Executive Director/CEO:  Jennifer Coomes 


  • Professional Science Masters in Applied Nutrition, 2019, University of Arizona

  • Masters of Science (MS) in Biotechology with concentration in Genomics/Bioinformatics, 2017, Johns Hopkins University

  • Masters of Science (MS CRM) in Clinical Research Management, 2015, Arizona State University

  • Certificate in Yoga Instruction (200hr), 2007, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Massage, 2001, Arizona School of Massage Therapy

  • Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Psychology, 1999, Depauw University


  • CN, Certified Nutritionist, 2019, State of Washington

  • CERT Member, Community Emergency Response Team

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification through American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 2018

  •  E-RYT(200), Experienced & Registered Yoga Teacher, 2020, Yoga Alliance

  • Certified Yoga Continued Education Provider, 2020, Yoga Alliance

  • Birth Assistant Basics Course, 2017, NW Birth Assistants

Jennifer Coomes CN, MSCRM, MS, MS, BA, E-RYT (200) is a Clinical Nutritionist, a Yoga Teacher Trainer, and Birth Assistant.   She moved to the beautiful state of Washington in October 2012 after a 12 year chapter in Arizona and growing up in southern Indiana.  Her professional life started out just after college graduation with a job as an Internal Auditor for two companies where she was responsible for writing QS-9000 procedures, an internal audit program, training internal auditors, and conducting audits in all areas of the company from executive management to the factory floor.  Jennifer was always called into studying medicine, so after helping these companies achieve QS-9000 certification, she began her journey towards medicine. 

 In Arizona, Jennifer was a physical therapist assistant, medical massage therapist and instructor, and yoga teacher.  She managed a private practice for 11 years, managed an integrative yoga studio at one point, and was part of the adjunct faulty for a community college helping to lead teach a medical massage program with case study supervision.  She's been able to work with clients such as weekend warriors, those needing physical or chiropractic therapy, those recovering from major medical and trauma/abuse, as well as professional athletes.    


In 2012, Jennifer finally decided on an important change for her health and left Arizona to reduce the state of inflammation from the heat and culture.  She moved to WA state and continued pursuing studies in medicine after studying naturopathic medicine in Arizona.   She gained masters degrees in clinical research management (ASU), bioinformatics/genomics/immunology (Johns Hopkins University), and applied nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, and nutrigenomics (University of Arizona).  She has also done internships in basic nutrition in a corporate medical center for underserved populations/refugees as well as clinical nutrition and functional medicine with Dr. Mark Force of the Elements of Health in Ashland, OR.

Jennifer is a Certified Nutritionist in Washington state and specializes in the area of chronic inflammatory disease, autoimmune disease, inflammation and immune responses, genomics, nutrigenomics, precision medicine, specialized and detoxification diets, and women's health.  She has published various research articles in the area of natural medicine and inflammation, some of which have won awards.   She has a great desire to help innovate patient care and medical therapies so that standard of care becomes more personalized to the individual needs, environment, genetics, and health.    

When Jennifer isn't studying medicine in some form, she is teaching yoga to the locals in such a way that it combines her great love of choreography, dance, rhythm, and telling an intimate, healing, and transformative story through music and movement.  Jennifer began dancing in high school and then continued on in college with professional performances in Indiana and Philadelphia, PA.  Now, she uses this love to encourage students to find their inner teacher, wisdom, health, and personal strength through yoga. 

Jennifer started a new project in January 2017 called Christian Middle Church to help combat the serious discrimination, conflict, and harmful behaviors in the christian community by bringing a female, feminine, and Holy Spirit perspective to teachings from the bible to promote the equality viewpoint. In 2018, she hopes to reach further into her community to help bring people together to embark on a new way of christianity, better ethics, and better connection to God's essence.   

Jennifer brings a rich foundation of experience to Essence Health and Research / Project Thrive, which comes from her deep empathic connection, experiential learning, spiritual training, entrepreneurship experience, intense and rigorous medical study and training, and personal growth.  For more information on Essence Health and Research / Project Thrive services, click on the "Services" link on the menu bar or the "Shop" link to check out our Online Store!

Welcome to Essence Health and Research / Project Thrive!


Jennifer Coomes CN, MSCRM, MS, MS, BA, E-RYT

Executive Director/CEO/Finance Manager


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VISION AND MISSION--Discover, Transform, Educate.


Essence Health and Research / Project Thrive believes in innovation, mentorship, equality, and digging deep

into your purpose.  You can't achieve it all on your own, but there is something special about being the catalyst

to beneficial change that inspires us all to be better, to work together better, and get on with making this earth

and its people healthier, more able, and more stable to meet your next personal best.  Why "personal best"? 

Because transformation is personal and commitment is hard work. Excellence is special when you can

call yourself balanced at the end of the day and love the work you've accomplished. There are practical,

creative, resourceful, innovative, and rigorous tools needed to achieve breakthroughs,

and Essence Health and Research / Project Thrive is committed. 



Essence Health and Research Foundation / Project Thrive is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that will have

both services and fundraisers where all contributions are tax deductible.  It received its 501c3 tax exempt status in April 2020 and is registered as a public charity with WA state.  It's specific mission is to serve Sammamish WA and surrounding communities with clinical nutrition services and classes, public health education and trainings, research services, yoga teacher trainings and workshops, yoga classes, emergency nutrition kits, emergency/disaster relief, scholarships, and more.  

Essence Health and Research / Christian Middle Church is a Limited Liability Company (LLC),

which is a for-profit company that was formed in 2018.  All related business and service activities that cannot be done  on the non-profit level will be conducted through this business.  


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Original photography (opening lotus photo) by Jennifer Coomes

Photography of Jennifer Coomes by Yuen Lui.

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