Tracy Stickler — Vice President and Editor-in-Chief
As editor-in-chief at Healthline, Tracy Stickler oversees the editorial strategy and execution of all content on Healthline.com. She has nearly a decade’s worth of experience in online editorial strategy, user engagement, and online consumer research with a specific focus on health and lifestyle content.
Prior to joining Healthline, Tracy served as a content producer for the BBC Gardening website, where she was responsible for the editorial strategy and day-to-day management of the site. Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a post-graduate degree in botanical horticulture (Kew Diploma) from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, as well as a master’s degree in ethnobotany from the University of Kent, Canterbury in the United Kingdom.
Shirley Lin, RN, BSN –– Director of Medical Content
As director of medical content for Healthline, Shirley Lin oversees strategic product and development of medical content. She is also responsible for the medical review team, which involves managing clinicians to ensure medical accuracy and appropriateness of all Healthline content. Shirley also partners with the medical advisory team in researching, developing, and validating content product strategies and initiatives.
With over 15 years experience in healthcare, Shirley has held a variety of content and product strategy roles in digital consumer health and patient and provider education for web and mobile platforms. Prior to joining Healthline in 2013, she provided content strategy and partnership integration as the director of content management at Sharecare, a joint venture by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, founder of WebMD.
As senior manager of sponsored content at Epocrates, Shirley was responsible for editorial and content management of sponsored mobile apps. Shirley also spent over eight years as director of product management at Krames Patient Education, overseeing strategic product planning and development of patient education products.
Shirley received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Pennsylvania with a minor in business from the Wharton School. She also studied nursing at Edinburgh University in Scotland and languages at Madrid University in Spain.
Rachael Maier — Editorial Director
Rachael Maier joined Healthline in May of 2010. She managed GE’s web portal, HealthAhead and helped curate Healthline’s Reference Library and condition-specific topic centers before signing on as the site’s managing editor in 2012.
Previously, Rachael was an assistant publicist at HarperOne, where she worked on book campaigns for Sidney Poitier and Mariel Hemingway, among others. In her early days, she founded and self-published a magazine called Pleach.
Rachael graduated with honors from Ithaca College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and minored in writing and art. A wide range of passions has led her to forays into farming, homelessness advocacy, aromatherapy, acting, art instruction, and winemaking.
She photographs and blogs about everyday life, edits friends’ manuscripts, experiments with gluten-free recipes, and freelance writes in her free time. Her favorite mode of transportation is her own two feet.
Robert Hanson — Editorial Director of Content Marketing
Robert joined the editorial team at Healthline in April of 2012 and manages custom content initiatives as well as general content across Healthline.com. Prior to joining Healthline, Robert held several editorial and marketing positions at Yahoo! where he developed consumer-focused content for a number of Yahoo! properties, including Autos, Real Estate, Travel, and Tech as well as the Yahoo! homepage. Robert got his start as a writer and editor working in the music industry with Avid Technology and Penton Media.
Robert is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and has received awards from both the California Intercollegiate Press Association and Yahoo! in recognition of his writing and editing skills.
Isabel Spahn — Senior Editor
Isabel worked as a medical editor for seven years in Philadelphia at the National Board of Medical Examiners before moving to Sausalito two years ago. Since moving, she’s worked as a freelance medical editor and at Pearson Education as a digital editor. As a digital editor, she developed and edited curriculum for an all-digital, tablet-based app.
Isabel graduated magna cum laude from Towson University and has tried to travel as much as possible since graduating. Her travels have taken her to Sweden, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and Spain. She also enjoys live music, hiking, camping, and cooking. She loves exploring all that the West Coast has to offer.
Brooke Biggs — Senior Editor
Brooke is a journalist and native San Franciscan. She has worked at Mother Jones, Wired, and PBS, and spent several years as a social strategy consultant for nonprofits and social justice groups. She's currently writing a book about Northern California in the 1970s.
Brooke is a lifelong Giants fan, a moderately accomplished cook, and a volunteer for Muttville, the senior dog rescue organization from which she adopted Booboo, the most expensive dog in the world.
Erin Moore — Copy Editor
Erin happily joins the Healthline Editorial team by way of Boston, Massachusetts, where she most recently managed client services for fitness startup InsideTracker. Prior to that, she was senior medical editor at NorthPoint Domain and content manager at Body1, Inc.
