UTI Quiz

About Us

We Are A Strong Community Seeking A Better Solution

Our Founder

Melissa Kramer

Three years into her own journey with recurrent UTIs, Melissa began interviewing others with similar stories. Now UTI free, she works with her team to share crucial information in order to help others find better UTI testing and treatment.

The journey to recovery has led to an extensive network of researchers, clinicians and like-minded organizations, and Melissa is always happy to hear from anyone working to help solve the problem of recurrent UTI.

The Team That Makes This Possible

Jessica Price

Content & Partnerships Manager

Jessica’s work with Live UTI free stems from a passion to transform the way female patients are perceived within their own healthcare experience. She brings a unique perspective to the team as she has witnessed firsthand the disconnect between patients and the medical community.

Having a background in patient advocacy, she hopes to encourage open communication within the practitioner-patient relationship and open-mindedness toward the diagnostics and treatment of chronic and recurrent UTI.

Christine Kramer, BAppSc

Community Support

Christine’s background in applied science and medical diagnostics support provides an insightful basis for her work with the Live UTI Free community.

Her strong belief that the right information at the right time can help empower patients towards a resolution stems from her own interest in women’s health and chronic illness. Christine helps ensure Live UTI Free’s readers are connected to appropriate resources.

Kayleigh Maxwell, MSc

Research Associate

Kayleigh stumbled upon the world of recurrent UTI during her MSc in Health Psychology. Having learnt about the immense impact of living with a chronic condition through her studies, her research interests are driven by the desire to improve patient outcomes in chronic illness.

She is now working closely with Live UTI Free and partners to collect, analyse and publish patient-driven data, to help ensure the patient perspective is considered.

Abbi Newlands, MSc

Research Associate

Abbi started working with Live UTI Free during her MSc in Research Methods in Psychology. Having experienced her own journey with chronic illness, she is motivated to apply her research skills to this currently underserved area and drive forward real change.

She hopes that her research will help improve people’s quality of life by encouraging increased awareness and understanding of the patient perspective and the vast impact of recurrent UTI.

Marine Hardouin

Creative Lead

Marine has been part of Live UTI Free’s journey since the early days, helping to bring the team’s vision to life. She uses her deep understanding of online behavior and visual layout to create a welcoming and friendly experience for all who interact with the organization.

Marine’s commitment to her own professional and personal mission ensures the information that Live UTI Free shares is accessible for all members of the community.

Justine Chrisment, MLs

French Content Manager

Justine, a professional translator with a passion for foreign languages and cultures, wants to make women’s health a priority in France. She used her talent for languages to translate the Live UTI Free website into French and therefore enable French women to benefit from effective treatments.

Informing women about medical developments is an important project that had been on her mind for several years. For her, medical information should circulate freely, without language and culture being an obstacle.

Melissa Wairimu

Video Editor

Melissa’s own journey with recurrent UTI really impacted her life and affected her overall productivity. She came across the stories of others on Live UTI Free, who had been through similar experiences and managed to break the cycle.

She was motivated to help, and to use her skills in visual communication to spread awareness of an otherwise overlooked female health problem.

Maylis Chernet, BLs

French Content Intern

Maylis wanted to do something meaningful during her master’s degree in Intercultural Communication and Translation. When she learnt about Live UTI free, she was eager to join the movement and make this valuable information available for French people.

Maylis believes in feminism and equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their gender. A strong supporter of inclusive writing, she aims to create French content that is as inclusive as possible, in a language that is normally gendered.

Emilie Berman, BSc


Emilie stumbled across Live UTI Free while searching for support with her own UTIs. As a Biology major and pre-Med student, she became enamored with the presented science backed information, that allows patients to advocate for themselves.

Emilie is excited to be part of the solution by helping to raise awareness for UTIs and by giving others the tools to do the same.

Madhu Gundlapally

Author and Doctor in Training

Madhu has always been a strong supporter for patient education and autonomy. She began writing for Live UTI Free to help promote accurate information and healthy discussion in doctor-patient interaction.

Currently training as a doctor of medicine, she hopes to encourage women to educate and advocate for themselves in doctor’s offices.

Deanna Berman ND


Dr Deanna Berman’s journey into natural medicine and her passion for helping women began with her own health issues, including Interstitial Cystitis.

As a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Midwife, she draws on her understanding of both the necessity for medication and the limitations of natural medicine, to write educational articles for Live UTI Free, particularly around UTI and pregnancy, and functional healing.

Kate Ferris

Director, Ireland

Kate’s work at Live UTI Free is fueled by her fascination with, and active support of the evolution of female health issues, particularly in the country she calls home – Ireland.

With a long history in theatre production, Kate’s focus is always on the audience, and getting behind work that has the ability to change people’s lives. She believes empowering people with the right information is the best place to start.

