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The following lists the credentials and background of those who created or edited the content on this site.

Authors and editors’ credentials are verified with their state’s professional licensing or medical board to ensure that debarment or the suspension or revoke of licensure has not occurred. If an editor or author does not have a current professional license, then s/he will not perform any clinical duties until a professional license has been obtained and verified by the employee’s state licensing or medical board. After hire, the process to verify certifications and/or licenses of authors and editors occurs every one to two years.

EDITORS: Some of the people listed below work or freelance for Krames StayWell (KSW), a major content contributor to StayWell Solutions Online (SSO).

David Abelson

Medical editor, Park Nicollet Medical Center

Louise Akin, RN, BSN

Lu manages the medical review processes and a staff of clinical content coordinators for Krames StayWell’s division of digital content. Ms. Akin has over 16 years of professional experience in health care. She worked primarily in a cardiovascular (CV) surgical step-down unit and an intensive care unit (ICU) at a major teaching hospital  in Atlanta, Ga. Ms. Akin served on the Residency Preceptor CV Department Representative for Joint Commission Survey and mentored new nurses in the CVICU. As department Safety Representative, Louise was responsible for coordinating staff education for Joint Commission Surveys. She has worked as a Telephone Triage nurse in the cardiovascular area providing patient education and management of pro-times in CVICU, as well as directed staff orientation and the development of the Right Heart Cath program and services. Louise is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society.

Andrew Bailey, RN, BSN, MEd

Mr. Bailey is a former editor for KSW. He has over 14 years of nursing experience within a variety of clinical areas. He served as an Infectious Disease Clinical Nurse Specialist at a major teaching hospital clinic, and as a Senior Clinic Nurse in the Digestive Diseases Division. He worked as a Staff Nurse on the Solid Organ Transplant Unit at a major teaching hospital and on the Neurosciences Unit of an area hospital. He was the Senior Nurse in a private practice internal medicine clinic, and prior to nursing school, Andrew earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Community Counseling.

Sherry Baker

A freelance writer and editor for KSW since 2008, Ms. Baker is a highly experienced and widely published science, health, and medical writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has written for academic audiences, scientists, nurses, physicians, and healthcare consumers. Sherry's experience includes feature articles, hard news columns, monographs, case studies ("ghosting" for doctors), newsletters (both for physicians and for lay people), press releases, video scripts, public service announcements, and much more. Ms. Baker has over three thousand feature stories, interviews, columns, and investigative reports published in a wide variety of local, national, and international magazines, newspapers, and newsletters - Newsweek, Discover, Health, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Yoga Journal, Optometry, Atlanta, Arthritis Today, Reader's Digest, Natural Healing Newsletter, and many others. She has also written dozens of articles for UCLA's "Healthy Years" newsletter, Mount Sinai School of Medicine's "Focus on Health Aging" newsletter, and the Cleveland Clinic's "Men's Health Advisor" newsletter.

Judith A. Berry, PhD, APRN

A freelance editor and writer for KSW, Ms. Berry is an associate professor in the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. She is a board-certified adult and family nurse practitioner. In 2006, Ms. Berry received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing and has almost 30 years of professional experience in health care.

Nancy A. Bowers, RN, BSN, MPH

Ms. Bowers is a freelance editor and writer for KSW. She has over 30 years of nursing experience in labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, newborn nursery, health care consulting, in vitro fertilization, childbirth, diabetes and prenatal education. Nancy is a published author of several textbooks, pamphlets and journal articles. She has presented on a national and local level to professional organizations. Ms. Bowers is the president of Marvelous Multiples Inc.

Carolyn S. Brown, RN, MN, CCRN, CNS

Ms. Brown is a freelance editor for KSW. She has over 30 years of nursing experience in oncology, critical care, cardiopulmonary, and cardiology in two academic medical center settings. Carolyn received a certification as a critical care nurse in 1986, and became a certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in 1990. Ms. Brown is a clinical coordinator of cardiology for a major academic medical center in metro Atlanta.

Sylvia Byrd, RN, BSN, MBA

Ms. Byrd is a former editor and writer for KSW. She has several years of clinical experience in medical, cardiac, and critical care nursing. Sylvia has worked as a case manager of complex medical cases and disease management. Her experiences also include medical consulting and training with several large health care payor organizations. Ms. Byrd is a certified legal nurse consultant and has assisted in several medico-legal litigation cases.

Brenda Conaway

Ms. Conaway is a former Senior Managing Editor for print content for KSW. She edits six publications specializing in disease management, behavior change, and consumer health. Prior to joining KSW, she held positions in textbook publishing and nutrition research. Ms. Conaway has also been a nutrition class instructor, an editor, and a coordinator of research studies.

Lisa Cranwell-Bruce, RN, MS, FNP-C

Ms. Cranwell-Bruce has been a freelance editor for KSW since 2007. She has been a nurse for over 25 years, and became certified as an advanced practice nurse in 1997. Lisa is a clinical nursing instructor at a major academic institution located in metro Atlanta, where she coordinates an undergraduate course in pharmacology and a graduate level course in advance physical assessment.

Kathleen Dailey

Ms. Dailey is a former Senior Editor for KSW. Before coming to KSW in 2000, she worked as an editor at PR Newswire.

Sandra Deden

Ms. Deden is a former editor and writer for KSW. Before coming to KSW in 1999, she was an assistant editor and writer for a Boston-based medical magazine. She also worked as a reporter for Boston University, covering the School of Medicine beat for three years. She has more than 14 years of writing and editing experience. Ms. Deden received her master's degree in writing and publishing from Emerson College in Boston.

