DTC Medical Team

Matthew Corcoran, MD

Matthew Corcoran, MD

Diabetes Training Camp, Founder • Director and CEO Chairman, Diabetes Training Camp Foundation • DTC Medical Team

Dr. Matt Corcoran graduated from Boston College and earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine before moving to the University of Chicago Hospitals to complete his internship and residency in internal medicine and fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism. He subsequently joined the University of Chicago's Department of Medicine as an Assistant Professor, directing the endocrinology clinic, diabetes education program and the insulin pump/continuous glucose monitoring clinic. Dr. Corcoran is board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a certified diabetes educator and currently, he is medical director of Endocrinology at Shore Physicians Group in Somers Point, NJ

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Throughout his career, Dr. Matt has worked with persons with diabetes in reaching their fitness and athletic goals. His clinical experience has made him keenly aware of the needs of those with diabetes when it comes to counsel on diabetes, exercise and sports. Dr. Corcoran has taken that experience and applied it in his daily practice, as well as in his previous consulting roles with amateur, collegiate, and Olympic athletes with diabetes, as well as in his work as an adjunct faculty member with the world-renowned Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas.

Additional experience in national leadership roles include serving on the research and writing committee for the National Athletic Trainer Association's Position Stand on working with the Athlete with Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association's Council on Exercise. These experiences, coupled with his clinical expertise, have honed his awareness of the specialized needs of exercisers and athletes with diabetes, and fueled his passion for giving them tools for managing the complexities of their diabetes, exercise, training, and competition.

An athlete himself, Dr. Corcoran is a gifted speaker and teacher committed to advocacy for people with diabetes.  He is on the board of the directors for the South Jersey JDRF chapter and is the chairman of the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation board.  Matt, and his wife Jody, live in Margate City, NJ with their two boys, Brennan and Finn.

“I have been privileged through my work with the Diabetes Training Camp to meet an amazing array of inspirational people with diabetes who challenge it on a daily basis. By bringing medicine and exercise science together, we can make it easier for everyone with diabetes to stay on top of their game."

JJ Linder, MD

JJ Linder, MD

DTC Medical Team, Medical Lead

JJ was diagnosed with T1 diabetes in his last year of college, just a couple of months before starting medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He first attended DTC as a camper in 2009 and has since joined the staff as medical lead. He is thrilled to join the DTC staff because he had so much fun at camp, made lifelong friendships with staff and other campers and learned so much sustainable and valuable information about managing his diabetes that he wanted to be at camp every single year.

JJ has worked as an Emergency Medicine Physician for last 16 years and is currently working in the ER’s at Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, both in suburban Phoenix, AZ.

JJ’s wife Nina and kids Kara and Luke are the center of his life. He loves being with his family, RV camping,, traveling to his kids fencing tournaments, woodworking, learning to weld, cycling and short triathlons.

He also makes a point to say that he loves the DTC community because they have been life changing and have been a great support network of motivated successful people with diabetes.

FUN FACT about JJ – When he retires he wants to raise alfalfa hay, travel in a motor home just exploring America and collecting stories.

Fran Damian, MS, RN NEA-BC

Fran Damian, MS, RN NEA-BC

DTC Medical Team

Fran has lived north of Boston her entire life. She received her master’s degree in nursing administration from Northeastern university and works as the Nursing Director in the Emergency Department at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Fran was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her early 30’s. About 10 years after that, her father died from complications of Type 1. In an effort to honor her father and support diabetes research, she began participating in fundraising events with the ADA. She participated in 2 full and 6 half marathon’s to benefit diabetes research. The past 5 years she has participated in the ADA New England Classic 150 mile two day bike ride to support research and also to financially assist families of children with type 1 diabetes attend Camp Carefree in New Hampshire.

Fran has been a camper at DTC twice and has found each experience to enrich her life through the education, access to expert resources, and lasting relationships developed with campers and staff. She enjoys all kinds of exercise and learning about new ways to enhance health and wellness.

