ABOUT DR KAT

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The picture is me, around 12 years of age.

I'm the girl that scrawled 'flabo' on my thighs. "I thought that if I got the body I wanted, I would finally be happy". I thought, finally, everybody would love me... but thinking like that meant happiness couldn't have been further away. 

If this even remotely resonates with you, I'm so glad to meet you, you're in the right place. 

Looking back I can see I had the “perfect body”, but I was anything but happy.

I exercised for hours a day. I ran with blood filled shoes. I ran when I had hip pain, later finding out I had a fractured pelvis…and to top things off, a fractured coccyx too.

"Meal time was like prison time."

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The irony is that I loved food! I even was a pastry chef and a restaurant owner! But on the other hand, food was my prison. I would exercise all that food off, or get rid of it in whatever way I could (I’ll spare you the details).

I studied for 10 years completing and have even received numerous scholarships and awards for my study and work. Meaning, I knew exactly how my body worked, yet I still punished it daily with harder workouts and yo-yoing my food intake.

"I still have bad days, and I’m not ashamed to say it."

People with past eating disorders or body confidence issues often say they’ll never be 'normal'. I wish I could disagree - I still have bad days, and I’m not ashamed to say it. But, I do believe that we can learn to thrive with an eating disorder, and even have an amazing life because of it.

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I’ve had thoughts of suicide three times in my life, which was the times when I felt I couldn't sink any lower. Looking back, it was the best thing that ever happened to me (yes, you read that correctly). Because once you've defeated that bad-ass monster, that dark cloud that tells you you're not good enough, all your other life demons are easier to overcome.

"That’s why I love what I do." I know the demons you're facing – I’ve looked them in the eye. But I’ve built up a damn good collection of research-based tools to kick their asses, and I'd like nothing more than to share those tools with the world.

"I'm lucky enough to be here, and my goal is to teach people the POWER OF CONFIDENCE!" 

 

Quick Glance of Credentials

+ EDUCATION

Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, Graduate Certificate in Counselling.
Graduate-level certification based on understanding the counselling relationship, the key feature of an effective counselling practice, in addition to performing critical appraisals on counselling literature. (Oct 2016 – February 2018).

University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, Ph.D.
Thesis: Optimizing diabetes management using continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMSs). July 2008 – June 2012.

York University, Toronto, Canada, M.Sc., Endocrinology & Exercise Physiology,
Thesis: Exercise Effects on Acute and Late Glycemic Management in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes, 2005 – 2008.

York University, Toronto, Canada, B.A., Kinesiology & Health Science, Specialized Honours, Summa Cum Laude.
Concurrent degree in Fitness Assessment & Training Stream, Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP), Canadian Society for Exercise of Physiology, 2002 – 2005.

St. Stephen’s School, Rome, Italy.
High school diploma with International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in macro-economics and applied mathematics, Trustee's Medal for highest GPA. 1994 – 1996.

+ AWARDS & CERTIFICATION

  • Nominated 40 Under 40 Award (2016, 2017; did not enter)
  • Nominated Telstra Women’s Business Award (2016, 2017; did not enter)
  • Short-listed for the Australian National Seed Award (Type 1 Diabetes Network) 2010
  • Industrial Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) 2008-11; first of five awarded of 200 applicants
  • University Postgraduate Award (International Student) 2008-11
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) 2007-08 (declined)
  • NSERC Canadian Post-Graduate Scholarship (CGS-M) 2006-07
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) 2006-07 (declined)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) 2005-06
  • York University Graduate Scholarship; Teaching Assistantship 2005-07
  • York University Graduate Scholarship; Research Assistantship 2005-06
  • Short-listed for Killam Fellowship 2004, NSERC short-list 2005
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (2004)
  • Professional Fitness & Lifestyle Consultant, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (2003)
  • Continuing Education Scholarship 2002, Bursaries 2002-05
  • Dean’s List for academic achievement 2002-04

+ MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Psychological Association - International Affiliate Member (current)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) - Academic Member (current)
  • Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) - Associate Member (current)

