Meridith O’Connor is a patient advocacy specialist dedicated to unveiling the value of the patient experience. Meridith founded the Merit Option, a patient-focused consulting agency that provides her a platform to educate, engage, and empower those looking to gain insight on the patient perspective. The solopreneur has a personal tie to chronic disease; she has been managing her own diagnosis of myasthenia gravis since 2005. Meridith earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a minor in healthcare ethics from Saint Louis University and later earned her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in health from Washington University in St. Louis. With her personal experience and academic background, Meridith works diligently to ensure the patient voice is recognized and utilized in improving the healthcare industry. When not busy working, you can usually find Meridith being a tourist in her own city of St. Louis or scouring the latest interior design and fashion trends.