I live with: Husband, 3 kids, and lots of laundry.
Tell us about the work you do. How did you wind up here? I have always loved science and math. Out of graduate school, I took a job as an assistant professor at Northwestern University. After a few years in that job, I didn’t love everything it entailed. I realized I couldn’t stick around long enough through tenure to transition to a more interesting job at the university, so I looked around and found out about medical writing. I took the leap directly from my faculty position into freelance medical writing and haven’t looked back since.
What did you want to be when you were a little kid? How does that play into the work you do now? I thought I might be a neurosurgeon, or an Olympic athlete one day. Neither of those have happened (yet). But I did perform neurosurgery in my graduate school experiments, so that wasn’t too far off. The Olympics will have to wait for another 4 years, unless they have a new sport of “baby/grocery carrying“ that I can try now.
What problems do you solve for your clients? I translate their scientific data into something more understandable and put it into a broader context of healthcare, medicine, and previous study results.
Tell us the best part of what you do. There are so many things – the most important are that I learn something new every single day on my job; I am constantly embedded in science and medicine; I have enough flexibility to choose the projects, the clients, and the hours of my work.
What’s your personal motto or mantra? “My hair, and by extension me, cannot be contained.” From a New York Times article on curly hair, May 2016
Who’s your role model? Tough to pick just one – my parents, my husband, my PhD advisor are all top choices
Where’s your favorite place to relax? Near the water – pool, beach, river
Tell us a favorite accomplishment. A recent one was finishing a cross stitch birth record for my third child (started when I found out I was pregnant, finished just before his 2nd birthday!) Also, getting my PhD; running a marathon.
How can people work with you? For a new client, we will typically connect over email and phone to exchange some basic information, and then have a more formal kick-off/download phone call or in-person meeting to get the project underway. I take inquiries by phone (847-238-2461) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and am available during regular business hours. I work in Fairfield, CT and am available to travel regionally for in-person meetings.