Kara is a nationally certified functional medicine practitioner and integrative health and wellness coach. She is passionate about helping her clients find true healing in their lives.
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 also a Certified Medical Cannabis Consultant (CBD), HealthMath Practitioner, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner.
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 getting to the root cause of illnesses and applying nutritional-based recovery. Specialty areas include: addiction recovery and neurotransmitter rebalancing, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances and autoimmune illnesses.
Kara is also on the Governing Board of Directors for the The Institute for Functional Medicine.
Applied Functional MedicineTM (AFMC) | The School of Applied Functional Medicine
Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) | The 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) | National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC)
Applied Functional Medicine for Coaching Certification (AFMC) | The School of Applied Functional Medicine (SAFM)
Certified Medical Cannabis Consultant
Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) | Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)