Kara Louise (Kara) is a Seattle based nationally certified integrative health and wellness coach and functional medicine educator. She is passionate about helping her clients find true healing from chronic diseases and autoimmune illnesses.
Kara has over thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry. She earned her BS and MS in Healthcare from the University of Arizona and California State University respectively. After decades in corporate healthcare, Kara went on to pursue postgraduate studies from Duke University where she studied behavioral health and coaching methods in one of the world’s top integrative medicine programs. From there, Kara studied functional medicine in clinical practice from The Institute for Functional Medicine and The School of Applied Functional Medicine, programs developed by functional medicine leaders such as Mark Hyman, M.D., and Jeffrey Bland M.D. She was one of the first cohorts to become a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach through International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaches.
Recognizing the value in having different healing modalities to meet diverse client needs, Kara continually expands her knowledge base. She is a Certified Medical Cannabis Consultant, HealthMath Practitioner, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner. She employs these modalities in her Seattle center to help her clients reduce the impact of stress including aromatic medicine, cannabinoid (CBD) therapy and sound frequency therapy. She enjoys working with her clients to formulate an individualized healing plan.
Having recovered herself from three autoimmune illnesses, juggling a full-time career while having four kids, she is empathetic and understanding of health challenges. She is skilled at helping clients heal from chronic and autoimmune diseases and specializes in digestive disorders, nutritional medicine, cellular nutrition, mind-body medicine, and hormonal imbalances.
Kara is also on the Governing Board of Directors for the The Institute for Functional Medicine.
Applied Functional Medicine Educator, School of Applied Functional Medicine
Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP), Institute for Functional Medicine
Integrative Health Coaching, Duke University, Department of Integrative Medicine
M.S., Health Services, California State University
B.S., Health Services, University of Arizona
Governing Board Member, The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
Applied Functional Medicine for Coaching Certification (AFMC)
Certified Medical Cannabis Consultant
Certified Medical Practice Executive