Welcome to Verywell Family, where you can find reliable advice about pregnancy and parenting.
Verywell Family is a modern resource that offers a realistic and friendly approach to pregnancy and parenting. Our library of more than 5,000 pieces of content, created and refined over the past 20+ years, has been written by more than 100 healthcare professionals and industry experts including experienced pediatricians and parenting coaches, and is then vetted by board-certified physicians. We give you the facts and guidance to feel confident about the choices you make for you and your family.
The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, is a top 5 health publisher, according to comScore, a leading internet measurement company, and helps more than 30 million people each month to feel better and be healthier.
Verywell is a proud partner of The Cleveland Clinic, the #2 rated hospital in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report.
The Verywell Family Review Board is a team of board-certified physicians and recognized family health experts who join us in our mission to be a modern resource for reliable and realistic pregnancy and parenting advice.
Our experienced board of OB/GYNs, pediatricians, nurses, parenting coaches, lactation consultants, childhood nutrition experts, family therapists, and more verify our content is high-quality, judgment-free, and here to support you through all the stages of parenthood.
Meet our Review Board
Verywell’s team of experienced fact checkers provides a critical layer of review to ensure content integrity. This group of professionals is selected and vetted for journalistic and subject matter expertise. They are tasked with researching all statements of fact to ensure that news and health information articles are accurate and comprehensive and statistics are properly sourced and up to date.
When it comes to your family, you need the best possible information for all stages of life. From having trouble conceiving, to pregnancy, to exploring all options for having children, Verywell Family has you covered. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, daughter, son, aunt, or uncle, we understand that every family is different, but we all want the best for our own. That’s why we work with writers who are experts in their areas, from board-certified doctors to licensed obstetricians, therapists, neonatologists, pediatricians, and more to create a resource for a happier, healthier life with those you cherish most.
Writers are specifically selected for both their extensive knowledge and real-world experience as well as their ability to communicate complex information in a clear and helpful way. Articles also undergo review from our Medical Review Board and Wellness Board, as well as routine updating to ensure reporting is responsible, accurate, understandable, helpful, and reflective of the most current research. Read more on our editorial process, including our commitment to diverse voices and anti-racism.
Our news articles are based on the latest information available, and are supported with data and expert input to provide a detailed and up-to-date picture of pregnancy and parenting news.
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Senior Vice President and General Manager | Verywell Health
Rob has over 15 years of experience in digital media and has served in senior financial and operational positions with Dotdash and its predecessor companies since 2008. In 2019, Rob won the DTC Innovator Awards for Verywell’s Healthy Conversations Coach. Prior to joining Dotdash, he held positions at WebMD Health and Arthur Andersen LLP. In 2016, he led the team responsible for conceptualizing and launching Verywell, which has since won several awards including best redesign.
Rob holds a master’s degree in business administration from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University.
Vice President and General Manager | Verywell Fit, Family, and Mind
Rachel has been with the company since 2011 and is one of the go-to voices in the field of nutrition, with numerous appearances on “The Today Show,” “Fox and Friends,” and many other media outlets. She is the author of two books, “Boosting Your Metabolism for Dummies” and “Mediterranean Diet for Dummies.” As a registered dietitian, she is passionate about providing practical and science-based information related to nutrition, weight loss, and health.
Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at Northwell Health (previously North Shore-LIJ Health System) in New York.
Editorial Director | Verywell Fit, Family, and Mind
Emily is a Dotdash veteran and has been with the company since 2012, having worked in a variety of roles within the organization. Her eclectic professional background, which scales positions across editorial, social media, and writer recruitment, paired with her deep passion and enthusiasm for fitness, make her a true cheerleader for health and wellness. She has participated in numerous marathons around the U.S. and has contributed to various health and wellness outlets, including Daily Burn and Greatist.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Fairfield University.
Associate Editorial Director | Verywell Health
Nicole joined the company in 2019 after overseeing and launching digital health and wellness media brands at both start-ups and legacy publishing companies. As a reporter, she’s covered everything from the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak to orthopedic surgeons cycling 3,000 miles to fundraise for free surgeries to a crowdfunding campaign for menstrual cups. Her work as an editor and writer has appeared on iYogaLife, Prevention, SELF, FoxNewsHealth.com, Yoga Journal, and Everyday Health.
Nicole completed her yoga teacher training at OM yoga in New York City in 2009. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Associate Director of Editorial Solutions | Verywell
Leyla has been with the company since 2012 and has focused her efforts on digital health communication in both her professional and academic careers. She received her master’s degree in clinical nutrition from NYU while completing her dietetic internship with Wellness Workdays. During her training she helped patients with cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, Crohn’s disease, and more to reach their health goals and better manage their day-to-day lives.
She has also originated numerous recipes and healthy eating content targeting diabetes and high blood pressure management, among others.
