About

I am a lifelong Chicagoan, avid reader, and above all else, a committed writer and editor. I have been professionally writing for four years, and I continue to seek ways to add to my portfolio. I have written copy for a daily deals website, developed content for a leading educational app company and led the health IT content line at a business-to-business healthcare publication. As a full-time freelance writer, I work for clients across multiple industries to develop editorial content, thought leadership pieces, marketing and sales copy, and more. Additionally, I built both public relations and editorial experience at Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Skills

  • Newswriting
    Feature writing
    Research writing
    Thought leadership writing
    Copywriting

  • Editing
    Copyediting
    Fact-checking
    Interviewing
    Sponsored content development

  • Team management
    Social media
    SEO
    AP Style
    Public relations
    Marketing communications

Resume


Freelance Writer and Editor, Chicago, IL (May 2016–Present)
  • Wrote and edited website copy, email campaigns, video scripts, data sheets, marketing collateral, and more to drive rebranding and customer acquisition efforts for medical device company Typenex Medical
  • Edited infographics, study guides, and lists for student resource company CourseHero
  • Wrote email newsletters, press releases, webpage copy, and event material and interviewed healthcare professionals for the healthcare organization IHE International
  • Wrote property descriptions for luxury vacation rental company Exotic Estates
  • Wrote long-form copy to increase customer engagement across multiple industries, including real estate, technology, and healthcare, for marketing company WebpageFX
  • Wrote posts to help build a blog from the ground up for the flower delivery service Ode à la Rose
  • Wrote articles on Chicago's cultural and entertainment scene and global travel for the luxury travel website and app VIVA Lifestyle & Travel
  • Wrote guides and content for group adventure company Intrepid Travel
Becker's Healthcare, Chicago, IL. Editor (Feb. 2013-May 2016)
  • Began as a reporter and grew to become an editor with responsibility for two company lines
  • Built the gastroenterology line from the ground up, established a readership base of more than 5,000 physicians and healthcare leaders, and grew audience interaction through a weekly GI-related column
  • Assumed editorial management of health IT, the company's fastest growing line
  • Created health IT e-newsletters and helped grow readership to 40,000-plus readers daily
  • Wrote five to eight news briefs across multiple coverage areas per day for the company's website
  • Wrote at least three feature articles, for online and print, each week
  • Interviewed various healthcare industry sources each week
  • Edited news briefs and long-form features from three junior writers and my peers on a daily basis
  • Contributed to print issue planning and content generation
  • Cultivated a media contact list of hundreds of healthcare administrators
  • Moderated webinars presented to hundreds of healthcare professionals
  • Moderated and sat on physician and healthcare executive panel discussions at quarterly industry events
MindSnacks, San Francisco, CA. Freelance writer/fact-checker (July 2013-June 2014)
  • Wrote and fact-checked content for the MindSnacks U.S Geography app
  • Wrote content for the brain-training app Elevate, which received the 2014 App of the Year award in the iTunes store and reached more than 10 million downloads
Navikan, Inc., Chicago, IL. Marketing Position/Office Aide (Jan. 2012-Feb. 2013)
  • Created a new marketing strategy with the company president
  • Interviewed potential new hires and trained new employees'
  • Assisted with day-to-day office tasks
YouSwoop, Chicago, IL. Freelance Copywriter (June 2012 to Oct. 2012)
  • Wrote merchant deals on a weekly basis
Encylopaedia Britannica, Inc., Chicago, IL. Public Relations Intern (Sept. 2011-Nov. 2011)
  • Created multiple media contact lists for social media product announcement campaigns through the Vocus media monitoring database
  • Wrote press releases setting Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.'s products apart from its competition
  • Coordinated meetings with company editors
  • Led an extensive end–of-year media project
  • Delivered daily media reports pertinent to the company’s bottom line
  • Researched facts and practices of competing companies
  • Facilitated communications between internal departments
  • Assisted in panel discussions between the editors
  • Contributed several articles to the Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog
Education
  Aug. 2008-May 2012 University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  Bachelor of Arts in English, Minor in Anthropology.
  Cumulative GPA: 3.92/4.0

Travel and Lifestyle Articles

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5 Wildly-Colored Wonders to Explore in New Zealand

8 Must-Try Comfort Foods in Chicago This Winter

Features

Deconstructing the enigmatic hospital chargemaster

Patients struggle to understand healthcare costs, but the process of setting costs and charging for services rendered can be complex enough to confound industry experts. The chargemaster is at the heart of the cost structure matter, yet ask hospital executives to explain how it works. The answers run the gamut from barebones basic to overly vague.   Read More

EHR implementation: Keeping million-dollar projects from bleeding beyond the budget

Love them or hate them, everyone can agree on one point: EHRs are expensive.  Read More

5 thoughts on revenue cycle management

Revenue cycle is the financial pulse of any business, and how those processes are managed determines that business's financial health. Healthcare is no exception, but the dramatic changes in the industry are altering how its leaders will approach the revenue cycle. Here are five trends that are reshaping the way healthcare revenue cycle management will function.  Read More

