Press Release

Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, Named American Association of Diabetes Educators’ 2014 Educator of the Year

For Release: September 23, 2013

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) announces the selection of Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, as the recipient of the 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year award.  Scheiner received the award in August at AADE’s 40th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA. He is the owner and clinical director of Integrated Diabetes Services in Wynnewood, PA, and author of several books, including, “Think Like A Pancreas.”

The award, sponsored by LifeScan, Inc., recognizes individual diabetes educators who have made special contributions to the field of diabetes education by exhibiting dedication, innovation and sensitivity in patient care.

Scheiner was singled out for his contributions to both AADE and the specialty of diabetes education and care. “Gary has demonstrated a strong commitment to diabetes education, particularly in the area of promoting the benefits of physical activity in managing diabetes,” said AADE President Tami Ross, RD, LD, CDE. “He also has had a high level of involvement with AADE, serving as lead author on two white papers relating to insulin pump therapy, participating on expert panels around the topic of physical activity, moderating educational programs, and producing an online course on insulin pump therapy.”

More than 3,000 of his peers looked on as Scheiner received the award during one of the meeting’s general sessions. In the presentation, Scheiner’s use of novel and innovative approaches to diabetes care, including his use of technology to deliver individualized advice and therapy around the U.S. and world were cited as just a few of the reasons he was chosen for this award.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected,” says Scheiner, who has lived with type 1 diabetes since he was 18.  “Years ago, when I started my own practice, many wondered if I could pull it off -- much less be included among some of the top experts in the diabetes field.”

During his year as Diabetes Educator of the Year, Scheiner, a masters-level exercise physiologist and certified diabetes educator, will provide educational programs to AADE groups throughout the country. His topic will be Bringing Out Your Inner Exercise Expert. 

According to Scheiner, “The growth in diabetes is outpacing the healthcare system’s ability to treat and manage it.  It is imperative that more providers, regardless of their background and field of expertise, become adept at prescribing safe, effective forms of exercise for their patients.”

Scheiner’s practice, based in Wynnewood, PA (just outside of Philadelphia) provides advanced diabetes self-management education and blood sugar regulation for insulin users.  His team of certified diabetes educators (all of whom have diabetes) consult with children and adults remotely via phone and internet, as well in-person at his office.  For more information, visit www.integrateddiabetes.com.