Community Health Leaders

In order to stay up to date on latest treatments, drug discovery, clinical studies and how to cope with cardiovascular disease every day, CardiovascularDisease.net brings you frequent articles, points of view and advice from leading health leaders and experts.

Current Health Leaders

David Advent

David Advent is a current MA LIS student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying book arts and archival preservation. Having lived with RA for roughly 6 years now, he has now developed more comorbidities, particularly related to his heart and cardiovascular system. Read more.

Amber Blackburn

Amber Blackburn is a Registered Nurse turned blogger and patient advocate for those with chronic illnesses. She was forced to leave the workforce after ten years as a nurse; this gave her the patient medical experience and perspective. She was able to work with heart patients for the majority of her career. And has a passion for helping others. Read more.

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John Bottrell

John Bottrell is a licensed respiratory therapist who also lives with allergic asthma. He has blogged about his profession at Respiratory Therapy Cave since 2007. Read more.

Mary Sophia Hawks

Mary Sophia has been a registered nurse since 1986 and works as a Faith Community Nurse at a local church. She loves to sing, has two adult sons, and a dog. Read more.

Allyson Kuechmann

My name is Allyson Kuechmann. I live in Kalispell, Montana with my husband, Jim. I am extremely involved in the music community. I started a homeschool choir in 1997 and the Valley Voices Community Choir in 2000. I learned I had aortic stenosis in 2017. Read more.

Kathleen McIlraith

I am almost 76 years young, have a 2-year-old puppy that I'm training for Therapy Certification so kids can read to her in the local schools, teach limited English speakers, swim in the local municipal pool, and have written 4 books (none are published, but I have to start somewhere). Read more.

Charlotte Muller

Charlotte Muller is a wellness professional based in New York. After the unexpected loss of her Mother and the diagnosis of Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) at age 17, Charlotte transformed her life to align with everything wellness. Read more.

Olivia Rose

Olivia is a 2-time stroke survivor, former LVAD patient, and heart transplant, recipient. In 2014 at the age of 25, Olivia suffered her first stroke and was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. Four years later, she suffered another stroke and was in advanced-stage heart failure. Read more.

Emily Wahl

Emily Wahl is a New Orleans native, currently residing in Laurel, MS with her husband, Chance and beloved miniature dachshund, Margot. Diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at 4 years old, Emily has navigated chronic illness her whole life. Read more.

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