At Drugwatch, we are passionate about our mission to keep people safe from the potential risks of prescription drugs and medical devices. Our team of expert writers and outreach coordinators work together to deliver trusted, up-to-date information and spread awareness about problematic medicines and devices that affect people’s health.
Combined, Drugwatch’s expert writers have decades of professional writing experience. The team includes award-winning former journalists and award-winning multi-media and TV news writers. Drugwatch’s writers have worked for respected newspapers, magazines, universities and law firms. They use their reporting skills to shine a light on issues that affect consumers. Kevin Connolly, the team’s managing editor, has more than two decades experience working with investigative news teams — including the Orlando Sentinel.
Kevin Connolly joined Drugwatch as managing editor after 20 years in newspapers, mainly the Orlando Sentinel. He is a watchdog at Drugwatch, where pharmaceutical companies hawking dangerous drugs and device manufacturers selling defective medical products are held accountable. He is a member of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals, the Drug Information Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Michelle Y. Llamas is a senior content writer. She is also the host the Drugwatch Podcast where she interviews medical experts as well as patients affected by drugs and medical devices. She has written medical and legal content for six years — including an article in The Journal of Palliative Medicine. Prior to writing for Drugwatch, she spent several years as a legal assistant for a personal injury law firm in Orlando. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English – Technical Communication from the University of Central Florida.
Terry Turner is an Emmy-winning, former television journalist. As a Washington-based reporter for a group of 100 local news departments across the U.S., he routinely reported on health and medical policy issues before Congress, the FDA and other federal agencies. Prior to that, he covered state and federal courts for several local television stations in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
Elaine Sanchez is the author of the unflinching honest and surprisingly funny book, Letters from Madelyn, Chronicles of a Caregiver . She is the co-founder of CaregiverHelp.com, an online support program for family and professional caregivers. Her passion for helping others cope with the emotional stress of caregiving comes from her own experience of caring for family members.
Emily Miller holds five Health Literacy certificates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida. She was diagnosed with a chronic illness as a child and has firsthand experience with many of the topics she writes about as a member of the Drugwatch team. Emily is an award-winning journalist who has reported on health and legal news for reputable organizations, including the South Florida Sun Sentinel, San Antonio Express-News, UF Health News and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She draws on her background as both a patient and a journalist to help readers understand complex health and legal topics.
Certified holistic health practitioner, nutritionist, and traditional apothecary/herbalist Rebecca Roentsch Montrone employs the modalities of diet, lifestyle management, nutritional supplements, bio-identical hormones, and botanicals to help bring healing and optimize health. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health and is certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Her practice, Wondrous Roots, is located at the Miller Forge Building on 103 Roxbury Street in Keene, New Hampshire. She hosts a live radio broadcast on WKBK Keene, noon to 1pm on Saturdays.
Elaine Silvestrini is a career journalist with a strong desire to learn, explain, and help people. While working at Drugwatch, Elaine has reported on breaking news involving prescription drugs and medical devices and has written pieces on several large pharmaceutical companies and other topics. She is dedicated to telling people what they need to know about developments in the news, and helping consumers understand what they can do when something goes wrong with their drugs and medical devices.
Kristin Compton is a medical writer with a background in legal studies. She has experience working in law firms as a paralegal and legal writer. She also has worked in journalism and marketing. She’s published numerous articles in a northwest Florida-based newspaper and lifestyle/entertainment magazine, as well as worked as a ghost writer on blog posts published online by a Central Florida law firm in the health law niche. As a patient herself, and an advocate, Kristin is passionate about “being a voice” for others.
Matt Mauney is a writer and researcher for Drugwatch.com. Before joining the Drugwatch team, he spent 10 years in journalism working for various newspapers and news websites. Matt has a degree in journalism with a double minor in broadcasting and public relations from Georgia Southern University.
Chris Elkins is a writer and researcher for Drugwatch.com. He’s worked for various newspapers and has writing experience in sports, health communication and public relations fields. He graduated from the University of West Florida with a master’s degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership, a graduate-level certificate in Health Communication Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
Jen graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in English – technical communication and a minor in magazine journalism. She has more than six years of professional writing experience, having worked for Publix Super Markets as a training developer, a marketing company as a web writer, and a software company as a technical writer.
Part of Drugwatch’s mission is to spread awareness about the risks of prescription drugs and medical devices. The outreach coordinators connect with medical organizations and communities and alert them about risky medical products that could hurt people. They accomplish this by developing relationships and providing free resources and information tailored to each organization’s audience.
Stephanie Muniz's desire to connect people with information is what drives her devotion to the community. While at the University of Central Florida, she earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism. She went on to become a multilingual news reporter for her university and local news stations nearby; all while working in senior health care and living since 2011. Stephanie's mission is to keep the public informed, safe and healthy.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Lauren graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and is currently working on receiving her Masters of Business Administration from Western Governors University. She was selected to be part of the McDonough Leadership Program during her undergraduate studies at Marietta College. Lauren is passionate about aiding others and was actively involved with helping the local community at the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley and area elementary schools before relocating to Florida.
Jessica Long graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Marketing in 2017. Also receiving a minor in Hospitality, she is passionate about helping others. Throughout her time in college she actively volunteered in her community with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Reading in Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.