Content Producer, Rabble Rouser, and Fire Starter in Richmond, Virginia
In an effort to recover from two decades in Hunter Thompson's "cheap plastic hallway" - network TV news, specifically - I hung out my shingle as a storyteller.
No, you won't see me at the local children's library. I throw too many f-bombs to be invited there. I use my skill as a speaker, writer, producer and erstwhile standup comic to drive change in healthcare and healthcare tech. I self-branded as "Occupation: Foole - Healthcare Edition" in memory of one of my idols, George Carlin.
How good am I at talking? I talked my way out of police custody in Saudi Arabia. Not bad for a girl, right?
A professional rabble-rouser, I wrote a book about managing medical care, Cancer for Christmas: Making the Most of a Daunting Gift, that's fierce, funny, and became an Amazon best seller.
My purpose in life is to help transform healthcare into the patient-centered wellness machine it wants to be. I also am part of the brigade looking to make "citizen science" a central feature of medical research.
I was a StanfordMedicineX ePatient Scholar in 2013. In 2014, I presented at MedX on a patient engagement project I'd worked on, and was also tagged as a patient engagement expert by the World Health Organization. In 2015 I was invited to speak at DellWorld in Austin, the National Health Policy Conference in DC, HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum in San Diego, and HIMSS Patient Engagement Summit in Orlando.
I've presented at the PCORnet "Trustworthiness in Research" conference, ePharma Summit, and the Healthcare CFO/CXO Summit in Marina Del Rey. I've also been asked to help map the shared decision making process in cancer treatment for the NIH's National Cancer Institute. I've also done two panels disguised as comedy sketches at Health 2.0 events inNew York and Boston.
I'm loud, I'm opinionated, and I'll either drive change, or go down in flames battling to make shift happen.