12/30/08 ~ Kerri Morrone Sparling, Columnist~Diabetes Blogger

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will interview Kerri Morrone Sparling, Columnist and Diabetes Blogger.

Kerri Morrone Sparling



Diagnosed in 1986, Kerri Morrone Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 22 years.  After searching online for other people who were living with diabetes and finding very few kindred spirits, she decided to start her own diabetes website and was one of the first few diabetes bloggers in the country.  Now Kerri is one of the top bloggers in the diabetes space, writing daily at Six Until Me.  In addition to her diabetes blog, Kerri is also a columnist at several diabetes websites, including dLife, diaTribe, and contributes to other leading diabetes publications.

In addition to her passion for diabetes advocacy, Kerri is also a full-time editor and community leader at a diabetes media company located in Westport, CT.  She is actively involved with several advocacy organizations and works tirelessly to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes.  “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me,” she says, “and I want to help other feel less alone with this disease.”

Outside of the diabetes realm, Kerri is a die-hard Red Sox fan, budding photographer, and a fitness enthusiast.  Recently married and looking forward to starting a family, Kerri lives with her husband Chris in western Connecticut.

Photo Above:  Kerri Morrone Sparling

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12/30/08 ~ Kerri Morrone Sparling, Columnist~Diabetes Blogger

12/23/08 ~ Thomas Dayspring, M.D., FACP North Jersey Institute of Menopausal Lipidology

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will interview Dr. Thomas Dayspring, North Jersey Institute of Menopausal Lipidology, Newark, N.J


Thomas Dayspring, MD, FACP

Director: North Jersey Institute of Menopausal Lipidology

Dr. Thomas Dayspring is a diplomate of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Clinical Lipidology. He is also a certified menopause practitioner by the North American Menopause Society. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School and is an attending in Medicine at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson and Wayne, NJ.  His private medical practice of 33 years is currently limited to consulting patients with complex lipid disorders.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Heart Association Council on Atherosclerosis and several other organizations. He is a board member of the Northeast Chapter of the National Lipid Association and is listed in the Guide to America’s Top Physicians. He is a faculty member of the Master’s of Lipidology Course offered by the National Lipid Association and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Lipidology.

He is one of the most requested speakers in the United States with expertise on atherothrombosis, lipoprotein and vascular biology, advanced lipoprotein testing, and the CV effects of estrogen and selective estrogen receptor modulation. Dr. Dayspring has given over 2500 lectures, including over 700 hospital and medical school grand rounds, large CME programs in all 50 states and multiple other speaking venues such as teleconferences and web casts during the last eleven years.

He is the author of a chapter on cholesterol synthesis, absorption and excretion in the 2008 textbook, Therapeutic Lipidology as well as several articles relating to lipids and lipoproteins including their pharmacologic modulation and their relationship to gender, estrogen and raloxifene. He also authors “Lipidaholics Anonymous” a biweekly newsletter received by several thousand healthcare professionals. He is a Power Point expert and has created multiple animated slides, including CME CDs, relating to all aspects of lipidology and atherosclerosis.

Photo Above:  Dr. Thomas Dayspring

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12/23/08 ~ Thomas Dayspring, M.D., FACP North Jersey Institute of Menopausal Lipidology

12/16/08 ~ Dr. Charles R. Egoville, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will interview Dr. Charles R. Egoville, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Charles R. Egoville, M.D., F.C.C.P.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicial


Following my graduation from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Denistry, I trained at Philadelphia General Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  I subsequently practiced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas for 35 years.

My particular interests include the treatment of asthma, performing diagnostic and therapeutic fiberoptic bronchoscopy, and the care and management of critically ill patients in the intensive care unit.  I also enjoyed the opportunity to teach medical studies and internal medicine residents.
Dr. Egoville is currently Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at the Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, New Jersey.

Photo Above:  Dr. Charles R. Egoville

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12/16/08 ~ Dr. Charles R. Egoville, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine


12/09/08 ~ Diabetes Living Today® ~ No Sugar Added™ Open Forum with Chris Mischler aka “Mr. T”

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will have an Open Forum. Chris Mischler will be joining them via phone from Milwaukee to talk about his unique way of fundraising to support Diabetes Research. Listener’s are invited to call in with their questions and comments. 


