Diabetes Social Media Advocacy is pleased to announce the addition of 4 new team members Gary Scheiner MS, CDE, Beatriz Domínguez , Christina “KiKi” Rodríguez and Andrea Bradley. We want to continue to provide excellent service, programs and support to the diabetes community and having Gary, Beatriz, Christina and Andrea joining the DSMA Team will help us with our mission.
Gary Scheiner MS, CDE
Gary Scheiner is owner and Clinical Director of Integrated Diabetes Services (www.integrateddiabetes.com), a practice located just outside of Philadelphia specializing in intensive blood glucose control and advanced education for children and adults. He and his staff of diabetes educators provide consultations throughout the world via phone and the internet. Gary also serves as “Dean” of Type-1 University (www.type1university.com), an online school of higher learning for insulin users.
Gary has had Type-1 diabetes for more than 25 years. He has received several awards for his work in the field of diabetes self-management education. He has written four books (including “Think Like A Pancreas”) and more than 100 articles on various topics in diabetes care. He also lectures nationally and internationally for people with diabetes and health care professionals.
Gary earned a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Benedictine University. He received his diabetes training with the Joslin Diabetes Center. Gary is certified to train on all models of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, and has worn each one personally. He serves as a Board of Directors Officer for the Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association and the faculty of Children With Diabetes. He is an active volunteer for the ADA, JDRF and Setebaid Diabetes Camps.
Bea has lived with Type 2 Diabetes since 2001 and was advocating for the cause years before, when she lost her father due to heart complications; it was a matter of letting her loss destroy her or make her a better person. Her life changed when she discovered TuDiabetes.org in 2001 and she now loves being part of the Diabetes Online Community and learning more about her condition and other types; she believes the best way to be self-aware is sharing and helping others. Bea likes to laugh about diabetes and she believes it’s a blessing in disguise. Bea is a born and raised Colombian who lives north of Chicago. She blogs at CrankyPancreas.com.
Bea is new to the DSMA Advisory Board and co-host for DSMA Live en Español.
Andrea was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on May 1, 1996. Her brother was diagnosed with type 1 in 2003. His struggle with diabetes led her to the diabetes online community. She began blogging and advocating for people with diabetes.
When she’s not spending time with her two boys-she’s busy crafting, designing diabetes awareness jewelry, tweeting, shopping for shoes and drinking way too much Diet Pepsi.
Andrea is the Administrative Assistant for Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA).
Christina “Kiki” Rodríguez
Christina Elizabeth Rodríguez is a Mexican American journalist, writer and acts as the editorial director for Extra Bilingual Newspaper in metropolitan Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Media with a master’s degree in journalism.
Rodríguez started her writing career at Café Media in 2008 as an intern turned staff member. Along with writing, she developed a much needed skill set in digital and social media platforms, encountering the world of marketing and its importance to publications online and offline alike.
In 2010, Rodríguez wrote for Arte y Vida Chicago, developed a social media strategy for RatioNation.com, edited the Fly Paper, an underground Hip-Hop publication, and lent her writing skills to public relations work for Christopher House, a nonprofit organization.
In 2011 Rodríguez was appointed as the editorial director for Extra, where she is in charge of all editorial content, including the weekly e-newsletter and social media outlets. In addition, she continues to freelance on a monthly basis for clients such as VidaLexus.com and EmpleosCB.com, a Latino branch of Career Builder.
Most recently, Rodríguez helped found Pícaro Media, a full-service media company committed to creating authentic compelling content for the New Generation Latino living in the mainstream world, where she is the head of business development among a team of seven.
In addition, Rodríguez hosts a blog on ChicagoNOW dedicated to diabetes and has been a guest blogger on Latinos in Social Media’s Salud Saturdays. Recently, she has been featured on Poco a Poco radio for her diabetes activism and has partaken in Proyecto Latina’s Reportera Series writing about diabetes among Latinas.
Kiki joined the DSMA team as co-host of DSMA Live en Español.