The Health Journal began in 2005 in Williamburg, Va. Brian M. Freer, Rita L. Kikoen, MBA, and Ravi V. Shamaiengar, M.D. shared a vision for a free, consumer health publication that would point readers to health resources, introduce them to inspiring people in their community, feature health advice from leading local experts and help readers improve their health every day. Freer took the reigns as publisher and Shamaiengar assumed the role of medical editor. Page Bishop Freer and Beth Shamaiengar would serve as the magazine’s editors, while Kikoen was elected executive director. A family business was born.
The Williamsburg edition gained speed and by January 2007 the company was ready to expand to the Virginia Peninsula, to include Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown and Poquoson. Two editions led to three, with a South Hampton Roads edition debuting in May 2008, covering Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk. By this point The Health Journal covered most of the Hampton Roads, sharing stories of interest and awe throughout the region.
The Health Journal has grown exponentially in size but the vision has not changed: Now in its ninth year of publishing, The Health Journal continues to set the standard on local health news coverage.