Until a couple of months ago, Chris Mischler, 29, was just a regular guy. Then, what innocently began as a fundraising challenge at his company, Fullhouse Interactive in Milwaukee, has the blond-haired, Nicholas Cage look-alike transforming himself into renowned bad-boy celebrity Mr. T, complete with a black Mohawk, multiple piercings on his ears, layers of chains and – soon to come – a tattoo.

The size of that tattoo, however, depends upon how much money Mischler raises. Since late September, Mischler has been challenging his co-workers, friends and family to raise money to support the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. As he’s reached certain fundraising targets, he’s gotten another step closer to becoming a full-blown Mr. T look-alike. Having raised almost $3,600 to date, he is up to Phase 5 in his nine-phase plan. *Should he reach his ultimate goal of $100,000, he will sport a full A-Team collage tattoo across his back. 

Mischler, who lost his father to diabetes, never thought about getting a tattoo so it came as a shock to those who know him. “I was never really against tattoos, there was just never anything important enough to me to permanently brand my body with. Now, maybe I’ve found something.”

What came as a shock to Mischler is how his transformation into Mr. T has transformed his life as he knew it, particularly in the way people react to him. “I used to be almost invisible, now I’m far from it. I get looks from people, they try to avoid me, and they think I’m this tough guy when I’m really not that way at all,” explains the single web developer, who says it’s also had an effect on his ability to meet women.

“They certainly have a first impression of me and ask themselves can they really date a guy with this kind of hair,” Mischler says. Now he’s met someone online-who had a chance to see his before and after photos!

Another fundraising event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 26th at the Fifth Ward Pub, 814 S. 2nd St. Starting at 5 p.m. All donations to Chris Mischler’s Mr. T challenge support The Diabetes Research Institute

* Chris Mischler’s 9-Phase Plan of Transformation

>> Phase 1: $100 Grew a beard

>> Phase 2: $200 Dyed my (blond) hair black

>> Phase 3: $300 Shaved the Mr. T mohawk

>> Phase 4: $500 Got an ear piercing, and an additional piercing for every $50 (up to 6)

>> Phase 5: $2,500 First-level of the tattoo challenge: small “I Pity The Fool!” arm tattoo

>> Phase 6: $7,500 by Nov 23, 2008 A portrait of Mr. T above the text “I Pity The Fool!”

>> Phase 7: $20,000 The size of the tattoo doubles, to take up most of my upper arm

>> Phase 8: $50,000 An A-Team collage ‘quarter-sleeve’ tattoo

>> Phase 9: $100,000 A full A-Team collage tattoo on my back

Photo Above: Chris Mischler Before and After

Chris Mischler is on a mission to transform himself into “Mr. T” to support

The Diabetes Research Institute

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12/09/08 ~ Diabetes Living Today® ~ No Sugar Added™ Open Forum with Chris Mischler aka “Mr. T”


12/02/08 ~ Joe Martinez, Pharmacist & Type 1 Diabetic

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will interview Joe Martinez, Pharmacist and Type 1 Diabetic.

Joe Martinez

Joe Martinez has had diabetes for over 16 years. He is a pharmacist, diabetic educator and insulin-pump using diabetic. The first two years he was on varying oral medications. He then progressed to injectable glargine insulin and quickly added rapid-acting insulin injections to his therapy regimen.

He considers himself in good control now using an insulin-pump with rapid-acting insulin and meal-time injections of pramlintide. Joe’s A1C numbers usually range from 6.3 to 6.7 depending on the time on year and how much traveling he does for work.

Joe and his wife Michele have three sons and live in the Princeton area of New Jersey. He enjoys coaching his son’s basketball team. Joe feels that he’s in better shape now with diabetes, than he was 25 years ago without diabetes. He takes the time to eat better, exercise more (he can do better here) and maintains a positive outlook on life.

Diabetes runs in Joe’s family. Both his grandmother’s were diabetic, as well as, his father is a Type 2 diabetic. One day he brought a glucose monitor home to show his father how to use it. After a Sunday meal of ravioli, broccoli and garlic bread, his father’s sugar level was 144 and Joe’s was 253. A quick trip to the doctors office and it was confirmed – diabetes.

