Awards & Honors


2009 – Named a “Top Arthritis Expert” by Organized Wisdom

2010 – Named “Who to Follow on Twitter” by Network Pittsburgh

2010 – Named “Best Blogger in Pittsburgh” by Network Pittsburgh

2011 – Named one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” by PUMP and Pittsburgh Magazine

2012 – Named a “Top 10 Online RA Expert” by Dr. Oz website, ShareCare Now

2012 – Nominated as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Woman of the Year”

2012 – Nominated for an “ATHENA Young Professional” Award

2012 – Voted as one of the “Faces of the SouthSide Works”

2012 – Nominated as one of  “Yahoo’s Women Who Shine”

2013 – Became a certified holistic health coach and drugless practitioner

2014 – Named a “Most Influential Twitter User” by Pittsburgh Business Times

2014 – Nominated for a WEGO “Health Activist Hero” Award

2014 – Nominated for Healthline “Best Health Blog”

2015 – Named a “Top 10 Health Influencer” by Right Relevance

2015 – Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame Inductee

2015 – Semi-finalist for the Writing Pittsburgh Fellowship at Creative Nonfiction

2015 – Named a “Top Arthritis Twitter Handle of the Year” by Healthline

2015 – Named a “Top 10 Author” by the IIN Launch Your Dream Book Initiative

2016 – Nominated for Pittsburgh’s Most Stylish

2016 – Named a “Women of Business” Class of 2016 by Whirl Magazine

2016 – Nominated for a WEGO “Best in Class: Facebook” and “Lifetime Achievement” Health Activist Award

2016 – Nominated for another ATHENA Young Professionals Award

2016 – Nominated for Pittsburgh City Paper’s “Best Writer in Pittsburgh”

2017 – Won an “Empowering Women in Business” Award from Inspiring Lives Magazine


2007 – Member of Phi Delta Kappa and ProLiteracy America

2009 – Volunteer at the Arthritis Foundation

201o-2013 – member of PETA & ASPCA

2011-Present – Friend of the Green Tree Library

2011-2015 – Save the Children sponsor

2012 – President, Board Member & Founding Member of FemCity Pittsburgh

2013 – Member, Association of Writers and Writing Programs

2013 – Get Involved Pittsburgh Young Professionals Board

2013-Present – Admitted to high-IQ society MENSA. (member)

2013 – 2014 – Friend of the Poets & Writers Organization

2014-Present – Board member (Secretary) of WearWoof (

2014-2015 – Member & ele-friend of the Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee

2015 – Advocate and social media volunteer for South Hills Pet Rescue

2015 – Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame Inductee

2016 – Member and Secretary of the Robinson Lions Club, District 14-B

2014-Present – Member and volunteer for miscellaneous activities at Crossroads Church

TV Segments: (see more under Book Reviews & Press Page)

2011 – Interviewed for ABC’s “Everyday Health” TV Show

2011 – Interviewed by WTAE and WPXI News, appeared on a segment

2011 – Oprah Winfrey Show

2013 – Anderson show; Good Morning America

2015 – Radio interviews on WRSP Radio and Health Revolution Radio

2015 – Various media outlets reviewed/covered books Sick Idiot and To Exist

2016 – Serious Reading interviews me, reviews all 3 of my books

2016 – Appeared on local CBS-affiliate morning talk show, KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live

2016 – Interviewed for MASSolutions Podcast, No B.S. Marketing

Photos:  (see more under Book Reviews & Press Page)

2007 – Featured in the “For the Troops: Pinup Book”

2011 – Featured in a Pittsburgh Magazine photo spread for 40 Under 40

2011 – Featured in IN South Fayette Magazine

2012 – Pictured in WHIRL Magazine

2012 – Pictured & written up in the Pittsburgh Business Times

2015 – Pictured in Pittsburgh Post Gazette via Sick Idiot Review

2016 – Pictured in two issues of WHIRL Magazine

Modeling & Acting:  (see more under Book Reviews & Press Page)

2011 – Walked in REFLECT Boutique Fashion Show

2011 – Catalog photo shoot for Crazy Hot Clothes

2012 – Named one of the Faces of the SouthSide Works

2012 – Filmed as a walk-on/extra for the movies Abduction and Riddle

2015 – Co-hosted Macy’s Fashion’s Front Row as a part of Pittsburgh Fashion Week

Published Works:  (see more under Book Reviews & Press Page)

2007 – Featured in the “For the Troops: Pinup Book”  (model)

2012 – Co-author of “Empowered in Pittsburgh” (anthology)

2013 – Proofreader of “The Bliss Cleanse” published book by by Lindsey Smith & Lorraine Miller

2015 – Had my first fiction novel, “To Exist” Published

2015 – Had my first nonfiction book, “Sick Idiot” Published

2016 – Had my second nonfiction book, ‘Chronically Positive” Published

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