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Alyssa Allen

Alyssa Allen has worked in the communications industry for 20 years, starting as a newspaper reporter and then moving into marketing and public relations. Now, as a writer and editor, she loves to tell stories about interesting people and ideas. You might spot her around Grand Rapids with her husband and two children. They are hard to miss since they all have red hair. When she’s not keeping up with her kids, she enjoys reading, walking around her neighborhood and exploring West Michigan.

Posts from Alyssa Allen

Planning for a safe COVID-era holiday

Medical experts urge caution regarding traditional festivities, but offer fun alternatives.

Patient Story

‘I will make this work’

Nothing can keep Bill Little down—not even severe burns that claimed much of his right hand.

Patient Story

A ‘simply jaw-dropping’ injury

Extensive surgery following a terrible crash has given nursing student Ryan Brown a unique perspective on the patient experience.

An outside-the-box Halloween

With a little creativity and advance planning, there's plenty of spooky fun to be had.

Patient Story

NICU newborns take center stage

New video technology lets families stay connected with their babies—anytime, anywhere.

‘Let’s go play’

Remember to work in vigorous physicial activity daily for kiddos.

Think you might have a food addiction?

There’s help available to conquer cravings—once and for all.

How to help an ailing friend

Don't know what to say, or what to do? Experts suggest 6 ways we can assist an ill loved one.

Patient Story

‘It was opened for my little guy’

Five years after becoming one of the first patients in a new small baby unit, a Michigan kiddo is thriving.

What’s making you snore?

A sleep doctor identifies possible causes and remedies to help you get the Zzz's you need.

Kidney stones 101

What you need to know about this pesky, painful condition.

Relish the bounty of summer

With another growing season upon us, learn these surefire ways to put fresh fruits and veggies front and center.