Stephanie English

Ms. English is a former editor and writer for KSW. She wrote and edited articles for one of the company's Medicaid publications and for a 36-page health and wellness magazine. Stephanie has extensive experience writing and editing women's health, parenting, and low-literacy articles. Before joining KSW in 1993, she was a newspaper reporter.

JoAnn Eudes, RN, MS

A former vice president of clinical content, editor and writer for KSW, Ms. Eudes has more than 35 years of nursing experience. She started her nursing career as a Lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps and subsequently has held various leadership and clinical roles in many health care organizations. In addition, JoAnn has served as an Assistant Professor at a major university, where she received the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award. Throughout her nursing career, JoAnn has always had a passion for patient and consumer health education. She has many years of experience in medical, surgical, and critical care settings.

Joy Fincannon, RN, MS

Ms. Fincannon, a former vice president of clinical content, works as a freelance editor and writer for KSW. Joy is a masters-prepared psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and is an oncology-certified nurse. She has been in a variety of clinical practice settings for 30 years. Joy has worked as a medical editor developing, editing, and managing internet health content for national organizations and companies for the last eight years. She has clinical experience in medical surgical intensive care, oncology care, diabetes research, hospice and palliative care, psychiatric and psychiatric liaison nursing. Additionally, Joy has published in numerous professional oncology journals. She has co-authored two books, Couples Confronting Cancer: Keeping Your Relationship Strong and Cancer in the Family: Helping children Cope With a Parent's Illness. Ms Fincannon has also maintained a private practice in mental health, counseling a diverse consumer population for many year.

Cara Finnegan

A writer and editor since 2005 specializing in health care, business, parenting, and consumer issues. Ms. Finnegan previously worked as an editor on numerous publications for KSW. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a graduate certificate in publishing from Emerson College.

Laura B. Fiveash, PhD, MPH, RD

A freelance editor for KSW since 2007, Ms. Fiveash has held several positions in the field of clinical nutrition for major health care centers. She is a teaching assistant in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health at a major teaching medical institution in Birmingham, Ala.

Barbara Floria

Founding editor of Vitality magazine in 1987, Ms. Floria is responsible for editing all editorial products for Vitality, a major content source for StayWell Solutions Online. She also writes and edits six quarterly special supplements covering self care and prevention, substance abuse, back care and ergonomics, chronic conditions, healthy weight maintenance, and senior health issues. She has also written 25 single topic wellness brochures. Prior to coming to KSW, Barbara held editorial positions at MD Magazine and Cosmopolitan. She has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years.

Marianne Fraiser, MSN, RN

Marianne is a clinical content coordinator at KSW and has an expertise in public health, gerontology, hospice, health promotion, and chronic disease management.  She has extensive clinical experience in case management, patient education with high risk populations, health care disparities, gerontology, hospice, and health care policy.  Marianne has also developed and taught community health nursing courses in university settings and implemented both national and international public health clinical experiences in geographic areas at high risk for health problems.  In addition to her bachelor’s degree in nursing, she has a master’s degree in community health and cultural anthropology, and doctoral work in health policy, American national government, and biomedical ethics. 

Donna Freeborn, PhD, CNM, FNP

A freelance editor and writer for KSW, Ms. Freeborn is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. She is a board-certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner. In 2008, Ms. Freeborn received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing and has over 35 years of professional experience in health care.

Laurie Fronek

A freelance writer and editor since 1995 who specializes in health and medical topics. Ms. Fronek's work includes numerous articles on subjects ranging from exercise, stress reduction, disease prevention, disease detection, and disease management. She also served as an editor and content producer for the website OnHealth.com.

Sara Foster, RN, MPH

Ms. Foster, a former director of clinical content, works as a freelance editor and writer for KSW. Ms. Foster has spent many years in critical care nursing, primarily in the specialty of cardiovascular surgical ICU in academic medical center settings. She was certified in critical care nursing by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for 21 years until leaving active clinical practice. Sara held a management position at a heart center located in metro Atlanta, where she developed patient and staff educational materials. She co-authored a self-paced learning program for heart failure patients that was used in a joint venture educational program with United Healthcare. Ms. Foster holds a master's degree in public health, in the area of health policy and management.

Kelly Gaskin, RN, MSN, CPNP

Ms. Gaskin is a freelance editor for KSW who works as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) at one of the major teaching hospital in the metro Atlanta area.

Cynthia Godsey, MSN, APRN, MSHE, FNP-BC

Cynthia is the director of clinical content for KSW and from 2000 to 2007 she was the director of Product Content for HealthInk, Medimedia. Ms. Godsey has a master’s degree in Advance Practice Nursing and in Health Education. She also has a master’s certificate in Clinical Informatics. In addition to Cynthia’s work with KSW, she has 17 years' experience as an APRN (advance practice registered nurse) in primary and specialty care clinics; 11 years as a director and planner for nonprofit organizations and multiple State, Federal Public Health Programs; and five years' experience as an RN. Ms Godsey lived in Botswana Africa for two years and during the past eight years, she has worked with a Utah based voluntary organization to plan and conduct sustainable health programs in Mexico, Peru, and most recently, in Nepal.

Sarah E. Goodwin, BS, BA

Ms. Goodwin has been a freelance editor and writer for KSW since 2004. For the past 25 years, she has been involved in health care and higher education communications, as well as directing media relations for several major academic institutions, organizations and health care facilities. Sara currently serves as an assistant vice president and director of media relations at a major academic institution in the metro Atlanta area.

