Meet your IG Living team!

Our behind-the-scenes writers, editors, bloggers and social-media experts enjoy getting to know you through your email communications, letters and Facebook posts. Now you can put a "face to a name" by accessing our IG Living staff bios to learn a little more about the people who make IG Living happen.

IG Living Staff Writers

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Abbie Cornett

Abbie Cornett is the Patient Advocate for IG Living and has been working in advocacy for more that 16 years. She lives with her husband, three children and various pets in Southern California.
To contact Abbie, please send your email to or you can call (800) 843-7477, ext 1366.

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Rachel Maier

Rachel Maier is the associate editor of IG Living magazine. She lives with her husband and three children in Olathe, Kansas.

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Ronale Tucker Rhodes

Ronale Tucker Rhodes is the Editor of IG Living magazine and has been in the publishing field for more than 35 years. She lives with her husband and three dogs in the Tampa, Fla., area.

IG Living Contributing Writers

Keith Berman, MPH, MBA Bio Image

Keith Berman, MPH, MBA

Keith Berman, MPH, MBA, is the founder of Health Research Associates, providing reimbursement consulting, business development and market research services to biopharmaceutical, blood product and medical device manufacturers and suppliers. He also serves as editor of International Blood/Plasma News, a blood products industry newsletter.

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Heather Bremner Claverie

Heather Bremner Claverie is a contributing writer for IG Living magazine.

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Emily Cooper, RDN

Emily Cooper, RDN, is a nationally recognized registered dietitian, health writer, and recipe developer based in New Jersey. She is the author of The Easy Superfoods Cookbook, and the site,

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Bob Geng, MD, MA

Bob Geng, MD, MA, studied medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he also completed his residency training in internal medicine. He is currently an assistant professor in allergy and immunology at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Geng received his bachelor's and Master of Arts degrees in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Michelle Greer, RN, IgCN Bio Image

Michelle Greer, RN, IgCN

Michelle Greer, RN, IgCN, is executive vice president of sales at Nufactor, a Specialty Infusion Company.

Matthew D. Hansen, DPT, MPT, MBA Bio Image

Matthew D. Hansen, DPT, MPT, MBA

Matthew D. Hansen, DPT, MPT, MBA, is a practicing physical therapist in Utah and president of an allied healthcare staffing and consulting agency named SOMA Health, LLC. He completed his formal education at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and has additional training in exercise and sports science, motor development and neurological and pediatric physical therapy.

Terry O. Harville, MD, PhD Bio Image

Terry O. Harville, MD, PhD

Terry O. Harville, MD, PhD, is medical director of the Special Immunology Laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a consultant for immunodeficiencies, autoimmunities and transplantation.

Jessica Leigh Johnson Bio Image

Jessica Leigh Johnson

Jessica Leigh Johnson is a stay-at-home mom and mother of four kids, three of whom have X-linked agammaglobulinemia. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and has written one book about the loss of her son to a primary immunodeficiency.

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Mairead McConnell, PhD

Mairead McConnell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. She specializes in health psychology and is passionate about helping patients live well while navigating the challenges of chronic illness.

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Trudie Mitschang

Trudie Mitschang is a contributing writer for IG Living magazine.

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Surayyah Morris, PharmD

Surayyah Morris, PharmD, is an autoimmune small fiber neuropathy patient from Central Florida. As a medication therapy management and pain management specialty pharmacist, she enjoys supporting patients with chronic pain and chronic conditions to help find balance and improve quality of life.

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Cynthia Perry

Cynthia Perry worked in the medical field for eight years, interviewing doctors and conducting market research and strategic planning. She now writes articles and teaches classes focused on healthcare. Cynthia has been diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions and is a breast cancer survivor.

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Stacey Philpot

Stacey Philpot is an author, goofball and avid reader. You can find her blog, chronicallywhole, where she shares her journey of making the most of a life touched by common variable immunodeficiency, Lyme disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Michelle Searle

Michelle Searle is a teacher from South Florida who was diagnosed with common variable immunodeficiency at 11 years old. She is currently living in Italy where you will most likely find her eating pizza or trying to make friends with the local cats.

Amy Scanlin, MS Bio Image

Amy Scanlin, MS

Amy Scanlin, MS, is a freelance writer and editor specializing in medical and fitness topics.

E. Richard Stiehm, MD Bio Image

E. Richard Stiehm, MD

E. Richard Stiehm, MD, is professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Jim Trageser

Jim Trageser is a freelance journalist in the San Diego area.

Leslie J. Vaughan, RPh, CSP, IgCP Bio Image

Leslie J. Vaughan, RPh, CSP, IgCP

Leslie J. Vaughan, RPh, CSP, IgCP, is the chief operations officer at Nufactor, a Specialty Pharmacy Company.

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AmyJo Wallingford

AmyJo Wallingford, APRN, is a nurse practitioner in Omaha, Neb.

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Whitney L. Ward

Whitney L. Ward was not only the first person in the world diagnosed with MAGIS syndrome, she had the honor of naming the new primary immune deficiency. MAGIS means "more" in Latin, and Whitney hopes to instill in her readers the message they are more than their disease. Find out more about Whitney's journey at

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Meredith Whitmore

Meredith Whitmore is an English professor and freelance journalist in the Northwest.