Verywell Health Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission

Our Team

We’re a team of experienced writers and editors who obsessively scour the retail landscape to find the best products for your life. Besides being experts in our fields, having worked for brands like Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Everyday Health, and What to Expect—we’re consumers too—and we personally have a passion for products and services that make your life easier.

What We Do

We exhaustively research and test a broad range of products and make a curated list of recommendations from writers who interview medical experts with subject matter expertise in every product category. We do receive an affiliate commission on some, but not all, of the products that we recommend if you decide to click through to the retailer site and make a purchase.

From this list of recommendations from medical professionals, we research products that fit certain criteria based on the category (price, usability, performance). After we find these products, we take customer reviews, editor and writer first-hand experience, key specifications, and retailer reputation into consideration. We then test some of these products using this methodology to give our readers a comprehensive look at all of the best products within that category.

After we publish an article, we don’t just forget about it. Our team continues to update our existing recommendations and surrounding content using fact-based research . We make it a point to source recommendations from reliable companies who deliver exemplary customer service, so you can have a seamless shopping experience.

All of our product roundups are reviewed by our fact checkers and medical reviewers. You can read more about our editorial process here.

We also know how frustrating it can be to do your research on a product only to add it to your cart and see that it’s out of stock, so we try to mitigate this by having dedicated editors check product availability daily to provide you with the best user experience possible.

Please note that all products, including those we review and recommend, may from time to time be subject to recalls or revised use recommendations. We, therefore, urge you to monitor any official announcements at the CPSC website that may be related to products you purchase.

As an online resource for topics related to health and medicine, we are committed to ensuring that our content reflects the diversity of our audience. This means showcasing brands and services owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other minority groups whenever possible, and hiring more writers, staff members, and experts who are people of color (POC). Read more about our commitment to anti-racism here.

Why You Should Trust Us

The product recommendations from Verywell Health are purely editorial. Our team occasionally accepts free samples for reviews, but we purchase a majority of our products that we test. We never let retailers, public relations firms, or salespeople dictate our content and product coverage.

How We Test Our Products

We believe in using the products we recommend just like you would—at home, at the gym—in real-life settings that put them through their paces. We send products straight to the homes of our writers and editors or directly to our product testing facility, Dotdash Labs. 

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Verywell / Simone Scully

Our writers and editors interview healthcare experts and conduct extensive research on a product and topic. Based on those insights, we develop a comprehensive testing methodology that is unique to that product type. We then test our products both side by side and individually based on that rubric, which includes aspects like cost, durability, quality, and ease of use. The products are then scored, and those results are used to guide our product selection. The results are also displayed as an overall star rating on our articles. 

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Verywell Health / Sarah Bradley

We display our reviews on in-depth product articles as well as shorter product roundups. The in-depth reviews give the reader a first person account of our product testers’ experience with a product. The testing insights in our product roundups are displayed to help guide you in making a purchasing decision. 

Meet Us

Tory Brangham
Chief Commerce Officer
Tory Brangham
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Tory Brangham is Chief Commerce Officer at Dotdash and has led the team since May 2017.

Tory initially joined Dotdash as General Manager of The Spruce, overseeing the development and launch of the site, now one of the largest home and food sites on the Internet.

She received her B.A. from Colgate University with a degree in International Relations.

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Dwyer Frame
VP of Commerce
Dwyer Frame
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Dwyer is the VP of commerce for Verywell Health, Fit, Family, and Mind. She joined the company in September 2017.

Before joining Dotdash, Dwyer worked as a senior editor at Health, where she covered the latest fitness and wellness trends and products.

Dwyer started her career at Instyle magazine and later worked at All You magazine. Her work has also been featured on What to Expect, Cafe Mom, Real Simple, People, Woman's Day, and more. 

She earned her B.A. in journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. 

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Ashleigh Morley
Editorial Director, Commerce
Ashleigh Morley
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Ashleigh is the editorial director for commerce at Verywell where she oversees health, fitness, family, and mind content.

Her work has appeared in Men's Health, Women's Health, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, and more.

Ashleigh received her B.A. in Journalism from Baylor University.

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Christina Oehler
Commerce Editor
Christina Oehler
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Christina Oehler has been the commerce editor for Verywell Health since July 2020.

She has a degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She has work published on sites like Health, Shape, and Brides.

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Israel Fontoura
Editorial Commerce Producer
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Israel received a Master’s of Science degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

He has been the Editorial Commerce Producer for Verywell Health since June 2021.

Throughout his career, he has written about social media trends, entertainment, healthcare, and more.

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Sara Hines
Sara Hines
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Sara joined Dotdash in 2020. Before joining Dotdash, she was Director of Product for New York Times Parenting.

She holds an M.B.A., M.S., and a B.F.A.

She currently works as the Director of Product for the Commerce team at Dotdash and holds over a decade of experience in digital product development and marketing, with a focus on user-growth and engagement.

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Carrie Gavit
Editorial Project Manager
Carrie Gavit
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Carrie is an editorial project manager at Dotdash. She joined the team in December 2020. Prior to joining Dotdash, she was a digital editor at Haymarket Media. In previous positions, she covered topics ranging from healthcare to home decor.

Carrie received her B.A. in English from Hanover College and her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Meg Lappe
Senior Commerce Editor, News and Deals
Meg Lappe
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Meg started at Dotdash in November 2020 and is the Senior Commerce Editor for news and deals. Meg received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Villanova University.

She began her career working with products at SELF Magazine. Testing products has always been a passion of hers whether identifying the best snacks to keep at your desk or sweat-testing SPF.

Her work has appeared in Gear Patrol, SELF, Glamour, Women’s Running, and The Field Mag.

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Perri Kressel
Associate Commerce Editor, Trending
Perri Kressel
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Perri has written for Verywell Health since March 2021. 

Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Refinery29, Swirled, Buzzfeed, Guest of a Guest, The Tab, and The Westside Rag.

Perri received a B.A. in Journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University.

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Samantha Aronson
Commerce Production Assistant
Samantha Aronson
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Samantha joined the Commerce team at Dotdash in 2020 as a production assistant. Prior to Dotdash she was part of the editorial team at City Guide NY.

She has written for both digital and print publications, including J14 Magazine and Mommybites.com.

She has published work in fields ranging from fashion to food and drink and more.

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We want to make sure we’re providing you with the most unbiased feedback that we can.

Contact Us

If you have questions, comments, or opinions you’d like to share with our team of editors, please feel free to email us at commercefeedback@dotdash.com