T1D Adult Retreat

2021 T1D VIRTUAL Adult Retreat

Join us Nov. 12 – 14, 2021 for our Virtual Adult Retreat!

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Adults ages 18+ are invited to join us November 12 – 14 for a weekend of community, engaging dialogue, and diabetes education sessions. This retreat is for those who:

  • Have type I diabetes and/or know someone who has type I diabetes (T1D)
  • Are adults ages 18 and over
  • Want to gain connection, community, and knowledge about T1D

Retreat sessions will begin in the afternoon on Friday, November 12th and continue through the afternoon of Sunday, November 14th; most sessions will take place between 8am PST and 6pm PST to accommodate other US time zones. A full schedule is posted here and you can attend as many or as few sessions as you’d like.

Given the virtual format of this program this year, we’re offering this program free of charge. A $50 donation is suggested to support DYF so we may continue offering year-round virtual programs such as this. Donations can be made at www.DYF.org/donate or you can text DYFT1D to 44-321 to donate.

Click here to register today!

If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to Kaylor Glassman at glassman@dyf.org.

This year we have many amazing topics being discussed by our distinguished speakers. Below, you will find our full retreat program schedule:

Curious what this year’s retreat might be like? Check out our YouTube playlist to view the recordings of our 2020 T1D Virtual Adult Retreat now!
T1D Virtual Adult Retreat Playlist

Some of Our Distinguished Speakers Include:

Bruce Buckingham

Bruce Buckingham is a Professor in the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Medical Center and the Stanford Children’s Hospital.

Bruce’s research focuses on continuous glucose monitoring and the development of a closed-loop system. He was the PI at Stanford on the JDRF multicenter CGM study, for the DirecNet study group and on the first studies testing the Medtronic 670G hybrid closed-loop system. Bruce was PI for an insulin-only version of the Bionic Pancreas Project, a collaboration with Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has conducted work on several NIH multicenter collaborative studies as well as studies for BigFoot, Tandem, Animas, Insulet and RPI for development of closed-loop systems. In his role with DirecNet he is conducting a study of MRI and neurocognitive changes in children with diabetes, in collaboration with colleagues at Stanford Diabetes Research Center.

Dr. Stephen E. Gitelman

Dr. Stephen Gitelman is a pediatric endocrinologist who serves as director of UCSF’s pediatric diabetes program. He oversees the multidisciplinary team of pediatric diabetes experts who provide comprehensive care to more than 800 children, adolescents and young adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. His expertise includes the latest approaches to helping patients achieve optimal metabolic control, such as the insulin pump, continuous glucose sensor and novel insulin analogues.

Dr. Rayhan Lal

Dr. Rayhan Lal grew up in the east bay area and has had type 1 diabetes for 30+ years. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at U.C. Berkeley (Go Bears!) with the hope of applying his knowledge to diabetes technology. The significance of clinical practice became clear to him after my siblings also developed diabetes. He has devoted his life to advancing the care of diabetes in people of all ages.


Dr. Marina Basina

Dr Basina is a clinical endocrinologist and clinical researcher with a focus on diabetes management, thyroid, and adrenal conditions. Her primary interests are in Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes technology, and Diabetes in pregnancy. Dr Basina is Board certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. She received numerous teaching awards and Stanford Hospital award for excellence in patient care. She is an active member of medical advisory boards for several community diabetes organizations. Dr Basina is a medical director of inpatient diabetes program at Stanford and a chair of diabetes task force.

