Gary Gilles is a freelance health writer, university instructor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in private practice in Palatine, IL. He specializes in helping individuals and families with diabetes. Gary also has an 18-year-old son with type 1 diabetes, who was diagnosed at 9 months of age.
Gary began his counseling practice in 1987 and served as a diabetes counselor in a hospital-based inpatient/outpatient diabetes clinic at Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines, IL for four years. He has also taught and written extensively on a wide range of health-related topics, and developed more than 30 health-related courses for both online and traditional classroom use.
He regularly teaches health psychology workshops to social service professionals at the University of Chicago and at other schools, agencies and businesses. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University and Trinity International University, where he teaches psychology courses in a traditional classroom environment and online.
Gary earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from the same university. He obtained his license to practice in the State of Illinois in 1995.
By Gary Gilles:
My introduction to type 1 diabetes started when my 9-month-old son was diagnosed in the summer of 1990. After a ten-day stay in the hospital, my wife and I took our son home and began the long and often challenging journey of learning how to raise a child with diabetes. In the 1990s, I decided to take my ever-increasing knowledge of diabetes and reach out to individuals and families in my counseling practice who needed help. As a result of both my personal and clinical experience, I am convinced that it is possible to live a full and satisfying life despite having type 1 diabetes -- it just takes a deliberate effort to make good choices along the way.
My goal is for this site to provide you with the information, inspiration and encouragement you need to practice optimum self-care -- be it for yourself, or for your child.