The guide to cringeworthy health IT conversations: 10 leaders on the terms they dread most

In health IT, "innovation" and "uberization" are all the rage. Once representative of new, creative endeavors in the industry, these words are now little more than white noise. Despite the powerful potential of language, overused, outdated or misused terms start to fall on deaf - and irritated - ears, diminishing any sincere intent behind the buzz.  Read More

CONs in the ASC industry: A brief history & analysis

History
As of 2013, a total of 37 states had a certificate of need law in place. CON law can regulate anything from acute hospital beds to ultrasound, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the services covered vary from state to state.  Read More

7 gastroenterologists on the biggest opportunities for GI innovation

Seven gastroenterologists discuss some of the potential areas for innovation in the GI field.  Read More

GI practice 10 years from now: 6 gastroenterologists forecast the future of the specialty

The future is difficult to predict, particularly in a field as mercurial as healthcare, but looking ahead is a necessary exercise in survival. Six gastroenterologists cast their eyes down the road and paint a picture of what the specialty could look like a decade from now.  Read More

A world without colonoscopy? 10 gastroenterologists weigh in on the future of GI's top procedure

Colonoscopy has been the bread-and-butter procedure of the GI field for decades, but new technology continues to roll out. Ten GI physicians consider whether or not a new device will ever be able to replace this staple of the gastroenterology field.  Read More

Lists

The ABCs of health IT: 26 terms to know

The health IT lexicon is so diverse and technical it can often seem like leaders immersed in the field are speaking a different language. To help keep up with the lingo, here are quick definitions of 26 commonly used words and phrases.  Read More

50 things to know about healthcare data security & privacy

Data privacy and security are increasingly a concern in nearly all industries. From HIPAA and data breaches to the patient perspective and EHRs, here are 50 things to know about data security and privacy issues in healthcare.  Read More

191 gastroenterologists to know | 2015

Gastroenterology is a broad specialty that ranges from colonoscopy and endoscopy to liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease. The field offers many opportunities for physicians to shine in clinical, business, research and academic roles. Here are 191 gastroenterologists who hold various leadership positions and have made contributions to the GI field.  Read More

25 things to know about e-prescribing

Prescription pads are becoming a thing of the past. Health systems, hospitals, physicians and pharmacies are increasingly getting onboard with electronic prescribing.  Read More

32 things to know about telemedicine

One of the biggest trends to emerge from healthcare's digital revolution is telemedicine.  Read More

10 physician CIOs to know

Not all physicians dedicate their skills solely to clinical responsibilities. Many hospital and health system C-suites are staffed by physician executives. Here are 10 physicians who serve as CIOs.  Read More

100 statistics for gastroenterologists to know

Gastroenterology by the numbers - here are 100 statistics on GI compensation, physician employment, revenue, reimbursement and more.  Read More

100 ASC industry physician leaders to know

Physicians are the founding force and backbone of the ambulatory surgery center industry. Here are 100 physicians who have made an impact on the ASC industry through leadership at individual centers, creating companies, founding ASCs and advocating for surgery centers across the country.  Read More

Case Studies

Are bundled payments worth it? An ASC case study

Bundled payments are relatively new to healthcare and the results of these payment programs have been mixed thus far. A three-year pilot program for orthopedic bundled payments across hospitals and ASCs in California was deemed a failure, but case studies of Horizon Healthcare Services and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield have shown promise. With such a mixed bag of results, how can ambulatory surgery center leaders decide whether or not bundled payments are worth the risk?   Read More

Moving physician practices toward profitability: A case study

Hospitals and health systems are increasingly employing physicians and acquire physician practices in an effort to form an integrated delivery system of care. This strategy can be effective, but hospital and health system leaders need to begin taking an active role in ensuring the profitability of these practices.   Read More

Revenue cycle management case study: Managing A/R days at a specialty hospital

Pinnacle Specialty Hospital is a physician-owned specialty surgical hospital in Tulsa, Okla.   Read More

News Briefs

Epic, Cerner, MEDITECH & dozens more make interoperability pledge at HIMSS16: 5 things to know

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell made a big announcement about interoperability during HIMSS16: the Interoperability Pledge. The new initiative presents healthcare providers with three core commitments, and already some of health IT's biggest names are joining the cause.  Read More

CMS finalizes ASC payment, policy changes: 5 things to know

CMS has finalized the Calendar Year 2016 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and ASC Payment System changes.  Read More

AmSurg completes $2.35B Sheridan acquisition

AmSurg announced in May plans to acquire anesthesia provider Sheridan Healthcare and now the company has closed the $2.35 billion deal, according to a Nashville Business Journal report.  Read More

Press Release Sample

Encyclopaedia Britannica Kids Apps are Compatible with iOS 5

Blogs

Famous Last Words

The Lure of the Full Moon

Available upon request

  • Long-form marketing pieces
  • Real estate property descriptions