Jennifer Hayes Harrell, MA, RD, LD

Ms. Harrell is a part-time dietitian at Brookwood Medical Center in Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Samford University in 1993 and has over 17 years of professional experience in this field.

Lisa Harvey

Managing Editor, Park Nicollet Medical Foundation

Lee Jenkins

A freelance editor for KSW

Alan Kind

Managing Editor, Park Nicollet Medical Foundation

Jennifer Kanipe, RN, BSN

A clinical content coordinator at KSW, Ms. Kanipe has been a nurse for more than 10 years. As a former Product Manager for Surgical lnformation Systems (SIS), Jennifer was a “key” decision maker on new features in each new software release and maintenance release concomitantly worked in tandem to coordinate with sales, marketing, and professional services to meet product deadlines.  She also worked in clinical informatics as a Senior Systems Analyst with “front/back-end” knowledge of McKesson clinical applications such as Watchchild, Neodata and GE Centricity. Jennifer was accountable for problem resolution, maintaining customer service level agreements, and managed the implementation and installation of GE Centricity Perinatal. Jennifer developed curriculum for clinical application classes (Horizon Expert Documentation, AdminRx) and was responsible for training of hospital personnel.

Teresa A. Lyle, RN, MN, CPNP

Ms. Lyle is a freelance editor for KSW. She has 30 years of pediatric nursing experience in critical care, neurology, neonatology, and cardiology. Teresa received her certification as an advanced practice nurse in 1994, and has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) in the Department of Neonatology and Neurology for several major academic institutions. She is a published author of teaching guides, textbook chapters, and journal articles. Ms. Lyle is currently working as an advanced practice nurse in an adult congenital program at a major teaching hospital in the metro Atlanta area.

J. Stephen McIver

Mr. McIver is the Executive Editor for print content for KSW. He edits the wellness magazine Health and You, the parenting newsletter Starting Out Healthy, and other publications. Since he joined KSW in 1997, its publications and websites have won more than 600 awards in industry contests. Mr. McIver previously spent two decades reporting and editing award-winning stories on health and other topics for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware.

Roberta Mitchell, RN, MSN, CPNP

Ms. Mitchell is a freelance editor for KSW who works as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) at one of the major teaching hospital in the metro Atlanta area.

Gail A. Nelson, MS, APRN, BC

Ms. Nelson is a board-certified advance practice registered nurse who specializes in psychiatric mental health in the state of Utah. She is an assistant professor at the Westminster College School of Nursing and is self-employed as a clinical nurse specialist. Ms. Nelson has almost 40 years of professional experience in health care.

Tom Nugent

As a health writer and editor, Tom Nugent has reported for publications including the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Mother Jones Magazine, The Nation, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) News and People Magazine. Mr. Nugent is the author of five books, including an investigative volume on health and safety problems in the Appalachian coalfields (Death At Buffalo Creek, W.W. Norton). He also wrote Breakthroughs in American Medicine (2005), published by the Detroit Medical Center Press.

Jennifer M. Pasley, RN, MSN, CPNP

Ms. Pasley is a freelance editor for KSW. She has over 12 years of pediatric nursing experience in critical care. Jennifer received her certification as an advanced practice nurse in 2001, and was a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) in the Department of Neurology for a major academic institution in metro Atlanta for four years. Ms. Pasley is currently a PNP in emergency medicine for a major pediatric health care facility.

Colleen W. Peach, RN, MSN, CS, FNP

Ms. Peach is a freelance editor for KSW. She has 22 years of nursing experience in neurology. Colleen received her certification as an advanced practice nurse in 1999. She works as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in the Department of Neurology for a major academic institution in metro Atlanta.

Linda Peitzman, MD

Medical Editor, Park Nicollet Medical Foundation

Mary L. Peppers

A freelance writer, editor, and publications manager for KSW since 1992, her expertise includes medical issues involving women's and children's health, preventive medicine, pharmaceuticals and behavioral change. Prior to free-lancing, she was the marketing communications manager for Foundation Health in Sacramento, editor of California Pharmacist magazine, and a newspaper and radio news reporter.

Sheralee Peterson, MPAS, PA-C

A freelance editor for KSW, Ms. Petersen is a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in cardiology and cardiovascular diseases. Sheralee is also a registered dietitian.

Daphne Pierce-Smith, MSN, RN, CCRC

Daphne manages the accreditation and quality assurance processes for KSW and serves as the chairperson for the Quality Oversight Committee. Ms. Pierce-Smith has over 25 years of professional experience in health care and has held several leadership and educator positions – Clinical Nurse Manager, Research Manager & Educator, Change-Agent, Research Chairperson, Pediatric Nursing Instructor, and adjunct faculty for Clinical Research. Daphne has a Master of Science degree in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner track and has been certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) for 15 years. In 2008, she completed a two-year certification program in health care management. Ms. Pierce-Smith was a guest researcher at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and co-authored numerous abstracts, manuscripts, and medical and nursing articles while employed at Emory University School of Medicine (EUSOM). Daphne sat on several regulatory, academic, state, and national boards, as well as EUSOM’s Institutional Review Board. For several years, Ms. Pierce-Smith sat on the Commission for Nursing Practice for Georgia Nurses Association and wrote articles for their official publication. She is published and has been a contributing author in 'three' gastroenterology (GI) textbooks and 'one' clinical GI handbook since 2001.

Ed Rademaekers

Former Vice President, Editorial, for KSW Electronic Solutions Group. He developed the original versions of the site's medical encyclopedia and Wellness Library.

Kelly Reynolds, RD, LD

A freelance editor for KSW, Ms. Reynolds has held several positions in the field of clinical nutrition for major health care centers. Kelly is a consulting dietitian for multiple long term care and assisted living facilities in Birmingham, Ala.

Rita Sather, RN

A freelance reviewer for KSW, Ms. Sather is a registered nurse  who has specialized in surgical services and ambulatory care.  Rita has been a registered nurse for more than 35 years and is currently working as a Legal Nurse Consultant. 

Kelly L. Sherwood, PA-C, MPAS

Ms. Larrabee is a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in emergency medicine, trauma, and planned parenthood. She received a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Utah School of Medicine and has almost 10 years of professional experience in this field.

Jane Sims

Ms. Sims joined KSW in 2010 as a web editor. Prior to joining KSW, Ms. Sims managed the marketing and outreach activities for two award-winning public health campaigns in the state of Utah. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a broadcast news writer and producer and freelance health writer. Ms. Sims has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Utah.

Dianna Sinovic

Ms. Sinovic is the manager of editorial services for KSW. Dianna has been an editor and writer for more than 20 years, including nine years at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Kimberly A. Stump-Sutliff, RN, MSN

A freelance editor for KSW since 2007, Ms. Stump-Sutliff has been a nurse for more than 17 years, and is certified as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in Oncology. Kimberly is an associate medical editor for the American Cancer Society (ACS), Health Promotion Department in metro Atlanta. She also publishes booklets, pamphlets, and medical information for ACS.

Jane Sweetwood, RN, MN

A freelance editor for KSW, Ms. Sweetwood has spent several years in Critical Care nursing before becoming a nursing instructor at a major academic institution located in metro Atlanta. Jane has held various nursing and administrative positions in critical care, cardiovascular, and surgical departments at a major teaching hospital and healthcare institution. She has been a clinical educator for Hewlett-Packard's Critical Care Division and Codman, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Sweetwood is currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist for PeriAnesthesia nursing at a major teaching hospital in the metro Atlanta area.

Paul E. Terry, PhD

President and Chief Operating Officer of StayWell Health Management

Kim Uhas, RN, MSN, CPNP

Ms. Uhas is a freelance editor for KSW who works as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) at one of the major teaching hospital in the metro Atlanta area. She is certified in High-Risk Perinatal Nursing by the American Nurses Association, and is also certified as a Genetics Counselor by the American Board of Medical Genetics.

Vicki White, RN, MSN

A freelance editor for KSW, Ms. White has over 22 years of nursing and leadership experiences in urology, neurology, orthopedic, cardiology, and post anesthesia care in an academic medical center and major health care institutions. She is the director of three care units (post-anesthesia, transitional and endoscopy) at a major teaching hospital in the metro Atlanta area. Vickie is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and the American Society of Peri Anesthesia Nursing.

Tracey Wilds, RN, CNS

A freelance editor for KSW since 2008, Ms. Wilds works as a clinical nurse specialist in gastroenterology at a major academic medical center in metro Atlanta.

AUTHORS: Many of the people listed below work or freelance for Krames StayWell (KSW), a major content contributor to Staywell Solutions Online (SSO).

Louise Akin, RN, BSN

Lu manages the medical review processes and a staff of clinical content coordinators for Krames StayWell’s division of digital content. Ms. Akin has over 16 years of professional experience in health care. She worked primarily in a cardiovascular (CV) surgical step-down unit and an intensive care unit (ICU) at a major teaching hospital  in Atlanta, Ga. Ms. Akin served on the Residency Preceptor CV Department Representative for Joint Commission Survey and mentored new nurses in the CVICU. As department Safety Representative, Louise was responsible for coordinating staff education for Joint Commission Surveys. She has worked as a Telephone Triage nurse in the cardiovascular area providing patient education and management of pro-times in CVICU, as well as directed staff orientation and the development of the Right Heart Cath program and services. Louise is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society.

Marianne Aleardi

After beginning her career in a hospital setting, Ms. Aleardi has spent more than 20 years as a health writer. She founded the newsletter publishing company DR. PUBLICATIONS, and served as editor of Philadelphia's Hospital and Healthcare News. She also has been a contributing writer for The Nursing Spectrum and editor of the lifestyles publication SJ Magazine.

Linda Wasmer Andrews

A freelance writer who has specialized in writing about health, medicine, and mental health since 1982. In addition to being a frequent KSW contributor, Ms Andrews has written for magazines such as Consumers Digest, Heart Healthy Living, Parenting, Psychology Today, and Self. She also authored and/or co-authored a total of 13 books, including six books about adolescent mental health for Oxford University Press. Ms Andrews has a master's degree in psychology.

Sherry Baker

A freelance writer and editor for KSW since 2008, Ms. Baker is a highly experienced and widely published science, health, and medical writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has written for academic audiences, scientists, nurses, physicians, and healthcare consumers. Sherry's experience includes feature articles, hard news columns, monographs, case studies ("ghosting" for doctors), newsletters (both for physicians and for lay people), press releases, video scripts, public service announcements, and much more. Ms. Baker has over 3,000 feature stories, interviews, columns, and investigative reports published in a wide variety of local, national, and international magazines, newspapers, and newsletters - Newsweek, Discover, Health, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Yoga Journal, Optometry, Atlanta , Arthritis Today, Reader's Digest, Natural Healing Newsletter, and many others. She has also written dozens of articles for UCLA's "Healthy Years" newsletter, Mount Sinai School of Medicine's "Focus on Health Aging" newsletter, and the Cleveland Clinic's "Men's Health Advisor" newsletter.

Andrew Bailey, RN, BSN, MEd

Mr. Bailey is a former editor for KSW. He has over 12 years of nursing experience within a variety of clinical areas. He served as an Infectious Disease Clinical Nurse Specialist at a major teaching hospital clinic, and as a Senior Clinic Nurse in the Digestive Diseases Division. He worked as a Staff Nurse on the Solid Organ Transplant Unit at a major teaching hospital and on the Neurosciences Unit of an area hospital. He was the Senior Nurse in a private practice internal medicine clinic, and prior to nursing school, Andrew earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Community Counseling.

Joanne Barker

A freelance writer and producer who specializes in behavior change, fitness, mental health issues, and smoking cessation. Ms Barker earned a master's of science degree in Health Communication from Tufts University School of Medicine.

Lisa Bartels-Rabb

Well Advised author

Bruce E. Beans

A freelance writer who specializes in health and the environment. Mr. Beans' work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Times, Reader's Digest, Audubon, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, magazines of the Pan American Health Organization, and the American Psychological Association. He has been a writer for KSW since 1985.

Bev Bennett

A freelance writer who specializes in nutrition. She is a former food editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. Ms. Bennett writes an online health and nutrition column distributed to newspapers' websites through the Content That Works Syndicate, and develops recipes for www.weightwatchers.com. Her healthful recipes are featured weekly and syndicated by Tribune Media Services. Ms. Bennett is also co-author of the Dictionary of Healthful Food Terms (Barron's, 1997).

Judith A. Berry, PhD, APRN

A freelance editor and writer for KSW, Ms. Berry is an associate professor in the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. She is a board-certified adult and family nurse practitioner. In 2006, Ms. Berry received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing and has almost 30 years of professional experience in health care.

Diane Bones

A freelance writer who has been specializing in health issues for 20 years. Since 1990, she has contributed to numerous KSW publications. She also teaches a writing humor course at Temple University's main campus in Philadelphia, a position she has held since 1983.

Nancy A. Bowers, RN, BSN, MPH

Ms. Bowers is a freelance editor and writer for KSW. She has over 30 years of nursing experience in labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, newborn nursery, health care consulting, in vitro fertilization, childbirth, diabetes, and prenatal education. Nancy is a published author of several textbooks, pamphlets, and journal articles. She has presented on a national and local level to professional organizations. Ms. Bowers is the president of Marvelous Multiples Inc.

Bruce Boyle

Mr. Boyle is a former reporter and columnist for The Philadelphia Bulletin, San Diego Union, and Philadelphia Daily News. He has worked as a freelance writer for various local and national publications; as an investor relations writer for numerous public companies; and as a communications consultant and crisis media manager for some of the country's largest corporations.

Jeffrey Bramnick

An award-winning freelance writer who has specialized in health and science since 1989. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for 14 years, specializing in health and science the last several years. He is a former executive editor for KSW and he has written for Health and You and other KSW publications since 1992. Mr. Bramnick was a writing consultant on a book authored by two medical school deans, and has written for numerous consumer and trade magazines, newsletters, universities, health organizations, and online outlets. He received his Master of Arts in writing from Rowan University in Spring 2008.

Tom Brandes

Well Advised author

Sylvia Byrd, RN, BSN, MBA

Ms. Byrd is a former editor and writer for KSW. She has several years of clinical experience in medical, cardiac, and critical care nursing. Sylvia has worked as a case manager of complex medical cases and disease management. Her experiences also include medical consulting and training with several large health care payor organizations. Ms. Byrd is a certified legal nurse consultant and has assisted in several medico-legal litigation cases.

Jameson Case

Mr. Case is a former Senior Editor for KSW. Before coming to KSW in 2000, Mr. Case worked as a writer and editor at The Conway Daily Sun, a New Hampshire daily newspaper. He also has worked as a reporter for The Record Enterprise in Plymouth, N.H.

Steven Cline

A former staff member of the Chicago Sun-Times, Mr. Cline has reported on health, fitness, and sports topics for numerous other magazines and newspapers, including Today's Health, Chicago Baseball, Gametime, The Charlotte Observer, the Newark Star-Ledger and the New York Daily News.

Barbara Williams Cosentino, RN, LCSW

A registered nurse, clinical social worker, and freelance writer whose articles have appeared in print and online publications since 1972, including The New York Times, Seventeen Magazine, Bride's, Medscape, Modern Bride, the Sun Sentinel, BabyCenter.com, BabyZone.com, and many others. For five years, she was a contributing writer to Nursing Spectrum, a news magazine for registered nurses. Ms. Cosentino has been writing for KSW since 2005.

Jack Cox

An award-winning former reporter and editor for The Denver Post, he is a freelance writer specializing in health, fitness, and outdoor recreation. He has contributed to KSW publications for more than 10 years, and his work also has appeared in magazines ranging from Paddler to Popular Mechanics. Before embarking on his newspaper career in the early 1970s, he taught journalism for three years at Purdue University. He has a Master of Science from the Journalism School at Columbia University.

Donna Debs

Ms. Debs is a freelance writer with over 30 years of professional experience, including 10 years as a writer, reporter, and editor for KYW News radio in Philadelphia. She has been the recipient of several journalistic awards, and now focus her writing and personal attention on health and wellness. Ms. Debs is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher with a busy yoga studio. Additionally, she is a slice-of life columnist for the Daily Local News in Chester County, Pa. Ms Debs has been writing for KSW since 1992.

Sandra Deden

Ms. Deden is a former editor and writer for KSW. Before coming to KSW in 1999, she was an assistant editor and writer for a Boston-based medical magazine. She also worked as a reporter for Boston University, covering the School of Medicine beat for three years. She has more than 14 years of writing and editing experience. Ms Deden received her master's degree in writing and publishing from Emerson College in Boston.

Stephanie English

A former editor and writer at KSW, Ms. English wrote and edited articles for one of the company's Medicaid publications and for a 36-page health and wellness magazine. Stephanie has extensive experience writing and editing women's health, parenting, and low-literacy articles. Before joining KSW in 1993, she was a newspaper reporter.

JoAnn Eudes, RN, MS

A former vice president of clinical content, editor and writer, Ms. Eudes has more than 35 years of nursing experience. She started her nursing career as a Lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps and subsequently has held various leadership and clinical roles in many health care organizations. In addition, JoAnn has served as an assistant Professor at a major university, where she received the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award. Throughout her nursing career, JoAnn has always had a passion for patient and consumer health education. She has many years of experience in medical, surgical, and critical care settings.

Pamela Ferdinand

A freelance writer specializing in science and health. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, National Geographic News, and The Miami Herald, among others.

Joy Fincannon, RN, MS

Ms. Fincannon, a former vice president of clinical content, works as a freelance editor and writer for KSW. Joy is a master's-prepared psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and is an oncology-certified nurse. She has been in a variety of clinical practice settings for 30 years. Joy has worked as a medical editor developing, editing, and managing internet health content for national organizations and companies for the last eight years. She has clinical experience in medical surgical intensive care, oncology care, diabetes research, hospice and palliative care, psychiatric, and psychiatric liaison nursing. Additionally, Joy has published in numerous professional oncology journals. She has co-authored two books, Couples Confronting Cancer: Keeping Your Relationship Strong and Cancer in the Family: Helping children Cope With a Parent's Illness. Ms Fincannon has also maintained a private practice in mental health, counseling a diverse consumer population for many years.

Cara Finnegan

A writer and editor since 2005 specializing in health care, business, parenting, and consumer issues. Ms. Finnegan previously worked as an editor on numerous publications for KSW. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a graduate certificate in publishing from Emerson College.

Sara Foster, RN, MPH

Ms. Foster, a former director of clinical content, works as a freelance editor and writer for KSW. Ms. Foster has spent many years in critical care nursing, primarily in the specialty of cardiovascular surgical ICU in academic medical center settings. She was certified in critical care nursing by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for 21 years until leaving active clinical practice. Sara held a management position at a heart center located in metro Atlanta, where she developed patient and staff educational materials. She co-authored a self-paced learning program for heart failure patients that was used in a joint venture educational program with United Healthcare. Ms. Foster holds a master's degree in public health, in the area of health policy and management.

Marianne Fraiser, MSN, RN

Marianne is a clinical content coordinator at KSW and has an expertise in public health, gerontology, hospice, health promotion, and chronic disease management.  She has extensive clinical experience in case management, patient education with high risk populations, health care disparities, gerontology, hospice, and health care policy.  Marianne has also developed and taught community health nursing courses in university settings and implemented both national and international public health clinical experiences in geographic areas at high risk for health problems.  In addition to her bachelor’s degree in nursing, she has a master’s degree in community health and cultural anthropology, and doctoral work in health policy, American national government, and biomedical ethics. 

Maura Fredey

A freelance writer with eight years of experience in writing and editing for health care consumers. Ms. Fredey previously served as a senior editor for several publications for KSW, where she specialized in the Medicaid audience, editing, and writing for targeted reading levels. Ms. Fredey writes regularly for The New England Eye Institute and for On Call, a Boston Globe specialty magazine for health care professionals. She is the marketing and public relations manager for a Boston-area community hospital.

Donna Freeborn, PhD, CNM, FNP

A freelance editor and writer for KSW, Ms. Freeborn is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. She is a board-certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner. In 2008, Ms. Freeborn received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing and has over 35 years of professional experience in health care.

Laurie Fronek

A freelance writer and editor since 1995 who specializes in health and medical topics. Ms. Fronek's work includes numerous articles on subjects ranging from exercise, stress reduction, disease prevention, disease detection, and disease management. She also served as an editor and content producer for the website OnHealth.com.

Julie Garner

Ms Garner has been a freelance writer for KSW since 1998. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Journalism and another in English, Julie served as the feature editor of a small daily newspaper in Central Washington. From there she went on to write about clinical advances in medicine and research at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center as a staff writer. Ms Garner writes frequently about medical topics for the Web as well as for print. She has written for magazines in the Pacific Northwest as well for corporate clients.

Scott Glickstein, MD

Well Advised author

Cynthia Godsey, MSN, APRN, MSHE, FNP-BC

Cynthia is the director of clinical content for KSW and from 2000 to 2007 she was the director of Product Content for HealthInk, Medimedia. Ms. Godsey has a master’s degree in Advance Practice Nursing and in Health Education. She also has a master’s certificate in Clinical Informatics. In addition to Cynthia’s work with KSW, she has 17 years experience as an APRN (advance practice registered nurse) in primary and specialty care clinics; 11 years as a director and planner for nonprofit organizations and multiple State, Federal Public Health Programs; and five years' experience as an RN. Ms Godsey lived in Botswana Africa for two years and during the past eight years, she has worked with a Utah based voluntary organization to plan and conduct sustainable health programs in Mexico, Peru, and most recently, in Nepal.

Sarah E. Goodwin, BS, BA

Ms Goodwin has been a freelance editor and writer for KSW since 2004. For the past 25 years, Ms Goodwin has been involved in health care and higher education communications, as well as directing media relations for several major academic institutions, organizations and health care facilities. Sara currently serves as an assistant vice president and director of media relations at a major academic institution in the metro Atlanta area.

