Karen was born in Canada and moved with her family to Ohio at the age of 6. She enjoyed a private education through high school, and was involved in various extracurricular activities with a focus on piano mastery. For her first year of college Karen studied at the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She then moved to California and eventually to Alaska where she majored in Nursing at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. Throughout her educational years Karen volunteered in the hospital in her home town, and worked as a nursing assistant in a rehabilitation center and a nursing home. [Continued] She experienced great disillusionment during this time with allopathic medicine, feeling like she wanted to truly help people change their lives but could see considerable limitations in the medical establishment. During these years, Karen started to suffer from health challenges that made it difficult to work and meet the demands of education.
In Anchorage, Alaska, Karen started a residential cleaning business, putting the best of her technical skill set to good use. She was able to grow a profitable business that employed a dozen highly skilled individuals and an office manager. During these years, she developed extensive computer skills and sidelined as a small office networking specialist. She married and raised three children who now live in Alaska, Texas, and Colorado. This phase of her life was interrupted by a stressful break-up, which contributed to the development of stress-related illness.
Karen's health history has had a profound impact, shaping the direction of her life. While she was raising her small children she started to suffer from chronic sinus infections and migraine headaches, and sought treatment from allopathic medicine. After several years of antibiotic treatment, other serious problems began to emerge, compounded by black mold poisoning. One day while listening to talk radio, she called in on the local Health Talk show to find some help. This call changed the course of her life. The things Karen learned while being treated by Dr. Michael Ellenburg, ND, propelled her to further research, study, and change during the years she mostly spent in bed waiting to recover. As strength allowed, she began teaching small health and wellness classes in her home town and nearby areas. This eventually led to including fermentation classes, which soon led to the development of The Probiotic Jar, knowing that a properly sealed vessel is essential to fermenting for health recovery. It quickly became evident that the cost of manufacturing equipment and hand-finishing this perfect Jar would necessitate wide distribution. Classes were suspended for a few years during the engineering and building of infrastructure. Now she is back to fulfilling her heart's desire to teach and empower individuals to take charge of their own health. In 2015, Karen developed the Functional Fermenting Seminar. She was inspired to teach a full day seminar to get people up and running right away. With a desire to empower people with knowledge and not just "directions", she has moved forward to fully develop and teach this seminar with Linda Cox and Kelly Caraway in ten major cities in Alaska and the Mid-West. The Seminar is now online.