Mary M. Austin, MA, RD, CDE, FAADE, is principal of The Austin Group, LLC, in Shelby Township, Mich., and a health management specialist/health coach specializing in diabetes for Interactive Health, located in Schaumberg, Ill. In that role, she provides weekly, employer-sponsored, one-on-one, telephonic wellness coaching for individuals who seek to improve their diabetes control, other chronic conditions, and overall wellness.

She is a past president and a fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and a past chair of the Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the American Diabetes Association. She serves as an editorial advisory board member for Endocrine Today.

Ms. Austin's professional interest in using self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) in providing diabetes self-management education is evidenced by her many publications, workshops, invited presentations, and involvement in SMBG position statement development and guidelines on a national and international level.

She co-authored chapters related to SMBG in the AADE publication, The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference, 2nd ed. and the American Diabetes Association Guide to Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes, 2nd ed.

Diabetes Spectrum Deputy Editor Alison B. Evert, MS, RD, CDE, coordinated this From Research to Practice section.