Knowledge can empower each of us because what we don't know, we cannot choose to improve. As a journalist, it is important to me to provide accurate, evidence-based health information so readers have knowledge to make informed health decisions, are empowered to improve their mental and physical wellbeing, and inspired to choose how to live their best lives.
Michelle C. Brooten-Brooks is a licensed marriage and family therapist, health reporter, and medical writer with over twenty years of experience in journalism. Her feature writing and health reporting have appeared in numerous newspapers across the country, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Palm Beach Post. As a therapist, she has worked in private practice and community mental health, serving clients ages four to 74. She also works as a medical writer, assisting with editing for publication in peer-reviewed medical journals.
Michelle has a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University, and a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communications from The University of Florida.
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