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DSMA Live with guest Lee Ann Thill (www.diabetesartday.com) with co-hosts Scott K. Johnson, George Simmons and Cherise Shockley, Founder of Diabetes Social Media Advocacy. Topic: Express Yourself

About Lee Ann

I have been providing services to children, teens and adults for over 10 years in in-patient, residential, school, and community-based settings, treating clients with a broad range of psychiatric and interpersonal issues.

Over the last few years, I have focused most of my energy on providing art therapy to people with medical issues, an interest that stems from my 30+ years living with type 1 diabetes. I have been a guest presenter at local and regional diabetes support groups, facilitated art-making activities in conjunction with various diabetes organizations and events, including the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conference, and I organize and facilitate the web-based Diabetes Art Day initiative. In addition to my work with the diabetes community, I have led workshops and groups for breast cancer survivors and fibromyalgia patients.

I am Adjunct Professor of Art Therapy at Holy Family University, a consultant for the HeART and Health program at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, and an advocate for diabetes, mental health, and arts in healthcare causes. Outside of my practice, teaching, consulting and advocacy activities, I am a painter and mixed-media artist, and a doctoral student in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University