About Our Expert Authors

Joanna BroderJoanna Broder, MPH, MS

A science and medical writer, editor, and audio producer. Broder’s work has appeared in U.S. News & World Report, Boston Globe Magazine, Newsweek, The Jewish Week, and on Interfaith Voices, Yahoo News, and BBC World News.


Nicola Davies, BSc, Hons, MSc Comm, PhD, DipC, MBACP, MBPsS, NUJ

Davies is a Health Psychologist and Medical Writer at Health Psychology Consultancy Ltd. Her expertise is in the psychology of health and well-being, which she writes prolifically on across the globe. She has three books: I Can Beat Obesity! Finding the Motivation, Confidence and Skills to Lose Weight and Avoid Relapse, I Can Beat Anorexia! Finding the Motivation, Confidence and Skills to Recover and Avoid Relapse, and Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook: A Practical Guide to Long-Term Recovery.

Davies’ work in the field of pain is largely focused on lifestyle, behavior change, coping, and developing the skills and confidence to self-manage.

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Robert Dinsmoor

A contributing editor at Diabetes Self-Management, Dinsmoor is an award-winning medical journalist who has written hundreds of articles on health and medicine, including dozens related to diabetes.

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Joseph Gustaitis

A freelance writer and editor based in the Chicago area, Gustaitis has a degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Carol LevinCarol Levin, BA, CNC

A nationally published feature writer for almost three decades who specializes in health and wellness. She has a background in health-care administration and holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications plus certification in nutritional counseling. Levin currently teaches writing and tai chi and strives to educate, inspire, and motivate through her work.

Susan Ojanen, INHC, CIC

A certified Integrative Nutrition and Intrinsic Health Coach in private practice with Small Steps Wellness, Inc. She educates and supports clients in building healthy new habits for maintainable lifestyle changes. She also enjoys teaching cooking and exercise classes for the Employee Wellness Program at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, and is affiliated with Healing Hands Health Center in Bristol, Tennessee.

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Jackson RainerJackson Rainer, PhD, ABPP, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist

A licensed psychologist who has been teaching and practicing for over 30 years. Rainer has written four well-received resource texts, multiple book chapters, and published a large body of professional research on psychotherapy processes, crisis counseling and therapy, and grief and bereavement. He practices in Atlanta with the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia.

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David Spero, BSN, RN

A nurse for 25 years at University of California San Francisco and Kaiser hospitals, and one of the first professional health coaches. Nurse Spero is author of Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis and The Art of Getting Well: Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness, as well as co-author of Diabetes Heroes and the diabetes chapter in Where There is No Doctor. He writes for Diabetes Self-Management, Pain-Free Living, and Everyday Health.

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Kurt UllmanKurt Ullman, RN, BSPA, MHA

Freelance writer with over 30 years of experience writing for professional and consumer publications, blogs, and websites. Two-time winner of the Apex Award for Writing Excellence, Nurse Ullman has won 8 Merit National Health Information Awards and the Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence Award.

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Frieda Wiley Frieda Wiley, PharmD, BCGP, RPh

A contract medical writer and consultant pharmacist who writes for consumer magazines, trade publications, associations, and pharmaceutical companies. In addition to writing for Diabetes Self-Management, Wiley has written for Pain-Free Living, WebMD, US News & World Report, Everyday Health, Arthritis Today, and a division of the National Institutes of Health.

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Paul WynnPaul Wynn

A veteran health-care writer, Wynn has written on a wide variety of scientific and consumer trends over the past 20 years. His stories have appeared in nearly 60 magazines, including Health, Medscape, Prevention, and Today’s Caregiver. Previously, he was senior editor with Managed Care magazine. He resides in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and three children.