Speakers

Derick Adams, Ana Bastos de Carvalho, Jane Dickinson, Laura Hieronymus, Chlodys Johnstone, Alba Morales Pozzo, Kristina Naseman, Karen Playforth, William Polonsky, Dee Sawyer, Sheri Setser, Katy Walker

Derick Adams, DO

Assistant Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Kentucky
UK HealthCare and Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Adams attended medical school at the Ohio University of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens. He completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Kentucky. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He also serves as the fellowship director of the endocrinology fellowship and is co-chair of the Inpatient Glycemic Control Committee at the University of Kentucky. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. He is also is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist and has completed Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasonography.

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Ana Bastos de Carvalho, MD

Clinical Instructor, Medical Retina Fellowship
Co-Director, Co-Founder, University of Kentucky Global Ophthalmology Program (UK GO)
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
University of Kentucky

Ana Bastos de Carvalho, M.D., is a full-time instructor at the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Kentucky. She is a medical retina fellow and the co-director of the Global Ophthalmology division. She also works with Dr. Eric Higgins to optimize and expand the department’s teleretinal screening network, comprised of 45 sites state-wide where diabetic retinopathy screening is provided.

Dr. Carvalho attended medical school and completed an ophthalmology residency at the Lisbon Medical School, in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2011, she joined the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky to conduct post-doctoral research in age-related macular degeneration. She subsequently joined the clinical faculty at the department in 2017 to complete a medical retina fellowship.

Dr. Carvalho is actively involved in research, mainly focusing on implementation of screening for retinal diseases, and has contributed numerous original papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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Jane Dickinson, PhD, RN, CDE

Lecturer
Teachers College of Columbia University
Program Director of the Master of Science
Diabetes Education and Management
Columbia University
New York, New York

Jane Dickinson is a nurse and certified diabetes educator. She has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1975. Jane is the Program Director and faculty for the online Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management at Teachers College, Columbia University. Jane served as the Director of Clinical Services and Education at the Barton Center for Diabetes Education prior to moving to Colorado in 1998. She developed, implemented, and oversaw a hospital-based outpatient diabetes education program until 2011, when she began her current position at Teachers College, Columbia University. She continues to provide diabetes education to patients, families, and community members. Jane is passionate about the language of diabetes and the impact messages have on people living with diabetes. She has published articles, frequently speaks about, and conducts research on the impact of language on people with diabetes. Jane was the lead author on the joint paper, The Use of Language in Diabetes Care and Education, published by AADE and ADA in late 2017, and she was named 2019 Diabetes Educator of the Year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Jane maintains a blog about everyday diabetes topics, and participates in diabetes-related social media. She lives in northwest Colorado with her husband and teen-age son and daughter.

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Laura Hieronymus, DNP, MSEd, RN, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE

Associate Director
Education & Quality Services
UK HealthCare Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Laura Hieronymus earned her doctor of nursing practice degree, a master’s degree in allied health and education, and bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She is board-certified in advanced diabetes management, a master licensed diabetes educator, as well as a certified diabetes educator. Laura is also a fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. She served as diabetes educator of the year for the American Association of Diabetes Educators in 2006-2007.

She is Editor for Practical Diabetology and Contributing Editor for Diabetes Self-Management (MadavorMedia) as well as Associate Editor for Diabetes Spectrum, a peer-reviewed journal from the American Diabetes Association. She serves as Adjunct Associate Professor for the UK College of Nursing.

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Chlodys Johnstone, PA-C

APP Supervisor
Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Chlodys Johnstone, PA-C, is the APP supervisor at The Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Studies Program.

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Alba Morales Pozzo, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
College of Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Alba E. Morales Pozzo received her medical degree at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras and then completed a residency at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Fla. She then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida.

Dr. Morales is currently working as faculty in the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, which is part of the UK Healthcare system.

Dr. Morales Pozzo is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Endocrinology.

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Kristina Naseman, Pharm.D., MPH, BCACP, CDE

Clinical Pharmacist
UK HealthCare
Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Kristina Naseman received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy. She then completed a Post-Graduate Year One Pharmacy Practice Residency at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Kristina is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator. Additionally, Kristina obtained a Master in Public Health degree from The Ohio State University. Kristina currently practices with UK HealthCare with the inpatient diabetes service team, The Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, and Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her interests include population health, diabetes prevention, and diabetes in pregnancy.

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Karen Playforth, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Kentucky
College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Karen Playforth joined UK HealthCare from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, where she had been since 2001. During her time at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, she completed a residency and fellowship and went on to work as an OB-GYN attending physician.

Prior to that, Playforth completed her undergraduate work at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., and received her medical degree from the UK College of Medicine.

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William Polonsky, PhD, CDE

President, Behavioral Diabetes Institute
Associate Clinical Professor
University of California
San Diego, California

Dr. Polonsky is President and Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization wholly dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Polonsky received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as Senior Psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, he received the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Richard R. Rubin Award for distinguished contributions to behavioral medicine and psychology.

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Dee Sawyer, MS, APRN, MLDE, AGCNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE

Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist
Inpatient Diabetes Education Coordinator
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dee Sawyer, MS, APRN, MLDE, AGCNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE is a diabetes clinical nurse specialist at UK HealthCare. She has been involved in diabetes care, education, and research for over 35 years. As a clinical nurse specialist, she is involved in system level changes and assuring best practice for clinical care of hospitalized patients with diabetes and dysglycemia. In addition, she manages the inpatient diabetes education service in alliance with the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Education Center.

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Sheri Setser, MS, RD, LD, MLDE, CDE

Diabetes Education Services Coordinator
UK HealthCare Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Sheri Setser-Legg is a registered dietitian with over twenty years of experience and a certified diabetes educator for over 15 years. She completed her undergraduate degree at Morehead State University with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics. Sheri attended the University of Kentucky for her graduate work, earning an MS in Exercise Physiology. Sheri worked in adult endocrinology for as a diabetes educator for sixteen years prior to her current role as Diabetes Education Services Coordinator.

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Katy Walker, MSW

Clinical Social Worker
Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Katy Walker is a social worker at Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center (BBDC) who serves both adult and pediatric patients. Her primary role is to work with patients and their families to address non-medical barriers that hinder the management of diabetes. After working as a social worker in many roles, Katy specializes in the management of social, emotional, and mental factors that are integral to a patient's overall well-being as is the medical care they receive.

Katy’s career focus is helping families across the state of Kentucky, working alongside Child Protective Services to treat high-risk families by providing therapy to children in foster care, and most recently, helping families manage the secondary issues that come along with having a chronic disease. Katy’s expertise includes to provision of mental health treatment that focuses on managing chronic illness in an effort to increase treatment outcomes.

Katy holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. Katy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is also a Licensed Diabetes Educator (LDE) in the state of Kentucky.

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