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How About Those Diabetes Transitions?

Total Credits: 2.00 including 2.00 AOA Category 1-A, 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1

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How About Those Diabetes Transitions?

Tala Dajani, MD, MPH; Melissa Petrick, MS, APRN, FNP-C

  • Demonstrate the age-related transitions in diabetes mellitus care through the life span
  • Outline the challenges with diabetes mellitus transitions throughout the life span
  • Present strategies to support transitions at different stages in life span

Dr. Dajani had no disclosures.
Ms. Petrick has no disclosures.

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Tala Dajani, MD, MPH's Profile

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 As a pediatric and internal medicine trained clinician educator with a passion to empower families and optimize well-being, Dr. Tala Dajani enjoys for caring for children at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville, NC.  She was a clinical educator at ATSU-SOMA from 2017-2021. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 1998, pediatric endocrinology fellowship training from Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2005 and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Arizona in 2005. She cared for children as an endocrinology faculty member at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) from 2005 to 2010. At PCH, she served as the founding medical director of the diabetes center and lipid clinic, leading the program to the first national accreditation and center of excellence status. Dr Dajani operated and cared for patients at Pediatric Endocrinology of Phoenix from 2010 to 2017 during which time she furthered her expertise and experience in the endocrine care of the survivor of childhood cancer, special needs population, transgender and those living with cystic fibrosis. In 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, her peers voted Dr. Dajani as a National Top Doctor. At SOMA, Dr. Dajani participates in the planning and implementation of the Osteopathic Wellness Lifestyle and Culinary Experiential Curriculum. She cares for children at Children’s Rehabilitative Services endocrine clinic weekly (2005-present). Dr Dajani enjoys playing viola, teaching yoga, exploring nature and practicing mindfulness.

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Melissa Petrick, MS, APRN, FNP-C's Profile

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Melissa Petrick is a registered nurse with over 18 years of practice in a myriad of health care settings. She obtained her BSN and MS degrees from the University of Arizona College of Nursing in 2002 and 2004. Bedside experience includes primary care, acute care, chronic disease management, and outpatient care. Melissa has had a unique career with a blend of nursing practice within in-patient, out-patient, academia, research, telemedicine, as well as, educational and business experience in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2018, she obtained her post-masters family nurse practitioner (FNP) certificate from Grand Canyon University. As an FNP, she has had experience in both adult and pediatric primary care settings. Melissa’s most recent endeavor includes her current position as a Community Medical Liaison in the respiratory therapeutic area as well as adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing. She is passionate about ongoing health care quality improvement, both as an individual and organization, collaborative practice between all facets of healthcare, empowering providers and patients with knowledge to enable patients to serve as their own health care advocate, and challenging students in the academic environment. Personally, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, a pharmacist, and their three children. Most weekends you can find her on the sidelines of a basketball court cheering on her sons, hiking, or having an impromptu kitchen dance party. 

Melissa is ecstatic to have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Dajani on a very passionate topic, diabetes. She has volunteered for years at the local ADA chapter’s diabetes camp, Camp AZDA, as both a diabetic counselor and medical staff. Melissa has lived with type 1 diabetes for almost 36 years. She has the unique lens of both a patient and a provider. Melissa hopes that in sharing her perspective she will help dissolve barriers for both patients and providers alike.

Ms. Petrick has no disclosures.



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