is President of InBalance Healthcare, a counseling and education
service for health care professionals and adults and children with
diabetes. He helped start and build the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center
at Columbia-Presbyterian, a comprehensive, family-focused center
for diabetes research, education and patient care, where he served
as the Associate Director of Clinical Services. He has also worked
as a consultant to Children's Hospital Oakland, helping them to
expand and develop their clinical diabetes program. He is currently
with the Oakland Unified School District where he is coordinating
the implementation of a unique in-district diabetes program.
professional who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 40 years, Mr.
Solowiejczyk has been able to translate his personal experience
into patient care. As a diabetes nurse educator and family therapist,
he specializes in assessing how family dynamics impact management
of diabetes and designing interventions that result in more effective
coping and optimal metabolic control.
has worked extensively with both patients and professionals on the
family-oriented approach to diabetes management. He has consulted
with diabetes clinics in the U.S. and abroad on the design of educational
and counseling programs for both children and adults. He has conducted
workshops for parents to help them cope with the diagnosis and daily
challenge of living with diabetes, as well as workshops for health
care professionals on integrating family therapy into clinical practice.
He has also adapted this model to work with children and adults
with Type 2 diabetes. He has appeared in San Francisco/Bay Area
newspapers, local television and radio, as well as National Public
Radio, "All Things Considered".
He is a graduate
of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude), Bryn Mawr Graduate
School of Social Work (Masters in Social Services), and San Francisco
State University, where he received his degree in Nursing. He has
an appointment as an adjunct clinical instructor at the Columbia
University School of Nursing.