, obtaining community resources, coordinating with school systems and medical providers, or understanding the mental health impact of living with chronic conditions she is a wealth of knowledge.
She is fantastic working with all pumps and has personal in-depth experience with Tandem.
Tavia has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for over 40 years, she understands that each person’s experiences and needs are unique.
While IDS clinicians work with people all over the world, Tavia is fluent in Spanish – meeting the needs of even more people with diabetes! She strives to be an expert resource on intensive diabetes management options. She enjoys learning about the newest medications, strategies, and technologies available that may help her clients reduce the diabetes burden while improving diabetes self-management skills.
Tavia is an active listener, a passionate expert, and a true advocate for people with diabetes. She can be relied upon to provide strong support for clients facing any life challenge. She has used many insulin delivery systems but has extensive personal experience with Tandem and more recently DIY Loop.
Jennifer has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for over 35 years and has a passion for assisting those who live active lifestyles and want all there is out of life despite diabetes.
She enjoys assisting people with understanding the impact of food and activity on diabetes management. Jennifer takes a special interest in women’s health through all stages of life.
She enjoys working intensively with women in preconception as well as through pregnancy and has written a book on Type 1 Pregnancy as a guide for what to expect. Jenny has been a long-time user of Omnipod and in the past 7 years has used DIY Loop. She provides detailed content in many areas of diabetes management at the Juicebox podcast but has the benefit of years of experience working with this amazing team at Integrated to bolster this level of knowledge.
Dana loves to stay physically active and is committed to the belief that T1D need not slow anyone down. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult which inspired her to go back to school for a degree that moved her towards becoming a diabetes educator to help others with their management.
For almost 20 years, Dana has focused on helping improve patients’ lives through diabetes technology and applied research. She works with all ages but is exceptional when working with teens and college-age students. She has trained patients on every currently available model of insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor and has been involved in over 20 cutting-edge clinical trials related to advanced diabetes and obesity interventions.
After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 33, Terri left her career as a chef and caterer to help other people with diabetes live life as healthy and normally as possible.
she built a successful private practice as a Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist and provided comprehensive diabetes care for every type of person with diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) at every stage of their diabetes experience, including new diagnoses, pregnant women, kids, young adults and the elderly.
In addition to her years of professional experience fine-tuning insulin and medications, Terri has advanced expertise in meal planning, specialized diets, weight management, and the use of all forms of diabetes technology. She has spearheaded our newest offering at Integrated Diabetes for weight management – Downsizing with Diabetes. Living in Hawaii, she is able to offer convenient afternoon/evening hours for people living on the US mainland.
Kathryn was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes at the age of twelve. She managed her diabetes independently from the get-go, switching from multiple daily injections to pump therapy to a hybrid closed loop system most recently.
She began her career in diabetes as an exercise physiology intern/diabetes educator in training at Integrated Diabetes Services in 2019. Along the way, she has studied the effects of various forms of exercise on glucose levels and enjoys developing basic and advanced exercise prescriptions for patients.
Anna Sabino has been living with T1D for over 30 years and proudly offers expert emotional health counseling for children, adults, and families with T1D.
She has a dual degree in psychology and child and family studies, and her areas of expertise include family dynamics, crisis management, anxiety, depression, burnout, and post-traumatic stress.
Anna’s greatest passion is helping individuals and families build a sense of confidence and comfort with their diabetes management. She has nearly 20 years of experience creating and overseeing youth and family programs with organizations such as the College Diabetes Network (Diabetes Link), International Diabetes Federation, American Diabetes Association, and the T1D Exchange.
Kristi was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000 and has specialized in the mental and emotional aspects of diabetes since that time.
She is passionate about empowering those living with diabetes to live their fullest life possible and builds on the strengths of those she works with. Kristi incorporates enthusiasm and a great sense of humor, as she employs a real-life, practical approach to optimizing life with diabetes. Kristi has had the privilege to speak on state and national platforms, advocating and educating about the mental and emotional aspects of diabetes. She is also fluent in Spanish and has much experience working with those who struggle with disordered eating and diabetes management.
Integrated Diabetes Services, Director of Lifestyle and Nutrition.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Biology from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Registered (and Licensed) Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Trainer on most makes/models of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems.