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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 Llamas is a writer and researcher for Drugwatch.com. She is also the host of Drugwatch Podcast and has appeared as a guest on podcasts and radio shows. Michelle has a varied background as a researcher and writer for magazines and public relations companies. She has been published in research journals and peer-reviewed publications. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in English – Technical Communication.

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 - Staff Writer

Kevin Connolly

Staff Writer

Kevin is a contributor for Drugwatch.com. He has covered a wide variety of topics as a journalist, including local government, public health, the environment and politics.

Emily Miller - Staff Writer

Emily Miller

Staff Writer

Emily is a former journalist with experience in health care writing. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In the past, she covered crime, breaking news, education, local government, First Amendment news and the U.S. Supreme Court for media organizations in Florida, Washington, D.C., and Texas.

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 is a medical writer with a background in legal studies. She has experience working in law firms as a paralegal and legal writer, 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. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and has begun working on a master’s degree in public administration at the University of West Florida.

Terry Turner - Staff Writer

Terry Turner

Staff Writer

Terry is an Emmy-winning former television journalist. He covered the White House and Congress for five years as an investigative reporter the CONUS Washington Bureau, serving for 100 local TV news departments around the U.S. He has also written and produced mobile video, podcasts and online news reports for the Department of Defense and was a news writer for Voice of America. He received his bachelor’s degree in media arts from Lyon College in Arkansas.

Elaine Silvestrini - Staff Writer

Elaine Silvestrini

Staff Writer

Elaine is a career journalist with a strong desire to learn, explain, and help people. She worked for The Tampa Tribune for 13 years, covering courts and legal issues until the newspaper closed in 2016. After the Tribune’s demise, Elaine worked as an assistant investigator for the federal public defender where she helped investigate and prepare cases for court.

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 Jeneau

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.