Diabetes Educator
AADE Award Winner

Theresa Garnero is an accomplished diabetes nurse educator, author and cartoonist.

She is a health entertainer dedicated to facilitating the humor-health connection by combining her science and artistic talents to promote a positive laugh-learn experience. Author and illustrator of “Your First Year with Diabetes” and “DIABETease, a lighter look at the serious subject of diabetes,” Theresa is a former national diabetes educator of the year, awarded by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). She is a current has-been and continues to dream about possibilities. Diabetes Cartoons

Her official credentials are APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE, which means a lot of school time! She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management, with a Master of Science in Nursing, and Certified Diabetes Educator. Theresa has over 20 years experience as a nurse having cared for people with diabetes in most situations. She is a tireless champion of diabetes education causes and innovative approaches to help the diabetes community.

Highlights! In 2009, Garnero garnered 3 national awards for her interactive book, “Your First Year with Diabetes” published by the American Diabetes Association! Learn more.

For 2010, Dance Out Diabetes, a non-profit organization aimed at preventing and managing diabetes through dance will officially launch under her leadership.

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2010 Award-Winner in the Health Organizer & Planner category of the 2010 International Book Awards for "Your First Year with Diabetes"
2010 Women In Government Foundation, Inc. cartoonist (National Diabetes Task Force Meeting)
2009 Founder, President and CEO of Dance Out Diabetes (officially a 5013c as of 12/11/09!)
2009 Manuscript reviewer for The Diabetes Educator
2009 International Society for Humor Studies member
2009 Board of Director, Diabetes ANd Gays — DANG Foundation
2007 American Institute of Graphic Design member
2007 Caring.com columnist
2007 Nurse Manager, Center for Diabetes Services at California Pacific Medical Center, S.F., CA
2006 San Francisco Bay Area chapter of AADE (SFBAADE) member
2005 Logo, iconography, symbols consultant for diabetes education/industry
2004 Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor gold member
2004 dLife columnist/cartoonist
2003 Defeat Diabetes Foundation columnist & cartoonist

  Current and not so distant achievements
2009 Board of Director, American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)
2009 Ben Franklin Book Awards finalist, National Health Information Silver Award, USA Book News Best Books Award winner for “Your First Year with Diabetes”
2009 Frameline anti-tobacco campaign for LGBT community “Queer as Smoke”
2008 Global Winner of Inspired by Diabetes, Healthcare Entry
2008 “Your First Year with Diabetes” published by the American Diabetes Association
2008 AADE Professional Development Committee
2006-2007 Director of Diabetes Services, Washington Hospital, Fremont, CA ( ADA certification in 9 months)
2006 San Francisco Comedy College graduate
2005 President of the California Central Coast Chapter of AADE (member since its inception)
2005 Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Nurse of the Year nominee
2004-2007 Diabetes Healthmonitor cartoonist
2004 Allene Van Son Award for best diabetes education tool (cartoons from DIABETease)
2004 Diabetes Educator of the Year (AADE)
2003 Self-published “DIABETease: A lighter look at the serious subject of diabetes”
2003-2006 Illustrator/graphic designer/writer of a 10–series JCAHO education alert for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula staff
2002-2005 Nursing Insight Editor-in-Chief, a Community Hospital quarterly nursing journal
2000-2003 Diabetes Interview cartoonist
1997-2001 Nursing Insight co-editor, writer, cartoonist

“Laughing lowers glucose and cholesterol- except when eating French fries!”

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