Who Are We?

HealthyButSmart is a team of academics and health care professionals who examine popular health claims according to current research, then translate their findings into language that’s easy to understand, and easy to act on.

Whether it’s garlic curing the common cold, or water fasting helping with weight loss, we provide clear answers that help you avoid harm, save money… and settle arguments.

Michele Berman M.D.Michele Berman M.D. Dr. Berman served as Staff Pediatrician at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Missouri, and as Clinical Instructor at Georgetown University and George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Marilia CoutinhoMarilia Coutinho Marilia Coutinho is a Brazilian researcher, university professor and technical consultant. She has majored in Biology, holds a M.Sc. degree in Chemical Ecology and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Science.

Melissa Waine B.Sc.Melissa Waine B.Sc. Melissa Waine holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Hons (I) in Molecular Biology, from UNSW in Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.).

Nicolas Ferrara PT DPTNicolas Ferrara PT DPT Physical therapist specializing in orthopedic, neurological, and prosthetics rehab. Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Hofstra university and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook university.

Sonja Ristevski B.Sc.Sonja Ristevski B.Sc. Sonja holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours, 1st class) degree from Melbourne University and a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion from La Trobe University.

Dr Merry FRCPI PhDDr Merry FRCPI PhD Dr. Merry is an practising M.D from Ireland. She holds a Ph.D in pharmacology from Trinity College in Dublin, and a fellowship in infectious disease at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Meet the Chefs

If you’re trying to buy the air fryer, or juicer, or blender that’s perfect for you, the ramblings of random reviews just aren’t going to cut it.

Our professional chefs field test the best kitchen gadgets in each category, giving you clear comparisons for simple and speedy decisions.

Paul KostandinPaul Kostandin Paul Kostandin is a Chef and Hospitality Professional from Richmond, Virginia. With over 20 years of professional cooking experience from fine dining to diners and sandwich shops he has amassed a wealth of knowledge on cuisines and culinary traditions from all around the globe.

Margaret CarmenMargaret Carmen Margaret Carmen is a chef instructor and freelance writer. She holds a BA in English and a degree in Culinary Arts. She has many years of experience in restaurants and bakeries as a cook and pastry chef. When she isn’t in the classroom or writing food-related articles, she is likely in her home kitchen baking sourdough bread or preparing delicious, locally sourced meals for her family.