Team

We have a core team of health/science communication experts, backed by a network of contractors that includes award-winning writers, content strategists, web producers, UX experts and designers. This lets us build specialized teams that are tailored to your needs.

Our core team includes:

I started my career at the Wall Street Journal, then spent more than a decade writing and editing at newspapers and magazines. My work won awards and was featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing. Then my life and my career took a radical turn in 2010, when my infant daughter suffered a brain injury.

I came face to face with understanding complex conditions, treatments and research. I read a lot of confusing medical content. I talked to brilliant doctors who couldn’t explain things in plain English. And I met frustrated families who needed simple, clear information. I wanted to help, so I took on a new challenge and founded Message Lab.

We’re lucky to work with top organizations, and with amazing physicians and scientists. My goal is to turn their work into content that helps patients and raises money to pursue discoveries. It’s the best job in the world.

After I became the editor of Fred Hutch’s embedded newsroom, I relied on Justin for his expertise, insight and thoughtful way of considering how to tell a story. Justin weaves vision and strategy into everything he does, always considering the larger picture and the end goal. Anyone would be lucky to get to work with him.

Linda Dahlstrom, Former Editorial Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Education

M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., New York University

Megan Herndon

Editor

Megan started her healthcare writing career as an intern on the news team at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, then worked as a content strategist and account manager at a digital marketing agency. At Message Lab, Megan oversees web content creation, plays an integral role in developing content strategies and creates content across multiple channels.

She is enrolled in the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington.

Education

B.A., Journalism, University of Washington

Mike Mathieu

Senior Writer

Mike was most recently an associate creative director at Weber Shandwick, serving as content lead on key clients including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, he spent a decade writing and performing comedy and other curious pieces of theater. At Message Lab, Mike composes content of all kinds for all clients and loves everything he learns along the way.

Education

B.A., English, Ohio Wesleyan University

Jessica Levco

Senior Writer

Jessica is an accomplished healthcare writer whose experience includes working as a journalist and editing Healthcare Communications News (published by Ragan Communications). Jessica transitioned to agency work in 2014 and has worked closely with clients like the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. At Message Lab, she specializes in social media and brand ambassador campaigns.

Education

B.A., Journalism, Indiana University

Anita Browning

Staff Writer

Anita worked as a communications specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital before becoming a college writing instructor. She joined our team in 2017 and specializes in content to support fundraising campaigns and donor stewardship.

Education

M.A., English, Portland State University

B.A., University of Montevallo

Bryn Nelson, Ph.D.

Contract Writer / Editor

Bryn was trained as a microbiologist before shifting his career to journalism and science communications. He writes for a variety of medical clients including NYU Langone Health, and his journalistic work has been published in The New York Times, Nature, Mosaic, Discover, Scientific American, MSNBC.com and Science News for Students.

Education

Ph.D., University of Washington

Graduate certificate, science communications, University of
California at Santa Cruz

B.A.,Concordia College

Roberta Kwok

Contract Writer / Editor

Roberta studied biology before becoming an award-winning journalist and science writer. She manages a growing number of medical and biotech clients, and has contributed to Nature, New Yorker.com, New Scientist, Aeon, Salon.com, Science News and U.S. News and World Report.

Education

Graduate certificate, science communications, University of
California at Santa Cruz

M.F.A., Indiana University

B.Sc., Stanford University

Lynne Peeples

Contract Writer / Editor

Lynne Started her career at Harvard University, crunching numbers for HIV clinical trials and environmental health studies. Then she shifted gears and started writing about medicine and science. She was written for outlets ranging from Memorial Sloan Kettering to Scientific American to Nature.

Education

M.A., science journalism, New York University

M.S., biostatistics, Harvard University

B.A., St. Olaf College

After I became the editor of Fred Hutch’s embedded newsroom, I relied on Justin for his expertise, insight and thoughtful way of considering how to tell a story. Justin weaves vision and strategy into everything he does, always considering the larger picture and the end goal. Anyone would be lucky to get to work with him.

Linda Dahlstrom, Former Editorial Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center