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 experience in research and investigation. They have worked for respected newspapers, magazines, universities and law firms. Drugwatch’s writers get the facts directly from trusted, credible sources, such as doctors, lawyers, medical journals, court documents and government reports. They then translate the information into language you can understand. They also develop relationships with experts, advocacy groups and patients to add first-hand knowledge and additional expertise to the information found on Drugwatch.
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, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Michelle Y. Llamas is a senior content writer. She is also the host of 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 several years — including an article in The Journal of Palliative Medicine and an academic book review for Nova Science Publishers. With Drugwatch, she has developed relationships with legal and medical professionals as well as with several patients and support groups. Prior to writing for Drugwatch, she spent several years as a legal assistant for a personal injury law firm in Orlando. She obtained her English – Technical Communication degree from the University of Central Florida. She is a committee member with the American Medical Writers Association.
Terry Turner is an Emmy-winning, former television journalist. He is an associate member of the American Bar Association, the ABA’s Health Law group and a member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates. He holds six certificates in Health Literacy for Healthcare Professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a Washington-based investigative reporter, he routinely reported on health and medical policy issues before Congress, the FDA and other federal agencies. Terry received his B.A. in Media Arts from Lyon College.
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 is a member of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Technical Communication. Emily 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. She 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.
Elaine Silvestrini is a career journalist with a strong desire to learn, explain, and help people. At Drugwatch, Elaine has reported about trials over whether talcum powder caused ovarian cancer and allegations that Androgel causes heart problems in patients who use it. She has chronicled the billions of dollars generated for big pharmaceutical companies by certain drugs and efforts to warn consumers about the dangers of specific medical problems. Elaine has received six health literacy certificates for completing courses offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She brings more than 20 years of experience covering state and federal court systems, learning the intricacies of criminal and civil law, developing investigative pieces about how the law affects people’s lives and digging through and digesting reams of court records on a daily basis.
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.