Sandra Gordon

Ms Gordon's health and diet stories have appeared in numerous consumer magazines, including Prevention, Family Circle, Woman's Day,Fitness, Parents, Child, Redbook and Self. She is also the author of six books, including Consumer Reports Best Baby Products (Consumers Union 2007) and Heart to Heart (HCI 2005). Previously, Ms. Gordon wrote about health and health care issues for HIP Health Plan of New York, a managed care organization.

Robert Gorman, MD

Well Advised author

Susan Greatorex

Ms. Greatorex has been a freelance food and wellness writer for Health and You and other KSW publications since 1993. She is an accomplished cook and seasoned journalist who regularly consults dietitians and physicians in the process of developing recipes that are nutritionally sound, easy to prepare and appealing. She wrote her first cooking column in 1970 for the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader; reviewed restaurants for the Philadelphia Bulletin; and produced health segments for a regional cable news service.

Linda Greene

Ms Greene has written for Vitality since 1989. In addition to feature writing, she does grant writing and newsletter design and production in the nonprofit sector. She has a MBA in marketing from Southern Methodist University and has been a professional writer since 1975.

Ellen Greenlaw

Ms. Greenlaw is a freelance writer who writes health, nutrition, and fitness articles for KSW since 1994. Before becoming a freelance writer, she worked as an editor and writer for KSW for six years. Prior to working at KSW, she worked in the health care field as a health educator.

Jennifer Hayes Harrell, MA, RD, LD

Ms. Harrell is a part-time dietitian at Brookwood Medical Center in Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Samford University in 1993 and has over 17 years of professional experience in this field.

Judith Hurley, MS, RD

A registered dietitian and freelance writer who specializes in nutrition and preventive health topics. She has written for KSW, Health Media of America, dietary supplement manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies. She is the author of textbooks, consumer health books, medical journal articles, and courses for health professionals. She first contributed to SCC in 1999.

Bonnie Jacob

Ms Jacob's writings have appeared in Modern Maturity, The Washington Star, The Washington Post, and USA Today. She worked for five years in the public affairs office of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. Ms Jacob has extensive experience in writing materials for managed health care plans and integrated health delivery systems. She has been a professional writer since 1979.

Joseph F. Jalkiewicz

An award-winning journalist who has contributed articles on health and medicine to numerous newspapers and national publications since 1992, he is currently editor of ADVANCE for Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals.

Laura Lane

A prolific health writer whose work has appeared in numerous health and science publications. After receiving her Master of Science degree in biology from Stanford University in 1997, she began her journalism career at The Dallas Morning News. A few years later, she joined WebMD, where she edited and wrote stories for WebMD and CNN.com. Her freelance credits include publications in The Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter, Shape magazine, Healthy Living, Men's Journal, The Scientist, Diagnostic Imaging, and the International Medical News Group.

Jeanne Mettner

Well Advised author

Harriet Meyerson

Writes on workplace productivity issues. She has also been a teacher, writer, and business owner. In 1991, she founded the Confidence Center in Dallas, where she helps businesses build employee confidence. Mr. Meyerson is the author of the manual Fire Up Your Staff On A Shoestring Budget and co-author of the book The Leadership Path. She has been a professional writer for more than 20 years.

Gail A. Nelson, MS, APRN, BC

Ms. Nelson is a board-certified advance practice registered nurse who specializes in psychiatric mental health in the state of Utah. She is an assistant professor at the Westminster College School of Nursing and is self-employed as a clinical nurse specialist. Ms. Nelson has over 40 years of professional experience in health care.

Don Nichols

Mr. Nichols' writings have appeared in Contemporary Long Term Care, Medical Meetings, Management Review, Texas Business, Houston Business Journal, and Chief Information Officer Journal. He has been a professional journalist for more than 25 years.

Tom Nugent

As a health writer, Tom Nugent has reported for publications including the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Mother Jones Magazine, The Nation, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) News and People Magazine. Mr. Nugent is the author of five books, including an investigative volume on health and safety problems in the Appalachian coalfields (Death At Buffalo Creek, W.W. Norton). He also wrote Breakthroughs in American Medicine (2005), published by the Detroit Medical Center Press.

Mary L. Peppers

A freelance writer, editor, and publications manager for KSW since 1992, her expertise includes medical issues involving women's and children's health, preventive medicine, pharmaceuticals and behavioral change. Prior to freelancing, she was the marketing communications manager for Foundation Health in Sacramento, editor of California Pharmacist magazine, and a newspaper and radio news reporter.

Sheralee Petersen, MPAS, PA-C

A freelance editor for KSW, Ms. Petersen is a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in cardiology and cardiovascular diseases. Sheralee is also a registered dietitian.

Daphne Pierce-Smith, MSN, RN, CCRC

Daphne manages the accreditation and quality assurance processes for KSW and serves as the chairperson for the Quality Oversight Committee. Ms. Pierce-Smith has over 25 years of professional experience in health care and has held several leadership and educator positions – Clinical Nurse Manager, Research Manager & Educator, Change-Agent, Research Chairperson, Pediatric Nursing Instructor, and adjunct faculty for Clinical Research. Daphne has a Master of Science degree in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner track and has been certified as a Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) for 15 years. In 2008, she completed a two-year certification program in health care management. Ms. Pierce-Smith was a guest researcher at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and co-authored numerous abstracts, manuscripts, and medical and nursing articles while employed at Emory University School of Medicine (EUSOM). Daphne sat on several regulatory, academic, state, and national boards, as well as EUSOM’s Institutional Review Board. For several years, Ms. Pierce-Smith sat on the Commission for Nursing Practice for Georgia Nurses Association and wrote articles for their official publication. She is published and has been a contributing author in 'three' gastroenterology (GI) textbooks and 'one' clinical GI handbook since 2001.

