Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction: Karen Thomas, MS, RDH

Nov. 17, 2021
Jackie Sanders chats with Award of Distinction winner Karen Thomas, MS, RDH, currently a functional medicine nutritionist, about receiving the distinction and how it's changed her career.

Karen Thomas, MS, RDH, LN, CNS, FDN-P, CHHC, began her career in Florida and later became a research dental hygienist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here she was the examiner for patients with TMD, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, episodic headaches, and pelvic pain. As an examiner, she was gathering data but did not have the opportunity to make a personal connection with the patients.

The stress became too much and through a series of life challenges and health challenges, her body simply shut down. After several years of different treatments, Karen self-diagnosed and determined her own cure. She has since acquired numerous degrees and written a book called Overwhelmed & Undernourished: Use Food as Medicine and Turn Your Life Around. She's currently working as a functional medicine nutritionist.