Dr. Ananta Addala

Dr. Ananta Addala is a pediatric endocrinologist and physician scientist addressing disparities in pediatric type 1 diabetes management and outcomes. She has a longstanding research and clinical interest to promote equitable care for youth with type 1 diabetes informed by biological, social, psychological, and systemic determinants of health. In addition to her training in pediatric endocrinology, she holds an MPH with a focus on behavioral drivers of health and epidemiology. As a physician with a background in pediatric endocrinology, epidemiology, and behavioral health, she aims to build an evidenced-based approach to addressing T1D disparities by systematically evaluating youth-, family-, provider-, and system-level barriers to optimal diabetes care in youth from low socioeconomic and racial/ethnic minority groups. To date, her publications have demonstrated that the disparities in pediatric T1D by socioeconomic status are worsening in the US, provider bias against public insurance is common, and public insurance mediated interruptions to diabetes technology adversely impact glycemic outcomes. She has also been leading the efforts to improve justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in research at Stanford University through leadership at Stanford Pediatrics Advancing Anti-Racism Coalition (SPAARC).


Dr. Amber Wheeler

Dr. Amber Wheeler is a general endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. She has clinical interests in Type 1 Diabetes, diabetes technology, obesity and bone and calcium metabolism. In addition to her clinical practice, she enjoys working behind the scenes on medical education, physician and resident wellness and continuously improving their approach to patient care. She is the assistant chief of the endocrinology department. She is also a member of the Core Faculty for the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Internal Medicine residency program focusing on equity, inclusion and diversity, resident mentoring and career development, and subspecialty education.

Dr. Justin Altschuler
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Dr. Justin’s life has been shaped by Bearskin Meadow Camp since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9. He attended Bearskin as a camper, counselor, program coordinator and medical staff for over 20 years. In 2002 he met his wife (Dr. Sarah) at camp and they now attend every summer with their kids Lukas and Aliza.

In his life outside of camp, Dr. Justin runs a private practice called SequoiaMD, caring for patients with type 1 diabetes, substance abuse disorders, and as their primary care doctor. Patients pay a fixed, monthly fee to be a part of the practice (no insurance), allowing for longer office appointments, increased convenience, and more availability via phone, text, and email.

Dr. Justin is excited about continuing the “Bearskin Magic,” and leading DYF’s year-round programs. Dr. Justin is passionate about the sense of community and belonging DYF creates for those affected by type 1 diabetes, and working with children and families to build resiliency. He loves the outdoors, whether that is in his front-yard garden or among the sequoias of camp, racing downhill on skis or skipping stones with his kids.

Dr. Justin leads DYF’s medical advisory board, which is comprised of a phenomenal group of health care professionals from UCSF Benioff Hospitals, Stanford Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente. He feels privileged to follow in the footsteps DYF’s pioneering physicians, Doc, Ellen, and Dr. Mary Simon.

Sherri Shafer
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Sherri Shafer has been a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in the outpatient diabetes specialty clinics at UCSF Medical Center since 1992.

She has lectured extensively to medical professionals and public audiences; contributed to healthcare websites and professional publications; and developed dozens of diabetes educational materials.

In 2016 Sherri Shafer received the individual PRIDE award for demonstrating professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence in her career at UCSF. In 2005 she received the Excellence in Teaching Award, through the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.

She is the author of “Diabetes and Carb Counting For Dummies” (2017).

Jeannie Hickey, RN, BS, CDE
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Assistant Medical Director for DYF since 2006, Nurse Jeannie first attended BMC as a camper in 1965 just one month after her diagnosis at age 12. Jeannie loves teaching, sharing and encouraging others with T1D so that they can live their lives to the fullest.



Sarah Altschuler, MD

Sarah Altschuler is a Psychiatrist whose work in the community specializes in caring for people living with chronic and persistent mental illness. She first came to Bearskin 16 years ago as a medical student to learn more about the challenges of living with chronic illness and to finally get to go to summer camp. At camp, she met Dr. Justin, then a counselor, and has been coming back to Bearskin ever since. At BMC, she works to help support people living with TID who are also struggling with mental health issues and to build resiliency in the community so everyone can live well no matter what life throws them.


T1D Sugar Mommas
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T1D Sugar Mommas is a group of moms with Type 1 Diabetes that come together for community building, events, and support.

Sugar Mommas is excited to present a panel of moms at the Adult Retreat to answer questions about family planning, pregnancy, and motherhood with T1D. They can be found on their Instagram, @t1dsugarmommas.

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