ABOUT THE 2019 SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS
Dolph and Sharon von Arx have been philanthropic and service pillars of the Naples area for over thirty years. Numerous organizations have benefitted from their generosity which in turn has enriched our community greatly. Organizations and institutions fortunate to work closely alongside The von Arx Family are; the Naples Business Accelerator, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Youth Haven, The Shelter for Abused Women and Children, NCH Healthcare Systems where Mr. von Arx served as Board Chair for 11 years, The Community Foundation, Hodges University, The Naples Museum of Art, and The Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts just to name a few. Dolph and Sharon have been in leadership positions in almost every organizations they have lent their names to and continually strive for the betterment of our area. Serving as co-chairs of this Second Annual Naples Diabetes Conference has raised the bar of this conference’s goals to educate diabetes treatment, preventions, and research to the entire Naples Community; and help to further established it as an annual mainstay at Florida Southwestern State College.
Angela Bernier, MD - Dr. Bernier is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. She is the Fellowship Director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Program and the Pediatric Obesity Medical Director where her focus is to establish an efficacious pediatric obesity care center. Aside from clinical responsibility and education, her primary research focus is pediatric diabetes education for which she has developed and is testing newer methods of improving learning for children with diabetes with the goal of establishing a model that can be extended to other pediatric chronic disease conditions.
Dr. Jaclyn Kovach is a retina specialist and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and has lived in Naples and cared for patients at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples for the past 12 years. In an effort to bring cutting-edge treatments for retina disease to the Naples community, Dr. Kovach created a Clinical Trial Center at BPEI Naples in 2015. In addition to pursuing her mission of excellence in patient care, Dr. Kovach has created and directs a rotation for medical students, a medical retina fellowship based at BPEI Naples, and an annual retina conference that draws retina specialists from across the nation. Dr. Kovach has published over 90 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles and has presented her research with a focus on macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy in over 100 lectures around the world. She is the recipient of the Castle Connolly Top Doctors award, an American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, and an Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists.
Dr. Kovach also serves as a member of the Florida Lions Eye Clinic Board of Directors. When not pursuing her clinical, teaching, and research interests, Dr. Kovach enjoys jogging, travel, and spending time with her husband Dr. Brad Kovach, a Mohs surgeon in town, her 6 year-old son, and her cockapoo.
Dr. Piero Policicchio (friends just call him Piero), has been practicing family dentistry in Holland, Michigan and surrounding cities for over 30 years. In treating patients, Piero uses cutting-edge technology combined with patient education and high-level patient involvement. Born and raised in Dearborn, MI, Piero received his degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. He is the inventor of Dental Air Force and CEO of Air Force Inc. His latest clinical trial studies using his Dental Air Force system versus toothbrush and floss on diabetic patients showed a reduction in HbA1c (diabetic blood marker) by over 1% in conjunction with periodontal therapy. Dr. Piero has developed a periodontal program to help with pathogens that standard protocols have not been able to eradicate. Piero is passionate when he speaks about the most devastating disease on the planet - periodontal disease.
Piero has published many articles on periodontal health related to heart disease, respiratory health, diabetes, strokes, and other systemic diseases. He is the former executive editor for the “Journal of Experimental Dental Science,” an international speaker, contributing author to Hospital Infection Control: Clinical Guidelines and the author of Never Brush Your Teeth Again!
Peggy Sealfon is a Personal Development Coach, Author, Motivational Speaker and internationally-recognized as an expert on dealing with stress and anxiety. Peggy effectively coaches clients (and corporate groups) in her IntegratedLifePlan.com, a customized blend of Western and Eastern traditions. Her fast-track, cutting-edge system improves performance and helps create a balanced, productive, happy and healthful life. Her best selling book is Escape From Anxiety-Supercharge Your Life With Powerful Strategies From A to Z. Peggy founded Florida’s Paradise Coast Wellness Alliance and co-founded the online hub for health and wellness at BeWellinParadise.com Her website is: PeggySealfon.com
BREAKOUT SESSION: An Integrative Approach to Managing Diabetes
Explore strategies on how to activate the body's dormant natural healing capabilities to reduce the impact of diabetes.
Diana Sherifali, RN, PhD, CDE is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University. Diana is also an Associate Scientist at the Population Health Research Institute, and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Diabetes Care and Research Program at Hamilton Health Sciences. Diana is also the Co-Director of the McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Team, that supported the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and more recently Diabetes Canada.
Diana’s research interests include identifying and implementing innovative approaches to knowledge synthesis and guidelines; and testing novel approaches to optimize patients’ participation in diabetes care such as coaching.