At first, Joe couldn’t believe it. The reality of it slowly sank in. He then wanted to know as much about the disease as possible. His motivation was that someday, he wanted to run around with his grandchildren, with his own two legs and not in a wheel chair. Joe often says that he’s in better shape now, than he was 25 years ago – just making lemonade when you’re given lemons!

“It’s not what happens to you but how you respond that the key”. Joe is constantly talking to doctors and other health care professionals about the need for “appropriate therapy for the appropriate patient” in diabetes management.

In addition, he tries to personalize the diabetes patient to people who may not have an awareness of what the challenges of diabetes therapy are and how the disease will progress. Joe believes that one day their will be a cure for diabetes and he works to be part of the solution.

Photo Above: Joe Martinez

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12/02/08 ~ Joe Martinez, Pharmacist & Type 1 Diabetic

11/11/08 ~ Greg Bauer, Type 1 Diabetic

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will interview Greg Bauer, Type One Diabetic

Greg Bauer

Greg Bauer is a 34 year old sales representative who works for a Bio-Pharmaceutical company covering Philadelphia and Southern Jersey; his sales focus is on diabetes management. He has been working in the Diabetes industry for 5 years. He began his career selling insulin pumps and then moved to Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. who market two medications that help treat both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It was not by chance that Greg found himself working in the Diabetes industry; it was a choice he made. Greg has a special inertest in helping people with Diabetes; he has had Type 1 for over 20 years.

He remembers the day that he was diagnosed like it was yesterday. “I had all of the classic symptoms of the disease: unquenching thirst, frequent urination, lack of energy and losing weight. I remember asking my Dad if something was wrong with me.” He said, “Why do you ask?” I told him, “I LOVED WATER and could not get enough of it.” My Dad didn’t know how to respond so to be on the safe side he scheduled an appointment with my family doctor. When they tested my blood glucose it read “HIGH”. We were sitting in my doctor’s office when he told me that I had Diabetes; I remember thinking that I was going to die! Needless to say my life changed forever on June 7, 1988.

Growing up with a disease like Diabetes presented a number of challenges for me and family. For example, low blood glucose, high blood glucose, trips to the hospital, poor control, better control, and now great control – last 4 A1C’s under 6.5! Throughout my 20 years of living this disease I have experienced it all, the highs of success and blood glucose, the lows and severe hypoglycemia.

When people discover that I have Diabetes the typical response is, “I feel bad for you or that stinks.” My response is always the same, “I feel fortunate that I have a manageable disease, that does take a lot of discipline, but that’s fine with me.” There are so many other unmanageable diseases that are killing people everyday. I was told that I would be able to live a “normal” life; that helped me keep focus.

Most importantly, I truly believe that we are all dealt a hand in life; what you choose to do with that hand is up to the individual person. Diabetes was one of the cards that were dealt to me; with the help of my support system of family and friends, I am able to manage the ups and downs of the disease to live a normal life. I currently live in West Chester, Pennsylvania with my wife, Valerie, and our dog, Hana. We enjoy traveling and spending time with our family and friends.

Photo Above: Greg Bauer

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11/11/08 ~ Greg Bauer, Type 1 Diabetic




11/25/08 ~ Amy Tenderich, “DiabetesMine”

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will interview Amy Tenderich, founder of DiabetesMine.

Amy Tenderich

Amy Tenderich is a journalist, book author and Health 2.0 expert based in San Francisco, CA. She began her career as a journalist, and has experience in magazine editing, marketing and PR. Following two stints overseas and 13 years of communications work in the Silicon Valley technology industry, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in May 2003, and subsequently launched DiabetesMine.comTM, “a gold mine of straight talk and encouragement for people living with diabetes” – for which she recently received the Lilly for Life Achievement AwardTM for diabetes journalism.

DiabetesMine.com is now considered the best-read diabetes blog in the country, and ranks in the Top 10 of the World’s Top Blogs in Health & Medicine on the Health Care100 Index. Amy and DiabetesMine.com have been featured in Newsweek, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the UK Guardian, NPR’s Future Tense, TechCrunch, and a number of other influential blogs and publications.

Amy is also Community Manager of a new social networking site for diabetics called DiabeticConnect.com.

