Our Team

Leaders in Online Patient Education

We are a publisher. First and foremost, we publish health information. Our content is expertly written and edited, accurate, balanced, and comprehensive. More than that, it is richly detailed and compelling. We publish information in a variety of formats—text and visual, peer-reviewed and conversational, online and offline.

The high quality of our content provides a foundation for all that we do: attaining high search results and social media popularity, providing a steady stream of engagement for our doctor members, and attracting advertisers.


Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, MBA
CEO, Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie Burke is the CEO, Co-Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Veritas Health. She and her brother, Dr. Peter Ullrich, started Spine-health in 1999 with the vision of providing people with high-quality health information online. To ensure the content was the most accurate and authoritative on the web, the websites were modeled after the review process of Medical Journals, with blind medical review of each peer-reviewed article provided by leading specialists who joined the Medical Advisory Board. Now more than 200 medical professionals write for the sites, and a staff of health editors ensures the content meets our rigorous Editorial Guidelines.

Stephanie has overseen Spine-health’s growth into Veritas Health, which now operates three websites and an online Back and Neck Pain Support Group, and is considered a leader in online health content and patient education. She has more than 20 years of health-writing experience and has been a featured speaker on the topic of patient education at the North American Spine Society annual conferences, a contributor for Becker’s Spine Review, and edited Lumbar Herniated Disc: The Essential Guide to Finding Back Pain Relief

As Chief Editor, Stephanie ensures the company maintains its focus on editorial excellence, producing the highest quality health content for patients dealing with significant health issues. The content on Veritas Health websites has won more than 155 awards for excellence in health care content: Telly Awards, Digital Health Awards, and eHealthcare Leadership Awards. The peer-reviewed articles are often referenced as a source in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. The National Institutes of Health has also often used Spine-health as a source for their medical content.

Prior to Veritas Health, Stephanie was a consultant for McKinsey & Company, where she advised healthcare clients on business and online strategies, and performance management.

Peter Ullrich

Peter F. Ullrich, MD

Dr. Peter Ullrich is an orthopedic surgeon who retired from practice with more than 20 years of experience specializing in spine surgery. He was an original Co-founder and Medical Advisor for Spine-health.

Dr. Ullrich was a founder of the NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin. He has lectured and written extensively on the treatment of degenerative and traumatic spinal disorders, as well as surgical instrumentation and fusion. His research has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Spine Journal and cited in The Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation.

After his initial involvement in developing content for Spine-health, Dr. Ullrich followed his entrepreneurial passion by founding and developing Titan Spine, a company that develops surgical spine implants. Titan Spine was acquired by Medtronic in 2019, and Dr. Ullrich continues to provide his leadership in that area.

Before he retired from clinical practice, Dr. Ullrich was a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Editorial Team

The Veritas Health editorial team is knowledgeable, experienced, and above all, dedicated to empowering people with the health information they want. Our editors work closely with health professionals to produce accurate, comprehensive content. Many of our partners and readers depend on our peer reviewed content as a resource for their patient education publications.

Sherine Varghese

Sherine Varghese, BDS, PGDCTM
Assistant Editorial Manager

Sherine oversees the editorial workflow at Veritas Health. She works with the editorial team and health professionals to develop content for Veritas Health websites. She received a Bachelor's Degree in General Dentistry from Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trial Management from the Institute of Clinical Research, India.


Kelly Frankel, MS
Medical Illustrator and Animator

Kelly is a Medical Illustrator who works with the editorial team to develop visual content for Veritas Health websites. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration from Iowa State University. Continuing her education, she received a Master of Science in Medical Illustration degree from Augusta University.

Creating art with a medical background is captivating to her due to the many opportunities to further her knowledge and make the greatest impact within the healthcare community.

From Our Readers:

"Thank you for the excellent informative article about facet arthritis, which I was just diagnosed with. I feel like I am an expert now after 1/2 hour on your site and will be much better able to manage my condition."

- John H.

From Our Readers:

"Thank you and Dr. Andrew Wolff for "Hip pain that travels down the leg." I experience severe pain that I've never seen perfectly described until I found his article. His writing will help me tremendously in communicating with my orthopedic surgeon. Moreover, I read it while in fierce pain, and reading an explanation by someone who really understands is very comforting psychologically! Very fine work for which I thank you all!"

- Gail

From Our Readers:

"Hi. I visited your website today to search for a query and the info is very well laid out. It was also very helpful and up to date. I am very impressed with your hard work in developing this website. Keep up the good work."

- Iman

From Our Readers:

"I sincerely appreciate all the information I was able to find on your site regarding cervical vertebrae and disc problems. I want you to know how much I appreciate your articles which provided names, labels, and language that will help me be able to effectively communicate with my doctor. Thank you for all your research references as well."

- Rhanda

From Our Readers:

" Hi everyone. Sorry for bothering you. I just wanted to express my amazement: Great illustrations that simplify the understanding of the content. Great work!! Thank you all."

