I’m a freelance medical and science writer who solves communications problems for my clients one word at a time. I also just happen to be a licensed pharmacist and former chemist with an alphabet soup of letters behind my name (if I actually used them all). But don’t let that mislead you: I am a writer at heart.
I have been writing pretty much as long as I can remember. I won my first writing award in the first grade and published a poem in the fifth grade. You could probably say I consider myself a writer first and a scientist second.
Interestingly enough, I accidentally “fell” into technical writing after college: My first real job out of school was working as a chemist for an aerospace company whose main customer was the United States Navy. In that role, writing typically meant drafting a lab report, drawing up work orders, or tweaking a standard operating procedure. A few years later, my path became clear when I published my first magazine article and some marketing materials while still in pharmacy school: I wanted to write.
Today, I draw from my diverse professional experiences in chemistry, the pharmaceutical industry, and pharmacy practice to produce content in plain language as well as in complex jargon for scientific and medical professionals. I enjoy my work and believe it illustrates my commitment to serve others by crafting meaningful content that engages readers.
My current and past client history includes:
Professional Track Record:
- Former Freelance Senior Vice President and Medical Director at a Global Medical Marketing Firm
- Experienced Contract/Freelance Medical Writer
- Corporate writing and regulatory experience from Procter & Gamble
- Scientific writing as a former analytical chemist in the aerospace industry
- Slide deck and e-learning writing as a pharmacist
- Plain Certificate Workshop Certificate of Completion, University of Houston Downtown (2016 & 2018)
- Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP), 2013-2018
- Doctorate of Pharmacy, University of the Incarnate Word
- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, the University of Texas at Austin
- Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, the University of Texas at Austin
- University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Consortium on Aging Member, 2014- present, Hot Topics Planning Committee, 2017-2018
- American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences Regulatory Sciences’ Section Student/Postdoctoral Outreach Committee Chair, 2010
- American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences Regulatory Sciences’ Section Student Representative (2008-2010)
Awards and Achievements:
- APEX Award of Excellence 2020- “How Vaccines Are Made,” part of a special report by the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering
- 2019-2020 Doximity Op-Med Fellow
- John Jay/Langeloth College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY) “Rethinking Solitary Confinement” Journalism Fellow 2018
- Association of Health Care Journalist Rural Health Journalism Fellow, 2015 & 2016
- American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences Regulatory Sciences’ Section Certificate of Recognition, 2009
- Procter & Gamble 2007 Annual Intern Talent Show- 2nd Place for playing the piano
*** A CV is available upon request.
— Rita Sedani Pesartic, EdD, Post-Secondary Educator and e-Learning Specialist at West Coast University
— Subscriber to American History (History Network)
— Denise Schipani, Features Editor, MedShadow.org
— Corinne Malanca, United Patients Group
— Cheryl Rosenfeld, Editor, Madavor Media