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Meet Our Team Members

Our Global Patient Advocacy Coalition (GPAC) is a network of patient advocates around the globe who are working toward improving the standard of care for patients, improving informed consent, and implementing policies and legislation that protect patients. We could not possibly do the work that we do without an amazing team and a network of passionate advocates who want to see change. We would like to introduce you to some of our team members who help us in so many different ways. We will be highlighting a few team members in the coming weeks and months and we want them to know how valued and appreciated they all are. Patient advocacy is hard work and we are blessed to have such generous and selfless team members to work with.

Melissa Puryear - GPAC Investigative Research Analyst

Melissa is a breast cancer survivor who had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction with Allergan Natrelle Inspira breast implants. While completing her journalism degree she became seriously ill, was hospitalized and had to have the implants removed. Melissa became passionate about searching for truth, transparency and justice. She is a skilled writer and has a passion for research, journalism and videography. She is also a U.S. Army Veteran and we are extremely grateful for her service to our country. Melissa is a valuable part of the GPAC team, be on the lookout for more of her articles, videos, blog posts and PSA's.

Julie Christie - GPAC Canada Investigative Researcher and Content Creator

Julie had breast implants placed at a very young age when a doctor told her that she had a congenital defect. Julie trusted her doctor and was never told about any negative consequences that could happen to her health. She felt betrayed after suffering for decades with declining health. Julie is a yoga instructor and she has a goal to specialize in women who have had breast surgery. Julie is very skilled at networking within the medical community and she has a passion for public speaking in many places, wherever she is able to share awareness about breast implant illness. We are so grateful that she will also be able to help translate some of our important GPAC documents to French, her native language.

Here at GPAC, we are blessed to know so many incredible advocates who help us raise awareness and create change. We will be highlighting more of our team members soon. Stay tuned.

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