Robert Powell, PhD, CDE, CEP

Robert Powell, PhD, CDE, CEP

DTC Medical Team/Exercise Physiology & Coaching and Fitness Team, Cycling Coach

Robert Powell joined the DTC team in 2013. He is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology and the Director of the Diabetes Exercise Center at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Recently, he has become the Faculty Coordinator/Coach of the Marshall University Cycling Club to promote both recreational riding and collegiate racing.

Prior to this, Rob worked at the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute (UPDI) for 9 years as a Manager and Researcher for community based programs involving diabetes, obesity and physical activity. During the latter part of his time there, he worked as a diabetes educator in the primary care setting. Throughout his years with UPDI, Rob received both his MS and his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Rob also holds the credentials of Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), ACSM, Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) and NSCA, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Licensed USA Cycling Coach.

Rob’s professional ambition is to enhance the promotion of exercise as a therapeutic modality to the diabetes population and to educate both students and healthcare professionals on the role of exercise in diabetes management.

Rob has a personal passion for exercise. In the warmer months, you can usually find him cycling, running or kayaking. When snow falls, he likes to strap on the skis and snowshoes. However, when he is not working or playing solo, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful boys, Preston and Evan.

Lyndsay Gregerson

Lyndsay Gregerson

DTC Medical Education Team & DTC Nutrition Team

Lyndsay Gregerson's passion to advocate wellness in those living with diabetes comes from her personal experience of having type 1 diabetes diagnosed at the age of three. It’s this first-hand experience and awareness of the importance of diet and exercise on her own health that served as a catalyst for her career in dietetics while focusing on diabetes.

After earning a bachelor of science in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Lyndsay completed her dietetic internship at Loyola University-Chicago, and went on to become a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. In 2008 she achieved certification as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Lyndsay worked as a diabetes educator in Chicago from 2005-2011, gaining experience thru holding several roles in the diabetes field. Since 2011, she has worked as a Diabetes Clinical Manager for Medtronic Diabetes, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lyndsay’s drive for not letting type 1 diabetes “get in the way” is evident with her participation in endurance sports. She has completed 2 Ironman triathlons( a 140.6 mile race), 3 half-ironman distance triathlons, 3 marathons, and several half-marathons and sprint/Olympic triathlons. Also known as 'Lil Herc', she has skated with the Brewcity Bruisers (Milwaukee Roller Derby) for 2 years. When she is not training, she enjoys traveling, concerts, any outdoor activity, and cooking.

Beth Wicklund, MD

Beth Wicklund, MD

DTC Medical Team & Exercise Physiology Team

Beth is an ER doctor in Minneapolis.  She has had diabetes for 24 years, and is a DTC alum.  She likes to see patients with diabetes at work, and pass on some of the advice she learned at DTC.  Beth loves to travel.  She has been to every continent except Australia, which she hopes to cross off the list soon.  She loves to visit art museums and sculpture parks all over the world.  Her favorite places are Japan, India, Scandinavia, and Mexico.  When not at work or traveling, Beth loves to knit, garden, and work out.  She has run 6 marathons and hopes to someday qualify for the Boston marathon. She also likes to paddle-board on Minnesota lakes, and ski in the winter—both cross country and downhill.  Her greatest athletic achievement was winning an off-road triathlon, consisting of paddle-boarding, trail running, and mountain biking

Kenilia Ventura, MD

Kenilia Ventura, MD

DTC Medical Team

Kenilia was born and raised in Cuba. She moved to South Florida while attending high school and went on to study Medicine at Universidad Iberoamericana, in the Dominican Republic. After finishing medical school she relocated to New Jersey where she completed her Residency Training in Internal Medicine and where she currently works as a hospitalist. Kenilia will be starting a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Rochester this July. She first attended DTC last year as part of the medical team and the experience changed her perspective of what living with Diabetes is. She felt in love with the DTC community and what it embodies.

Being a mom to Alejandro, her 4 ½ year old son and a wife to Jose is what she takes the most pride in.  On her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling and getting to know new cultures. Kenilia is looking forward to meeting this year’s campers and getting to know their stories.

Jennifer Farestad, NP-C

Jennifer Farestad, NP-C

DTC Medical Team

Jennifer Farestad is a Nurse Practitioner for the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Jenn is a graduate of Maryville University and has spent her nursing career taking care of the hospitals sickest patients in the ICU.

