Anti-Aging Health and Fitness Specialist
Recognized for her highly specialized medical fitness training and experience in cardiac rehabilitation, Karen is a certified clinical exercise physiologist at a San Francisco Bay Area hospital. She is also a health eduction instructor for Kaiser Permanente teaching nutrition, exercise and behavior modification to promote disease prevention and weight management. Her approach to fitness is functional and geared for real life application.
Karen promotes a heart-healthy and cancer-protective way of life. Her seasonally-inspired, Doable and Delicious™ recipes follow the guidelines for a primarily plant-based eating plan that have specifically been shown to lower cancer risk and disease progression. She focuses on foods that exhibit strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects to lower risks of age-related diseases. Karen travels to various home kitchens and provides private lessons to clients eager to lose weight humanely and serves up lots fun, how-to's and enthusiasm!
TV Guest Expert / Host
Although Karen's work as a clinical exercise physiologist is primarily science-based, she is an artist at heart. Her creativity, imagination and style are revealed in her healthy food demo segments. Karen's presentations are uniquely colorful, inspiring and informational — so much so that she is a recurring healthy lifestyle TV contributor on ABC. For example...
- Winning the Picky Eater War http://bit.ly/2d2I5ap
- Vegetarian Hawaiian Luau http://bit.ly/2cr5Wkw
Karen hosts and produces The Health Reporter
, a half-hour health and lifestyle show as well as an inspiring and informative brand of short-format health segments. Her upbeat quick minutes of healthy living how-to’s are widely distributed on the Internet and community television.Family History to Health Career
Being a competitive athlete and having a family history of early death from heart disease and stroke, Karen focused on a career path where exercise is prescribed as medicine. The premature deaths of her brother from heart disease and her mother from ovarian cancer as well as her own bout with cancer have driven her to continue on her path to transform lives through food, exercise and mindfulness.Health Writer
Karen pens a monthly healthy living column and is a recipient of the 2014 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club Award
. Her sports nutrition articles have been published by national governing organizations, such as USA Gymnastics and USA Volleyball. As the mother of two sons, she is a reliable resource on healthy parenting and prenatal exercise.Cardiac Therapist / Health Educator
Karen designs and delivers exercise programs at the San Ramon Regional Medical Center as a treatment and prevention strategy for people challenged with cardiovascular disease and chronic, age-related diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. She speaks on cardiac risk factors and recovery, anti-aging, and weight loss to support living a longer, stronger and happier life. Green Entrepreneur
Due to Karen’s skin sensitivity to chemical ingredients and her desire to create a safe and healthy home for her children, Karen formulated and marketed her own brand of botanical, chemical-free body and home cleaning products in 1999 — ahead of the huge popularization of ‘green living’. Her clients included high-end resort spas, such as the Ritz Carlton, and individuals and cancer patients at the John Muir Women’s Health Center.Culinary Point of View
A pescetarian (someone that eats fish but no other meat) since her late teens, Karen grew up in a ‘green’ household before it was fashionable to be green. Fresh homegrown vegetables were staples in their home and venturing out of the city to pick fruits in the country was considered a fun family thing to do.
In her culture, giving respect to the forest, to the ocean and to nature is the way of life. They ate and cooked whole food bringing vegetables straight from the garden to the table. Karen learned about sustainability long before it became a socially-conscious buzzword where replenishing the earth was the natural thing to do. Certifications/Professional Affiliations
- Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association
- Basic Life Support for Health Professionals (BLS), American Heart Association
- Professional Member, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Former Governor, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)
- Interior Design Certificate, Interior Designers Institute, Newport Beach, CA