Meet Our Founders


Cyrus Khambatta, PhD

Cofounder, Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-author of many peer-reviewed scientific publications.

He is the co-founder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green, and is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. He co-created the Mastering Diabetes Method to reverse insulin resistance in all forms of diabetes, and has helped more than 10,000 people improve their metabolic health using low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition, intermittent fasting, and exercise.

He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference (ACLM), Plant Stock, the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and has been featured on NPR, KQED, Forks Over Knives, Healthline, Fast Company, Diet Fiction, and the wildly popular podcasts Plant Proof and Nutrition Rounds. He is a co-author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes with Robby Barbaro, MPH.


Robby Barbaro, MPH

Cofounder, Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Robby Barbaro, MPH graduated from the University of Florida and is the cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green. He worked at Forks Over Knives for six years before turning his attention in 2016 to coaching people with diabetes full time.

Robby was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 and has been living this lifestyle since 2006. In that time, while eating pounds of fruit every day, his HbA1c value has never exceeded 6.4%, and his blood glucose has been stable and easy to manage.

He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at Whole Foods Global Headquarters, VegFest LAPlant-Stock, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and has been featured on Forks Over KnivesHealthlineMedical MediumViceThrive MagazineDiet FictionThrive GlobalBestLife and the wildly popular podcasts Plant Proof and Nutrition Rounds, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD.

Robby enjoys exercising every day, spending time with friends, and sharing his lifestyle on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

Meet Our Coaches

Kylie Buckner

Kylie Buckner, RN, MSN

Masters of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse, Director of Lifestyle Change

Kylie Buckner is a registered nurse and has a master’s degree in nursing education. She has more than 18 years of experience as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit, in labor and delivery, in OB-GYN, and in pediatrics.

She has dedicated her life to caring for people as a nurse and has an in-depth understanding of the challenges of adopting a plant-based lifestyle. She is also a certified yoga teacher and has been 100% plant-based for over 6 years.


Adam Sud

Diabetes Coach, Compulsive Eating Specialist, Reversed Type 2 Diabetes

Adam used to weigh 320 pounds, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, was a drug addict, a fast food addict, and suffered from severe depression. Adam implemented a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle, and overcame food addiction, drug addiction, and type 2 diabetes.

Within 6 months Adam had reversed type 2 diabetes, lost 170 pounds, and has been sober for a little over 5 years. Adam is now a plant-based health coach who with Mastering Diabetes, and is a speaker for the Engine 2 Total Health Immersion Programs and Plant-Strong events.


Marc Ramirez

Diabetes Coach, Reversed Type 2 Diabetes

Marc Ramirez is a former University of Michigan Football player who reversed type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, psoriasis, and frequent heartburn using a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet. 

He lost 50 pounds in 3 months, and in that same time period he eliminated 5 medications that he had been taking for 10 years. He is certified through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) as a Food For Life Instructor and conducts classes and 21-Day Kickstarts to help people improve their health. He also appears in the new documentary Eating You Alive.

Meet Our Team


Jose Tejero

Customer Support Specialist and Marketing Assistant

Jose is a plant-based certified health coach with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. His mission is to spread the healing power of plant-based nutrition, exercise, and mindset modifications to conquer diabetes in a natural way.

Jose shares valuable information on how to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, cook delicious plant-based meals, and make exercise part of your daily routine. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.


Mariela Arteaga

Customer Support Specialist

Mariela Arteaga has a daughter who is living with type 1 diabetes for 5 years. She said “As a parent it is not easy to manage diabetes for your child. I wanted to understand diabetes better and was looking for healthy diet to help my daughter’s A1C improve.”

Her family has adopted a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle and enjoys eating lots of fruit. She now works as a Bilingual Customer Support Specialist and has a passion to share the coaching program with others. She is very excited to welcome new members begin their journey in the Mastering Diabetes Coaching Program.

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Jessica Stidham

Community Manager and Podcast Manager

Jessica Stidham has been living with type 1 diabetes for more than 24 years. She began eating a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet to reverse insulin resistance 3 years ago, and has excellent blood glucose control. She has gained full control of diabetes and has eliminated unnecessary oral medication as well. 

While finishing school, Jessica is a part of the support staff, podcast management and she loves gathering testimonial success stories from our wonderful members.