About Us 2018-01-12T03:02:06+00:00

The Med Writers Team

CEO & Founder

Dr. Karen Vieira

  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences – Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (University of Florida College of Medicine)
  • MS in Management from MBA program (University of Florida College of Business)
  • BS in Biological Sciences – Molecular Biology (Florida Institute of Technology)
  • Previously a research scientist at Kraft Foods in Long Term Research and Nutrition Research departments
  • Trained in science writing, technical writing, copywriting, NLP writing and other areas of writing
  • 20 years of medical and scientific writing experience
  • Passionate about a living a healthy lifestyle and helping others do the same

The Doctors

Dr. Erica Hatva

  • PhD in Neuroscience (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • MS in Neuroscience (University of London)
  • BS in Biochemistry (University of W. London)
  • Post-doctoral training in brain cancer (University of California, San Diego)
  • MA in Anthropology (University of Southern California)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production (University of Southern California)
  • Experienced medical and scientific writer
  • Previous editor or multiple medical journals
  • Experience with FDA and pharmaceutical writing
  • Languages – English, Spanish, French

Dr. Stephen Phipps

  • ND/Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (Bastyr University)
  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences working with herbal supplements (University of Florida College of Medicine)
  • BS in Botany (University of Florida)

Dr. David Hutto

  • PhD in Rhetoric; focus Science Writing (Georgia State University & CDC)
  • MA in English
  • Professor of English, teaching medical/science writing, Juniata College
  • Experienced medical and scientific writer

Dr. Sarah Williams

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology (University of Louisville)
  • Experienced in grant writing

Dr. Jamie Weiss

  • PhD in Neuroscience (Iowa State University of Science and Technology)
  • BA in Biological Science (Rutgers College)

Dr. Shaina McQuilkie

  • DC/Doctor of Chiropractic (D’Youville College)
  • BS in Kinesiology (Brock University)

Dr. Aimee Kendall

  • PhD in English with concentration on Science Writing

     Dr. Marcus Martin

  • PhD in Microbiology working on HIV/FIV research (University of Florida)
  • BS in Biology, minor in Chemistry (Morgan State University)
  • Experienced in grant and marketing writing

     Dr. Lindsay Phipps

  • ND/Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (Bastyr University)
  • Post Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program (University of Oregon)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and English (University of Portland)

     Dr. Ruth Hickman

  • MD with honors (Indiana University Purdue University School of Medicine)
  • Graduate Program (Ohio State University)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Kenyon College)

     Dr. Kathryn Ko

  • MD (University of Hawaii School of Medicine)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Hawaii)
  • Master of Fine Arts (Academy Art University)
  • Neurosurgery residency (Mount Sinai Medical Center)
  • Neurosurgeon and medical illustrator

     Dr. Gerald Morris

  • MD/Doctor of Medicine (Dartmouth Medical School)
  • Bachelor of Science in Anthropology (Tulane University)
  • Previous Primary Care Physician

     Dr. Anna Pickering

  • PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology (University of Hawaii)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biophysics (Oregon State University)
  • Post-doctoral research at Oregon Health and Science University

     Dr. Heidi Lightfoot

  • MD/Doctor of Medicine (University of London)
  • Master’s in Clinical Research (Imperial College London)
  • Anesthesiology trainee

More Great Team Members

Takeesha Roland Jenkins

  • PhD student in Psychology (Grand Canyon University)
  • MS in Psychology (Capella University)
  • MS in Neurology (Humboldt University)
  • BS in Biology (University of South Florida)

Deirdre O’Donnell

  • MS in Neuropharmacology (National University of Ireland)
  • BS in Science (National University of Ireland)

Anna Schoenbach

  • MS in Science Writing student (Johns Hopkins University)
  • BA in Biological Sciences (Mount Holyoke College)

Jane Welch

  • PhD in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology student (Johns Hopkins University)
  • BS in Genetics and Biochemistry (Clemson University)


Andrea Caravan

  • Project manager
  • Client relations
  • Happy to help in any way possible!
  • Languages – English, Spanish

Administrative Staff

Jonié Culbreath

  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (Chi Institute)
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Languages – English, Spanish

Daryl Homier

Mia Homier

Dr. Karen Vieira’s Full Biography

Dr. Karen Vieira is a multi-talented combination of scientific expertise, business savvy and enthusiasm for health and wellness. She is a medical scientist with a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Florida College of Medicine department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She also has a Master’s of Science in Management from the University of Florida College of Business MBA program and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences with high honors, specializing in Molecular Biology, from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Vieira started her career conducting research on sickle cell disease patients in the Sickle Cell Center in Atlanta, GA and from there moved on to doing laboratory-based gene therapy research for sickle cell disease. Since she too has the genetic disease, helping with sickle cell has been her life-long passion.

She has laboratory and clinical research experience both in academia and industry. After leaving academic research, she worked with the largest food company in America. As a senior research scientist at Kraft Foods, she did nutritional research to discover new health benefits of existing food ingredients and natural compounds. Her project areas included bone health, diabetes and cognitive health. While there, she also started a comprehensive cell culture research project, a first of its kind there, discovering and prioritizing novel and emerging food ingredients for health and wellness using cell culture studies. This project later became part of a $10 million joint venture with a Nobel prize laureate.

Dr. Vieira is the sole owner of The Med Writers, a medical and scientific writing company that helps researchers get published easier by writing for them and helps companies get the Google rank they want by writing credible informational content for their websites. The company was started in 2007 after Dr. Vieira left Kraft Foods. They have worked on projects for companies like Belkin, Dole, Johnson & Johnson, Meijer Pharmacy, Omega XL, Sechrist, ShopRite and Abbott, just to name a few. The company is comprised of a team of writers that are doctoral medical scientists, medical doctors, naturopathic doctors and chiropractic doctors, bringing credibility and their depth of experience to clients’ projects. They also formulate new dietary supplement blends for clients in the supplement industry, ensuring safety and efficacy.

Over the past 10 years, she has grown from being a solopreneur, to having a team of 4 part and full-time staff plus as many as 20 part-time, full-time and freelance writers. The business is a federally-certified 8(a), WOSB, MOSB and EDWOSB, and they are actively pursuing federal and state contracts and sub-contracts currently.

Her charisma and knowledge have led to her winning many awards over the years. These include being a finalist in the 2017 Xcelerate Wellington 2.0’s Homegrown People’s Choice Award, being selected as a 2016 SBA Emerging Leaders participant, winning the University of Florida Medical Guild research presentation, winning the Florida Tech Tri-Beta research presentation and being a Howard Hughes science grant recipient for an internship at Emory University.

As an international student with limited access to scholarship and grant money, plus zero access to student loans, Karen completed all 3 of her degrees solely with scholarship, grant and fellowship money, plus working in the food and telemarketing industries to support herself. The tenacity which she approached school with, enrolling in a doctorate and an MBA program concurrently, is the same way she approaches everything in life.

Her work has been published in many medical journals such as Nucleic Acids Research, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Nutrition Journal, Annals of General Psychiatry and International Archives of Medicine. She is a general health, cancer and weight loss coach, often volunteering her time to help people with their health conditions using dietary and lifestyle changes plus dietary supplements. With her experience as sickle cell patient and a sickle cell gene therapy researcher, she volunteers frequently with her local Sickle Cell Foundation.