Heather is our managing editor, and her interest in healthcare was sparked by volunteering at Harborview Medical Center as a teenager. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in community health education from Western Washington University, but credits UW Professional & Continuing Education for helping her finding her passion for public relations, editing and social media. She is a Pacific Northwest native who doesn’t really enjoy hiking, eating salmon or doing yoga. She also sometimes uses an umbrella.
Kristen is a writer and editor who has spent the past seven years specializing in health, fitness and nutrition reporting. Her work has appeared on Prevention, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, DailyBurn, Vice, The Huffington Post, CNN and The Daily Beast, among others. She holds a Master of Science degree in health communication from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marist College. Originally from the East Coast, she moved to Seattle in search of taller mountains and a more conscious lifestyle. She does really enjoy hiking, eating salmon and practicing yoga—and doesn’t own an umbrella.
McKenna is a writer with a particular interest in mental health. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington and was science editor for the university's student newspaper, The Daily. She joined UW Medicine in 2013 as a writer and communications specialist and is now also a social media producer. Born and raised in Washington, she loves the pine forests, rocky beaches and snow-capped mountains that make the Pacific Northwest unique—and feels the moody weather speaks to her soul.
Vanessa is an experienced writer and editor who has been published in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Glamour and Seattle Weekly, as well as the anthology, "Literature and Gender." She is a graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Program and spent the early part of her career at Little, Brown and Company in Boston and New York. She is also a mom who discovered too late in life that she was born to be a racecar driver. So instead she bicycles, hikes, skis and paddles the Pacific Northwest.