Content Marketing Director | Verywell
Brett has been with the company since 2016 and is a strong advocate for equal and accessible health care, which includes messaging that people can actually understand and take action on. In 2015, he completed his master’s degree in public health from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy at Hunter College. His capstone examined the benefits that interactive technology could bring to distance-learning diabetes education.
Coupled with his undergraduate degree in communications from NYU, he has further worked to propel digestible and destigmatized digital health content, from serving as an editor for Everyday Health to being published on HuffPost Healthy Living.
Dotdash brands help people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We reach over 100 million people each month, more than 35% of the U.S. online population, according to comScore, and are one of the largest content publishers on the Internet. Dotdash brands collectively have won more than 50 industry awards in the last year alone, and are among the fastest-growing in their categories. Our brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Spruce, The Balance, Byrdie, MyDomaine, Brides, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, Treehugger and ThoughtCo.
The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. More than 34 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.
The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts, combines inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach nearly 44 million people each month.
The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, delivers clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to 19 million people each month.
Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investment skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches nearly 19 million people each month.
Lifewire provides helpful and actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps nearly nine million people each month get the most out of their technology.
TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help over two million people each month have the best travel experiences.
Byrdie is dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out. From hair and makeup to health and wellness, Byrdie takes a fresh, no-nonsense approach to feeling and looking your best. Byrdie reaches over six million people each month.
MyDomaine makes an aspirational life achievable—and affordable—with curated home-design inspiration, quick and fresh recipes, and healthy relationship advice that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches over two million people each month.
Brides inspires and guides our two million monthly users as they make decisions from pre-engagement through the honeymoon. Brides is committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, every type of wedding, and every type of celebration.
ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps nearly eight million people a month become lifelong learners.
Liquor.com is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate over three million people each month interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.
TreeHugger is the only modern sustainability site that offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for both the eco-savvy and the green living novice. With more than three million monthly users, Treehugger is one of the world’s largest information sites dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.
Read about Dotdash and our family of brands in the news.
Chief Executive Officer
Neil Vogel is CEO of Dotdash, having assumed the role in April 2013. Prior to joining Dotdash, Neil was the Founder and CEO of Recognition Media, a creator and producer of award shows and media properties for digital, creative, and advertising communities, including the Webby Awards, the Telly Awards, and Internet Week New York and Europe.
Before starting Recognition Media, Neil was Chief Corporate Development Officer at Alloy Media + Marketing, a digital content and marketing services company focused on the teen and youth market. Neil also serves as a venture partner at FirstMark Capital. Neil received a B.S. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Financial Officer & Head of Strategy
Tim is the Chief Financial Officer of Dotdash and joined the company in January 2015. Prior to joining Dotdash, Tim was CFO of Axial, an online professional network that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital.
Tim spent more than a decade with American Express where he was a Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations at Vente Privee USA, an e-commerce joint venture between American Express and Vente-Privee Europe. He spent the majority of his time at American Express as a Vice President in the Corporate Development Group where he sourced, executed, and monitored equity investments and M&A transactions supporting all of American Express' global business lines.
Tim started his career in middle market investment banking at Ladenburg Thalmann and, prior to that, in private equity at Wade Capital. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce.
Chief Operating Officer
Alex Ellerson is the Chief Operating Officer for Dotdash. Before joining the company, Alex served as the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer at Howcast, a leading producer of high-quality, low-cost, online how-to videos. Prior to joining Howcast, Alex was the Head of Entertainment and Premium Content Partnerships for Google Video and YouTube and earlier, a General Manager and Senior Director of Business Development at Yahoo!, working on both Yahoo’s Media and Entertainment and Search teams.
He was also the COO and General Counsel for CMJ (host of the annual CMJ Music Marathon conference), an associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and a law clerk to the honorable Amalya L. Kearse (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit).
Alex holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College. He is also a member of the Planning Committee of the New York Chapter of The Copyright Society of the USA.
President of Advertising & Partnerships
Andrew Gorenstein is President of Advertising and Partnerships for Dotdash and joined the company in December 2016. Before joining Dotdash, Andrew held executive roles as the President of Media and Advertising and Chief Revenue Officer for Gawker Media, where he led the revenue team and created an award-winning product suite to sell across their multiple vertical brands. Prior to Gawker Media, he held sales leadership roles at Condé Nast and Forbes.
Andrew has worked aggressively to accelerate, and ultimately redefine and align, the relationship between advertisers, brands and publishers. In 2013, he was named one of AdAge’s 40 under 40. Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Boston University.
President Dotdash Finance
Dr. Jon Roberts oversees the finance media properties at Dotdash (Investopedia and The Balance). He has been with Dotdash since 2013 and previously held roles as Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Data Science, where he derived insights from more than 20 years of Internet data across thousands of topics.
Prior to joining the company, he spent 10 years as a theoretical physicist focused on making dark matter predictions for the hadron collider at CERN and cosmic ray predictions for the AMS detector on the space station. He also worked on the Pierre Auger telescope in Argentina. Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D at the University of Southampton and his M.A. from the University of Oxford.