Susy Peddie


Susy co-founded Live UTI Free with the belief there’s never been a better time to bring health issues like this out into the open. She’s fascinated with the way technology is revolutionizing the female health space.

Her goal is to help empower others to understand their own bodies, so they can lead a strong and healthy life.

Hannah Heffernan


Hannah’s love for an ambitious mission was more than enough to get her on board as a co-founder of Live UTI Free. Specializing in branding and digital design, she set out to prove that serious health sites need not be ugly.

No stranger to an online symptom search (what modern female isn’t?), Hannah is adamant that good quality, well researched and holistic information should be available for all females.

Annett Borg

Patient Ambassador

You might recognise Annett as the face of Live UTI Free. Annett experienced recurrent UTIs for 15 years before finding a doctor who helped her pursue better testing and get appropriate treatment.

She’s our number one ambassador and a pioneer for sustainability and ethical production in her own industry – fashion. We’re happy to say she’s now UTI free and she’s helping us get better information out there.

Our Advisors

Krystal Thomas-White


Scientific Research Advisor

Krystal’s passion for women’s health grew from her clinical research on the female urinary microbiome at Loyola University Chicago. The powerful patient stories and promising science led her to dedicate her career to changing the way UTIs are diagnosed and treated.

Now at Stanford University, she investigates how uropathogens interact with the bladder to cause disease, and advises Live UTI Free on scientific rigor.

Lindsey Roberts


Director of Research & Development

Lindsey’s research mission is to evaluate medicines use and improve health-related outcomes and the delivery of quality healthcare. Lindsey believes positive health outcomes stem from adopting a multi-faceted approach to patient care and delivery.

As Medicines Optimisation Research & Development Lead for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lindsey is committed to supporting Live UTI Free to gather the resources required to support people living with RUTI.

Katherine Finlay

PhD, CPsychol

Clinical Research Director

Katherine’s research interests focus on the challenge of maintaining quality of life in the face of chronic health conditions. Recognising the complexity of this challenge in chronic and recurrent UTI is what motivated Katherine to join the team at Live UTI Free.

As a Chartered Psychologist at the University of Reading, Katherine specialises in developing interventions to support patients and healthcare professionals in managing UTI and its psychosocial impact. She is committed to creating high-quality UTI impact assessment tools and improving how we support people with UTI within and beyond our health services.

Janet Alexandersson

LLM Human & Health Rights

Legal Advisor
& Ethics Board Member

Janet loves working with teams who change the world, one issue at a time. Advising the team at Live UTI Free provides an opportunity for her to delve deeper into her specialties – health, sexual and reproductive rights.

By successfully navigating the legalities and ethics of health empowerment and outreach, Janet allows the rest of the team to focus on spreading their message effectively.

Michael Hsieh


Urological Research Advisor

Michael Hsieh serves as the Director of Transitional Urology at the Children’s National Health System and the George Washington University. His strong research focus and belief that the patient perspective is a crucial part of this research, prompted him to connect with Live UTI Free in its early stages.

Dr. Hsieh runs a bladder biology research group and is developing a broader microbiology research program across multiple laboratories. He collaborates with Live UTI Free to help connect the patient community with new chronic UTI research.

Catriona Anderson

MBChB, MRCGP, BSc(Hons), DFSRH, BMS cert menopause

Women’s Health Advisor

Dr. Anderson divides her time between NHS and private practice, and across multiple specialties including recurrent and chronic UTI, vaginal problems and menopause. Her scientific background affords her an in-depth understanding of chronic UTI, and she collaborates with several research organizations, including Live UTI Free.

As Live UTI Free’s resident women’s health expert, Dr. Anderson channels her experience with established and complementary treatment approaches into guiding the team on research design and patient-centered content.

Susie Masterson


Business Advisor

Susie started supporting the Live UTI Free as a business coach and sales strategy advisor a couple of years ago. As a passionate advocate of female founders and ethical startups, she is no stranger to gender bias.

As a psychotherapist, Susie often meets women with undiagnosed chronic health conditions. She hopes that strengthening engagement across all groups within the UTI space, will improve women’s physiological and mental health.

Why We Created This Website

7 million

females experience a UTI each year in the USA

26 - 44%

will have a UTI recurrence within 6 months

7 OUT OF 10

don’t believe their UTI treatment will work


accurate standard testing options available

Chronic, recurrent UTIs affect millions of females and may be caused by an underlying bladder infection that goes undiagnosed and ineffectively treated.

The right information can lead to better testing to identify the cause of the infection and ultimately to finding a permanent solution. That’s where we come in.

How You Can Get Involved

If you have experience with recurrent UTIs

If you’re a practitioner or researcher

Read more about our community guidelines here, and learn how we work with partners here.

Our Inclusive Policy

At Live UTI Free we strive for gender inclusive language and we aim to get this right wherever we can. Our site and the information on it are designed to be universally clear and friendly, with all users in mind. You can read more about our policy here.

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