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Our Story

T1D Toolkit is the vision of Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, a nurse practitioner, certified diabetes educator, and most importantly, the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes (T1D).  Her belief that there should be no monopoly on diabetes education has lead to  the development of this evidenced-based, easy to use website.  It was designed to complement the diabetes education provided in clinic, and developed in partnership with pediatric endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators, dietitians, psychologists, artists, graphic designers, people with T1D, and parents of children with T1D of all ages. Below you can meet the T1DToolkit team.

Online Education Team

Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, PhD

Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, PhD, ARNP, CDE, is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida, College of Medicine. She transitioned from a career as a marketing executive at Southwest Airlines to one in diabetes research and clinical care…View More

Angelina Bernier, MD

Angelina Bernier is a pediatric endocrinologist who specializes in pediatric diabetes and obesity.  She completed her college and medical training at of the University of Florida and remained for Pediatric Residency, and Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship. View More

Cynthia Kemp

Cynthia Ayris Kemp is a research coordinator for diabetes studies at the University of Florida.  Her younger son’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes was the catalyst behind her shift from management consulting to a diabetes-focused career.   She applies her business experience… View More

Nicole Thomas

Nicole Thomas is the founder of RAVE! Seminars and Consulting, Inc., a training and development company.   A graduate of Stanford University with B.A. degrees in Psychology and Economics, Nicole has over fifteen years experience in the fields of instructional design, facilitation and speaking. View More

Medical Review Team

Amy Aponick, MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE

Amy Aponick is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator who works with the University of Florida Pediatric Endocrinology group in Gainesville, Florida.  She holds a B.S. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Biology and  View More.

Giovanna Beauchamp, MD

Giovanna Beauchamp Richards is a medical doctor who has recently completed her fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at the University of Florida. Diagnosed at age 8, Dr. Gio has been living with type one diabetes for more than 20 years. View More.

Michael Haller, MD

Michael Haller is a pediatric endocrinologist with a passion for patient care, teaching, and research. Mike is a Gainesville native and a proud graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, Pediatrics Residency, and Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Programs. View More

Laura Jacobsen, MD

Dr. Laura Jacobsen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics specializing in the care of children and adolescents with diabetes and endocrine disorders. She completed her college and medical degrees at the University of Florida and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill View More

Desmond Schatz, MD

Desmond Schatz, MD is Professor and Associate Chairman of Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Diabetes Center and Director of the Clinical Research Center within the CTSI at the University of Florida, Gainesville.  He was the 2016 President of Science and Medicine of the …  View More

Madison Smith, RN

Madison Smith is a registered nurse who works in type 1 diabetes research at the University of Florida. Madison graduated from nursing school at the University of Florida in 2014, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing Sciences at the University of Florida. View More

Sarah Westen, PhD

Sarah Westen is a Psychology Fellow in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, where she also completed her doctoral training and psychology residency specializing in pediatric psychology with an emphasis on type 1 diabetes research and clinical care.  View More

Disclaimer: T1DToolkit.org is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor/your child’s doctor before making diabetes treatment decisions.