Laura Ortiz

Detroit, MI USA

Professional Experience

A seasoned and well-published journalist, I specialize in health & fitness writing. For more than a decade, my work has been published in major and regional newspapers, magazines and on websites. My goal as a writer are to educate, entertain and evoke emotion.


5 Years
15 Years
10 Years


15 Years
10 Years
10 Years


Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
10 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
10 Years
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

27 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Credit Union Journal (10+), Detroit Free Press (10+), KMed LLC health communications agency (6-10)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids (1-2), Siemens Medical Solutions (1-2), American Institute for Preventive Medicine (6-10)

Other Work History

The Desert Sun, reporter York Daily Record, reporter Whimsy LLC, owner of art consignment store Fantasy Springs Casino, public relations manager Gilda's Club Metro Detroit, Communications Director Downriver Profile, writer, contributing writer

Technical Skills

Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, Windows XP, MAC, HTML, Photoshop, Illustrator


Digital camera, MAC laptop


Frank Diekmann, 561-714-2827 Michael Radner, 248-443-0319


Various writing awards from SPJ and AP



Laying in a hospital bed at Henry Ford Health System, Dwight Congress heard a sound that had been absent for a long time - the rhythmic beat of his heart. At first, the Detroit resident said, it was overwhelmingly loud "like a big drum.'' He joked to himself, "Can I live with all this noise?"
A doctor walks into an exam room where a patient is waiting and says, "Still fat.'' The patient lets out a nervous chuckle, hoping a punch line is about to follow to ease the sting intensifying inside her small, but obese frame. But the doctor says nothing more and she is too humiliated to . . .
It started with a dinner conversation between clinical and administrative experts, then some notes scribbled on a paper napkin. By the time they were finished, they had the outline for a state-of-the-art heart hospital that would integrate top-quality care with the latest technology.
Valentine's Day may be synonymous with decadent chocolate, but it doesn't have to be an excuse to slack off on diet and exercise. In fact, researchers say, there's a lot about this romantic holiday that inspires healthful habits year round.
Good Grief was one of 101 articles I wrote in less than three weeks for a publication, 101 Ways to Wellness. Topics included heart issues, dieting tips, dental care, home safety and finding a good doctor.
Spent several days interviewing key leaders of new heart hospital in Indiana to learn how they utilized the latest and greatest Siemens technology.