We’re communicators with a passion for health and health sciences. We aim to elevate the perception of companies and organizations that are doing valuable research and providing important medical solutions, and we work to raise awareness for important health/medical issues.
With 20 years of media relations experience in healthcare and medicine, Tara’s passionate attitude and in-depth understanding of medical science and the media environment allow her to achieve success for clients. Developing meaningful messaging and story angles that meet the needs of reporters and clients alike, Tara has secured placements in outlets ranging from Good Housekeeping, Wall Street Journal, and “Good Morning America” to Cardiology Today, Drug Discovery and Development, and Oncology Times. Clients including Sanofi, Alexion and NAMI NJ, among numerous others have relied on her expertise through the years. Tara is a graduate of Boston College, where she completed coursework in psychology, marketing, and organic chemistry. Contact Tara at Tara.DiMilia@tmstrat.com or 908-947-0500 x 700
Having held executive positions at renowned public relations agencies in New York, Boston and Denver, including Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Julie has advised numerous biotech and pharmaceutical companies including Amgen, Cell Genesys, Essilor, Merck, Pfizer, Sepracor, Wyeth-Ayerst during the last 25 years. Julie’s strategic insights, attention to detail and focus on exceeding client expectations have allowed her to successfully drive communications campaigns that have been instrumental in forging relationships with key audience and attracting media attention. Julie is a graduate of Boston College where she majored in communications.
Sandra Spina Bierstein
Media Relations and Patient Advocacy
Sandra’s broad communications background offers her unique insights which have helped enhance and expand public relations efforts. Her career started at D’Arcy Macius Benton & Bowles (now MediaVest) in media buying. She has also worked at Wyndham Worldwide where she was responsible for employee communications and events, and held communications roles at Live With Regis & Kathie Lee and The Sally Jessy Raphael Show. She is in regular contact with key producers from outlets such as “Today” and “Extra”, and has had numerous national and local placements. Sandra has a degree in Communications from Seton Hall University. Contact Sandra at Sandra.Spina@tmstrat.com or 908-947-0500 x 702
Media Relations Team Lead
A true go-getter, Amy has worked on the production side of broadcast at NBC News as well as in the nationally-recognized health system Continuum Health Partners, a group of New York City hospitals including Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital and Roosevelt Hospital. For the past 20 years, Amy has leveraged her talents to secure valuable coverage for a range of conditions, diseases, pharmaceutical products and medical procedures at outlets that include NBC Nightly News, Woman’s Day, People and Cardiology Today. Contact Amy at Amy.Covino@tmstrat.com or 908-947-0500 x 701
Christine DiPietro Cuccia
Managing the skills of speed, accuracy and organization that she cultivated during her many years in the Finance and Business Industry, Christine offers the team and our clients valuable support by conducting research, tracking projects, building media lists, and managing a multitude of details. Christine attended St. John’s University for business administration and continuing education in psychology. Contact Christine at Christine.Cuccia@tmstrat.com or 908-947-0500 x 703
Jennifer has an exceptional ability to understand and communicate both the business and human sides of biotech and pharmaceutical issues. She is highly skilled at overcoming complex communications challenges in the areas of branding, positioning, employee engagement, advocacy relations, and media relations. Over the past decade, she has developed and executed programing for a wide range of products ranging from orphan diseases to allergies and macular degeneration. Jennifer holds a degree in communications from Pace University.
Mike researches and develops content for press resources, messaging documents, and patient information, and develops media lists and other critical materials. A former technical writer and editor with Bloomberg, Mike also studied pre-med and has navigated the healthcare system as a parent advocate in the areas of rare diseases and mental health. Contact Mike at Info@tmstrat.com or 908-947-0500
Social Media Specialist/Account Manager
Having worked as a hospital therapist and supervisor, Caitlin brings a valuable communications perspective to TellMed. At Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, she managed home healthcare divisions in NY and RI, giving her the opportunity to oversee sales and marketing initiatives. This led her to pursue a focus in these areas. She has developed a strong expertise in managing broad communications and social media efforts, and clients including EMD Serono and Sage have benefited from her abilities. With coursework that included anatomy, microbiology, nutrition, and human growth and development, Caitlin holds a bachelor of science degree from Elms College.
Contact Caitlin at Caitlin.Henderson@tmstrat.com or 908-947-0500 x 708.
Kirsten brings to TellMed her deep understand of the inner workings of a fast-paced, emerging international biotech based on her experiences at Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Alexion, Kirsten specialized in global internal communications for United Technologies and was part of the Company’s communications leadership rotational program. She holds an MBA, as well as an undergraduate degree in public relations with a minor in law, from Quinnipiac University.
Formerly a brand advocate for Amazon and an intern at Buyers Laboratory, Celena joined TellMed Strategies in 2016, and offers the team and our clients valuable support by conducting research, building media lists, and assisting the editorial and media teams on a range of projects. Celena has had great success in local market media outreach including placements in the Waltham Tribune and Bay Area Parent. Celena is a junior at the University of Connecticut, where she is majoring in marketing. Contact Celena at email@example.com or 908-947-0500 x 707