About Rachel


As a trauma survivor, harmed patient, and community advocate I have developed a passion for being a voice for the voiceless.

My medication and medical device safety health advocacy began in 2006 when I suffered severe, permanent adverse reactions from a commonly prescribed antibiotic called Levaquin. In 2017, I experienced harm from the off-label use of propranolol for PTSD. Then in 2021, I experienced adverse events from a total knee replacement.

Since then, I have used my experience as a harmed patient to advocate for others and work in partnership with established consumer and patient-safety advocacy groups and agencies.

The experiences I have had and people I have met led me to many opportunities and partnerships-both within patient-safety, and in other causes I am passionate about.  Some of my current roles and recent projects include:

Medical safety positions
Advisory and collaborations
Public speaker
  • Domestic violence.
  • Patient education and empowerment
  • Sexual assault
  • Pharmacogenomics/Pharmacovigilance
Film maker