Several common threads – consideration of the audience, clear language, and communication – inform all of my professional work.
Health Writing and Editing
I’ve been a freelance 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, cancer, sexual health, and more.
Formats have included the following:
overviews of health conditions
Q & A items
social media posts
Recently, most of my health-related work has focused on urology topics for clients of Remedy Health Media.
I also write Twitter and Facebook posts for private practices in psychiatry and neurology.
Language and Literacy
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.
I've also seen how sharing stories - of family life, travel, immigration, and other topics - adds meaning to our lives and the lives of others. Helping students write their stories was a humbling, amazing experience.
Education and Professional Development
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
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)
ACES - The Society for Editing
Plain Language Association International (PLAIN)