About HealthCentral

Our Mission

HealthCentral emboldens each of us to take daily steps to live healthier lives, no matter our starting point. Our focus is on people and their stories, whether they’re living with chronic health conditions, supporting someone who is, or are health care providers engaged in clinical care. We believe there’s no better guide than someone who has walked in our shoes and that intimate, revealing personal stories can inspire positive, sometimes lifesaving, health changes: at home, at the doctor’s office, at work, and in our communities. Armed with the latest medical knowledge and our own collective wisdom, we navigate life’s inevitable health challenges together and with confidence.

We deliver health information through:

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

A Powerful Platform

HealthCentral’s award-winning website, narrative storytelling, and social communities go beyond lists of symptoms and treatments to also answer the other health questions that keep you up at night. You’ll find out how others before you have approached romance and friendships post-diagnosis; learn how to advocate for yourself at the doctor’s office; discover helpful hints and hacks that can help you manage #ChronicLife at work and play; and find out how to speak up for your community to battle stigma and improve your quality of life.

Powered by our passionate team of seasoned health journalists and videographers, beloved patient advocates, and respected medical professionals, HealthCentral proudly carries on its heritage of meeting people where they’re at with their health and wellness to help them blaze their own bold path forward.

  • Our Live Bold, Live Now storytelling initiative recognizes everyday heroes who inspire as they navigate life with chronic health conditions, from psoriasis and chronic hives to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma
  • Our thriving Facebook communities offer advice and insights from patient ambassadors who’ve walked your same path through life with multiple sclerosis, psoriatic disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and mental health disorders
  • Have a question? Ask HealthCentral. Our Ask a Question feature lets you ask medical experts and fellow patients for the lowdown on managing a healthy lifestyle with chronic conditions
  • Our caregiving column Candid Caregiver provides hard-earned wisdom from those who’ve cared for elders, for loved ones through cancer treatment, and for one another through lifelong chronic illness
  • Our free newsletters bring you expert advice and the latest lifestyle trends from HealthCentral’s award-winning team of contributing writers, many of whom live with one or more chronic health conditions and love to share their knowledge
  • We’re committed to covering the emerging needs of cancer survivors. From heart health to fertility preservation to managing relationships after the storm, our experts share the tips you need to navigate the emotional and physical challenges of survivorship

We’re glad you’re here. And we’d love to hear from you. Share your story. You just never know who you will inspire to live bold.

Awards and Recognition for HealthCentral



  • MM&M Awards, Gold, Best Healthcare Consumer Media Brand


  • PM360 ELITE Patient Advocate Award, Lene Andersen, HealthCentral Rheumatoid Arthritis Social Ambassador
Meet Our Editorial Team
Rose Pike
VP of Editorial, Remedy Health Media

Rose Pike, Vice President of Editorial, heads up Remedy Health Media’s digital and print consumer health properties and products. She is responsible for the overall voice, vision and growth of the company’s content and media, which is devoted to helping consumers make smart decisions about living healthier lives.

Karen Gaudette Brewer
Executive Editor

Karen Gaudette Brewer is a lifelong writer and longtime journalist with an extensive background in public policy, government, food, and wellness. She's led HealthCentral since 2016 following staff roles at Allrecipes.com, PCC Community Markets, The Seattle Times, and The Associated Press. She's honored to help illuminate the daily experiences of those who live with invisible illnesses to increase understanding and ease stigma.

Nikki Cagle
Managing Producer

Nikki Cagle is the Managing Producer for HealthCentral and serves as editor for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Thyroid Health, Fitness & Exercise, Food & Nutrition, Caregiving, Sleep, and more. She is the lead contact for all HealthCentral contributors and is often referred to as the "mom" of HealthCentral. She is passionate about bringing the patient voice to HealthCentral to be the guiding friend other patients are seeking. Mixing business with pleas...

Therese Borchard
Contributing Editor

Therese Borchard is a Contributing Editor at HealthCentral, where she covers mental health among other topics. She has written for a variety of websites, including CNN, The Huffington Post, Everyday Health, and Psych Central, and is the author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes and [The Pocket Therapist](https://www.ama...

Bethany Hoffman
Senior Editor

Bethany Hoffman is a Senior Editor for HealthCentral’s Cancer beat. She strives to reach health consumers on their own terms, empowering them to understand and act upon the health information that affects their lives so they can make effective, engaged choices. To do this, she is a passionate observer of how health, illness, and disability affect the human experience.

Lara DeSanto

Lara is a digital editor for HealthCentral, covering Sexual Health, Digestive Health, Head and Neck Cancer, and Gynecologic Cancers. She's also a staff writer and email newsletter chief. Previously, she worked as the patient education editor at the American College of OB-GYNs and as a news writer/editor at WTOP.com.

Patrick Chatfield

Patrick Chatfield is a digital editor at HealthCentral.com. He’s the assigning editor for Heart Health, Diabetes, Obesity, Respiratory Health, and Infectious Diseases. He also assists with social media, medical review, and site updates. He’s interested in all things related to science, technology, history, and public health.

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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.

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