Our Contributors

Adriel Maldonado
Adriel Maldonado

Adriel has suffered from bouts of widespread pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety since childhood. In 2010, at the age of 22, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She has struggled since then with finding the best treatment for her symptoms and is always in pursuit of living a more natural life. Adriel went on to have two sons with her husband…

Angela Finlay
Angela Finlay

Angela Finlay is a freelance writer and blogger committed to sharing matters that affect health and wellbeing. From fitness and motivation to medical ailments and psychological hurdles, she has covered a range of health and lifestyle topics through her web writing career. Angela feels that a high quality of life should be a top priority for everyone, and tries her…

Barbara Leech
Barbara Leech

Barbara Leech is a mom of four who gave up her career as a reporter and editor of two weekly newspapers in Southern New Hampshire to be a work-at-home mom and autoimmune disease warrior. Within her personal battle with fibromyalgia, lupus, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, she is an advocate for greater public awareness and raising funds toward research and improved treatments…

Brenda Vanta
Brenda Vanta

Brindusa (Brenda) Vanta is an alternative health care doctor, author and medical writer. She has written for the Livestrong, South Asian Health Chronicle, Oakville Massage Community and Information Network, and she focuses on nutrition and homeopathy. She received her MD degree from Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine, Romania, and her HD diploma from Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine.

Codie Wright
Codie Wright

Codie was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, CFS, and IBS during her last year of University and since then, she has been trying to find the bright side and humor in everything through her work with NewLifeOutlook and her own personal blog. NewLifeOutlook has given Codie an amazing support system, as well as the chance to share her own experiences with people…

Donna Schwontkowski
Donna Schwontkowski

With over 25 years of experience in treating patients from an alternative health perspective, Dr. Donna Schwontkowski offers insight into how to use natural methods of healing to significantly improve your health. Her background includes being a retired chiropractor, a dietitian in charge of nursing home residents’ nutritional needs, a clinical nutritionist, and a Master Herbalist.

Eric Patterson
Eric Patterson

Eric L. Patterson, LPC, is a professional counselor in western Pennsylvania, who has been working for over a decade to help his clients live happier lives. By night, he is a dad, husband, runner and freelance writer specializing in transferring his mental health knowledge and experience into clear, actionable content for his readers. Recently, Eric’s writing has expanded to a…

Heather 'FibroFightingBarbie'
Heather 'FibroFightingBarbie'

I am 32 years old and have been living with fibromyalgia for 10 years. My husband and I recently had our first child, Jackson, after a 3 1/2 year battle with infertility. We are huge animal lovers and we have two rescue dogs. I have spent most my life working as a teacher, though I have also worked as a…

Jennifer Herrera
Jennifer Herrera

Jennifer Herrera is a 30-something liberal studies graduate. She worked with children for about eight years before she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and lupus. Blogging and creating videos became an outlet that helped Jennifer to cope with the pain. Her goal is to support others by sharing her story. You can see more of Jennifer's videos on her YouTube channel.

Katarina Zulak
Katarina Zulak

Katarina is a health blogger, health writer and all-around health nerd. Six years ago she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and endometriosis. On her health journey, she has learned the power of self-care skills to improve her health and well-being. As a writer, she is excited to educate and inspire others to be skillfully well, even if they have a chronic…

Krystina Ostermeyer
Krystina Ostermeyer

Krysti is a 30-something wife to Brad, and mother to Logan. She also happens to suffer from anxiety and has had migraines since she was 12 years old. In August of 2017, she also had a meningioma (a benign brain tumor) removed. She writes for the anxiety and migraine of NewLifeOutlook, as well as a variety of other communities. She…

Lana Barhum
Lana Barhum

Lana Barhum is a freelance medical and health writer from Northeast Ohio. She has written for a variety of online health publications, including the Pain News Network, Alliance Health, Upwell, Mango Health, New Life Outlook, Medical News Today, News Medical and The Mighty. Having lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 2008, Lana uses her experiences to share expert advice…

Patricia Bratianu
Patricia Bratianu

Patricia Bratianu, RN, PhD, RH (AHG), is a nurse with 40 years of experience in an array of inpatient and outpatient settings. During those years Patricia came to realize that conventional healthcare was not meeting the needs of all patients. She became an herbalist and obtained a PhD in natural health. This affords her the opportunity to provide balanced, well-rounded…

Puja Rios
Puja Rios

Puja Rios is a founder, chairwoman, consultant, mentor and director of sales as well as executive board member of Bright Pink and Chronic Pain advocate. Her mission to rebrand Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain has led her to be recognized as Fibro Daily's #1 Fibro Awareness Advocate and WEGO Health's 'best blog' and 'rookie of the year' finalist. By working with…

Sarah Borien
Sarah Borien

Sarah is 30 years old and lives in South London, UK, with her partner and cats. She has had fibromyalgia since 2009 and is passionate about finding and sharing new coping strategies. By day she works in corporate responsibility and the rest of the time she writes her blog, A Life Less Physical.

Starla Rich
Starla Rich

Starla has been a fibromyalgia warrior since her diagnosis in 2001 and a part of the NewLifeOutlook team since December 2014. She is a strong voice for those struggling with health issues that diminish quality of life and is also an advocate for those dealing with the trauma of domestic abuse. Starla fully believes that together we can make a…