About Karen

Karen Herb

Karen L. Herb MS CNS LDN earned her master’s degree in Functional Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT. She completed a functional nutrition residency program with Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and earned her Certified Nutrition Specialist credential - the gold standard for advanced nutrition professionals.  In addition to private consultation services, Karen continues to grow the functional medicine movement as the Professional Education Liaison for Dr. Fitzgerald’s professional education and mentorship programs.


Karen’s passion for nutrition sprouted after she began educating herself about food policy and practices. No longer fulfilled after nearly 20 years working in the legal field, she felt called to deepen her understanding of nutrition and enrolled at the University of Bridgeport. Her background in the legal field gave her a unique perspective on the interplay of scientific evidence and the government’s nutrition policies and recommendations. The deeper she delved into evidence-based nutrition, the more passionate she became about promoting a whole food, functional approach to nutrition and wellness.

Functional nutrition is not just about macronutrients and calorie intake.   It is an approach to wellness that considers the body as a whole.  It seeks to uncover the root cause of imbalances that may be negatively impacting your quality of life and your health. Karen’s functional approach investigates not only your food intake but also your activity level, quality of sleep, emotional health and environmental and lifestyle factors.  Clues to uncover the root cause of imbalance can be found in many places!

Karen has the education and training to help you uncover your roots.  As a functional nutritionist, she has witnessed the impact of  even a few subtle changes in diet, sleep or lifestyle. Her approach provides mind and body support to guide you on your journey and help you EMERGE into wellness.

Education & Professional Certifications

Certified Nutrition Specialist | BCNS 2017

Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist | State of Maryland 2018

Master's Degree in Functional Nutrition | University of Bridgeport 2016

Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies | Stevenson University 1996

University of Bridgeport
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Functional Nurtition Residency

Advanced Training

Functional Nutrition Residency Program, Dr. Kara Fitzgerald

Institute of Functional Medicine, AFMCP & Advanced Practice Modules