Michelle Llamas has been a researcher and published writer for more than 16 years, writing about products and litigation that affect consumer health. She’s worked with patients, medical professionals, legal experts and advocacy organizations that align with her mission to educate consumers to be their own advocates.

One such advocacy organization Michelle has worked with is The National Center for Health Research, a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. that conducts and analyzes research with patients, consumers and thought leaders to develop better programs, services and policies that benefit consumers.

Prior to her career as a professional writer, Michelle was a legal assistant and case manager at a large law firm in Orlando. She helped fight for people injured as a result of negligence, sparking her passion for consumer safety and health advocacy.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in English — Technical Communication from the University of Central Florida. She also earned a certificate in Patient Advocacy from the University of Miami, health literacy certificates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a certificate from the National Center for Health Research journalism workshop.

She’s a member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and has served on multiple AMWA committees. In 2020, she was a National Center for Health Research PCORI COVID-19 Teleconference Advisory Board member. She has been cited and published in peer-reviewed medical journals and her COVID-19 coverage earned her an Apex Award for Publication Excellence.