Verywell Mind Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission

Our Team

We’re a team of experienced writers and editors who obsessively scour the retail landscape (both online and off) to find the best products for your life. Besides being experts in our fields, having worked for brands like Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Everyday Health, and What to Expect—we’re consumers too—and we personally have a passion for products and services that make your life easier.

Our Mission

It is our mission to help our users make the best purchase decisions—it’s that simple.

What We Do

We exhaustively research and recommend a broad range of products and ultimately make a curated list of recommendations from writers with subject-matter expertise in every product category we cover. We do receive an affiliate commission on some, but not all, of the products that we recommend if you decide to click through to the retailer site and make a purchase.

After we publish an article, we don’t just forget about it. Our team is relentless when it comes to updating and keeping our existing recommendations fresh, accurate, and helpful. We have our fingers on the pulse when it comes to the latest products, from light therapy lamps to self-help books and more. Our recommended products run the gamut from budget to splurge-worthy, and we’re not loyal to any one specific retailer or brand. We make it a point to source recommendations from reliable companies who deliver exemplary customer service, so you can have a seamless shopping experience.

Please note that all products, including those we review and recommend, may from time to time be subject to recalls or revised use recommendations. We, therefore, urge you to monitor any official announcements here https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/ that may be related to products you purchase.

All Verywell content that contains a statement of medical fact is also vetted for accuracy by our board-certified physicians. However, you should consult your healthcare team to determine if a specific product—especially a food, supplement, or medication—is right for you.

We also know how frustrating it can be to do your research on a product only to add it to your cart and see that it’s out of stock, so we try to mitigate this by having dedicated editors check availability daily to provide you with the best user experience possible.

As an online resource for topics related to mental health, we are committed to ensuring that our content reflects the diversity of our audience. This means showcasing brands and services owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other minority groups whenever possible, and hiring more diverse writers, staff members, and experts. Read more about our commitment to diverse voices and anti-racism here.

Why You Should Trust Us

The product recommendations from Verywell Mind are purely editorial. Our team never takes free samples for reviews nor lets retailers, public relations firms, or salespeople dictate our content and product coverage. Instead, we do the heavy lifting ourselves by tapping into our network of experts and testers to help you make smarter purchases—and to avoid that dreaded buyer’s remorse.

How We Test Our Products

We believe in using these products just like you would—in real-life settings that put them through their paces. We buy all of the products that we test and send them straight to the homes of our thorough testers. We never accept anything for free from manufacturers.

We have over a hundred reviewers spending weeks and months evaluating everything from light therapy lamps to self-help books to find out if these products are worth the spend. We typically send our testers three to five products in the same category, so that they can make comparisons, which gives you real insights into how different brands and models measure up against each other. Our testers also take dozens of photos to help you see what the product will actually look like in your home or in your hands. They make sure to capture all the important angles and details to give you the most information before you buy.

In addition to writing about their personal experiences, each reviewer fills out a comprehensive questionnaire that collects over ten data points. The testers rate their products on a scale of 1 to 5 for each factor—like effectiveness, design, or battery life—to come up with a rating that reflects their overall opinion. We tailor these ratings to each category and never use a one-size-fits-all method.

But when it comes to bettering your life, not everything is a tangible product that you can use to help steer the way. There are many different services such as online therapy, support groups, and classes that are viable avenues to assist you in overcoming life's hurdles, expressing your thoughts and worries in a safe setting, and learning more about your mental health.

Our goal is to recommend the most effective services like online therapy — whether for kids or for adults or, specific services for depression, anxiety, grief, LGBTQ+, and more. We anonymously signed up for some of the biggest online therapy programs available to understand how effective and helpful they are. You can read more about our testing methodology to get a scope of our vetting process, but for starters, we evaluated the types of therapists available, their experience, how easy it was to communicate, the different modes available, cost, and more.

You can find our testers’ honest feedback—both positive and negative—under the “Tested by Verywell” badge to help you make the most informed buying decision. We give you an overall star rating, pros and cons for each product, and experiences and opinions directly from our reviewers.

We want to make sure we’re providing you with the most unbiased feedback that we can.

Meet Us

Tory Brangham
Chief Commerce Officer
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Tory Brangham is Chief Commerce Officer at Dotdash and has led the team since May 2017.

Tory initially joined Dotdash as General Manager of The Spruce, overseeing the development and launch of the site, now one of the largest home and food sites on the Internet.

