DTC Medical Team

Matthew Corcoran, MD

Matthew Corcoran, MD

Diabetes Training Camp, Founder • Director and CEO Chairman, Diabetes Training Camp Foundation • DTC Medical Team

ACSM Exercise Specialist Dr. Matt Corcoran graduated from Boston College and earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine before moving to the University of Chicago Hospitals to complete his internship and residency in internal medicine and fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism. He subsequently joined the University of Chicago’s Department of Medicine as an Assistant Professor, directing the endocrinology clinic, diabetes education program and the insulin pump/continuous glucose monitoring clinic. Dr. Corcoran is board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is also a certified diabetes educator, as well as a certified exercise specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Currently, he is medical director of Endocrinology at the Atlanticare Health System in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

Throughout his career, Dr. Matt has worked with persons with diabetes in reaching their fitness and athletic goals. His clinical experience has made him keenly aware of the needs of those with diabetes when it comes to counsel on diabetes, exercise and sports. Dr. Corcoran has taken that experience and applied it in his daily practice, as well as in his previous consulting roles with amateur, collegiate, and Olympic athletes with diabetes, as well as in his work as an adjunct faculty member with the world-renowned Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas.

Additional experience in national leadership roles include serving on the research and writing committee for the National Athletic Trainer Association’s Position Stand on working with the Athlete with Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s Council on Exercise. These experiences, coupled with his clinical expertise, have honed his awareness of the specialized needs of exercisers and athletes with diabetes, and fueled his passion for giving them tools for managing the complexities of their diabetes, exercise, training, and competition.

An athlete himself, Dr. Corcoran is a gifted speaker and teacher committed to advocacy for people with diabetes.  He is on the board of the directors for the South Jersey JDRF chapter and is the chairman of the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation board.  Matt, and his wife Jody, live in Margate City, NJ with their two boys, Brennan and Finn.

“I have been privileged through my work with the Diabetes Training Camp to meet an amazing array of inspirational people with diabetes who challenge it on a daily basis. By bringing medicine and exercise science together, we can make it easier for everyone with diabetes to stay on top of their game.”

JJ Linder, MD

JJ Linder, MD

DTC Medical Team, Medical Lead

JJ was diagnosed with T1 diabetes in his last year of college, just a couple of months before starting medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He first attended DTC as a camper in 2009 and has since joined the staff as medical lead. He is thrilled to join the DTC staff because he had so much fun at camp, made lifelong friendships with staff and other campers and learned so much sustainable and valuable information about managing his diabetes that he wanted to be at camp every single year.

JJ has worked as an Emergency Medicine Physician for last 16 years and is currently working in the ER’s at Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, both in suburban Phoenix, AZ.

JJ’s wife Nina and kids Kara and Luke are the center of his life. He loves being with his family, RV camping,, traveling to his kids fencing tournaments, woodworking, learning to weld, cycling and short triathlons.

He also makes a point to say that he loves the DTC community because they have been life changing and have been a great support network of motivated successful people with diabetes.

FUN FACT about JJ – When he retires he wants to raise alfalfa hay, travel in a motor home just exploring America and collecting stories.

Fran Damian, MS, RN NEA-BC

Fran Damian, MS, RN NEA-BC

DTC Medical Team

Fran has lived north of Boston her entire life. She received her master’s degree in nursing administration from Northeastern university and works as the Nursing Director in the Emergency Department at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Fran was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her early 30’s. About 10 years after that, her father died from complications of Type 1. In an effort to honor her father and support diabetes research, she began participating in fundraising events with the ADA. She participated in 2 full and 6 half marathon’s to benefit diabetes research. The past 5 years she has participated in the ADA New England Classic 150 mile two day bike ride to support research and also to financially assist families of children with type 1 diabetes attend Camp Carefree in New Hampshire.

Fran has been a camper at DTC twice and has found each experience to enrich her life through the education, access to expert resources, and lasting relationships developed with campers and staff. She enjoys all kinds of exercise and learning about new ways to enhance health and wellness.

Robert Powell, PhD, CDE, CEP

Robert Powell, PhD, CDE, CEP

DTC Medical Team/Exercise Physiology & Coaching and Fitness Team, Cycling Coach

Robert Powell joined the DTC team in 2013. He is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology and the Director of the Diabetes Exercise Center at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Recently, he has become the Faculty Coordinator/Coach of the Marshall University Cycling Club to promote both recreational riding and collegiate racing.

Prior to this, Rob worked at the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute (UPDI) for 9 years as a Manager and Researcher for community based programs involving diabetes, obesity and physical activity. During the latter part of his time there, he worked as a diabetes educator in the primary care setting. Throughout his years with UPDI, Rob received both his MS and his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Rob also holds the credentials of Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), ACSM, Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) and NSCA, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Licensed USA Cycling Coach.

Rob’s professional ambition is to enhance the promotion of exercise as a therapeutic modality to the diabetes population and to educate both students and healthcare professionals on the role of exercise in diabetes management.

Rob has a personal passion for exercise. In the warmer months, you can usually find him cycling, running or kayaking. When snow falls, he likes to strap on the skis and snowshoes. However, when he is not working or playing solo, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful boys, Preston and Evan.

Lindsay Friedman

Lindsay Friedman

DTC Medical Education Team & DTC Nutrition Team

Lindsay Friedman currently lives in Plymouth Meeting, PA.  She is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.  Lindsay works for Medtronic where she has the great opportunity of working with others who have diabetes and teaching them how to best manage and live a healthy lifestyle.  She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 25 years ago.  Lindsay is very passionate about living an active lifestyle, which is why she studied sports nutrition and has worked with athletes in the past.

