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Michelle Pugle

Expert Health Writer


Mental Health, Chronic Illness, Lifestyle Management, Addiction & Eating Disorder Recovery


Thompson Rivers University, The University of Western Ontario


As a woman with lived experiences of chronic illness, my goals go beyond raising awareness. I'm here to translate the latest research and provide actionable items to help people make informed choices that enhance their physical and mental health.

— Michelle Pugle


Michelle Pugle is an expert health writer with nearly a decade of contributing accurate and accessible health news and information to authority websites and print magazines. First published in her preteens for writing about depression, she then wrote and published the memoir Ana, Mia & Me to provide hope and advocate for recovery from eating disorders through professional treatment. 

Her work has been featured on top digital health publications like Healthline Media, and her health narratives and essays have been published on a variety of platforms from Happify Daily to The Mighty to Thought Catalog and the National Drug Helpline. 


Michelle has a Master of Arts in Women's Studies and Feminist Research, a diploma in Holistic Herbal Therapy, and a double Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Sociology. She has completed the LivingWorks Start training course for suicide prevention.

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