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Obesity and Weight Loss Patient Experts

Gabe

Gabe Howard, Mental Health Writer, Speaker, and Activist

Gabe
Addiction
Anxiety
Bipolar Disorder
Depression
Eating Disorders
Mental Health
Obesity
Blogger
Crowdsourcing
Executive Coach
Influencer Marketing
Marketing
Peer Support
Public Relations
Social Media
Social Networking
reynoldsburg, OH
available as required

Gabe Howard is a professional public speaker, award-winning writer, and award-winning activist as well a person living with bipolar and anxiety disorders.

Diagnosed in 2003, he has made it his mission to put a human face on mental illness, confronting the fear, discrimination, and stigmatization people diagnosed with these illnesses often face.

Gabe has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards in the mental health community. His writing has been featured in a number of health sites online. He has worked with several respected advocacy organizations and worked with hundreds of families and individuals.

He currently hosts The Psych Central Show Podcast sponsored by PsychCentral.com, writes for bipolar Magazine, and is the author of the blog, Don't Call Me Crazy.

Wendy

20+ Years Leader in Patient Ed

Wendy
Aging/Senior Health
Alzheimer's Disease
Aneurysms
Caregiving
Dementia
Diabetes - Type 2
Epilepsy
Fitness
Glaucoma
Gout
Healthy Living
Melanoma
Men's Health
Menopause
Mental Health
Obesity
Osteoporosis
Sleep and Sleep Disorders
Stroke
Women's Health
10 More 10 Less
Blogger
Business Development
Consumer Engagement
Copywriter
Digital Marketing
Editor
Marketing
Online Moderation
Program Development
Public Relations
Reporter
Social Media
Strategy
3 More 3 Less
Baltimore, MD
available as required

In the early 90s I went from my healthcare journalism background to both print and online marketing. I have a special expertise in reaching America's aging population, their families and caregivers. For 10 years I've had a Boomers & Beyond section on my website. I write and plan for this growing arena working with Fortune 500, non-profits, hospitals and many others....helping them win awards, gain recognition. You'll see much more as you continue.

Kate

Founder, Taking Up Space with Kate Browne

Kate
Chronic Illness
Obesity
Other
Pain (Chronic Pain, Joint Pain, Back Pain)
Parenting and Family Health
Plastic Surgery and Reconstruction
Women's Health
Blogger
Business Development
Copywriter
Digital Marketing
Influencer Marketing
Online Moderation
Peer Support
Social Media
Usability Testing
UX/User Design
Bloomington, IL
available 10-20 hours/week

I founded Taking Up Space with Kate Browne (formerly Ramp and Stair Exercise Club) as an advocacy platform for inclusive fitness. I have a PhD in autobiographical literature specializing in women’s disability and chronic illness narratives. Taking Up Space reflects my commitment to sharing diverse experiences of body size as they relate to ensuring equitable access to health and wellness resources. I also advocate for women with lipedema and lymphedema, and share my own story of diagnosis and treatment through my Lipedema Liberated coaching program.

I am available for consulting projects that require skills in using inclusive language, Universal Design, social justice in health promotion initiatives, and rhetorical analysis.

Tyson

Powerful Combination: Process Improvement Professional + Parent to a Medically Complex Child = High Value Patient Expert

Tyson
Arrhythmia
Birth Defects
Caregiving
Children's Health
Chronic Illness
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Heart Disease
Nutrition
Obesity
Organ Transplantation
Pain (Chronic Pain, Joint Pain, Back Pain)
Rare Diseases
2 More 2 Less
Blogger
Executive Coach
Operations
Project Management
Strategy
Boxford, MA
available as required

Professional Expertise:
Lead the Continuous Improvement program at a multi-national med tech firm. Teach powerful operational excellence methodologies, including designing systems focused on customer value, and training trainers for effective & broad standardization of best practices. Expert in coaching leaders & team members to develop skill in scientific problem-solving. Technical background in Quality Engineering & Mathematics.

Healthcare Expertise:
Since 2012, collaborated with hundreds of healthcare professionals to drive favorable outcomes for my medically complex son. Experience includes thousands of hours spent in inpatient settings on both coasts of the US, and countless hours working to manage care at home. Through repeated success in the face of terrible odds, developed a deep passion for co-produced care leveraging the unique assets that patients/carers and professionals each bring to the table.