Chief Technology Officer
Nabil Ahmad is the Chief Technology Officer for Dotdash. Before joining the company in 2013, Nabil worked at Barnes & Noble serving as the head of technology for BarnesAndNoble.com. A career long engineer, Nabil’s experience includes consulting during the dotcom boom, working at healthcare services and media companies, and being the first employee and head of technology at Kwiry Inc., a venture-backed mobile startup. Nabil received his B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology, with emphasis in Cell Developmental Biology, from the University of California at Berkeley.
Vice President, Communications
Meredith Worsham is Vice President of Communications for Dotdash. She has been with the company for nearly 10 years, working her way up from Account Coordinator to now Vice President, where she oversees media relations, strategy development, internal and external communications, and special events for one of the fastest growing digital media companies and its vertical brands.
Previously, Meredith held various public relations roles at MSL, a leading PR agency in New York, and worked on health accounts including Sanofi Aventis, Allergan, and Phillips Healthcare. She holds a B.A. in Communications with a minor in History from Elon University in North Carolina.
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Jeff Hartwig is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Dotdash. Before joining Dotdash, Jeff spent six years at Dow Jones & Company, Inc. where he served as counsel to the digital and print production groups of The Wall Street Journal.
Prior to joining Dow Jones, Jeff was an associate attorney at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, providing legal counsel to emerging businesses on their financing, intellectual property, and general corporate matters. Jeff holds a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from San Francisco State University. He is also a member of IAB’s Legal Affairs Council.
Senior Vice President, Site Hosting & Operations
Rob Brathwaite is Senior Vice President of Operations at Dotdash. He also oversees IAC Publishing's global shared services team. Starting at the company in 1996, he is the longest tenured team member.
Robert has been instrumental to bringing about change at Dotdash over the past two decades. He holds both a B.S.c and M.S.c in Information Systems and Management from New York University.
Chief Product Officer
Adam McClean is the Chief Product Officer at Dotdash and joined the company in 2014. Prior to joining the company, he was the Director of Product at Waybetter, Inc. Previously, he held roles at Barnes and Noble and Condé Nast Publications.
Adam brings more than a decade of experience in start-ups, e-commerce, and premium publishing to Dotdash. He received a B.A. in Communications from DePauw University.
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Tre Jones is the SVP for Marketing at Dotdash. He leads a team of engineers and marketers dedicated to growing our consumer audience through continuous improvement of our content and product.
Prior to Dotdash, Tre was VP of Search Marketing at Everyday Health. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the NYU Stern School of Business and has a Bachelors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Vice President, People
Colleen Gangl is the VP of People for Dotdash, joining the company in 2018. Colleen brings over 15 years of experience in her field across multiple industries, including retail, technology, and digital media. At Dotdash, she is responsible for all areas of the People function, including talent acquisition, talent development, business partnering, and people operations.
Colleen is dedicated to partnering with her colleagues to cultivate a working environment that allows team members to do their best work. She received her Masters in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University and has a B.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware.
SVP, Programmatic Revenue
Sara Badler is SVP Programmatic Revenue at Dotdash and joined the company in February 2018.
Before joining Dotdash, Sara was head of Programmatic Advertising at The New York Times, where she managed a programmatic team globally, focusing on revenue working with direct clients, partners and exchanges.
Sara started her career in Shanghai, China, where she worked in Ad Tech at JOININ Tech for more than three years specifically focused on programmatic TV. From there, she went on to manage programmatic at Forbes Media and Hearst Corporation. Sara’s focus has always been in Ad Tech both on the publishing side and technology side. She also worked at Turn where she led inventory partnerships across the east coast.
Sara holds a B.A. in American and Women’s Studies from Dickinson College.
SVP, Growth & Content Strategy
Brandon Millard is the SVP of Growth and Content Strategy for Dotdash and joined the company in April 2015.
Brandon oversees a team of content strategists, growth analysts, editors, illustrators, and photographers dedicated to improving publishing processes and content quality.
Prior to Dotdash, Brandon was the Director of Search Strategy for Ayima, a digital marketing agency, where he led enterprise consulting relationships with large publishers and e-commerce platforms. Brandon has worked in digital marketing and growth for the past 15 years as a startup founder, an in-house leader, and a consultant.
Brandon received a B.S. in Business from Wake Forest University.
Tory Brangham is Senior Vice President of Commerce at Dotdash, having assumed the role in May 2017. Previously, Tory worked as a Director of Merchandising at Quidsi/Amazon as well as Managing Director of iVillage/iVillage UK.
Tory brings over two decades of experience in ecommerce and editorial content. During her tenure at Amazon, Tory oversaw a variety of businesses including children’s apparel, toys, and pets. The clothing/soft goods category, launched from scratch, grew to over $30MM in revenue in just two years.
Tory initially joined Dotdash as General Manager of The Spruce, overseeing the development and launch of the site, which is now one of the largest home and food sites on the Internet.
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