Several common threads – health, literacy, language, communication – inform all of my professional work.
Health Writing and Editing
I’ve been a health content writer for over 15 years.
During that time, I have written patient education pieces in a variety of areas, including cardiology, gastroenterology, pediatrics, optometry, fertility preservation, and more.
Currently, most of my work focuses on patient education in urology, gynecology, cancer, and sexual health for the International Society for Sexual Medicine and SexHealthMatters, the patient website for the Sexual Medicine Society of North America. Formats include the following:
Q & A items
social media posts
I also write Twitter and Facebook posts for private practices in psychiatry and neurology.
For two years, I was the primary caregiver for an elderly relative with dementia.
Being a caregiver taught me a lot about health communication. So many aspects of our lives, from getting ready in the morning to making dinner at night, take more steps than we realize. As a caregiver, I learned how to break steps down and explain them with compassion and patience.
The experience also taught me a lot about the American healthcare system, eldercare, rehabilitation and nursing home placements, and the legal and financial issues faced by dementia patients and their families.
I spent over 15 years working with adults learning English as an additional language (sometimes referred to as ESL or ESOL). Such roles included tutoring, facilitating conversation groups, language assessment, and substitute teaching.
Through these experiences, I have seen firsthand how important language and culture is to health communication. We all approach healthcare in different ways. Understanding what patients bring to the table goes a long way in designing and crafting health messages for these populations.
University of Massachusetts at Boston
MA in Applied Linguistics
Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
BA in English – specialization in book publishing
Minor in Communications
University of California at Berkeley Extension – Editing Certificate
American Medical Writers Association – Essential Skills Certificate