About Our Team

DiabetesEveryDay.com provides consistent, credible, insightful, sensible and motivational guidance to people of all ages and backgrounds who are managing their own diabetes, or are supporting a family member, friend or patients.

Members enjoy 24/7 access to a unique library of video clips featuring Toby Smithson. With new content added weekly, Toby draws upon her own extraordinary diabetes management success to make this overwhelming responsibility for self-care both understandable and practical. And, she explores not only the nuts and bolts….medical issues, food and physical activity….but also everyday lifestyle, emotional challenges, stress, and life changing motivation; the real keys to success.

DiabetesEveryDay Radio and EveryDay Views bring cutting edge issues directly to members with on-demand audio and in depth articles. And DiabetesEveryDay.com keeps a finger on the pulse of diabetes-related news and diabetes-related events. Toby’s own weekly meal plan provides members an easy way to embrace healthy eating, and she frequently prepares her favorite recipes on video.

Add access to fabulous recipes (including favorite ethnic dishes), a member’s newsletter, Toby’s blog, member feedback and member requests, plus special optional opportunities to meet with Toby, and DiabetesEveryDay.com provides the perfect link between your medical team and your EveryDay life.

Toby SmithsonToby Smithson is a Registered Dietitian, a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association), a Certified Diabetes Educator, author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies, and holds a certification in adult weight management. She earned her B.S. Degree in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science through the Coordinated Undergraduate Program at Northern Illinois University, and has worked professionally in institutional, clinical and public health settings. Toby was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in October, 1968, and has managed diabetes personally every single day since with no hint of complications. Toby founded DiabetesEveryDay to share her insights into successful diabetes self-management.


Tony Smithson

Anthony Smithson earned his B.S. Degree in Biology/ Chemistry from the University of Tennessee and his M.S. Degree in Public Health from Western Kentucky University. Following a career in public health, he is managing editor for DiabetesEveryDay.com, a contributing writer, bioscience consultant and official Guinea Pig for recipe development “quality control”.


Theresa LaurenzTheresa Laurenz, MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and Kinesiologist, contributing to DiabetesEveryDay on both physical activity and diet issues. She earned her B.S. degree in kinesiology (exercise physiology) from the University of Illinois, and her M.S. degree in human nutrition from University of Illinois at Chicago. Theresa develops “wellness” programs as a personal trainer and clinical dietitian, motivating individuals and groups to incorporate healthy habits into their busy lives.  She believes that movement, nourishment, and emotional wellbeing are all equally important to achieve optimal health.  Her passion is to empower others to take care of their one and only body by providing the tools necessary to increase energy, prevent disease, and enhance physical performance.

Lindsey Singleton

Lindsey Singleton develops fabulous recipes for DiabetesEveryDay. Lindsey’s hometown is Phoenix, and she earned her B.S. degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona in May 2010. In March, 2011 she completed a certificate program in Culinary Arts at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Chicago. Lindsey has a passion for food and nutrition, and hopes to inspire others to cook healthy and delicious meals with the help of the Diabetes Everyday recipes.

Joan HammelJoan Hammel co-hosts DiabetesEveryDay “radio”. Joan is an award winning professional vocalist who performs live, in commercials, on television, in films, and on radio. She has been nominated five times for Pop Entertainer of the Year by the Chicago Music Awards, and has hosted and produced live radio and webcast talk shows to critical acclaim. She is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees. Joan’s music, filmography and full bio is at www.joanhammel.com

AJ SkerbecA. J. Skerbec co-hosts DiabetesEveryDay “radio”.  Tony is a former media chairman for a non-profit organization and co-hosted a daily talk show on a local radio station along with several regularly scheduled web-casts covering sports, entertainment, and community affairs.


Jeri Laureano

Jeri Laureano advises DiabetesEveryDay on the emotional issues associated with diabetes and self-management. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has a private counseling practice in the Chicago suburbs. Jeri has worked with diabetes patients in both private and group settings.