When she is not working Lindsay enjoys being with friends and family and finding new and fun ways to be active.  She loves the beach and the summertime as well as baking, shopping and finding new restaurants, though she has Celiac disease so sometimes this is an interesting challenge.  Though living with diabetes can have its challenges, Lindsay is committed to be my best every day to find the positive and joys in life.

Lyndsay Gregerson

Lyndsay Gregerson

DTC Medical Education Team & DTC Nutrition Team

Lyndsay Gregerson’s passion to advocate wellness in those living with diabetes comes from her personal experience of having type 1 diabetes diagnosed at the age of three. It’s this first-hand experience and awareness of the importance of diet and exercise on her own health that served as a catalyst for her career in dietetics while focusing on diabetes.

After earning a bachelor of science in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Lyndsay completed her dietetic internship at Loyola University-Chicago, and went on to become a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. In 2008 she achieved certification as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Lyndsay worked as a diabetes educator in Chicago from 2005-2011, gaining experience thru holding several roles in the diabetes field. Since 2011, she has worked as a Diabetes Clinical Manager for Medtronic Diabetes, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lyndsay’s drive for not letting type 1 diabetes “get in the way” is evident with her participation in endurance sports. She has completed 2 Ironman triathlons( a 140.6 mile race), 3 half-ironman distance triathlons, 3 marathons, and several half-marathons and sprint/Olympic triathlons. Also known as ‘Lil Herc’, she has skated with the Brewcity Bruisers (Milwaukee Roller Derby) for 2 years. When she is not training, she enjoys traveling, concerts, any outdoor activity, and cooking.

Kenilia Ventura, MD

Kenilia Ventura, MD

DTC Medical Team

Kenilia was born and raised in Cuba. She moved to South Florida while attending high school and went on to study Medicine at Universidad Iberoamericana, in the Dominican Republic. After finishing medical school she relocated to New Jersey where she completed her Residency Training in Internal Medicine and where she currently works as a hospitalist. Kenilia will be starting a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Rochester this July. She first attended DTC last year as part of the medical team and the experience changed her perspective of what living with Diabetes is. She felt in love with the DTC community and what it embodies.

Being a mom to Alejandro, her 4 ½ year old son and a wife to Jose is what she takes the most pride in.  On her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling and getting to know new cultures. Kenilia is looking forward to meeting this year’s campers and getting to know their stories.

Jennifer Farestad, NP-C

Jennifer Farestad, NP-C

DTC Medical Team

Jennifer Farestad is a Nurse Practitioner for the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Jenn is a graduate of Maryville University and has spent her nursing career taking care of the hospitals sickest patients in the ICU.

For the past 23 years, Jenn has taught Lifeguarding for the American Red Cross at Jersey Swim Club in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

Jenn has a large family of 8 children blended to perfection. In her spare time you will find her planning her next vacation adventure or playing softball.

Megan Robinson, RDN

Megan Robinson, RDN

DTC Medical Team & DTC Nutrition Team

Megan Robinson has been a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) since 1994 and has worked at The Children Hospital of Philadelphia for the past 16 years. She is a Board Certified Specialist Sports Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, specializing in sports nutrition, cardiovascular health, and diabetes education. Megan is a prolific writer for Philly.com; has been published in numerous nutrition journals; and, has presented at local and national conferences on sports nutrition and diabetes. She received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics at the University of Vermont and Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology at West Chester University.

Megan has been a competitive track and cross-country runner since high school and has competed in numerous long distance races, multiple marathons, including the Boston Marathon. She coaches distance runners and triathletes of all levels and her expertise in sports nutrition, diabetes and running makes her an exceptional counselor for both aspiring and accomplished athletes with diabetes.

When Megan is not running, she is cheering on her two teenage boys during their sporting events. She also enjoys balancing her life with yoga, travel and spending time with her family.

Melissa Gaynor, RDN, CDE

Melissa Gaynor, RDN, CDE

DTC Medical Team & DTC Nutrition Team

Melissa is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) who has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 11. She is the Program Coordinator for NYU Lutheran’s recently launched Pediatric Diabetes Center in Brooklyn, New York. She is responsible for creating and developing the center’s educational programs and providing patient care. Melissa has a passion for helping others manage and thrive with type 1.

Before her career in healthcare, Melissa worked in media and played guitar in an indie rock band. When a close friend was diagnosed with diabetes she realized her passion for nutrition and diabetes education. She supported her friend, “practiced what she preached”, improved her own control, and lost 30lbs in the process. She went on to become an RDN and CDE and was eventually hired as the pediatric nutritionist and diabetes educator at the same practice where she was first diagnosed!

Melissa went from being a camp alumnus to a part of the DTC nutrition staff in 2016. Using what she’s learned at camp, she is a committed gym rat (5-6 times per week), where she enjoys spin, boot camp, HIIT training, running, and more. When she’s not at the gym, you can find this ‘indie rocker-turned-athlete’ and educator listening to live music, attending comedy shows, or drinking wine and eating pizza on the couch with her husband. Melissa believes the key to a healthy lifestyle is balance!

Molly Wagman, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE

Molly Wagman, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE

DTC Medical Team & DTC Nutrition Team

Molly was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 9 years old and has been interested in how food and activity affect her diabetes ever since. Having diabetes inspired Molly to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified

Diabetes Educator. She currently works as an educator for Dexcom and an insulin pump trainer for Tandem Diabetes. Molly first came to DTC as a camper in 2009 and is thrilled to be here as a staff member. Since her first experience with DTC, Molly has successfully completed several multi-sport endurance races and loves finding ways to make nutrition and exercise simple and enjoyable. When she1s not outside hiking or running, you can find her in the kitchen creating delicious, fun, and healthy recipes!

Coaching & education for all levels of exercisers and athletes with diabetes.

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