Our Contributors

Afra Willmore
Afra Willmore

Afra is a former print journalist, news editor and award-winning feature writer turned online content editor, radio presenter and pro-blogger. With a teacher and a journalist as parents it is unsurprising that Afra first started to create “newspapers” as a very young child, moving on to the real thing after graduating. She met her husband in 1991, married in 1992…

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…

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.

Colleen Kelly
Colleen Kelly

For over eight years, Colleen Kelly has been working as a diabetes certified educator (DCE) in the United Kingdom. She has a passion for diabetes care, management and education. Over her years working with people with diabetes, Colleen understands how difficult change is and how maintaining healthy habits can be challenging. By understanding these challenges, they have helped Colleen inspire…

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…

Launie Kettler
Launie Kettler

Launie Kettler is a food writer/photographer who lives in a “suburb" of Burlington, VT. She cooks big food in a small kitchen, and her husband and cats are tolerant of the fact that she plays the same Wilco and Son Volt albums over and over while pontificating about the beauty of cumin. Her food blog, Teeny Tiny Kitchen, was featured…

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…

Rebecca Paciorek
Rebecca Paciorek

Rebecca Paciorek has both type 2 diabetes and asthma. She doesn't "suffer" from them though as she likes to live life to the fullest. Her degree is in Communications from Miami University and she owns a digital media agency, Blue Dot Digital Communications. Rebecca, her husband and their teenage son are “foster failures” of a shelter dog named Lucy. Rebecca…