Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, educators and staff works to provide treatment, care and education that empower our patients to effectively manage their diabetes for a lifetime. Our approach distinguishes us as a globally renowned research hub and a treatment center of choice. 

Kovler Diabetes Center encompasses research, patient care, professional training and patient education. We empower our patients through treatment, education and specialist access. Evidence is the foundation of our treatment protocol. We focus on applied research to enhance patient care. Our team of specialists and educators addresses the full range of patient needs, from the physical to the social and emotional.

Our Diabetes Care Team

Kovler Diabetes Center Team

Bogdana Gryniv, APN 

Bogdana Gryniv is a advanced practice nurse in the endocrinology clinic at the Kovler Diabetes Center. Bogdana has experience in a variety of medical settings including with lung and heart transplant patients.

DeShawndra Robinson, CMA 

Deshawndra Robinson is a certified medical assistant and has experience working with pediatric, adult and geriatric populations.

Felicia Hernandez, MA 

Felicia Hernandez is a Spanish-speaking medical assistant.

Gesalle Martinez, RN, BSN, MHA 

Gesalle Martinez is the nurse manager of endocrinology, pulmonology and rheumatology.   

LaToya Bradford, BSH

LaToya Bradford has served in several functions and leadership roles throughout the ambulatory outpatient clinics at the University of Chicago Medicine. LaToya is a liaison between endocrine clinic providers, staff, patients and insurance companies. She ensures that authorizations for medications and supplies are successful, a critical component to providing positive patient treatment outcomes.  

Sophie Gadomski 

Sophie Gadomski brings over 30 years of experience of working as a patient services representative in the endocrinology clinic.

Tyneilya Baskin, LPN 

Tyneilya Baskin started her career as a ventilator nurse in a long-term and rehabilitative care facility. In the years since, Tyneilya has pursued further training in long-term care and acute care.

Valeria Jones 

Valeria Jones is a patient services representative. She helps check patients in and out for their appointments and coordinates follow up care with their providers.

Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD

Amy Hess-Fischl is an advanced practice dietitian and coordinator for Kovler’s Teen InTransit program, a unique diabetes program for adolescents and teens with diabetes. She speaks internationally on diabetes topics including children and teens with diabetes, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. 

Bernadine Holland, MSN, RN

Bernadine Holland is a certified diabetes resource nurse who welcomes the daily opportunities to empower patients to manage their diabetes confidently, consistently and serenely. 

Elizabeth Murphy, MS, RDN, LDN

Elizabeth Murphy is a registered dietitian and educates patients on the importance of integrating a well-balanced eating pattern into their lives to help manage diabetes. She helps patients develop and attain nutrition goals to improve their health and diabetes outcomes.  

Margaret Allison, PharmD, BCACP 

Margaret Allison is clinical pharmacy specialist at UChicago Medicine.

Nancy Jerger, BSN, RN, RD

Nancy Jerger is a diabetes nurse educator, serving the inpatient population with diabetes. Nancy and her team provide patients of all ages with introductions to diabetes care, one-on-one demonstrations of insulin administration, tips on medication management and dietary recommendations. Nancy also provides diabetes education to nurses and staff in all areas of the hospital to ensure all staff are providing the best care possible to patients with diabetes. 

Regina Cox-Brown, RN, BSN

Regina Cox-Brown provides diabetes education to inpatients with diabetes. Regina and her team provide patients of all ages with introductions to diabetes care, one-on-one demonstrations of insulin administration, tips on medication management and dietary recommendations. Regina is a certified lactation counselor and has taught diabetes and new parent classes in the OB/GYN clinic. 

Taylor Durkin, RD

Taylor Durkin is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Taylor educates patients on the importance of integrating a well-balanced eating pattern into their lives to help manage diabetes. She also supports them in developing and attaining their nutrition goals to improve health and diabetes outcomes. 

Alexa Stern 

Alexa Stern is a psychology extern in the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Loyola University Chicago. As a health and wellness counselor at the Kovler Diabetes Center, Alexa meets with children, adolescents, and adults to encourage healthy adjustment, reduce distress and address barriers to self-management of diabetes. Alexa’s research interests center on promoting psychosocial well-being and supporting development among youth with chronic health conditions. 

Annie Schrayer 

Annie Schrayer is a pediatric psychology extern in the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Roosevelt University. Annie works alongside adults, children, adolescents and their families to help manage their diabetes care. Together, Annie and her patients work on reducing stress, finding healthy ways to adjust, and addressing barriers to the self-management of diabetes. 

Elysia Soria  

Elysia Soria is a psychology extern of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Pediatric Psychology program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Elysia works with diverse individuals across the lifespan to foster healthy adjustment by promoting psychosocial well-being and addresses barriers to management of diabetes through culturally responsive care. Elysia is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Roosevelt University. Her research interests include increasing representation of underrepresented groups from strengths-based perspectives. 

Harley Goldenthal 

Hayley Goldenthal is a psychology extern in the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As a health and wellness counselor at the Kovler Diabetes Center, Hayley meets with youth and adults to promote healthy adjustment, reduce distress and address barriers to management of diabetes. Her research focuses on increasing access to care for underserved youth, particularly in the context of life stressors and trauma exposure. 

Illayna Mehrtens, PhD 

Dr. Mehrtens is a post-doctoral fellow in pediatric psychology in the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Mehrtens meets with children, adolescents and adults to promote healthy adjustment, address barriers to diabetes self-management and reduce distress and mental health concerns in patients with diabetes. Dr. Mehrtens also provides psychotherapy and supportive services for patients presenting to University of Chicago Medicine subspecialty clinics and general outpatient child psychology program. Dr. Mehrtens’s research interests center broadly on child and adolescent health disparities in underserved populations, particularly LGBTQ+ youth. 

Lauren Hindt 

Lauren Hindt is a psychology extern in the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Loyola University Chicago. As a health and wellness counselor at the Kovler Diabetes Center, Lauren meets with youth and adults of all ages to foster healthy adjustment, reduce stress and address barriers to management of diabetes. Her research focuses on promoting the health and well-being of youth and strengthening families from underserved backgrounds, particularly in the context of familial incarceration. 

Lindsay Katz 

Lindsay Katz is a pediatric psychology and pediatric neuropsychology extern in the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Roosevelt University. Lindsay works alongside adults, children, adolescents and their families to help manage their diabetes care. 

  • Colleen Bender, BS, BSN, RN – Clinical Research Nurse
  • Cristy Miles, MPH, MBA - Clinical Research Coordinator 
  • Gail Gannon, APN, FNP-C  - Clinical Trials Manager 
  • Rabia Ali, MSN, RN, CDE - Clinical Research Nurse 
  • Lisa Letourneau-Frieberg, MPH, RD, LDN - Diabetes and Genetics Research Manager 
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