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About HealthCentral

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Our Mission

For people with chronic or serious conditions, the meaning of good health doesn’t fit into a tight little box. Instead, it ebbs and flows along a continuum, shifting with each and every person. Our goal is to help you create your healthiest life, whether that means one small step to feeling better or big moves that transform your whole world. At HealthCentral “wellness” isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a necessity. 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 both the facts and the feelings. Through real-life advice, medically vetted articles, and inspirational stories, we’ll help you make informed decisions about your care with confidence, not fear. Just as important, you’ll find a community of others who just get your challenges, because they’ve got them, too. You are not alone. They, and we, are here for you.

We deliver health information through:

  • Personal Stories
  • Collective Wisdom
  • Inspiration & Action
  • Expert Guidance

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Meet Our Editorial Team

Thomas O’Quinn

Thomas O’Quinn

Creative Director

Tom oversees the creative direction for HealthCentral and its sister sites within Remedy Health Media. With more than 20 years of experience, he has a proven track-record of helping companies grow with strategic branding and a collaborative approach to content creation. Tom has worked as the Creative Director for lifestyle brands including Thrillist and Men's Health, and his personal clients have included The New York Times, ESPN, Disney, and the San Francisco Symphony. In 2017, he helped launch Airbnb Magazine with Hearst and Airbnb. He has received multiple design awards from the Society of Publication Designers (SPD), American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), the Art Director Club of New York (ADC) and Communication Arts. Tom has been a guest speaker at the NYU Publishing Institute and the IGM Conference in Oslo, Norway. He has served as Vice President of the Society of Publication Designers and is currently a member of the Art Directors Club of New York.

Elizabeth Anne Shaw

Elizabeth Anne Shaw

Editor in Chief

Elizabeth oversees all content creation and day-to-day editorial operations of HealthCentral. She has been a health and wellness journalist for more than 23 years, particularly focusing on women’s and children’s health. She served as the Deputy Health Director at SELF magazine, Executive Editor at Parenting and BabyTalk, and Editor-in-Chief at FamilyFun. At SELF, her team won a National Magazine Award in Personal Service for its breast cancer coverage. She’s appeared as a health expert on numerous local and national TV shows, including Today and Good Morning America.

Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis

Director, UX/Design

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.

Jens Bishop

Jens Bishop

Multimedia Director

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 Savacool

Julia Savacool

Deputy Editor

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.

Nikki Cagle

Nikki Cagle

Social Media Director and Managing Editor

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 Paige Kennedy

Senior Editor

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 Jackson-Cannady

Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Senior Editor

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.

Victoria Naranjo

Victoria Naranjo

Assistant Community Manager

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.

Alex Portaluppi

Alex Portaluppi

Multimedia Production Manager

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 Domina

Diane Domina

Content Production Editor

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 Jeffs

Jenna Jeffs

Content Production Editor

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.

HealthCentral’s Medical Review Board

Our team of medical professionals ensures you’re getting the most up-to-date, accurate health information so you can make important decisions with confidence.

Rodrigo Barros, M.D., Ph.D.
Andrea Eisenberg, M.D.

Andrea Eisenberg, M.D.

Medical Reviewer

Aaron S. Farberg, M.D.

Aaron S. Farberg, M.D.

Medical Reviewer

Eli Hendel, M.D.

Eli Hendel, M.D.

Medical Reviewer

Michael Hunter, M.D.

Michael Hunter, M.D.

Medical Reviewer

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D.

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D.

Medical Reviewer

Joanna Mandell, M.D., M.S.
Alireza Meysami, M.D.

Alireza Meysami, M.D.

Medical Reviewer

Dennis Moledina, M.D., Ph.D.
Stephanie O'Leary, Psy.D., P.C.
Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Anitha Shrikhande, M.D.

Anitha Shrikhande, M.D.

Medical Reviewer

Holly Singletary, M.D.

Holly Singletary, M.D.

Medical Reviewer

James Thompson, M.D.

James Thompson, M.D.

Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Frieda Wiley, PharmD

Frieda Wiley, PharmD

Medical Reviewer

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