Karen is the author of the best-selling cookbook Diabetes Meals for Good Health. This book is sold across North America and has been translated into French and Japanese. It has sold over 150,000 copies. Karen’s most recent book The Complete Diabetes Guide brings together her 30 years of working as a Community Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.
Karen has worked for thirty years as a dietitian, most of those years specializing in diabetes education. She works part-time in a busy community diabetes clinic in central Canada. Her clients are her inspiration, she sees their struggles, and understands how small changes can make a difference in improving health.
Karen was born in Africa where she graduated from high school at the Nairobi International School. She recognizes that diabetes is truly an international health crisis. In 2004-2006 she volunteered overseas in The Netherlands and Turkey, assisting a non-profit health organization set up diabetes programming for Turkish people. Karen’s life work is the fighting of diabetes.
Karen lives in a small farming community in central Canada with her husband. They have two grown children, both who have followed career paths that intersect with diabetes (optometry and global health). Her husband owns a tree nursery and farm, which keeps the family connected with the land and the source of our food.