She recently collaborated with Dr. Richard Jackson, a leading physician from Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, to co-author the book, “Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes” – hailed as the first-ever straightforward guidebook providing a clear strategy for living well with diabetes and avoiding the long-term health damage it can cause.

As Co-Founder of TnT Initiatives, LLC, Amy is a regular contributor to a number of leading diabetes publications, and provides consulting services to pharmaceutical companies and healthcare technology innovators.

She holds a B.A. in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach, and an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Photo Above: Amy Tenderich

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11/25/08 ~ Amy Tenderich, “DiabetesMine”

11/18/08 ~ Dr. Andrew R. Schwartz

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will interview Dr. Andrew R. Schwartz.

Dr. Andrew R. Schwartz

I have been an active medical practitioner for over 40 years with training in infectious diseases, internal medicine, and geriatrics.

I have served abroad in the tropics with the United States Army and as the Post Surgeon at the Army Biological Warfare Laboratories. Subsequent to that I have been in the practice of internal medicine, infectious diseases, and geriatrics and academic medicine first at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia where I was Professor of Medicine and Microbiology until 1980, and subsequently in private practice here in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

My interests obviously lie in the three areas listed above (internal medicine, infectious diseases, and geriatrics) and in this vein I have had the opportunity to come across patients who suffer from diabetes mellitus and its complications in multiple ways.

Photo Above: Dr. Andrew R. Schwartz

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11/18/08 ~ Dr. Andrew R. Schwartz

11/04/08 ~ Kathleen McDonald, Nurse Practitioner

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will interview Kathleen McDonald, Nurse Practitioner.

Kathleen McDonald, MSN, APRN, BC-ADM,CDE

Kathleen McDonald, MSN, APRN, BC-ADM,CDE, is a Certified Diabetes Educator(CDE) and Certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health, Gerontology, and Advanced Diabetes Management (ADM).

Kathleen received her RN degree from the Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Camden in 1973, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from the University of the State of New York in1983. Kathleen completed her Masters of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Nursing Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program in 1985.

Ms. McDonald is board certified as a Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health (1985), Gerontology (1986), and Advanced Diabetes Management (2002) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Additionally she is credentialed as a Certified Diabetes Educator by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators since 1986.

Kathleen was the 1999 recipient of the Garden State Association of Diabetes Educators’ Diabetes Educator of the Year award.

Since 2003, Kathleen is in private practice with a physician in Cherry Hill, NJ where she is responsible for the medical /metabolic management and diabetes self management education of a cohort of adult patients in the sub acute, long term, and primary care settings. Previous positions include National Project Director of a national Diabetes Quality Improvement Study with 65 certified diabetes educators nationwide; Diabetes Nurse Practitioner/Education Specialist-Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Nurse Practitioner Diabetes Services-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, and a 16 year practice in Voorhees, NJ, with a physician where she was responsible for medical management and diabetes self management education of adult patients with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Kathleen is a past president of the Garden State Association of Diabetes Educators and the New Jersey State Nurses Association Forum of Nurses in Advanced Practice and a former chair of the Professional Education Committee of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Ms. McDonald has given professional presentations on Diabetes Education and Management on a state (New Jersey State Nurses Association (New York State Nurses Association) and national level (American Association of Diabetes Educators).

Kathleen has published numerous articles on diabetes management and education for both consumers and health care professionals. She most recently was a coauthor of an educational module for baccalaureate nursing faculty on Assessment and Management of Type 2 Diabetes in Older Adults for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium.

Photo Above: Kathleen McDonald

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11/04/08 ~ Kathleen McDonald, Nurse Practitioner


10/28/08 ~ The Diabetes Research Institute Diabetes 2.0 Update Open Forum

This week Kitty and Dr. Fallon will have an Open Forum. The two will be talking about the Diabetes Research Institute Diabetes 2.0 Conference that they will be attending in New York City on Saturday, October 25, 2008. They will be taking your phone calls and answering your questions on Diabetes. Listener’s are invited to call in with their questions and comments. 

Photo Above: Dr. Joseph J. Fallon, Jr. & Kitty Castellini

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10/28/08 ~ The Diabetes Research Institute Diabetes 2.0 Update Open Forum