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  Laurie Bouck
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I have spent my career making technical topics such as medicine easy for the layman to understand. An award-winning health writer, I enjoy writing about complex topics for audiences ranging from low-literacy readers to CEOs and MDs.

The topics I have covered include pediatrics, pregnancy, emergency medicine, vaccination, and nutrition. My projects include articles, blog posts, online courses, newsletters, and a consumer health book.

I also work on technology projects, including medical technology, green technology, and consumer software. I am currently earning a certificate in technical communication.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Book Author 1 Year
Editor 2 Years
Writer 12 Years
Specialty
Health 2 Years
Technology 3 Years
Medicine 9 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
13 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Regional Newspaper Chain (11+), Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal (1-2), WorkingMother.com (1-2), Alpha Books/Penguin (1-2), My Little Nomads (Family Travel Blog) (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
McMurry Custom Publishers (3-5), Great Place to Work Institute (1-2), Local Green Technology Consultant (1-2)
Other Work History
Writer, StayWell/Krames Medical Publishers (staff)
Associate Editor, eMediaWeekly (staff)
Computer Skills
OS: Windows XP
Programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Equipment
Desktop, laptop, digital recorder, digital camera
References
Available upon request
Awards
I received eight National Health Information Awards for the patient education materials I wrote at StayWell/Krames.
Associations
American Society of Journalists and Authors, Freelance Success, American Medical Writers Association, Society for Technical Communication
Other
I hold two Master's degrees and taught college-level writing and literature for four years. My teaching background is especially useful for consumer and educational projects.

I am currently working on a certificate in technical communication.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near San Francisco, CA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(Oakland Tribune Online, 10/8/2010)
Profile of a Bay Area engineer working on water sanitation projects in Uganda.
(MedFly, 8/5/2010)
Blog post about radiation overdoses from CT scans, written for my blog MedFly, which is part of the BlogHer Publishing Network.
(WorkingMother.com, 7/15/2010)
An overview of childhood vaccines and vaccination controversies, written for WorkingMother.com
(Complete Idiot's Guide to Vaccinations, 12/1/2009)
A PDF of Chapter 12, "Do Vaccines Cause Medical Problems?" from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vaccinations, which I co-authored with Michael J. Smith, MD.
(AGD Impact, 2/13/2009)
Article written for a dental trade journal describing what medical identity theft is, how new FTC rules are designed to prevent identity theft, and how to spot and prevent this problem in a dental practice.
(Parenting Magazine, 4/1/2008)
Article on deciphering seizure-like behavior in infants and young children.
(Medscape Medical News, 3/7/2008)
News article describing the use of aspirin to prevent complications after knee surgery.
(Cincinnati Parent, 10/1/2007)
Article on pediatric emergencies that I wrote for a regional parenting publication.