Amy is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DiabetesMine, a leading online information destination for people with diabetes and one of the top health blogs around the country and the world. As of January 2015, DiabetesMine became part of San Francisco-based Healthline Networks, where Amy now also serves as Editorial Director, Diabetes & Patient Advocacy.
Amy's a journalist / blogger and patient advocate who started DiabetesMine.com after her diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes/LADA in 2003. The site has won numerous awards and was recently named the No. 1 diabetes influencer by ShareCare.com and the American Diabetes Association.
She is the co-author, along with Dr. Richard Jackson of the Joslin Diabetes Center, of Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes — a unique motivational guide to the 5 key medical tests that everyone with diabetes should have and monitor regularly.
Amy has made it her personal mission to spur innovation in diabetes care that actually originates with patients. She penned an Open Letter to Steve Jobs in 2007 that went viral, developing into an international crowdsourcing competition called the DiabetesMine Design Challenge. The competition was underwritten by the California HealthCare Foundation, and supported by IDEO, a leading design firm with close ties to Stanford University.
That competition culminated in the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit, a unique annual gathering of diabetes stakeholders held at Stanford University School of Medicine. This event also spawned the DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange, a bi-annual forum for diabetes and health technology innovators.
Previously, Amy helped conceptualize and launch DiabeticConnect.com, the fastest-growing and most successful social networking site for people with diabetes, with over 800,000 registered members to date.
Amy has a Master's in communication studies from UC Santa Barbara, and before the diabetes, had a career in high-tech communications. She has become a well-known consultant and public speaker at national diabetes, healthcare and health technology events, and periodic guest lecturer at Stanford University on health design topics.
Amy lives on the fringes of San Francisco, CA, with her husband, three daughters, and a calico cat.
Contact Amy about speaking engagements, or other project work here.
(Updated Jan. 2018)