Dr. Schmeltz is the founder and director of Diabetes SoluT1ons. He is a partner at Associated Endocrinologists (a division of Michigan Healthcare Professionals) and an Associate Professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He specializes in intensive diabetes management and his computer science background gives him a deep understanding of evolving diabetes technologies. He has been the Chairman of Camp Midicha, (the diabetes camp for kids in Michigan) since 2009, Past-President of the Michigan chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and a member of the National ADA Camp Medical Team. Dr. Schmeltz has also been active with JDRF, chairing the Diabetes Today and Tomorrow Conference (JDRF Summit) in 2012.
Originally from Pittsburgh and the son of an endocrinologist, Dr. Schmeltz has been around diabetes his entire life. His personal connection to Type 1 diabetes deepened when his niece was diagnosed in 2016. His passion for helping those with Type 1 diabetes is palpable to all around him and lead him to create Diabetes SoluT1ions in 2018.
Dr. Wood has had a distinguished career as a pediatric endocrinologist, spending nearly 20 years as Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan followed by a six-year stint as the Clinical Director of the Diabetes program at Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. He has also volunteered for more than 20 years as a Medical Director at Camp Midicha, the American Diabetes Association summer camp.
Dr. Wood is well known around the country as an expert in his field, bringing to the state of Michigan the first outpatient program for newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetics and being involved in clinical trials for Type 1 diabetes technology.
Mark Walsh was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 8 and grew up with a sibling who also had Type 1 diabetes. He has a background in wireless software development and nearly 2 decades of experience in the insulin delivery space. He has played an integral role in diabetes camps since 2003, using his position in the industry while implementing both diabetes camps and family retreats. Mark knows first-hand the value of having a support network while managing a chronic diagnosis like T1D.
Howard (J.P.) Parmentier has had Type 1 diabetes for over 40 years. He attended Camp Midicha for six years when it was held in Columbiaville, Michigan. He returned to camp in 2000 as a diabetic partner, then medical staff, and was the director from 2009-2015. J.P. works as the Superintendent of Manistique Area Schools. He enjoys working with his diabetic students to help educate them how to be successful in an educational setting.
Janine Lee was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1990, at the age of 8. She attended Camp Midicha as a camper for six years, and was reintroduced to camp by a college classmate 19 years later. She has volunteered on the medical staff each summer since 2006, has served on the Camp Planning Committee since 2008, and has volunteered in a leadership role since 2011. Janine views her camp colleagues as her second family and cannot imagine navigating the daily challenges of diabetes without their support. She believes that diabetes helped mold her into who she is today and doesn’t let it hold her back from anything, including having two healthy children and running a half marathon! Janine works as a pharmacy manager at University of Michigan Health.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August, 1974, Ici first attended Camp Midicha in 1975 and continued every summer, first as a camper and then as a counselor until the mid 1980’s. Ici began working within
the diabetes community in 2006 and started volunteering at Camp Midicha in the summer of 2007. She was asked to join the Camp Committee and has been a member ever since. She now helps with staff coordination each summer. Her Midicha family – both “old school” and “new” are an integral part of her life and she cannot imagine where she would be in her T1D journey without them. Sadly, Ici lost a brother (Bo) to Type 1 diabetes in March 2019 which is another reason why her commitment to Diabetes SoluT1ons and the diabetes community is so strong.
Emily was diagnosed with diabetes in 1992 and starting in middle school, told anyone who would listen that she wanted to grow up to be a nurse and work with kids with diabetes. Emily works as a CDCES in Pediatric Endocrinology at Beaumont Children’s (now Corewell Health). As a diabetes educator, Emily has implemented an insulin pump and technology program for patients, works at the state level with school nurses to assist in diabetes care in the school setting, and worked on the creation and filming of educational videos for those newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Drawing from personal and professional experience, Emily strives to work with her patients to live their best lives with diabetes.
Emily volunteers with Camp Midicha, serving on the Camp Committee and attending as Med Staff. Emily attended Midicha as a camper but has found renewed passion for camp in volunteering as an adult. The supportive community camp provides continues to be integral to Emily’s diabetes journey.
Cassie has been diagnosed with type 1 since age 6. She first attended Camp Midicha as a camper, then was a CIT and a counselor. She came back in 2014 to join the medical staff, and has served in positions such as cabin clinician, supervisor, and program coordinator as well as serving as a member of the planning committee. Cassie has also been a part of the diabetes camp, Camp Aspire, in Rush, NY. Cassie works as a nurse practitioner in pediatric endocrinology at Troy Beaumont, now Corewell Health. She specializes in kids with type 1 diabetes, especially those on pumps and those who struggle with the disease.
In her spare time, Cassie is a long-distance runner, completing multiple half marathons and 2 full marathons. She also enjoys hiking, biking, baking, cooking, and growing her large garden in the summer. She always says that camp is the best part of the whole year, and these people have turned into family. Nothing has impacted her personal diabetes journey as much as camp has.
Dr. Nader Kasim is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist and diabetologist at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital, part of Corewell Health, in Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Kasim's main clinical interests include diabetes and diabetes technology. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 18 years. His outlook to diabetes is balancing quality of life with overall, long-term health. He does not let diabetes hold him back and acknowledges that diabetes is a part of him. He likes to be outdoors with his family, spending most of his time running and cycling. He has competed in multiple endurance races including marathons, trail races, and cycling rides.
He is involved in the diabetes community throughout the state of Michigan. Dr. Kasim serves as medical director and supervising endocrinologist for Camp Midicha. He is also involved with the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, serving on various boards and coordinating outreach activities for the diabetes community. Dr. Kasim also has a clinical and research interest in cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. He leads a multidisciplinary clinic with the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Helen Devos Children's Hospital.
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