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SpineNation Editorial Staff


The SpineNation's Editorial Staff is comprised of writers proficient in various areas of journalism. Their sole responsibility is to write content consistent with the mission of SpineNation.

Our Writers

Chris Jones, Web Content Editor

Chris Jones is the web content editor at SpineNation. He writes, edits, and develop stories for the website and for SpineNation's outreach campaigns. He collaborates with writers, contributors, and the editorial board to ensure that readers receive the best information on the web pertaining to back and spine health.

Chris is also a magazine journalist. He writes health, business profiles, and feature stories for several publications. Chris has been in the media industry for 19 years where he’s served as a sports editor for a daily newspaper and editor and editor-in-chief for two magazines. He's a 3-time Virginia Press Association award-winning journalist and member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Kelly Mendenhall, Senior Community Leader

Kelly "Nerdzilla" Mendenhall is the senior community leader and a content contributor for SpineNation. Kelly spent her formative years in the ruins of the automobile industry in Flint, MI. A self-proclaimed recovering nonprofit professional, Kelly became suddenly medically disabled in June 2017. Her career in the nonprofit sector came to a grinding halt and she stepped into her role as author-activist.

Kelly’s first book, Skin in the Game: The Stories My Tattoos Tell was published in 2019. Kelly’s mission is show the world that a diagnosis or diagnoses do not have to be the end of one’s story. There is life after spinal cord injury and neurosurgeries, especially spinal fusions. Kelly hopes to inspire others to work toward the best quality of life possible.