ADVISORY BOARD 2015-Q4

ADVISORY BOARD

  •  OLIVIA BLALOCK, MS, RD, LDN, CPT
    OLIVIA BLALOCK, MS, RD, LDN, CPT, is a registered dietician and Certified Product Trainer for the Endocrinology Center of SWLA, where she is part of a team that includes endocrinologists, nurse practitioners (NP), and dieticians. Olivia is one of the office's 2 pump/CGM trainers and works with the physicians and NPs to provide and manage pump therapy. She also provides diabetes education for all stages and for all ages. She supports the practice's diabetes self-management education program, serves as a hospital consultant for in-patient diabetes education, and provides outpatient consults in medical nutrition therapy.
  • GENEVA KENNEDY
    GENEVA KENNEDY, CPT, is a Certified Product Trainer (CPT) for Medtronic, based in Kentucky. For the past 11 years, she has worked collaboratively with the medical team at a large endocrinology practice. Her work for Medtronic includes helping to identify patients with T1D and type 2 diabetes (T2D) who are candidates for pump therapy, and providing support for insurance processes, pre-pump training, pump therapy Initiation, and ongoing training.
  • ELIZABETH (BETH) NARDACCI, MS, FNP-BC, CDE
    ELIZABETH (BETH) NARDACCI, MS, FNP-BC, CDE, guest editor of this issue of In the Know, is a family nurse practitioner at Capital Region Diabetes and Endocrine Care in Albany, New York. Her special interests include diabetes technologies, including professional and personal CGM and insulin pump therapy, chronic kidney disease, and renal transplantation. She is a principal investigator in the OpT2mise international pivotal trial for use of insulin pump therapy in type 2 diabetes (T2D). Beth serves as an advisor to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Task Force on Continuous Glucose Monitoring. She was a recipient of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Inspiration Award and has made numerous presentations and published clinical papers on diabetes technologies. Please send your feedback about the issue to IntheKnow@medtronic.com.
  •  REBECCA RAY, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
    REBECCA RAY, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, is a nurse practitioner at Endocrine Specialists, a large endocrine practice with 3 different locations in Ohio and Michigan. She is licensed in both states, and also certified as a Medtronic insulin pump trainer. Becca's focus is on the management of T1D and T2D in adolescents and adults. She is passionate about empowering patients to gain control of their chronic conditions for better outcomes and happier, healthier lives. Becca is a regional director for the Ohio Association of Advanced Nurse Practitioners and has been recognized multiple times for excellence in nursing and patient care.
  • TERRI YEAGER, MSN, CRNP, CDE, BC-ADM
    TERRI YEAGER, MSN, CRNP, CDE, BC-ADM, is a district clinical supervisor with Medtronic Diabetes working in the Western Pennsylvania and Western New York areas. She has worked for many years in pediatric and adult diabetes and has served as a clinical coordinator for various diabetes and endocrine research studies. During her tenure as a diabetes educator, she has published and presented at local education programs as well as at the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting. Terri is proud to be a nearly 15-year employee of Medtronic Diabetes, where she was one of the initial field clinical staff and has had the opportunity to work with many healthcare providers and individuals who have diabetes.