PROFILE: Experienced freelance writer/editor specializing in healthcare and patient education. Offer complete line of editorial services including writing and editing; consulting, managing and coordinating projects; and developing proposals, outlines, and content for patient education materials, books, magazines, newsletters, brochures, social media apps, and annual reports.   


  • Ghostwriter for Baby Bundle App by Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg, M.D. App listed as one of the 70 Best Apps for Families by Parents Magazine in 2014.
  • Editor for The Available Parent: Radical Optimism in Raising Teens and Tweens by John Duffy, Ph.D. (Book published by Viva Editions’ Cleis Press on May 10, 2011.)
  • Lead writer for The Smart Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, Accidents by pediatrician author Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg. (Book published by Simon & Schuster’s Free Press in March, 2010.)
  • Editing for The Total Parent: The Complete Guide to Childhood Illnesses & Injury. (Book self-published by Dr. Ron Kurzejka, M.D., in 2009.)
  • Development and editing for You: The Smart Patient by Drs. Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet Oz. (Book published by Simon & Schuster’s Free Press in February, 2006.)
  • Contributing writer for The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, published by Simon & Schuster in 1999.
  • Managing editor for the American Medical Association’s Complete Medical Encyclopedia, published by Random House in 2003.
  • Contributing writer to Chicago Insight CityGuide, published by APA Publications in 1991.


  • NorthShore University HealthSystem: Writing and editing in print and on web for NorthShore’s Foundation and Communications Department.
  • Ghost writing consumer medical column on blog for Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg.
  • Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University: Writing for main webpage, the Office of Minority & Cultural Affairs, Alumni Relations, and Ward Rounds, Feinberg’s quarterly alumni magazine.
  • Aspire of Illinois:  Newsletter, brochure, and website writing for not-for-profit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • University of Chicago: Writing profiles and features for main web site and consumer magazine.

SELECTED EXPERIENCE:                                     

THE JOINT COMMISSION, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois (2004-2007)
Editorial Manager, Publications, Joint Commission Resources

  • Developed outline, content, and spearheaded development and editing as managing editor for You: The Smart Patient, a 2006 New York Times’ Best Seller by Drs. Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen. Book was profiled on Oprah, Good Morning America, Reader’s Digest and Glamour.
  • Managed team of senior editors that produced 75 books annually and six monthly newsletters.

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, Chicago, Illinois (1999-2003)
Senior Editor, Consumer Books

  • Researched, wrote, edited, and helped manage the AMA Complete Medical Encyclopedia.
  • Additional duties as senior editor included:
    • Helped to identify 5,000 topics for the A to Z book and worked with physician editors to add and delete relevant topics.
    • Directed activities of freelance authors developing assigned topics.
    • Edited and rewrote submitted manuscripts.
    • Collaborated with physician editors and art director to refine and copy edit final manuscript and 1,500 illustrations.
    • Partnered with publisher and book designer on design and production matters.

FREELANCE WRITER/EDITOR, Chicago, Illinois (1995-1999)

  • Developed and managed freelance business; engaged writing/editorial roles with a number of prominent publications. 
  • One of 3 main writers for the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, a 1000-page book published by Simon & Schuster.
  • Writer for Prevention, Harvard Health Letter,, Healthy Living, Arthritis Today, Cancer Smart, Vim & Vigor, Notre Dame, and North Shore.

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, Chicago, Illinois (1993-1995)
Editor, Lifetime of Health

  • Provided editorial guidance for quarterly magazine with circulation of 200,000 and targeted toward current and prospective consumer patient population.
  • Worked with team of writers, copy editors, photographer, and art director to produce color publication.
  • Researched, wrote, and edited consumer health stories for the magazine.

FREELANCE WRITER/EDITOR, Chicago, Illinois  (1983-1993)

  • Developed and managed broad spectrum clientele with notable publications such as Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Vim & Vigor, Success, New Woman, Ford Times, Dynamic Years, Safety & Health, Chicago’s Insight City Guide, Notre Dame Magazine, Advertising Age, Electronic Media, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Illinois Medicine.

CRAIN’S BUSINESS INSURANCE, Chicago, Illinois (1980-1983)
Associate Editor

  • General assignment reporter for a weekly, national magazine covering national trends in occupational diseases and workplace injuries.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE SUBURBAN SECTION, Chicago, Illinois (1978-1980)

  • General interest reporter covering the Chicago suburbs; member of health team task force.


Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
B.A. in Journalism
NIU Northern Star Newspaper Hall of Fame, 2011