Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy Certification mentor leader, Karen Kennedy Karen Kennedy MS, CN IFNCP

Karen Kennedy, MS, CN IFNCP has not taken a particularly linear path to her nutrition career. She spent the first 10 years of her professional life as a research scientist in cancer/immunotherapeutics. In the meantime, she trained as a yoga teacher then moved on to Bastyr University to study nutrition in 1999. Since then, she has worked primarily in private practice and university extension services focusing on metabolic health and diabetes prevention through consulting, group classes and through cooking classes.

Karen has had to re-start her business multiple times in order to homeschool her kids and therefore has become especially adept at the entrepreneurial side of things, which she enjoys mentoring others in. She’s found ways to market her services that are in alignment with her values as a health care provider and loves supporting other providers in finding their way in the business/marketing side of things too.

Currently, she has a general, online, cash-based practice in her community but specializes in offering continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) services to her patients and others as a stand-alone business. She is also part of a chronic pain group that specializes in hypermobility conditions like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) and postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS). These are issues previously thought to be quite rare, but we are seeing more in both EDS patients and long-COVID sufferers.