Eager to help any organization seeking to move in this direction.

Brenda

Diabetes is a syndrome, not a disease. We need to find the causes, not just treat the symptoms.

Brenda
Diabetes
Diabetes - Type 2
Fitness
Healthy Living
Obesity
Other
Blogger
Editor
Online Moderation
Other
Proofreader
North Plainfield, NJ
available 40+ hours/week

I've been a member of several online diabetes communities for close to a decade, and have been one of dLife's paid bloggers since 2009. My other half and I have been living with type 2 diabetes for more than a decade, and our treatment needs can hardly be more different. While we represent the majority of people with diabetes "in the wild", we're still a minority in the online community. This means that more of my "out of the closet" friends with diabetes are living with type 1 diabetes than with type 2.

The big unmet needs of people with type 2 diabetes are access to care (financially, logistically, and/or based on our insurance or lack thereof), access to education, budgetary issues (many PWT2D are lower-income), and access to appropriate foods. I live close enough to people with those issues that I feel it my responsibility to speak out for those who don't have the online access and skills that I do.

Emily

Patient Advocate, Medical Social Worker, Care Manager, Social Entrepreneur

Emily
ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
Aging/Senior Health
Alzheimer's Disease
Aneurysms
Brain Health
Caregiving
Chronic Illness
Dementia
Depression
Diabetes - Type 2
Eating Disorders
Fitness
Healthy Living
Mental Health
Obesity
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sleep and Sleep Disorders
Women's Health
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Business Development
Consumer Engagement
Consumer Insights
Marketing
Mobile App Design
Other
Peer Support
Product & App Testing
Program Development
Strategy
Usability Testing
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Sunnyvale, CA
available 21-30 hours/week

I am the bridge and voice of the customer (s) - translating user needs to the team building the solution. I establish strategic alliances with prospective customers / users / experts and others who help to define core problems including current solutions that do not work. At the early stage, this most often leads to the creation of some set of unique processes and set of features that address and resolve unexpressed problems and unmet needs. From that point on, I am the connector both within the team, between the team and users, and with prospective customer champions. I am an evangelist, strategist, solution designer, team builder and team member (my favorite role).

As a Clinician, I use the same process in assessing and addressing symptoms . Knowing the cause is not enough to stop the behavior and improve one's daily existence . I believe everyone does the best they can based on the information they have at that time. I endeavor to increase that information.

Kirsten

Sexuality Educator, Activist, and Writer

Kirsten
Anemia
Anxiety
Arthritis
Birth Control
Caregiving
Chronic Illness
Depression
Fibromyalgia
Food Allergy
Health Public Policy
Mental Health
Migraine
Obesity
Oral Health
Pain (Chronic Pain, Joint Pain, Back Pain)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Psoriasis
Rare Diseases
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Seasonal Allergy
Sexual Health
Sleep and Sleep Disorders
Women's Health
13 More 13 Less
Blogger
Consumer Engagement
Editor
Event Planner
Marketing
Online Moderation
Other
Peer Support
Product & App Testing
Public Relations
Reporter
Social Media
Social Networking
3 More 3 Less
Madison, WI
available 31-40 hours/week

I am a Wisconsin-based writer living with multiple physical and mental chronic illnesses. My passion is to help patients and organizations alike learn more about illnesses, stigmas attached to them, and how to improve quality of life for all. I have written for and worked with a number of organizations from Creaky Joints to Self Care Catalysts and Healthline to Achieve Clinical. Not Standing Still's Disease helps to display issues related to my personal health. Chronic Sex focuses on how illness and disability affect little-discussed things like relationships and sexuality. ORCHIDS - the Org for Research on CHronic Illness, Disability, and Sexuality - focuses on how to improve research around sex and illness/disability.

I would like to offer services including but not limited to:
Writing/Editing
Speaking
Consultation
Workshop/Panel work
Focus group work
Social Media promotion
Forum/website moderation
Research promotion/dissemination/assistance

Karen

Stress, Overwhelmed Family Caregivers, I'm Here For You!

