Academic and Industry Experience:
After receiving my PhD from Case Western Reserve University on signal transduction pathways contributing to the pathogenesis of glioblastomas, I followed an academic research path. My post-doctoral training was at University of Pennsylvania and then at Oregon Health & Science University focusing on the molecular pathology of cancer. I eventually moved to a start-up chemistry-based drug discovery company in Seattle where I established a biology division, focussed on identification of pharmacologic targets of small molecule inhibitor drugs. With years of both academic and industry research and writing experience, I bring my diligent work ethic to my medical writing business. In addition to oncology, I write on a broad range of therapeutic areas including cardiology, endocrinology, psychology, rare genetic diseases, to name just a few.
I am an active participant with American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and have served on the executive committee in many capacities within the AMWA-Northwest Chapter: elected treasurer (2010-12), inter-organizational liaison (2012-13), President-Elect (2013-14), President (2014-2016), and most recently, Immediate Past President (2016-).
In November 2013, I completed the Essential Skills Certificate offered by AMWA and continue my medical writing training by participating in AMWA workshops and open sessions at the annual conferences. To specialize in Continuing Medical Education (CME) content writing, I completed the Advanced CME Medical Writing course offered by InQuill Medical Communications (recipient of the 2011 Alliance Award); graduating with commendation (see reference).
My creative interests include graphic design (having taken credit courses at Pacific Northwest College of Art) and I am also proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite Programs, specifically, Photoshop and InDesign.
In addition to raising my 2 children, I enjoy hiking, writing and reading poetry, meditation, gardening, and taking photographs in this glorious part of the world that I call home.