Meet the Bloggers

Pregistry’s bloggers are seasoned writers and journalists with expertise in the fields of pregnancy, lactation, and healthcare. They are also mothers and fathers!

Dr. Mandy Armitage is a board-certified physician and writer. She is passionate about education, for patients and clinicians alike. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and attending live music events. Read Mandy’s blog posts.

 

 

Dr. Margaret Burke is a board-certified pediatric pharmacotherapy specialist and medical writer. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and completed a pediatric pharmacy residency and fellowship at The University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked as a clinical pharmacist caring for neonates and children for more than 20 years. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, and travel adventures with her husband. Read Margaret’s blog posts

Jenny Cai has a Master’s degree in Experimental Medicine. She currently works as a medical writer and editor, and has a background in developmental neurobiology. She likes blogging about current science topics and health issues, especially childhood development. When she’s not writing, she likes practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, long distance hiking, and playing with her 2-year old daughter. Read Jenny’s blog posts.

 

Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture – for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children. Read Diana’s blog posts.

 

 

Dr. Kristen Hollinger has a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Pennsylvania State University.  She currently resides in Maryland and works as an Instructor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on neurological diseases including depression and multiple sclerosis. Read Kristen’s blog posts.

 

Dr. Chris Iliades has a medical degree and over 20 years of experience in clinical medicine and clinical research. Chris has been a full time medical writer and journalist since 2004. His byline appears in over 1,000 articles online including EverydayHealth, The Clinical Advisor, and Healthgrades. He has also written for print media including Cruising World Magazine, MD News, and The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Magazine. Chris lives with his wife and close to his three children and four grandchildren in the Boston area. Read Chris’ blog posts.

Joan Vos MacDonald has written about health and fitness for newspapers, magazines and websites. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the author of two books on health-related topics, “Tobacco and Nicotine Dangers,” for young adults, and “High Fit Home,” a design book about fitness and architecture. She lives in upstate New York near her children and grandchildren. Read Joan’s blog posts.

 

Dr. Lauren McMahan has a Doctor of Pharmacy from Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN. She currently works for a large national healthcare company, where she provides her research and writing expertise to support evidence-based initiatives to improve patient care. She enjoys exercising, reading, and thrifting in her spare time. Read Lauren’s blog posts.

 

Dr. Carrie Noriega is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist who has practiced medicine for more than 11 years. She is Pregistry’s Medical Director and a medical writer. Carrie loves spending time with her husband and daughter, mountain biking, and outdoor adventures. Read Carrie’s blog posts.

 

 

Dr. Abby Olena has a PhD in Biological Sciences from Vanderbilt University. She lives with her husband and daughter in North Carolina, where she writes about science and parenting, produces a conversational podcast, and teaches prenatal yoga. Read Abby’s blog posts.

 

Dr. Ruben Rucoba has over 25 years of experience as a primary care pediatrician after completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. His clinical areas of expertise include caring for children with special health care needs and assisting families with international adoption. He has been a freelance medical writer since 2010, writing for health websites, continuing medical education providers, and various print outlets. He currently works at Wheaton Pediatrics in the suburbs of Chicago, where he lives with his wife and four daughters, including a set of twins. Read Ruben’s blog posts.

Dr. Stan Sack has 29 years’ experience as a primary care pediatrician in Massachusetts and Florida. A medical writer since 2015, he enjoys blogging on topics that are on parents’ minds but are covered less often in books and on websites. He lives in the Florida Keys with his family and enjoys healthy cooking, fitness activities and singing in his spare time. Read Stan’s blog posts.

 

Jessica Sillers is a parenting and finance writer whose work has been featured in Pregnancy & Newborn, Headspace, and more. As a new mom herself, she’s passionate about helping other parents find the community and support they need. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, reading, and hiking. Read Jessica’s blog posts.

 

Melody Watson holds Bachelors degrees in Biochemistry and Microbiology. She works as a medical writer for a medical communications agency in Berlin, Germany, where her work ranges from medical translation to writing publications for medical journals. Melody is passionate about promoting science, including evidence-based medicine, and debunking pseudoscience. Read Melody’s blog posts.


Dr. David Warmflash
is a science communicator and physician with a research background in astrobiology and space medicine. He has completed research fellowships at NASA Johnson Space Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brandeis University. Since 2002, he has been collaborating with The Planetary Society on experiments helping us to understand the effects of deep space radiation on life forms, and since 2011 has worked nearly full time in medical writing and science journalism. His focus area includes the emergence of new biotechnologies and their impact on biomedicine, public health, and society. 
Read David’s blog posts.


Dr. Diego Wyszynski
is the Founder and CEO of Pregistry. He is an expert on the effects of medications and vaccines in pregnancy and lactation and an accomplished writer, having published 3 books with Oxford University Press and more than 70 articles in medical journals. In 2017, he was selected to be a TEDMED Research Scholar. Diego attended the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Read Diego’s blog posts.

 

Dr. Brittani Zurek earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She currently works as a medical writer, specializing in disease management and medication therapy. Brittani also writes continuing education modules for healthcare professionals. She enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors in her free time. Read Brittani’s blog posts.