Karen
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
Alternative Medicine
Alzheimer's Disease
Anxiety
Aphasia
Caregiving
Depression
Fitness
Healthy Living
Hearing Disorders and Deafness
Nutrition
Obesity
Psoriasis
Stroke
Thyroid Diseases
Women's Health
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Blogger
Clinical Research
Editor
Peer Support
Proofreader
New York, NY
available 10-20 hours/week

As a certified caregiving consultant and a certified yoga instructor, I offer family caregivers: (1) resources; (2) research, and (3) relaxation. It's my "Three R's for Restoring Family Careging Sanity" Look, I know what it's like. The exhaustion. The overwhelm. The fear of not quite knowing you're doing yet needing to do it anyway because if not you then who? I was a family caregiver . . . with my parents . . . in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Scott

Physcian, Executive, Entrepreneur, Healer, Leader and Sharer

Scott
Addiction
Aging/Senior Health
Alternative Medicine
Anxiety
Chronic Illness
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Diabetes
Eating Disorders
Fitness
Healthy Living
Heart Disease
High Risk Pregnancy
Men's Health
Mental Health
Neuromuscular Disorders
Nutrition
Obesity
Pain (Chronic Pain, Joint Pain, Back Pain)
Parenting and Family Health
Pregnancy
Sleep and Sleep Disorders
Stroke
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Business Development
Clinical Research
Consumer Engagement
Copywriter
Finance
Health Data Tracking
Influencer Marketing
Operations
Product Development
Program Development
Project Management
Proofreader
Strategy
3 More 3 Less
Leawood, KS
available 10-20 hours/week

Experience in healthcare practice, anesthesia, pain management, peri-operative medicine, critical care, obstetrics, all surgeries and all ages.
Well versed in helping others with health and wellness through lifestyle, nutrition, activity, mental and physical health management.
Business development, strategic oversight and advising, finance, marketing, growth, and leadership.
Looking for advising, consulting, panels, research, collaboration, and leadership sharing roles in all areas of health, wellness, clinical practice, patient care and management, technology solutions, business models, caregiver solutions, health care business, health care policy, health care reform, education, design and payment.

Andrea

Patient Experience Expert/International Public Health Manager

Andrea
Arthritis
Obesity
Other
Pain (Chronic Pain, Joint Pain, Back Pain)
Consumer Insights
Other
Project Management
Bronx, NY
available 40+ hours/week

International Public Health Manager, with over 10 years’ experience living and working on two continents. Passionate about public health and patient engagement. Uses innate ability for creating links and motivating people across levels and cultures to develop opportunities, drive results and solve complex problems. Conversant in French and Spanish.

Specialities:
* Patient Engagement
* Health (HIV, Immunization)
* Governance
* Refugees

Experience:
• Writing and Editing
* Budgeting and Administration
* Strategic Planning
* Training and Education

Rebecca

I've Been There and I Can Help

Rebecca
Anxiety
Bipolar Disorder
Depression
Eating Disorders
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Mental Health
Migraine
Obesity
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Restless Legs Syndrome
Sleep and Sleep Disorders
Women's Health
2 More 2 Less
Blogger
Online Moderation
Other
Peer Support
Social Media
Farmington Hills , MI
available 10-20 hours/week

I have 25 years experience with bipolar disorder, self harm, anxiety, social anxiety, agoraphobia, borderline personality disorder, migraines, panic disorder and severe depression. I have written a book on my life and also have a successful blog. My husband and I also host our own mental health podcast. I may not have any degrees, but I can offer advice and guidance on any of these topics.

Julianna

Founder, The Chronically Awesome Foundation

Julianna
Anxiety
Arthritis
Bipolar Disorder
Brain Health
Caregiving
Cervical Cancer
Chronic Illness
Clinical Trials
Dementia
Depression
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
Healthy Living
Mental Health
Nutrition
Obesity
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Rare Diseases
Sleep and Sleep Disorders
Thyroid Diseases
Women's Health
10 More 10 Less
Blogger
Business Development
Consumer Engagement
Consumer Insights
Copywriter
Digital Marketing
Editor
Event Planner
Influencer Marketing
Marketing
Online Moderation
Peer Support
Product & App Testing
Program Development
Project Management
Proofreader
Public Relations
Social Media
Social Networking
9 More 9 Less
Aliso Viejo, CA
available as required

