As Associate Editor with WebMD Canada, Anita writes news and feature stories
about Canadian clinical advances, as well as policy issues. She also works with
other journalists on the WebMD Canada team in the day-to-day planning of news
After working briefly at two daily newspapers in southern Ontario, Anita began
focusing on health journalism in 1994 with a position as editorial assistant at
The Journal, a trade newspaper for addictions professionals. She became editor
of The Journal 18 months later, during which time the newspaper won a
provincial award, as did Anita for feature writing.
When the publisher of The Journal, the Addiction Research Foundation, merged
with three other mental health and addiction research and treatment centres,
Anita managed the development of a new trade publication in 1998. Her duties
included conducting a readership survey and establishing a new editorial
advisory board. As editor of both publications, she worked with a team of
in-house writers and designers, freelance journalists and photographers, and
coordinated printing and mailing.
Anita moved to the Netherlands in 1999, where she freelanced, covering European
conferences for medical newspapers in Canada and Australia, and working as
part-time assistant editor for Odyssey, a medical magazine produced for Glaxo
Wellcome. She joined WebMD a few months after her return to Canada in
Anita received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Toronto
in 1991, and a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic University's
Graduate Journalism program in 1993.