Paola Seguil

Paola Seguil is a correspondent for DiabetesEveryDay. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Nutrition, and is currently completing the M.S. Coordinated Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago to become a Registered Dietitian. Paola is a native of Peru, and moved to the U.S. with her family at the age of four. Her interests include community nutrition and diabetes education, and her energy and passion is obvious in her writing. (And, DiabetesEveryDay thanks Paola’s Mom for sharing her wonderful Ceviche recipe)

Chelsea Patton

Chelsea Patton studies Psychology and Nutrition at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and has been an educator on healthy eating for the past three years.  Her professional and personal passion is to creatively facilitate lifestyle changes to enhance mental and physical wellness, and Chelsea contributes to DiabetesEveryDay researching and writing on positive psychological strategies to influence diabetes self-management. She works locally as a camp counselor for children experiencing homelessness, internationally in a variety of charitable causes, is a life-long Girl Scout and a yoga enthusiast.

Marlene Koch

Marlene Koch is a registered dietitian, is a nationally recognized nutritionist, popular TV personality and  New York Times best-selling author who delivers good health with great taste! She has taught chefs across the nation the principles of healthy cooking and eating for the American Culinary Federation, and sold more than one million cookbooks.  Marlene is a regular guest on QVC and her books and recipes have appeared on television programs including The Today Show, Fox & Friends, and The Food Network, as well as in countless magazines and newspapers including Cooking Light, Woman’s World, Men’s Fitness, Diabetes Health, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. Her newest book, Eat More of What You Love: Over 200 Brand New Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat, and Calories (Running Press April 2012), is the sequel to her book Eat What You Love.

Gita Patel

Gita Patel is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and certified LEAP (Lifestyle Eating and Performance) therapist specializing in diabetes, women’s health, heart disease, vegetarian nutrition, healthy aging, migraines, IBS, IBD, Celiac disease, food allergies, food sensitivities and food intolerances, and multiple sclerosis. Her vegetarian cookbook, Blending Science with Spices: Tasty Recipes & Nutrition Tips for Healthy Living, is the culmination of her traditional Indian background, the varied foods she grew up eating, and her extensive training in modern nutritional science.

Janet Bond BrillJanet Bond Brill, PhD, RD, LDN
Nationally recognized nutrition, health and fitness expert and published author Dr. Janet Brill has kindly contributed recipes to DiabetesEveryDay. Dr. Janet is the director of nutrition for Fitness Together, the world’s largest organization of personal trainers, and the nutrition guest expert for the nationally televised program, The Balancing Act (Lifetime). Dr. Janet has authored two books; the most recent is Prevent a Second Heart Attack (Three Rivers Press, Feb 2011.) This book translates complex scientific research on heart disease prevention and reversal into a user-friendly and deliciously palatable lifestyle that everyone can benefit from. Prevent a Second Heart Attack follows the bestselling book, Cholesterol Down (Crown, 2006). For more information on Dr. Janet or her books, please visit: www.DrJanet.com

Connie Guttersen

Connie Guttersen, R.D., Ph.D., is a leading nutritional and dietary expert. She has spent her career focusing on developing flavorful and nutritious approaches to healthy eating and weight reduction. A registered dietitian and nutrition instructor at the world famous Culinary Institute of America, Dr. Guttersen developed the Standards of Care for the Obesity Treatment Center in Bellevue, Washington, as well as served as a nutritional and dietary consultant for a broad range of corporations and Fortune 500 companies.

Brenda PonichteraBrenda J. Ponichtera is a registered dietitian and award-winning author with extensive experience in nutrition and diabetes counseling who has contributed recipes to DiabetesEveryDay. An editorial advisor for Today’s Diet and Nutrition, Brenda is also active member of the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association. Her cookbooks Quick & Healthy Recipes and Ideas AND Quick & Healthy Volume II— both Benjamin Franklin Award winners — are designed to prove that healthful eating doesn’t have to take a lot of time in the kitchen. Her books have been recommended in publications such as “O” The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Miami Herald, Shape magazine, and USA Today, as well as by health care professionals, and busy cooks across the country.