For fifteen years I enjoyed building a software company beginning as an entry level tech and rising quickly to become Vice President. In that time I trained employees and designed a national training program that sent me around the country training groups of hundreds of customers and prospects. I created marketing materials and helped drive corporate strategies.
When I became chronically ill I used my skills to create a foundation supporting thousands of “Chronically Awesome” patients with ANY chronic condition.
I live with, blog about, and am active in the Bipolar community, an illness I’ve managed for 30 + years. I contribute equally to the Ehler’s Danlos community, a disease that is rare. I have hypothyroid, arthritis, spinal conditions, PTSD and I am a 22 year cancer survivor.
At Chronically Awesome we work to bring art to the chronically ill, particularly children. We believe in positivity and an insiloed environment that allows us to all learn from each other.

Kimberly

RN turned patient; trying to learn to live again. I still have the passion running through my blood with every heartbeat

Kimberly
Anxiety
Asthma
Autoimmune Diseases
Chronic Illness
Clinical Trials
Depression
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
Eye Health/Diseases
Healthy Living
Heart Disease
Migraine
Obesity
Other
Pain (Chronic Pain, Joint Pain, Back Pain)
Rare Diseases
Restless Legs Syndrome
Sleep and Sleep Disorders
7 More 7 Less
Blogger
Online Moderation
Peer Support
Product & App Testing
Proofreader
Social Media
Mineral Point, WI
available 10-20 hours/week

8 years of Registered Nursing experience in the following inpatient areas: Acute Care Medical/Surgical/Pediatric, Emergency Room in Level 3 and 4 Trauma Centers, Intensive Care, Labor/Delivery, Nursery, Post Anesthesia Recovery, Float Nurse, and House Supervisor. Also have experience in Home Health and Hospice Nursing.

Served as the nurse team leader for an electronic medical record implementation for a critical access hospital converting from all paper documentation. Responsible for building electronic version of the paper forms. Also responsible for training all end-users (Physicians, Nurses, and ancillary staff).

I have been home sick for 3 years with autonomic neuropathy, a rare disease, but still have nursing running thick in my blood. I am able to offer expertise in all of the above areas, as well as offering expertise in patient advocacy as well as numerous health conditions.

Casey

Founder, LifetimePatient

Casey
Anxiety
Asthma
Autoimmune Diseases
Birth Control
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Illness
Cirrhosis
Fitness
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Hepatitis
IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
Liver Diseases
Obesity
Organ Transplantation
Pain (Chronic Pain, Joint Pain, Back Pain)
Ulcerative Colitis
6 More 6 Less
Blogger
Business Development
Clinical Research
Event Planner
Operations
Peer Support
Program Development
Project Management
Social Media
Hayward, CA
available 40+ hours/week

I am a chronic illness and invisible illness blogger and advocate. I have professional experience in the nonprofit and medical field, surrounding operations, administration, and project management.

As a long time chronic illness patient, my passion is to enable other patients to take control of their health journey and advocate for their needs. I am a big believer that life is what you make of it, and a person's health is directly impacted by how engaged they choose to be. I have a growing social media following on primarily Instagram, and am working on launching my website, Lifetime Patient.

I would like to collaborate with companies to provide insight on upcoming campaigns or products, participate in patient advisory boards, and lead presentations and/or speaking engagements. I want to provide a solid, trustworthy voice for not only the patient community but affect change in the professional medical community and today's ever-changing healthcare field.

ZOANN

Patient Information Specialist

ZOANN
Anxiety
Arthritis
Asthma
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cataract
Chronic Illness
Cushing's Disease
Depression
Disabilities
Fibromyalgia
Glaucoma
Obesity
Oral Health
Pain (Chronic Pain, Joint Pain, Back Pain)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Rare Diseases
Restless Legs Syndrome
Seasonal Allergy
Sleep and Sleep Disorders
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Project Management
EVERETT, WA
available less than 10 hours/week

My expertise is in health research, specifically in giving specific medical research assistance to patients with new diagnoses. I have multiple chronic health issues including (but not limited to) asthma, Cushing’s Syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and fibromyalgia. Though I have a Master’s degree in public health, I often find it hard to convince medical personnel that I am an expert in and thoroughly understand my medical conditions. Meeting health challenges with humor is very important to me; I have found that laughter is indeed the best medicine.


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