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Team

Our staff of outreach professionals, editors and content writers provides you with trusted information on prescription drugs, medical devices and lawsuits. Our guest contributors are doctors, patient advocates and health experts who share their expertise on drug and device side effects and health information.

Meet Our Drugwatch Team

At Drugwatch, we are passionate about our mission to bring you up-to-date news and well-researched information on prescription drugs and medical devices. Our team of writers, designers and outreach coordinators works together to make sure you get the information you need to take charge of your health.

Michelle Llamas - Staff Writer

Michelle Llamas

Staff Writer

Michelle Y. Llamas is a senior content writer and researcher for Drugwatch. She is also the host of the Drugwatch Podcast where she talks to patients, experts and advocates about drugs, medical devices and health. She uses her technical writing experience to provide easy-to-understand information on how drugs and devices work. But she also tells people what happens when products that are supposed to improve their lives can hurt them.

Chris Elkins - Staff Writer

Chris Elkins

Staff Writer

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.

Kevin Connolly - Managing Editor

Kevin Connolly

Managing Editor

Kevin Connolly joined Drugwatch in 2017 as the managing editor after a 20-year stint in newspapers, mainly the Orlando Sentinel. As a journalist, he demanded accountability from elected leaders and government agencies. He exercises that watchdog perspective daily at Drugwatch, where pharmaceutical companies hawking dangerous drugs and device manufacturers selling defective medical products are held accountable.

Emily Miller - Staff Writer

Emily Miller

Staff Writer

Emily Miller is an award-winning journalist who has held writing and editorial positions with numerous print and online publications around the U.S. She draws on her background as both a patient and a journalist to help readers understand complex health topics. Her most recent experience is in writing about litigation involving medicines that cause life-altering side effects.

Matt Mauney - Staff Writer

Matt Mauney

Staff Writer

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.

Kristin Compton - Staff Writer

Kristin Compton

Staff Writer

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.

Terry Turner - Staff Writer

Terry Turner

Staff Writer

Terry Turner is an Emmy-winning former television journalist turned senior writer at Drugwatch. In more than 25 years of reporting, he has seen countless examples of how people armed with comprehensive, quality information have the power to make better decisions for their lives and holding those who harm them accountable.

Elaine Silvestrini - Staff Writer

Elaine Silvestrini

Staff Writer

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.

Stephanie Muniz - DrugWatch Outreach Team Member

Stephanie Muniz

Outreach Team Member

Stephanie aims to educate and inform the medical community of unsafe health risk.  With a background in journalism and senior care, she is passionate about bringing awareness to readers everywhere. She holds a Communication degree from the University Of Central Florida.

Alex Baez - DrugWatch Outreach Team Member

Alex Baez

Outreach Team Member

Alex Baez's goal is to spread awareness about recalled drugs and devices. With his degree in human communication, he seeks out opportunities to connect with affected individuals. Alex's work experience includes community outreach and health advocacy in the Orlando area.

Jen Juneau -
 Staff Writers

Jen Juneau

Staff Writer

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.

Meet Our Drugwatch Contributors

Our guest contributors are experts in their field and come from a variety of backgrounds — from accomplished surgeons to people whose personal experience with drugs and devices inspired them to advocate for others. They share Drugwatch's mission to educate the public and provide resources to consumers and their families.

E. Scott Sills, MD, PhD - Expert Contributor

E. Scott Sills, MD, PhD

Expert Contributor

A native of east Tennessee, Dr. E. Scott Sills is a reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in IVF, reproductive genetics, fertility surgery and recurrent miscarriage. He authored the world’s first paper on political asylum successfully granted on the basis of compulsory sterilization in China while on the Cornell faculty.

Tess Schulman - Expert Contributor

Tess Schulman

Expert Contributor

Tess Schulman is a scientist and paralegal who became a patient activist after experiencing severe adverse reactions to the medical device Essure.

Elaine K. Sanchez - Expert Contributor

Elaine K. Sanchez

Expert Contributor

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.

Rebecca Montrone - Expert Contributor

Rebecca Montrone

Expert Contributor

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.