Gail Purpura

As a reporter for the former Philadelphia Bulletin, she wrote about family issues, as well as government and public policy. She was assistant metropolitan editor when The Bulletin folded in 1982, and went on to be a public relations professional with AT&T for 13 years.

Lisa Jo Rudy

Ms. Rudy has been writing about science and health for adults, families, and children since 1987. Besides producing consumer articles, she has written for pharmaceutical trade magazines, government agencies, corporations, and websites. She also writes for museums and publishers. Ms Rudy has developed educational materials on topics ranging from alcohol and tobacco abuse to the inner workings of the human brain.

Rita Sather, RN

A freelance reviewer for KSW, Ms. Sather is a registered nurse  who has specialized in surgical services and ambulatory care.  Rita has been a registered nurse for more than 35 years and is currently working as a Legal Nurse Consultant. 

Betty Russell

A freelance writer who specializes in health and medical issues. She has contributed to KSW publications since 1991. She has worked in the broadcast media as a television news anchor, television talk show co-host, and radio news-director. She was an award-winning director of media relations at Boston University Medical Center. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Florida Times-Union and Advance magazine.

Kelly L. Sherwood, PA-C, MPAS

Ms. Larrabee is a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in emergency medicine, trauma, and planned parenthood. She received a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Utah School of Medicine and has almost 10 years of professional experience in this field.

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Robert H. Shmerling, M.D., is associate physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. He has been a practicing rheumatologist for over 20 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is an active teacher in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, serving as the Robinson Firm Chief. He is also a teacher in the Rheumatology Fellowship Program.

Dianna Sinovic

Ms. Sinovic is the manager of editorial services for KSW. Dianna has been an editor and writer for more than 20 years, including nine years at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Amy Sorter

Has been a staff writer for Vitality for two years. Her writing has also been published in The Dallas Morning News and The Dallas Business Journal. In addition, she has worked in the area of marketing communications for the American Medical Association and ABC Radio Networks and has been a copywriter for public relations and marketing communications agencies. She has been a professional writer for 15 years.

Claire Sykes

A freelance writer specializing in popular health care issues. She has been writing for KSW publications since 1996, often on subjects pertaining to behavioral health, women and children. Several national health magazines and major hospital publications have also carried her byline, which since 1990 has appeared in dozens of national and international magazines covering visual fine art and music, photography, graphic design, business, restaurants and travel, and general interest.

Paul E. Terry, PhD

Well Advised author and President and Chief Operating Officer of StayWell Health Management

Chris Thomas

Has been a Vitality writer for more than 10 years. She is also a newspaper columnist for The Idaho Statesman and, in the corporate world, writes speeches, annual reports, technical manuals and training materials. In addition, she coaches executives on presentation skills. She was an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and has co-authored two college textbooks.

Kathy Tinglestad

Well Advised author

Polly Turner

A feature writer for Vitality since 1993 and StayWell for Life since 2006. She is the ghostwriter of three books on health promotion/health benefit design, and has written numerous articles for Health Promotion Practitioner, Medical Benefits and On Managed Care newsletters, among others. She was the founding editor of Workplace Vitality newsletter, and has served as managing editor and staff writer for a variety of widely read consumer health promotion periodicals.

Lori Widmer

A freelance writer with more than 15 years of experience writing on numerous topics, including the health sector. She has covered Medicare and senior topics for KSW. As an editor at a national trade publication specializing in insurance and risk-related issues, she has worked on subjects such as managed care, worker's compensation, and online benefits.

Bill Wine

A freelance writer for over 30 years, he has written for KSW since 2003. He has served as a writer and/or editor for such publications as The Village Voice, Philadelphia Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, and RT Image, and is a tenured professor in the Communication Department at La Salle University.

 

HealthDay

Health Day's - www.healthday.com - custom content editorial team also creates clinical content for KSW.

The content is written by HealthDay's medical editors and clinically reviewed by KSW's digital content clinical staff.

Please click on the following links to review HealthDay's policies and procedures for clinical content development, review, and updates, and the credentials of their editors and reporters:

  1. Health News - Custom Content - http://www.healthday.com/health-news-custom-content.html

  2. Editorial Policy and Guidelines - http://www.healthday.com/healthday-editorial-policy.html

  3. Editors and Reporters - http://www.healthday.com/healthday-editors-reporters.html

  4. Management Team - http://www.healthday.com/healthday-management-team.html

 

newMentor

newMentor - www.newmentor.com - custom content editorial team also creates clinical content for KSW.

The content is written by newMentor's medical editors and clinically reviewed by KSW's digital content clinical staff.

Please click on the following links to review newMentor's policies and procedures for clinical content development, review, and updates, and the credentials of their editors and reporters: 

  1. About the Company - http://www.newmentor.com/about_newMentor.php

  2. Expert Network - http://www.newmentor.com/expert_network.php

  3. Clinical Intelligence - http://www.newmentor.com/clinical_intelligence.php

  4. Clinical Decision Support Services - http://www.newmentor.com/clinical_decision_support.php

  5. Clinical Analytics Services - http://www.newmentor.com/clinical_analytics.php

  6. Leadership / Management Team - http://www.newmentor.com/leadership.php

 

 

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Revised: March 2013

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