Erin graduated cum laude from Bates College where she studied psychology and Spanish. She holds a master’s degree in health communication from Emerson College in collaboration with Tufts Medical School. In addition, she is a certified wellness coach and a lover of alternative medicine and holistic health. Erin is a passionate foodie, yogi, and world traveler. She also enjoys hiking in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area every chance she gets.
Lauren Dolan — Copy Editor
Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University and a master's degree in Clinical Medical Sciences from Barry University. She edited digital curriculum at Pearson prior to joining Healthline. During her years as a certified physician assistant in general surgery, vascular surgery, and plastic surgery, she worked in the OR as well as in the clinic. She plans to apply her experience and skills in both editing and medicine to her work here at Healthline.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, writing, staying active, organic coffee, and jaunts to the Marin Headlands, the Sierras, and beyond.
Steve Barry — Copy Editor, Medical Content
Steve joined the editorial team at Healthline in July of 2015. He’s responsible for finalizing all consumer drug content on Healthline.com.
Steve is a Bay Area native who graduated with honors from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in English. His interest in writing and journalism led to an internship at a local music magazine, where his passion for editing blossomed.
Before arriving at Healthline, Steve was a copy editor at Public Library of Science (PLoS), a leading open-access science journal based in San Francisco. He’s also worked as an editor for top publishing companies in the medical and travel industries.
In his free time, Steve is an active musician, performing with various bands at venues across the Bay Area. When he’s not rocking out, he’s outdoors exploring the Bay Area’s hiking trails or snowboarding in Tahoe.
David Mills — Editor, News
David has eagerly arrived at Healthline.com after a career that has followed the technological advances in the communications business. He began his career in the late 1970s on newspapers, just a few years after the Washington Post’s reporting on the Watergate scandal. For the first few years, David and his fellow journalists actually worked on electric typewriters. Fortunately, computers were introduced, making writing, reporting and editing significantly easier.
After 16 years in the newspaper business, David jumped into the burgeoning business of television news. He worked for 17 years as a writer and producer at KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco.
As TV news faded, David made the leap to the Internet, joining the staff at patch.com in October 2010 as an associate regional editor.
He worked there until the January 2014 company-wide layoffs. He found work back in newspapers for the next year until he happily landed again on the Internet with healthline.com.
David lives in Walnut Creek with his wife of 38 years. They have two grown daughters and three grandchildren.
David likes to read, go to movies and hike. He ran track in high school and college, but his knees told him last summer it was time to give up that activity and start hiking instead.
Cameron Scott — Writer, News
Cameron Scott is a Healthline news staff reporter. Prior to joining Healthline in 2014, Cameron wrote about robotic prosthetics and stem cell research for a tech blog and about the environment for SFGate.com. Cameron has also had work published in SF Weekly, Mother Jones, and California Lawyer.
Before landing in journalism, Cameron earned a doctorate in comparative literature from Cornell University (cold) and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Texas (hot).
In the perfectly mild climate of the Bay Area, Cameron enjoys hiking, running, biking, and swimming in fresh water. He has recently discovered that he can put most of these together and call it a triathlon. At rest, Cameron enjoys reading, writing creatively, and the company of well-behaved children and poorly behaved canines.
Scott Wessels — Medical Editor
Scott was born and raised in Lincoln, Illinois. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in English.
He worked for 16 years at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), starting in the government relations department. He realized his passion for editing after beginning a certificate program in editorial practices, and was hired as an editor and then later promoted to senior editor. He edited a variety of content, including ACOG’s monograph series and Clinical Updates in Women’s Health Care, for which he was the lead editor.
Scott relocated to Minnesota in 2008, where he continued to work for ACOG for a period. In 2011, he began working as medical literacy editor for ExitCare, a patient education software company that eventually became a part of Elsevier’s clinical solutions division. There, he focused on patient education content.
In 2005, Scott became a member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), through which he has completed two certificate programs in editing. He also serves on the Publications Committee of AMWA’s North Central Chapter. In May of 2014, he became a certified editor in the life sciences. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in professional studies in publishing at the College of Professional Studies at George Washington University.
Among Scott's hobbies are lifting weights, running, biking, and skiing (both downhill and cross country) as well as hiking, camping, kayaking, and traveling.
Laura Persons — Medical Editor
Laura joined Healthline in 2015 with a full editorial background. She started out far from the medical field, writing print and web content for the San Francisco Zoo. When she decided the monkeys and meerkats no longer needed her, she pursued her interest in all things medical. Laura has since written and edited medical content with a focus on patient education for a range of institutions, including a healthcare services company, UCSF, A.D.A.M., and Krames Patient Education.
