Before becoming a freelance writer, I worked as a writer and managing editor for a medical communications agency for 4 years. Before that, I was a writer, editor, and creative services director at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) where I wrote and produced magazines, newsletters, brochures, web pages, and other materials for the schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law, and social work. My first writing job was as a clinical science writer for the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.
I have a master’s degree in pharmacology & toxicology from Dartmouth College/Medical School (now the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth), and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Buffalo. I continued my education with courses in journalism, health literacy, and plain language writing. I took part in a recent summer workshop on science writing for children, offered by the Highlights Foundation. I’m currently studying Spanish.
I live in the Baltimore-Washington DC area. In 2018, I became a Maryland master naturalist and started leading local group walks to share what I learned—and continue to learn—about birds, bugs, critters, plants, and more in our own backyards. And I’m still trying to play the piano.
American Medical Writers Association (former webmaster for the Mid-Atlantic chapter) • Association of Health Care Journalists • Center for Plain Language • DC Science Writers Association • National Association of Science Writers • Plain Language Association International