Heidi Reichenberger McIndoo

Heidi Reichenberger McIndoo, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. is a Registered Dietitian, nutrition consultant, spokesperson, author and freelance writer.  She is the author of When to Eat What, and has written for several magazines including, All You, Today’s Diet & Nutrition, Parents, Family Circle, Self, Prevention, Fitness, Shape and Woman’s Day.  Heidi loves helping people realize that eating nutritiously doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor and pleasure. Heidi has provided recipes from When to Eat What to DiabetesEveryDay.

Maggie DavisMaggie Davis is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes educator, founder of Live Nutrition (www.livenutrition.com), and author of Good Food for Life (2010 Paraclete Press), from which she has offered delicious recipes. Her nutrition consulting practice is located on Cape Cod, and Maggie is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops as well as a gourmet cook and avid gardener.

Mary Lynn Farivari

Mary Lynn Farivari is a Registered Dietitian who is passionate about showing people that eating nutritious foods doesn’t mean giving up taste and variety.  With 20+ years of experience, a love of good food, and talent in the kitchen, she is the author of Healthy Palate, Delicious and Simple Recipes to Enhance Meals with Fruits and Vegetables (www.healthypalatecookbook.com).  Mary Lynn earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Environment Sciences with a major in Dietetics from the University of Alabama, and is certified by the American Dietetic Association in Adult Weight Management.

Meri Raffetto

Meri Raffetto is a registered dietitian and recognized professional in the area of nutrition and wellness. She is the founder of Real Living Nutrition Services (www.reallivingnutrition.com), and develops custom online corporate wellness programs for small to large companies. She is the author of The Glycemic Index Diet for Dummies® and the coauthor of The Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies®, The Calorie Counter for Dummies® and The Calorie Counter Journal for Dummies®, and the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies® (all published by Wiley & Sons).

Roseanne Rust

Roseanne Rust is a registered and licensed dietitian with a master’s degree in clinical dietetics from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an author, teacher, spokesperson, and provides virtual weight-loss coaching for Real Living Nutrition Services (www.reallivingnutrition.com) and online nutrition instruction for Penn State World Campus. Roseanne co-authored The Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies®, The Calorie Counter for Dummies®, and Hypertension Cookbook for Dummies® (both published by Wiley and Sons).


Cindy KlecknerCindy Kleckner a Registered Dietitian with more than 30 years experience working in the fields of culinary nutrition, weight management, cardiovascular health and general wellness. She received a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and interned at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Cindy leads monthly culinary demonstrations and nutrition programs at Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. She co-authored Hypertension Cookbook for Dummies and What’s Cooking at the Cooper Clinic, and contributed to several of Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper’s books including Overcoming Hypertension.

Wendy Jo PetersonWendy Jo Peterson, MS is a Registered Dietitian, a sports dietitian, nutritionist, chef and author. She divides her practice between working with artists and musicians in Texas (Fuelin’ Roadie,) and working with other patients, including Olympic Athletes, in San Diego, California (Edible Nutrition). She has more than 10 years of experience working with clients, is a nutritional speaker and member of the prestigious National Speakers Association, hosts her own radio show about nutrition on Cuttin’ Up Radio, and is co-author of  The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies.

Sharon PalmerSharon Palmer, RD has created a career based on combining her two great loves: food and writing. As a registered dietitian with 16 years of health care experience, she focuses on writing features covering health, wellness, nutrition, cooking, wine, restaurant reviews, and entertainment. In her newly released book, The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today, Sharon marshals the most up-to-date findings in nutrition to explain both why you should eat more plant-based fare and exactlyhow to do so.

Jill WeisenbergerJill Weisenberger is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, speaker, writer, and a health “coach, cheerleader and strategist” for individual clients and groups. Her new book Diabetes Weight Loss; Week by Week takes readers on a one year “no fad and no tricks” journey to weight control for a lifetime while managing blood sugar, cholesterol levels and more. Jill lives and works in the Yorktown/ Newport News, Virginia area.