I am a professional medical editor and writer with more than 20 years of experience.
The ELS after my name stands for Editor in the Life Sciences, a certification of BELS.
I have a BS degree in animal science and a minor in technical writing and editing. I also spent 3 years in graduate school in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
My continuing education in scientific publishing has included short courses offered by the Council of Science Editors, workshops offered through the American Medical Writers Association, and numerous webinars through editing associations like ACES.
I'm not just a language expert who edits in the science field or a scientist who has picked up editing. I'm a highly trained editor with an advanced science background.
I started my editing career at the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, where I copyedited accepted manuscripts and corrected proofs before publication. I co-wrote the journal's style guide and trained new copyeditors. I also gained experience working with authors for whom English is a second language.
I have been working full-time as a freelance medical editor and writer since 2003. I am a proud member of AMWA.
My mission statement is to communicate science well - for healthy people and a healthy planet.
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