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Contributing Writers

Beth Longware Duff
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Ms. Duff is a professional editor and writer with over 20 years experience in broadcast, print and electronic media. Her health and medical writing credits include nationally distributed videos for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and extensive online contributions to cosmetic plastic surgery, vascular disease and fertility websites. She is the recipient of numerous writing and journalism awards, including an American Cancer Society Media Award, a New England Press Association Award for Health Reporting, and an American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journalistic Achievement Award. Her degree is from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in upstate New York.

Kathleen Doheny
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Ms. Doheny is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, specializing in health topics. Currently, she works regularly for WebMD,, and other web sites. Her articles have also appeared in magazines such as Prevention, Shape, Weight Watchers and Natural Health. She also wrote a regular travel health column and a personal health column for the Los Angeles Times. For seven years, Ms. Doheny taught a magazine writing class at UCLA Extension. She won a public education award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and was part of the writing team awarded a 2008 Sigma Delta Chi award for a WebMD series on autism. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and a certificate in broadcast journalism from UCLA Extension.

Lesley Ranft
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Ms. Ranft is the founder of Lesley & Associates, a consulting public relations and freelance writing firm with a special focus in the plastic surgery and dentistry fields. Her responsibilities at Ceatus Media Group included the development of the editorial advisory boards and reviewers as well as editorial and content development consultation. Ms. Ranft has served as a chairperson, State of California, for the National Business Advisory Council. She has authored and ghost-written hundreds of articles in medicine and dentistry for both consumers and the trade. She has also developed public relations strategies for physician and corporate clients that resulted in appearances in local and national outlets such as The Learning ChannelABC NewsNBC News and select Copley Newspapers in the United States.