When she’s not lowering reading levels and convincing naysayers of the value of the serial comma, Laura enjoys hiking with her dog Wally in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains near her Denver home. She’s also an avid traveler, having visited about 25 U.S. states and 22 countries, including Kenya and Tanzania. At any given moment, she’s planning her next trip.
Elsbeth Riley — Editor, Lifestyle
Elsbeth joined Healthline in April 2014 as the editorial production assistant, and is now an editor.
Elsbeth is a Bay Area native and graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in literature and education. Prior to Healthline, she worked on an in-class learning tablet application at Pearson Education.
While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Elsbeth wrote as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, interned in the international publishing department at National Geographic in Washington, and spent a semester at the University of Glasgow writing music reviews for the Glasgow University Guardian.
An athlete all her life, Elsbeth enjoys every outdoor activity. She has backpacked the John Muir Trail, kayaked off the shores of Maui, and hiked in the Scottish Highlands. In her free time she loves to run, do yoga, and rock climb. And of course, a good book (or the e-book version) can always be found in her backpack.
Mary Baucom — Editor, Content Marketing
Mary joined Healthline in September 2014 as the editorial assistant for content marketing. She’s primarily responsible for researching and developing custom content proposals, working with freelancers, and editing new content.
Prior to Healthline, Mary attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and earned her masters degree in magazine journalism. Her reporting focused on health and nutrition within the Chicago area. In 2013, she graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York with honors degrees in English Literature and Government.
An avid traveler, Mary has visited more than 20 countries. She lived in Japan for three years and studied in Denmark and Ireland as part of her undergraduate studies. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area and trying new recipes in her kitchen.
Kareem Yasin — Editor, Social
Prior to joining Healthline in 2013, Kareem Yasin worked in the editorial and social media departments of Afar and Via, two travel magazines based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2010, he was a staff writer on renewable and nuclear energy for Middle East Economic Survey, based in his hometown of Nicosia, Cyprus.
Kareem has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in media studies from Stanford University. During his studies, he interned as a reporter at Cyprus Mail and Palo Alto Weekly, and co-authored a paper on the Cyprus peace process for the Hoover Digest, an academic journal.
Megan Severs — Assistant Editor, Lifestyle and Clinical Content
Megan joined Healthline in March 2015 as an assistant editor.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Georgia and her master’s degree in archaeology from Boston University.
In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling, creative writing, reading, and baking.
Casey Hollis — Editor, Content Maintenance
Casey Hollis is an editor responsible for assessing, updating, and enhancing all content on Healthline.com.
Casey comes to Healthline from Pearson Education, where she worked as an associate digital editor for a kindergarten and first grade math curriculum. Her past experiences include internships at Avalon Travel Publishing, McSweeney’s, and the Bay Area News Group.
Casey holds degrees in literature and history from King's College in London, England, and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In her free time, she likes hiking in the East Bay hills with her dog, Jet.
Emily Gadd — Assistant Editor, Content Maintenance
Emily joined the team in June of 2014 as an editorial intern, and is now an assistant editor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in print and online journalism from San Francisco State University.
In her free time she enjoys reading and exploring the Bay Area.
Ariana Espiritu — Editor, Enhancements
Ariana joined the Healthline editorial team in 2015 as an assistant editor focusing on content maintenance and enhancement initiatives. Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, Ariana relocated to Southern California in 2004. She went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine.
Prior to joining Healthline, Ariana held digital publishing positions that focused on health-related, consumer-driven content. Her experience also extends to print media, where she worked in editorial roles in both magazine and book publishing.
Jane Chertoff — Assistant Editor, Lifestyle
Jane joined Healthline in 2015 as an assistant editor on lifestyle content.
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Jane lived in several cities around the country before settling in San Francisco in 2014. Prior to Healthline, she was an editor at Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine and is passionate about women’s health, nutrition and fitness. In her free time, she loves to run marathons, hike, travel, and research new recipe ideas. She has a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan.
Pichamon Chamroenrak — Editorial Designer
Pichamon was born in Bangkok, Thailand and currently lives in San Francisco. She studied visual communication design at San Francisco State University. Prior to joining Healthline, she worked as a graphic designer at a creative agency in Berkeley, CA, and worked with an array of technology companies and startups. Pichamon has a passion for type design, illustrations, and Asian street food.