+ PUBLISHED WORK

Scientific Journals & Book Chapters

  • Yardley, J.E., Riddell, M.C., B.A. Perkins, Iscoe, K.E. Sigal, R.J. Insulin Pump Therapy is Associated with Less Post-exercise Hyperglycemia than Multiple Daily Injections: An Observational Study of Physically-Active Type 1 Diabetes Patients. Diabetes Technol Ther. Oct 2012. In Press.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Davey, R.J. and Fournier, P.A., Is the response of continuous glucose monitors to physiological changes in blood glucose levels affected by sensor life? Diabetes Technol Ther. 2012 Feb;14(2):135-42. Epub 2011 Dec 9.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Davey, R.J. and Fournier, P.A., Do different glucose levels at calibration influence accuracy of continuous glucose monitoring readings in vitro? J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2012 Mar 1;6(2):477-8.
  • Iscoe, K.E. and Riddell, M.C., Continuous Moderate Exercise With or Without the Addition of Intermittent High Intensity Work: Effects on Acute and Late Glycemic Management in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes. Diabet Med. 2011 Mar 9 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Iscoe, K.E., Davey, R.J. and Fournier, P.A., Efficacy of a continuous glucose monitoring system for the detection of exercise-induced hypoglycaemia. Diabetes Care. 2011 June; 34(6):e109.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Diabetes Fits Sports & Education Camps: Putting Research into Action. Clinical Diabetes. 2010 July; 28(3):124-126.
  • Iscoe, K.E. and Riddell, M.C., High Rates of Nocturnal Hypoglycemia in a Unique Sports Camp for Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes: Observations Learned from CGMS. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2008 September;32(3):182-189.
  • Riddell, M.C., Jamnik, V.K., Iscoe, K.E., Timmons, B.W., Gledhill, N. Fat Oxidation During Exercise and the Exercise Intensity that Elicits Maximal Fat Oxidation in Pre-Pubertal and Young Adult Males. Journal of Applied Physiology, 2008 Aug; 105(2):742-8. Epub June 5, 2008.
  • Iscoe, K.E. and Riddell, M.C. The International Olympic Committee Volume XIII Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine: Type 1 Diabetes and Sports. The Young Athlete, 2nd Edition. Blackwell Publishing, p372-385, 2008. Editors: H. Hebestreit and O. Bar-Or.
  • Iscoe, K.E., and Riddell, M.C. Insulin Adjustments & Physical Activity: A Guideline for Type 1 Diabetes. The Diabetes Communicator, CDA. October, 2007.
  • Iscoe, K.E., B.A. Perkins, and M.C. Riddell. Type 1 Diabetes & Aerobic Exercise: Strategies for Optimal Glycemic Control. Diabetes Communiqué. May/June pages 6-8, 2007.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Campbell, J.E., Jamnik,V., Perkins, B.A., Riddell, M.C. Efficacy of Continuous Real-Time Blood Glucose Monitoring During and After Prolonged High Intensity Cycling Exercise: Spinning with CGMS. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics. 2006. Dec;8(6):627-35.
  • Riddell, M. C. and Iscoe, K.E. Physical Activity, Sport & Pediatric Diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes. 2006; 7(1):60- 70.

+ Abstracts

  • Iscoe, K.E., Davey, R.J. and Fournier, P.A., Does the calibration value influence accuracy of continuous glucose monitoring readings in vitro? The Australian Diabetes Society and Australian Diabetes Educators Association Conference, Poster Session, August 2011.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Davey, R.J. and Fournier, P.A., Is sensor accuracy within euglycaemic range affected by sensor life? A systematic investigation of continuous glucose monitoring accuracy over time. The Australian Diabetes Society and Australian Diabetes Educators Association Conference, Poster Session, August 2011.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Davey, R.J. and Fournier, P.A., Is the Accuracy and Lag of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems in Measuring Physiological Changes in Blood Glucose Levels Affected by Sensor Life? American Diabetes Association, Oral Presentation, June 2011.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Davey, R.J. and Fournier, P.A., Does Glucose Level at Calibration Influence Accuracy of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Readings In Vitro? American Diabetes Association, Poster Session, June 2011.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Davey, R.J. and Fournier, P.A., Prevention of exercise-induced hypoglycaemia by increasing the low glucose alarm of a continuous glucose monitoring system. CAHS Research Symposium, October 2010.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Davey, R.J. and Fournier, P.A., Prevention of exercise-induced hypoglycaemia by increasing the low glucose alarm of a continuous glucose monitoring system. Combined Biological Sciences Meeting, August 2010.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Davey, R.J. and Fournier, P.A., Efficacy of a continuous glucose monitoring system for the detection of exercise-induced hypoglycemia. American Diabetes Association, June 2010.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Corcoran, M, and Riddell, M.C., Nocturnal Hypoglycemia in a Sports Camp for Athlete’s with Type 1 Diabetes. Ontario Exercise Physiology Conference, Conference Handbook, January 2007.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Campbell, J.E., Jamnik,V., Perkins, B.A., Riddell, M.C. Efficacy of Continuous Real Time Blood Glucose Monitoring During and After Prolonged High Intensity Cycling Exercise: Spinning with CGMS. Canadian Diabetes Association, Conference Handbook, October 2006.
  • Iscoe, K.E., Campbell, J.E., Jamnik,V., Perkins, B.A., Riddell, M.C. Efficacy of Continuous Real Time Blood Glucose Monitoring During and After Prolonged High Intensity Cycling Exercise: Spinning with CGMS. Ontario Exercise Physiology Conference, Conference Handbook, January 2006.

+ Other publications

  • Iscoe, K.E. Simply Forever: Super easy fad-free recipes to get you cooking. Published January 2016. ISBN 978-0-646-94749-5.

  • Iscoe, K.E. A Girl’s Guide to Body Confidence. Filled with relatable stories and Dr Katherine's cheeky metaphors, this book is guaranteed to have you laughing, crying and most importantly, strutting with confidence. Available September 2018.

 
 

"Dr Kat has taught me the skills to jump the “self dislike” hurdle!”

-Lyn Uniewicz Rosillo 

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