For the past 23 years, Jenn has taught Lifeguarding for the American Red Cross at Jersey Swim Club in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

Jenn has a large family of 8 children blended to perfection. In her spare time you will find her planning her next vacation adventure or playing softball.

Megan Robinson, RDN

Megan Robinson, RDN

DTC Medical Team & DTC Nutrition Team

Megan Robinson has been a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) since 1994 and has worked at The Children Hospital of Philadelphia for the past 16 years. She is a Board Certified Specialist Sports Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, specializing in sports nutrition, cardiovascular health, and diabetes education. Megan is a prolific writer for Philly.com; has been published in numerous nutrition journals; and, has presented at local and national conferences on sports nutrition and diabetes. She received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics at the University of Vermont and Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology at West Chester University.

Megan has been a competitive track and cross-country runner since high school and has competed in numerous long distance races, multiple marathons, including the Boston Marathon. She coaches distance runners and triathletes of all levels and her expertise in sports nutrition, diabetes and running makes her an exceptional counselor for both aspiring and accomplished athletes with diabetes.

When Megan is not running, she is cheering on her two teenage boys during their sporting events. She also enjoys balancing her life with yoga, travel and spending time with her family.

Liz Maxwell-Schmidt, MS, MD, FAAEP, FACEP

Liz Maxwell-Schmidt, MS, MD, FAAEP, FACEP

DTC Medical Team & Exercise Physiology Team

Liz graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology and MS in Biology, and a MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine, a member of the American Board of Physician Specialists, where she is a lead inspector of the Emergency Medicine Graduate Training Programs in hospitals across the United States.

Nine years ago, Liz learned she was a borderline diabetic.  Five years ago, she started on an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor for T1DM. As a full time practicing Emergency Medicine physician at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD for the past 29 years, “Dr Max” knows how to treat diabetic emergencies, but as a new type 1, Liz searched for how to live daily with diabetes.

For two summers as a DTC camper, Liz has found the information, inspiration, support/fun, and experience to put the theory of practice into personal action.  In short, “T1DM is not who I am, but how I live a full and productive life”.  At DTC, Liz started in the Couch to 5K program, and has since run in 5Ks, 10Ks, and completed a 100-mile JDRF bicycle ride.  Liz encourages participants to think of DTC as going to University, where “you get to figure you out” from the knowledgeable medical education team both inside the classroom and outside in Sweat Ed.  A special bonus is learning from other campers, as everyone has something to share, and cultivating relationships that last long after camp.

Liz’s husband Steve and her son, Charles, are the cornerstones of her support. 

She enjoys traveling, bike riding, gardening, finding low carb cooking hacks, and listening to country, jazz, and symphonic music. “Dr Max” is looking forward to being on the DTC medical support team for the 2nd year and helping campers discover their own goals and embrace their own sweetness. 

Molly Wagman, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE

Molly Wagman, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE

DTC Medical Team & DTC Nutrition Team

Molly was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 9 years old and has been interested in how food and activity affect her diabetes ever since. Having diabetes inspired Molly to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified

Diabetes Educator. She currently works as an educator for Dexcom and an insulin pump trainer for Tandem Diabetes. Molly first came to DTC as a camper in 2009 and is thrilled to be here as a staff member. Since her first experience with DTC, Molly has successfully completed several multi-sport endurance races and loves finding ways to make nutrition and exercise simple and enjoyable. When she1s not outside hiking or running, you can find her in the kitchen creating delicious, fun, and healthy recipes!

 Thomas Crassas, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CEAS

Thomas Crassas, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CEAS

DTC Medical Team

Thomas attended U of Maryland and received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.  He continued his education at GW University where he received his Masters of Science Degree in Physical Therapy and went on to Shenandoah University to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Once practicing physical therapy, he received several specialty certifications. 

He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Sports and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has consulted with clients nationally and internationally to work at creating a physical therapy program that addresses the root cause of their problem. He also became interested in understanding why patients end up with unexplained chronic pain and how nutrition can impact their pain.  In order to better understand this relationship, he pursued further education through the University of Western States and became certified in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.