Andie Hodgson — Editorial Designer
Andie joined Healthline in September 2014 and is now an editorial designer — combining her passion for technology, design, and healthy living.
She grew up in Louisiana, California, Texas, Ecuador, and Argentina. After graduating from California Polytechnic State University in 2013, Andie considers California as her home.
In her free time she enjoys exploring San Francisco with friends, hiking, yoga, and attempting to properly brew kombucha.
Justin Beaver — Associate Product Manager
Justin joined Healthline in January of 2013 and manages the production team. Using Healthline's content management system, Justin maintains standards and a workflow with production assistants to publish information in various formats. Additionally, he provides direction for creative and interactive content, along with custom development projects.
Justin has a background in graphic design, document management, and photography. Prior to those endeavors, he graduated from Virginia Commonweath University with a BFA in Communication Arts & Design.
In his spare time, Justin likes being outdoors biking, hiking, and appreciating the creative aspects of the Bay Area.
Emma Venturini — Production Coordinator
Emma joined Healthline as a production assistant in August 2014. She publishes editorial content and manages production needs of the site using our CMS.
Before joining Healthline, Emma worked at Doctor’s Internet, a website design and marketing company for health professionals. Originally from New York, she graduated from Ithaca College with an honors degree in art history and writing. She is an avid tennis player, professional pizza maker, and prolific reader.
Sara Kim — Production Assistant
Prior to joining Healthline, Sara worked for 2 years at Perseus Books Group, an independent book publishing company, providing technical support for the publishers’ production, marketing, and editorial teams.
Originally from Southern California, Sara graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Rhetoric and has been living in the Bay Area with her college friends since then! Sara enjoys reading good books, eating (and learning to cook) good Korean food, playing volleyball, and also helping out with her church’s youth group. She also loves dogs, though she doesn’t have any of her own!
Tracy Rosecrans — Vice President, Marketing
Tracy Rosecrans joined Healthline as SEO & Social Media Manager in 2011. Prior to working at Healthline, Tracy served as principal at SF Web Consulting, where she helped a diverse clientele define and achieve their online marketing goals. While there, she consulted for large corporations such as CBS and New Resource Bank as well as surgeons, attorneys, wineries, small businesses, and non-profits.
Tracy graduated with honors from University of California San Diego with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology. Immediately following college, she joined the US Peace Corps and served as a Microenterprise Development Volunteer in Costa Rica. On the side, she enjoys traveling, biking, practicing her Spanish, exploring San Francisco, and indulging in exceptional eats.
Amy Tenderich — Editorial Director, Diabetes & Patient Advocacy
Amy is the founder and editor-in-chief of DiabetesMine, a leading online information destination for people with diabetes and one of the top health blogs around the country and the world. DiabetesMine became a part of Healthline in mid-January 2015.
Amy is a journalist, blogger, and patient advocate who started DiabetesMine after she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2003. The site has won numerous awards and was recently named the number one diabetes influencer by ShareCare.com and the American Diabetes Association.
Amy has made it her personal mission to spur innovation in diabetes care that actually originates with patients. She penned an open letter to Steve Jobs in 2007 that went viral, developing into an international crowdsourcing competition called the DiabetesMine Design Challenge — underwritten by the California HealthCare Foundation, and supported by IDEO, a leading design firm with close ties to Stanford University. The competition culminated in the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit event, which she now hosts each fall at Stanford.
Amy is also an author and well-known public speaker at national diabetes, healthcare, and health technology events. She is a periodic guest lecturer at Stanford University on health design topics.
She lives on the fringes of San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and a calico cat.
Mike Hoskins — Associate Editor, DiabetesMine
Joining Healthline in January 2015, Mike has more than a dozen years of experience in newspapering and online journalism, as well as patient advocacy. After graduating from Oakland University with a journalism and political science degree, he's worked at newspapers in Michigan and Indiana — Spinal Column Newsweekly, Oakland Lakefront magazine, Detroit Free Press, the Daily Journal, and Indiana Lawyer/IBJ Media.
Most recently, Mike has been running daily editorial operations at DiabetesMine, combining his passions for journalism and patient advocacy given his own type 1 diabetes diagnosis at age five.
When he's not writing or working, you may find Mike digging into his family genealogy or history in general, finding adventures with his black lab Riley, or exploring the array of microbreweries and coffee houses around Michigan and Indiana.