Our Contributors

Alice Thorpe
Alice Thorpe

Alice has suffered with chronic migraines from the age of 11 and over the years has developed a range of insights towards various treatments and remedies. She is a designer, illustrator and YouTube vlogger. She has been active online for many years, since 2013, and has gathered a loyal following. Alongside studying at the University of Lincoln, Alice also works…

Alyssa Winegarden
Alyssa Winegarden

Alyssa is the Community Manager at NewLifeOutlook and is a life-long migraine sufferer. Her goal is to create a supportive, resourceful, and safe place for fellow condition sufferers to come together and exchange questions and advice. As a Community Manager, she works diligently to bring humanness to the NLO brand. Alyssa is an Arien, feminist, and self-proclaimed #GIRLBOSS-in-training. In her…

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.

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…

Jaime Sanders
Jaime Sanders

I'm a mom of three teenagers, ages 18, 15 and to one very special needs 14-year-old who has selective mutism. I've been married to my wonderful husband for 18 years. I was diagnosed with migraine at eight years old, living with the disabling illness for 30 years. I'm a chronic migraineur also managing depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, RLS, spinal…

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…

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…

Sarah Rathsack
Sarah Rathsack

Sarah Rathsack is a mom, blogger, writer and preschool teacher committed to sharing her life with chronic migraines and being a mom. She has covered a range of migraine and health related topics along with lessons learned from being a mom and teacher of small children. Her positive attitude is seen even when discussing difficult topics and life events. Sarah…