He works at bridging the gap between physical therapy and nutrition in order to serve each patient’s individual needs and find the root cause of their problem. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, doing outdoor activities, working out, and volunteering in the community.

Jenna Stephens

Jenna Stephens

DTC Medical & Exercise Physiology Team

Jenna joined the Diabetes Training Camp team in 2017. She recently graduated with her M.S. in Clinical Exercise Science from Marshall University, and is currently working as an exercise physiologist in the field of diabetes.  In her free time, she strives to get outdoors enjoy the beauty of her home state of West Virginia.  Whether it be hiking, kayaking, or snowboarding- sign her up! 

Recently, Jenna began a new endeavor as a fitness instructor and has found a new love for teaching.  She has a strong enthusiasm about health and overall wellness, and looks forward to working as part of the DTC medical staff!

Ann McCarthy, RN, MSN

Ann McCarthy, RN, MSN

DTC Medical & Exercise Physiology Team

 Ann has been active all her life playing volleyball, basketball and running.  With her first two pregnancies, she was diagnosed with diet-controlled gestational diabetes.  In her third pregnancy, she became insulin-dependent and was diagnosed with type 1 after her delivery. The irony is that she is a Nurse-Midwife and had been providing prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum and gynecological care for over a decade before her diagnosis and had never seen someone with diabetes in pregnancy progress to type 1.  Knowing only one person with type 1, a childhood friend, she reached out to ask how to keep up her active lifestyle while managing this imposing chronic illness.  As one of the very first campers, her friend whole-heartedly recommended DTC. Ann attended DTC in 2018 and with her new found diabetes tribe and expanded knowledge, she trained for and completed her first sprint triathlon and first full marathon.  She cannot wait to return to camp as a staff member!  When not catching babies, working in the office or exercising, she’s off running around with her three very active kids, husband and Bernese Mountain Dog in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Teresa Andreone, MD, PhD

Teresa Andreone, MD, PhD

DTC Medical & Exercise Physiology Team

Teresa Andreone, MD, PhD is Med Peds trained and is currently a Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine on faculty at St Louis University and an Attending in the PICU at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.  Her PhD is in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa and she has cloned two genes important in the regulation of blood glucose. She has also done research on an enzyme important in the death of pancreatic beta cells. Diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes in 1969, this year of 2019, she celebrates 50 years of Living Well with diabetes.  This is her 24th year as Medical Director of ADA Camp Korelitz, a week-long residential camp for children and teens 8 to 16 years. with Type 1 Diabetes.   She is blessed to have completed several marathons before her maniacal running left her with bone-on-bone knees.  She is a 6-year alumnus of DTC, and gives all the credit to Rick and Grant and Jon and Paul to helping her to complete the Long Sprint Triathlon event with no problem!  She is super excited to transition to be a member of the DTC Medical Team.

Denyse Gallagher, APRN-BC, CDE

Denyse Gallagher, APRN-BC, CDE

DTC Medical Team

Denyse has been a nurse for 31 years and she became a certified diabetes educator in 2009. She has family members with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and so she is passionate in wanting to help others live a long and healthy life while managing their diabetes. Denyse enjoys spending time with friends and family, she loves to cook and entertain and enjoys staying active and spending time on the beach in Margate where she grew up. Denyse is a part of Shore Physicians Endocrinology Group, practicing in Northfield and Mays Landing. She is devoted to the well-being of her patient’s and strives to develop long lasting relationships with them.

Ashley Juzwiak, RN

Ashley Juzwiak, RN

DTC Medical Team

Ashley is a registered nurse at Shore Physicians Group, Endocrinology department. Ashley loves where she works and works for a pretty cool doctor (Dr. Matt). Ashley’s goal is to get her certification in diabetes education. Before getting her RN, she worked as an LPN for 3 years.  Prior to that, she was a swim coach for 4 years. This will be Ashley’s 5th DTC camp, starting as a babysitter for the Corcoran boys and joining the staff the last 3 years. Ashley is excited to continue being a part of the medical team.

Coaching & education for all levels of exercisers and athletes with diabetes.

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