Teen Boot Camp Faculty
Matthew Corcoran, MD
Diabetes Training Camp, Founder • Director and CEO Chairman, Diabetes Training Camp Foundation • DTC Medical Team
ACSM Exercise Specialist 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 also a certified diabetes educator, as well as a certified exercise specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Currently, he is medical director of Endocrinology at the Atlanticare Health System in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
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.”
Anita N. Swamy, MD Pediatric Endocrinology
DTC Medical Team
Anita Swamy, MD, CCDC Medical Director and Program Co-Director is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist, and is recognized as one of Chicago’s leading pediatric diabetes care physicians. As Medical Director, Dr. Swamy oversees care delivered to patients, as well as physician outreach activities such as “Dinner with your Doc.”
A board-certified endocrinologist on staff at Lurie children’s hospital , Dr. Swamy is a passionate advocate for pediatric diabetes and a highly sought speaker who frequently trains volunteers in Chicago Public Schools as part of a state-mandate. The daughter of a father with diabetes, Dr. Swamy knows education is a vital a tool in the fight against this complex disease.
Dr. Swamy completed a pediatric endocrinology fellowship at institutions known for their pediatric diabetes programs: University of Texas Health Science Center and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals.
She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Virginia in 2005 after earning a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University in 2002.
Dr. Swamy sees patients at La Rabida’s main campus in Chicago, as well as facilities in New Lenox and Northwest Indiana.
Kristi Paguio, LMSW
DTC Medical Team
Kristi Paguio, LMSW, is a psychotherapist specializing in mental health and endocrinology. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University in 2002. Kristi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Liberty University in 1997. Kristi has been working in the field of diabetes since 2007 and has had the privilege of working with people across the lifespan who are impacted by diabetes. Kristi works in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she has been developing and pioneering behavioral health services within the adult diabetes/endocrinology service line since 2013. Kristi is also fluent in Spanish and values coordinated interdisciplinary care that is culturally competent and compassionate to diverse populations.
Kristi was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000 and has had an interest in the mental and emotional aspects of diabetes since that time. Kristi has been a camper twice at DTC and found each camp to be a life-changing experience both personally and professionally. Kristi is passionate about empowering those living with diabetes to live their fullest life possible, and enjoys building on the strengths of those she works with. Kristi incorporates enthusiasm and a great sense of humor, as she employs a real-life, practical approach to optimizing life with diabetes.
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.
Carrie Cheadle, MA, CC-AASP
DTC Mental Skills Coach
Carrie Cheadle lives in Northern California and is a Mental Skills Coach and Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP). She is also author of the book “On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance.” Carrie is one of the foremost experts specializing in Mental Skills Training for athletes and exercisers with Type 1 diabetes. Throughout her career she has dedicated herself to helping athletes of all ages and abilities perform to their potential. She has worked with high school and collegiate athletes as well as elite and professional athletes competing at national and international levels.
A popular source for media, Carrie has been interviewed for publications such as Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Outside Magazine, Runner’s World, Bicycling Magazine, and Huffington Post. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Sonoma State University, California and her master’s degree in sport psychology at John. F. Kennedy University, California where she now serves as adjunct faculty teaching graduate classes for the Sport Psychology program.
Carrie is energetic, fun, has a great sense of humor, and employs a real-life approach to working on the mental aspects of sport and performance with the people she works with. Carrie has her own personal commitment to life-long fitness and when she isn’t working with athletes, you might find her running a trail or hitting the slopes on her snowboard.
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.
DTC Medical Education Team & DTC Nutrition Team
Lindsay Friedman currently lives in Plymouth Meeting, PA. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Lindsay works for Medtronic where she has the great opportunity of working with others who have diabetes and teaching them how to best manage and live a healthy lifestyle. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 25 years ago. Lindsay is very passionate about living an active lifestyle, which is why she studied sports nutrition and has worked with athletes in the past.
When she is not working Lindsay enjoys being with friends and family and finding new and fun ways to be active. She loves the beach and the summertime as well as baking, shopping and finding new restaurants, though she has Celiac disease so sometimes this is an interesting challenge. Though living with diabetes can have its challenges, Lindsay is committed to be my best every day to find the positive and joys in life.
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.
Melissa Hope Gaynor, RDN, CDE
DTC Medical Team & DTC Nutrition Team
Melissa is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) who has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 11. She is the Program Coordinator for NYU Lutheran’s recently launched Pediatric Diabetes Center in Brooklyn, New York. She is responsible for creating and developing the center’s educational programs and providing patient care. Melissa has a passion for helping others manage and thrive with type 1.
Before her career in healthcare, Melissa worked in media and played guitar in an indie rock band. When a close friend was diagnosed with diabetes she realized her passion for nutrition and diabetes education. She supported her friend, “practiced what she preached”, improved her own control, and lost 30lbs in the process. She went on to become an RDN and CDE and was eventually hired as the pediatric nutritionist and diabetes educator at the same practice where she was first diagnosed!
Melissa went from being a camp alumnus to a part of the DTC nutrition staff in 2016. Using what she’s learned at camp, she is a committed gym rat (5-6 times per week), where she enjoys spin, boot camp, HIIT training, running, and more. When she’s not at the gym, you can find this ‘indie rocker-turned-athlete’ and educator listening to live music, attending comedy shows, or drinking wine and eating pizza on the couch with her husband. Melissa believes the key to a healthy lifestyle is balance!
DTC Administrative Team
Jody has been working with Diabetes Training Camp for the past five years. The DTC community has become an important part of her life and her extended family. In her role, she helps manage and plan camps year round. Jody also recently joined the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation staff leading marketing, PR and branding. She is very passionate about growing Diabetes Training Camp and offering DTC’s unique services to more people. She is a graduate of the Syracuse University Newhouse School and worked in corporate communications, marketing and public relations at Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies for 18 years. She recently started her own consulting business, Cook Communications Group, and specializes in integrated communications.
Jody has loved all sports since she was very young. She excelled at team sports growing up and as an adult has mostly concentrated her efforts on running. She has completed 2 marathons and many half marathons and is a huge fan of the runner’s high. She also participated in the 100 mile JDRF Ride for a Cure. She’d like to begin training and competing in sprint triathlons in the next couple of years. She and her husband, Matt and their sons Brennan and Finn, live in Margate City, NJ.
DTC Administrative Team
Sharon has been living with Type I since 1979 and continues to be amazed at not only how well she can live with the disease but seeing how many other people are thriving as well! This eye-opening exposure is entirely due to DTC. Prior to her first DTC camper experience Sharon had very little interaction with other Type I’s and couldn’t ever remember spending time with another Type I athlete. After her second camp Sharon has become a dedicated advocate and amateur educator- happily answering people’s questions about ‘what’s that on your arm (Dexcom)’ and life with Type 1 in general. She was delighted to join the DTC administration staff in 2016.
Sharon participates in whatever sports strike her interest. She’s completed multiple sprint triathlons, a few half marathons (even though she doesn’t consider herself a runner) and is now moving back to biking, especially long distance rides like the JDRF century ride on Amelia Island in the fall. In addition to that she’s an avid (and sometimes frustrated) golfer who loves to get the benefit of walking the course while playing. She counts her husband Andy as her biggest supporter and champion and loves taking long walks with him and their precious pooch Paisley.
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