Gary Ritz is a pharmacist and a practicing podiatrist. He has also been a type 1 diabetic for 37 years. Dr. Ritz received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Ohio State University. He then went on to become a doctor of podiatric medicine, receiving his DPM from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, where he was also employed as an associate professor from 1987-1997, specializing in diabetic foot care. Over the course of his long career, Dr. Ritz has published many papers and articles regarding the care of diabetic patients. He has run his own podiatry clinic for over 30 years, during which time he estimates he has treated more than 10,000 patients with diabetes. He also has two sons with type 1 diabetes, and brings a crucial understanding of the challenges and stress experienced by parents of children with type 1 diabetes.