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Stephen Freed, R.Ph., Diabetes Educator, Publisher

steveStephen Freed, a registered pharmacist and diabetes educator, is the founder and publisher of Diabetes In Control. He is dedicated to advancing diabetes care for patients, physicians, pharmacists, and nurses. Steve has worked with many physicians helping them manage their diabetes patients. He has been president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, is a certified pump trainer, and has developed and presented CE/CME programs for AADE.

Steve is the producer of the Know Your Healthy Steps Program for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes which is used by over 500,000 patients and published in five languages. He also produced the 5hr CD Program, “Secrets to Normal Blood Sugars,” a treatment protocol for normalizing blood sugars using Dr. Richard K. Bernstein’s (author of the Diabetes Solution and The Diabetes Diet) philosophy that “Every patient with diabetes is entitled to the same blood sugars as a person without diabetes.”

Steve can be reached at publisher@diabetesincontrol.com.

David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA, Editor-in-Chief

daveDave Joffe is Editor-in-chief of the Diabetes In Control e-newsletter and website. A graduate of University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, he has practiced in the Tampa Bay area since 1986, has been providing diabetes and cardiovascular care in Tampa Bay since 1995, and spent 2 years as an Eckerd Patient Care Pharmacist managing over 100 diabetes patients. Dave currently sees patients in over 30 primary care and endocrinologists offices.

He is Past-President of the Florida West Coast Educators Association, Past-President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and past-president of the AADE Pump Specialty Practice Group. Dave is a Certified Insulin Pump Trainer for Medtronic, Animas, and Insulet. He is a certified CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring system) trainer, and has delivered CE to over 20,000 medical professionals. Dave has also developed diabetes projects for the Sweet Bay Grocery Chain and Pharmacy in the Tampa Bay area, and sees patients in private practice and for insulin pump management.

Dave can be reached at editor@diabetesincontrol.com.

Joy Pape, MSN, FNP-C, CDE, WOCN, CFCN, FAADE, Associate Medical Editor

joy_pape Clinical Nurse Practitioner, CDE, Comprehensive Weight Control Center, Weill Cornell Medical College; President of EnJoy Life! Health Consulting, New York City, NY; co-author of the Real-Life Guide to Diabetes; Immediate Past President for the Metropolitan New York Association of the American Diabetes Association of Diabetes Educators (MNYADE). As an internationally known family nurse practitioner (FNP) and certified diabetes educator (CDE), Joy Pape specializes in diabetes, weight management, home blood pressure monitoring, sleep, and foot care. She is the co-author of the Real-Life Guide to Diabetes (The American Diabetes Association). She writes for several national magazines, is a dynamic national motivational presenter for both health-care professionals and the general public, and is a partner of Laugh it Off! a health edutainment team. Joy says, “Most important is that I still see patients. That is my passion…to connect with my patients so that together we can help them reach their optimum health.

Maryanne Ackershoek, PhD, Managing Editor

MA pic Maryanne has extensive experience in writing and editing with a PhD in English from Brown University. She has worked on many email publications and websites spanning over a 20 year career in web development. Her expertise in content management, website taxonomy and categorization as well as email analysis, testing and improvement will help the Diabetes In Control website and enewsletters grow to their full potential.


Monica Dennis, Production Assistant

monica-dennisMonica has been a journalist, writer, and editor for over 20 years, putting a special focus on diabetes both professionally, as the former managing editor of a consumer-focused diabetes website, and personally, as the wife of a person with type 2 and the mother of two children with prediabetes. She brings to the role of Production Assistant at Diabetes in Control over a decade of specialized experience in medical writing, content management, and consulting, balanced not only by an understanding of direct marketing but by training in social service and hospital settings as well.

Monica holds a B.A. in English from Longwood College (now University) in Farmville, VA, and has completed coursework for an M.A. in Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

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