- Nordin

From Our Readers:

"I sincerely appreciate all the information I was able to find on your site regarding cervical vertebrae and disc problems. I want you to know how much I appreciate your articles which provided names, labels, and language that will help me be able to effectively communicate with my doctor. Thank you for all your research references as well."

- Rhanda

From Our Readers:

"Thank you so much for this Website. It's great and helps me understand my pain. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!"

- Susanne

From Our Readers:

"I just want to say thank you for your website. It has been very helpful and informative and giving me much peace of mind. Thank you for spending so much time on this site"

- Erica

From Our Readers:

"Excellent site, videos with great definition, explained meticulously with all details. The Best Place."

- Rigo D.

From Our Readers:

"I discovered Spine-health.com last month in the middle of the night, when my sciatica was excruciating. What a helpful, well-curated resource. It helped me understand my symptoms, feel confident in my decision to have a microdiscectomy, and know what to expect from the surgery and recovery. Thank you for your excellent contributions to people’s health!"

- Sarah L.

From Our Readers:

"Love the video tutorials. So easy to show my patients for them to understand the anatomy better."

- Dr. Jeanne V.

From Our Readers:

"A wealth of information and informative videos. It's my go to site when I have issues with my spine. Having degenerative disc disease has changed my life. Having had spine fusions and a wonderful surgeon makes it all a bit more bearable. Thank you Spine-health for being up to date and always sharing different things weekly."

- Lee S.

From Our Readers:

"After 10+ yrs of coming to this site to educate myself on my life threatening spine conditions this site is 100% informative. I am leading a healthy lifestyle complete with exercise and use this knowledge to better prepare for upcoming multiple spine surgeries."

- Anna B

From Our Clients:

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"Zimmer Biomet Spine has successfully partnered with Veritas Health to promote Mobi-C® Cervical Disc on Spine-health.com for multiple years. The Veritas Health team provides valuable recommendations on content strategy, ad placement, and even A/B testing of artwork to maximize our conversions."

- Renee Day, Director, Marcom and Events at Zimmer Biomet

Dr. Jay Jagannathan

From Our Authors:

"Spine-health offers an excellent interdisciplinary library of peer-reviewed articles regarding the treatment of spinal pathology. Being an author allows me to give my perspective as a spine surgeon and also gives me a non-biased area where I can direct patients who are contemplating surgery."

- Dr. Jay Jagannathan, MD, FAANS

Darren Riccio

From Our Authors:

"The authoring experience with Veritas Health is great, it’s a simple, and seamless process. The staff is exceptionally helpful, and motivated in guiding you towards completing the blog or article you are involved in working on."

- Darren Riccio, MSPT, COMT, CFT, CWT

David DeWitt

From Our Authors:

"I enjoy writing articles for Veritas because it challenges me to take complex subjects like spinal anatomy, problematic conditions of the spine, and treatment options and explain them in a way that everyone can understand. As a spine surgeon, that is what I do every day, one patient at a time. Veritas, however, gives me the potential to reach and educate millions of people, all at the same time."

- Dr. David DeWitt, MD

Dr. Rob D. Dickerman

From Our Authors:

"In a time where there is unlimited access to information on the internet, a lot of which is incorrect or falsely interpreted, I enjoy the opportunity to put truthful information and helpful tips to not only my patients but anyone else who finds the articles and blogs helpful on Spine-health.com. There are a lot of Dr. Googles out there and they deserve honest and concise information."

- Dr. Rob D. Dickerman, DO, PhD

Dr. Adaku Nwachuku

From Our Authors:

"I love everything related to the spine and enjoy authoring for Spine-health.com. The site provides articles and blogs on a variety of medical conditions with up-to-date scientific and research-based information in a way that the general public can easily understand."

- Dr. Adaku Nwachuku, DO

Dr. Kathee de Falla

From Our Authors:

"As a Doctor of Pharmacy who has worked as a research pharmacist and now works as a retail pharmacist, I very much enjoy sharing my knowledge and expertise with Veritas readers. Authoring articles and blogs is a way for me to keep people abreast of the most current practices and guidelines. Because I interact with patients every day, I'm able to anticipate readers' questions and concerns."

- Dr. Kathee de Falla, PharmD

Dr. Benjamin Bjerke

From Our Authors:

"With most doctor visits lasting 30 minutes or less, it's important for patients to know about their condition before seeing their surgeon and to learn more when they go home. I'm glad to play a role in providing accurate and straightforward information regarding spinal conditions and surgery through Spine-health.com."

- Dr. Benjamin Bjerke, MD

Dr. Shaema George

From Our Authors:

"It's a pleasure to work with Veritas Health. I appreciate how easy the authoring process is and how thoroughly the staff communicates with me for each article. I’m happy to contribute to patient education through their unbiased and comprehensive resources."

- Dr. Shaema George, PharmD