Karen Bond holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Clinical Research. She is a PA State licensed Registered Nurse (RN) nurse with advanced studies in Clinical Research from Allegheny University of the Health Sciences. She was awarded the National Collegiate Nursing Award for Academic Achievement in 1992, 1993, and 1994, and the Special Achievement Award in 1993 and 1994 for her contributions to culturally competent nursing care regarding her senior thesis, “Transcultural Nursing.”
Her nursing career includes experience as a Hepatology Clinical Consultant for a major pharmaceutical company, where she taught medical professionals and patients a variety of topics regarding public health and traveled to many institutions, including Trenton State Prison. She taught at grand rounds in hospital settings and for the American Liver Foundation. She taught nursing professionals how to manage stress and stress-related illnesses for their patients and practitioners and self-care techniques to avoid burnout.
While conducting clinical research at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, she worked as a Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator for the Physician Principal Investigator, conducting several multicenter clinical research trials and providing patient care and education for her enrolled patients. She taught her chronically ill patients and their caregivers how to manage their illnesses through meditative breathing techniques, practices, and guided imagery. Her research has been published in medical journals such as The American Journal of Gastroenterology and the Journal of Hepatology.
She is a member of the American Holistic Nursing Association and teaches many classes such as Stress Management Techniques, Lifestyle Management Techniques, The 4 A’s of Stress Relief: Avoid, Alter, Accept, Adapt, Allostatic load or Allostatic overload; the cumulative burden of chronic stress and life events.
Karen also has a Bachelor’s Degree from La Salle University in Education and holds a professional certificate in teaching in both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her teaching experience spans her entire career on many levels. She has recently been a guest lecturer for the “New Populations/Community Health Course” at Thomas Jefferson Undergraduate School for Nursing” speaking on topics such as the Cultural Practices and Modern Day use of Herbs in Nursing and The Science of Meditation. She has mentored several students regarding careers in holistic and complementary therapies on practices to avoid burnout.
Karen has had years of experience in addictions and neuroscience as a nurse case manager at the University of Pennsylvania and other hospitals, working with patients on Detox and Psychiatric floors and medical-surgical, ER, and critical care. She worked in an integrative private practice, side by side with Stanley Finkelstein MD, DC, L.Ac, DOAM, NMT, ABIHM, and board certified in Psychiatry, Pain, and Addictions. In 2007 she went out to Newport Beach, California, and studied with Daniel Amen MD, earning a certificate in Brain SPECT Imaging, “The Imaging Revolution in Psychiatry,” through the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB) and Amen Clinics Inc. and approved by the APA in Brain SPECT Imaging.
Karen is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the State of Pennsylvania and holds a certificate In Meditation through “The Center for Meditation Science.”
She is an Advanced Clinical Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild and one of fewer than 300 such practitioners nationwide whose education and clinical skills have been peer-reviewed by the American Herbalist Guild to be granted the status of a “registered herbalist” (RH).
She holds a certification in Photobiomodulation and Low-level light therapy (LLLT) procedures from the Laser Training Institute Professional; Medical Education Association and uses light therapy in her private practice as a part of her patient care.
Karen is a Registered Integrative Ayurvedic Doctor (RIAD), a Registered Ayurvedic Herbalist (RAH), and a Registered Food and Nutrition Consultant (RAFNC) through “The Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America.” Ayurveda is a natural system of medicine that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. Translated, it means “the science of life” and is based on the idea that disease is due to an imbalance or stress in a person’s consciousness. Ayurveda encourages specific lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment.
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