She received her B.A. from Colgate University with a degree in International Relations.

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Dwyer Frame
VP of Commerce
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Dwyer is the VP of commerce for Verywell Health, Fit, Family, and Mind. She joined the company in September 2017.

Before joining Dotdash, Dwyer worked as a senior editor at Health, where she covered the latest fitness and wellness trends and products.

Dwyer started her career at Instyle magazine and later worked at All You magazine. Her work has also been featured on What to Expect, Cafe Mom, Real Simple, People, Woman's Day, and more. 

She earned her B.A. in journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. 

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Ashleigh Morley
Editorial Director, Commerce
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Ashleigh is the editorial director for commerce at Verywell where she oversees health, fitness, family, and mind content.

She received a B.A. in Journalism from Baylor University.

Her work has appeared in Men's Health, Women's Health, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, and more.

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Isabella Broggini
Health Commerce Editor
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Isabella has been writing for Verywell Mind since September 2020.

She has written for various publications, including Her Track, Age Brilliantly, Odyssey, and Swirled.com.

Isabella is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and certified fitness nutrition special.

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Tori Zhou
Associate Commerce Editor
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Tori is an NYC-based writer and Associate Health Commerce Editor at Dotdash, writing for Brides and producing for Verywell Fit, Verywell Mind, and Verywell Family.

Before joining Dotdash, she wrote for Bustle and Nylon, covering lifestyle and entertainment topics and developing a passion for the Oxford comma.

She studied Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University.

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Israel Fontoura
Editorial Commerce Producer
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Israel received a Master’s of Science degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

He has been the Editorial Commerce Producer for Verywell Health since June 2021.

Throughout his career, he has written about social media trends, entertainment, healthcare, and more.

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Sara Hines
Director of Product
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Sara joined Dotdash in 2020. Before joining Dotdash, she was Director of Product for New York Times Parenting.

She holds an M.B.A., M.S., and a B.F.A.

She currently works as the Director of Product for the Commerce team at Dotdash and holds over a decade of experience in digital product development and marketing, with a focus on user-growth and engagement.

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Carrie Gavit
Editorial Project Manager
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Carrie is an editorial project manager at Dotdash. She joined the team in December 2020. Prior to joining Dotdash, she was a digital editor at Haymarket Media. In previous positions, she covered topics ranging from healthcare to home decor.

Carrie received her B.A. in English from Hanover College and her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

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David Kukin
Photo Editor
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David started at Dotdash in 2019. Prior to working at Dotdash, David was a digital photo editor at Departures (American Express) and Travel + Leisure. He also held positions at Architectural Digest, Niche Media, and Thrillist.

He attended New York University.

David has more than a decade of experience working in the photo, design, and digital media industries.

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Meg Lappe
Senior Commerce Editor, News and Deals
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Meg joined Dotdash’s commerce team in November 2020 and is the Senior Commerce Editor for news and deals. Meg received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Villanova University.

She began her career working with products at SELF Magazine. Testing products has always been a passion of hers whether identifying the best meditation app or the best online yoga class.

Her work has appeared in Gear Patrol, SELF, Glamour, Women’s Running, and The Field Mag.

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Perri Kressel
Associate Commerce Editor, Trending
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Perri has written for Verywell Mind since March 2021. 

Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Refinery29, Swirled, Buzzfeed, Guest of a Guest, The Tab, and The Westside Rag.

Perri received a B.A. in Journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University.

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Andrea Navarro
Associate Editor, RSS
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Andrea has worked for Dotdash since 2018. Prior to joining Dotdash, Andrea worked as a beauty editor at Teen Vogue, The Zoe Report, and Rose Inc.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Penn State University. Andrea currently resides in Los Angeles.

Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Pop Sugar, The Zoe Report, Women’s Wear Daily, LOCALE, HelloGiggles, Mane Addicts, and more.

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Samantha Aronson
Commerce Production Assistant
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Samantha joined the Commerce team at Dotdash in 2020 as a production assistant. Prior to Dotdash she was part of the editorial team at City Guide NY.

She has written for both digital and print publications, including J14 Magazine and Mommybites.com.

She has published work in fields ranging from fashion to food and drink and more.

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Contact Us

If you have questions, comments, or opinions you’d like to share with our team of editors, please feel free to email us at commercefeedback@dotdash.com