For people with chronic or serious conditions, the meaning of good health doesn’t fit into one tight little box. Instead, the definition of wellness ebbs and flows along a continuum, shifting with each and every person. At HealthCentral, our goal is to help you create your healthiest life, whatever that means in this moment. Anchored at the intersection of science and connection, we provide a perspective so often missing in health information: the warmth of a friend, the authority of trusted experts, and a clear-eyed understanding of the facts. Through real-life advice, medically vetted articles, and inspirational stories, we help you make informed decisions about your care with confidence—not fear—and with the support of a community that understands your world.
Meet Our Editorial Team
As Chief Content Officer, Jo-Ann oversees editorial, audience and brand strategy for HealthCentral. A 20-year veteran of WebMD, Jo-Ann she led the award-winning team at Medscape. She has been involved in creating, editing, producing, and promoting digital health content throughout her entire career. Prior to WebMD, she was a Commissioning Editor for Medical Sciences at Cambridge University Press in New York City and held various editorial, sales and marketing roles in the professional publishing division of Little, Brown and Company in Boston.
Chris Lewis is head of product design and user experience for HealthCentral. With a long history in digital news and entertainment industries, he has led over 20 site launches. His work has received numerous Edward R. Murrow awards and has been recognized by organizations like the Society for News Design. At Remedy Health Media, HealthCentral’s parent company, he is actively building the product-design practice with a focus on aligning business goals and user experience. Chris is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
Since 2013, Jens has been leading the creation of HealthCentral’s video and rich-media content, which has received multiple awards and nominations from Medical Marketing & Media, American Public Health Association, and the Television, Internet, and Video Association. He began his career in video more than 15 years ago by launching a production company in Colorado, where he produced content for dozens of organizations and brands including Comcast, NBC, and PBS. Jens began focusing on health-focused content in 2010, by serving as Director of Photography across several campaigns for Centura Health Network.
Julia has been covering health, fitness, and wellness as a writer and editor for more than two decades. At HeathCentral, she heads up new content development and produces five newsletters. She is the former Articles Director of Fitness magazine and Deputy Editor at Marie Claire. Savacool’s stories have won the United Nations Friends of the World Food Program Media Award, the NARAL Pro-Choice Media Award, and the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women Humanitarian Award for domestic violence coverage.
Along with managing the flagship Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter pages for HealthCentral, Nikki oversees the six condition-specific Facebook pages and works closely with a team of social ambassadors to bring the most relatable and trusted content to those living with chronic conditions and people who love them. Nikki also oversees all contributor, medical review, and patient advocate relations, contracts, and boards. Prior to joining the team in 2014, she worked as social media manager, writer, editor, and host of a talk show for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the largest nonprofit for fundraising in the U.S. She’s done interviews with philanthropists such as Wayne Gretzky, Carolyn Miles of Save the Children, and internationally recognized philanthropist and author Jerry Panas.
Lauren Paige Kennedy
Lauren assigns and edits articles across HealthCentral’s 90+ condition categories. She's written and/or edited health content for 15 years, and she’s interviewed some of the biggest names in Hollywood, music, sports, publishing, and politics—almost always with a health-focused slant. She was a Co-founding Editor of WebMD Magazine and Editor in Chief of Washington Flyer. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Neurology Now, Brain + Life, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness, WWD, Style.com, Washingtonian, Travel + Leisure, Financial Times, and many others.
Ayren is a senior editor at HealthCentral. She works across categories, specializing in skin health, and oversees several newsletters. Before joining the team, Ayren covered skin and hair health as a beauty editor for several national publications, including Fitness, Suede/Essence, TimeOut NY, and Lucky, and she was the Washington, D.C. editor of the parenting site, RedTri.com. She has written for The New York Times, Health, Allure, WebMD, Self, Real Simple, and more.
Alex coordinates the production of video and multimedia content for HealthCentral and its sister sites, managing everything from recruitment efforts and booking locations to assisting in content creation and editing. Alex holds a master’s degree in communication for producing film and video, and she regularly works on local independent films, helping to create four shorts and six features.
Diane works across brands at Remedy Health Media, producing digital content for its sites and newsletters. Prior to joining the team, she was the editorial director at HealthCommunities.
Jenna joined Remedy Health Media in 2015. She’s responsible for building digital content, performing photo research, and producing e-newsletters across the brands HealthCentral, TheBody/TheBodyPro, and Berkeley Wellness.
Ryan is a veteran creative of the photography and publishing industries, and he cares deeply about clarity in communication. He has provided visual content direction for a range of publications and media companies, including Vogue and Time Inc., and has contributed human-centered creative direction and strategy to brands seeking social progress, such as Microsoft Philanthropies and General Electric.
In her position at Remedy, Tori works closely with HealthCentral’s contributors (writers and patient advocates) and medical review board to foster current relationships and develop new ones. She manages the day-to-day with contributors, serving as their main point of contact for onboarding, general questions, and making sure they are connected with the right people regarding content planning, invoices, hiccups on the site, and more. Tori recruits medical professionals to make sure all of our content is properly vetted and has that medical pro stamp of approval.
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