Medical writer and editor Nicole Van Hoey combines her clinical training and drug info background to reach patients and consumers on myriad health topics, with specialties in women's health, metabolic conditions, and immune disorders.
Her clients include health professional continuing education providers, medical journal publishers, and patient outreach organizations. Nicole is an active speaker and educator at regional and national med writing conferences.
Nicole writes consumer and health professional education materials and literature reviews on topics from outpatient diabetes care to the pathophysiology of rare genetic diseases. Her articles have appeared in America's Pharmacist, in Psoriasis Advance, on the American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer.net blog, at Remedy Media's HealthCentral Heart Disease hub, and in numerous higher-education medical encyclopedias.
In addition to her medical communications expertise, Nicole maintains a presence in the food allergy community as a parent advocate, educator, and recipe developer. Her cookbooks include Kitchen Adventures and Cookie Chemistry, and individual recipes are released at her blog, the Cookbook Apothecary, and her Etsy site, the Food Allergy Pantry.
Nicole holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Toledo, a writing/editing certificate from the American Medical Writers Association and a nutrition certificate from Shaw Academy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northeast Ohio, right near the Pennsylvania border, in a small town filled with Italian Americans. Good food was everywhere, and I didn't usually have to make it, just enjoy it. I took my family's recipes with me when I moved away, to the DC area, but I didn't think about them as anything special or integral to who I was until our house went dairy free for my youngest child's allergies. Then, I really missed pizza, lasagna, and other favorites a lot! But, combining my family memories with our new way of cooking made it easy to become a recipe developer---it's not the ingredients that are important...it's the sharing of time in the kitchen and at the table.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember a few favorites from very early on, like Peter Rabbit or Where is My Mother? but my first favorite read that I carried around and re-read and memorized was Little Women. It made me want to have my own sisters, and I remember seeing a little bit of myself in each of the March girls. Now it's a favorite of my own girls, too.
Even nonbakers break out a cookie sheet now and then. It’s hard to really mess up a cookie—even flat or crunchy ones taste yummy. Through a bit of chemistry magic, here are favorite family cookie recipes reinvented as easy-mix egg- and dairy-free treats that anyone can make.
Breakfast recipes can be fun and delicious, even without eggs, butter, or milk. Whether you want something savory or a sweet treat, you can find heart-healthy, allergy-friendly options in Bakery Bites.
If celebrations seem off limits because of food allergies, intolerances, or health restrictions, try these delicious quick-mix recipes without top allergens and with healthy pantry substitutions instead. From cookout side salads to sweet treats, Kitchen Adventures has a new favorite for your next gathering.