Sarah Doyel
Sarah Doyel
Writing about wellness, travel, and everything in between

Hi there! I'm Sarah, a freelance writer and health advocate who is passionate about telling empowering stories.  


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About Me

Hey! My name is Sarah, and I'm a writer currently living in Washington, DC. I work at a health center by day and write by night. My mild obsession with wellness is probably rooted in the years that I've spent working in the American healthcare system and learning firsthand the importance of being able to make yourself feel good when your insurance won't. Other than moving back to my second home of Spain, my top aspiration is to write a book about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and mental health. As you might have guessed, my writing covers a wide range of topics, from self-care tips to astrological musings to travel mishaps. When I'm not writing, you can usually find me running, drinking coffee, or running to a coffee shop.

And now for my super-official third person bio...

Sarah Doyel is a writer and health justice advocate making the connection between wellness and social change. Though she has years of academic writing, editing, and research experience, she's happiest when telling stories through reporting and narrative non-fiction. Sarah's firsthand experience working in the healthcare system ignited her passion for making health and wellness accessible to all, and she's been writing about it ever since. When she's not freelancing, you can find her blogging and building a better health system at her day job.



A long-time writer, I have worked as both a professional writing adviser and a non-profit manager. My experience in the human rights and public health fields has made me intimately aware of the most pressing health access issues facing us today. As a committed activist, I write to empower others to achieve growth, wellness, and meaningful access to health.



Manager of Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation
Whitman-Walker Health
Nov 2018 to present

Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator II
Whitman-Walker Health
July 2018 to Oct 2018

Freelance Writer
Nov 2017 to present

Policy Manager
Collective Action for Safe Spaces
Aug 2016 to Oct 2017

Public Benefits and Insurance Navigator
Whitman-Walker Health
May 2015 to Oct 2017

Executive Associate to the CEO
Aug 2014 to May 2015

Global Hotlines Fellow
June 2014 to Aug 2014

Writing Adviser
Occidental College
Sept 2011 to May 2014

Undergraduate Researcher
Occidental College
May 2013 to Jan 2014




B.A. Diplomacy and World Affairs (Major), Spanish (Minor)
Occidental College
Sept 2010 to May 2014

Language Immersion and Political Sciences Semester
Universidad Complutense de
Madrid, Fall 2012

Honors and Awards: 

  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, 2014

  • Magna cum Laude, 2014

  • President's Scholarship, 2010-2014

  • Dean's List, 2011-2014

  • Young Award for Best Diplomacy and World Affairs Senior Comprehensive Thesis, 2014

  • Young Award for Highest Student Achievement Among Diplomacy and World Affairs Seniors, 2014

  • Diplomacy and World Affairs Award for Outstanding Contribution Outside the Classroom, 2012, 2013


Volunteer Experience

Workaway Volunteer
Córdoba Bed and Be Hostel
Mar 2018 to May 2018

Policy Manager
Collective Action for Safe Spaces
Aug 2016 to Oct 2017

Front Desk Staff
Buddha B Yoga      
Mar 2015 to May 2017

Rapid Response Volunteer
Showing Up for Racial Justice DC
Jan 2017 to Oct 2017

Founder and President
Sept 2011 to Jan 2014

Orientation Core/Team Leader
Occidental College
Fall 2011, 2013


Skills & Languages

Academic Research



Social Media

Non-Profit Administration

English (native)

Spanish (fluent, written and spoken)

French (intermediate, written and spoken) 



Katie Nicol
Assistant Director of Individual Market, DC Health Benefits Exchange

Erin Keefe
Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation Data and Training Manager, Whitman-Walker Health

Anthony Tirado Chase
Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College

Julie Prebel
Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric; Director of Writing Center and Programs



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