Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, CDE, FAADE was officially recognized last week by the AADE Board of Directors as the 2019 President. Kemmis brings more than 23 years of experience in diabetes care and will lead AADE through the much-anticipated new vision for the specialty.
“I began my journey with AADE more than 18 years ago and am honored to have the confidence of my peers to serve the Association at such a critical time,” said Kemmis. “We have an exciting year ahead as we work through the new vision for the specialty and truly redefine what it means to be a diabetes educator. This is the year to get the word out to our members, people with diabetes, referring providers, payors and sister organizations as we position diabetes educators for success within a rapidly changing healthcare environment. I look forward to promoting holistic, comprehensive, person-centered care for people with diabetes, driven by technology and with improved access to all affected by diabetes.”
Kemmis comes to the position of AADE President with a background in physical therapy and exercise physiology and has worked with people who have diabetes to reach their goals through the whole-health of an individual. Throughout her career, she has emphasized the importance of collaborative, individualized care that sits at the crossroads of the art and science of diabetes care.
Kemmis is currently a physical therapist and certified diabetes educator at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where she splits her time between the Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate, outpatient rehabilitation department, and as an adjunct professor for the PT program. Kemmis can be contacted via twitter @KarenKemmis.
AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management and support. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners working with people who have, are affected by or are at risk for diabetes. Learn more at www.diabeteseducator.org, or visit us on Facebook (American Association of Diabetes Educators), Twitter (@AADEdiabetes) and Instagram (@AADEdiabetes).