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Dr. Jennifer Coomes (DCN)

Executive Director/CEO/Finance Manager

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Other Board Members

Cassidy Schukar

Courtney Baird

Coming soon!

VISION AND MISSION--Discover, Transform, Educate.


Essence Health and Research Foundation (Trade Name:  EH&R, Essence Health & Research, Project Thrive) is a 501c3 nonprofit that helps to bring innovative services in clinical nutrition and nutrigenomics, health research, public health education and guidance, emergency nutrition/crisis relief, yoga instruction, restorative yoga, and yoga teacher training programs to the community of Sammamish, WA and beyond. 

Being managed by a woman, this nonprofit inspires more women to be at the table of influence in STEM, healthcare, medical research, and healthcare innovation.   The model of direction and teaching promotes mentorship, collaboration, respect, stability, ability, security, thriving, purpose, positive health outcomes, and results.


You can't achieve it all on your own, and neither can EH&R, but there is something special about being the catalyst to beneficial change that inspires us all to be better and work in stable ways  to meet our personal best.  Why "personal best"?   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. 


  • Help to create regular clinical research studies in nutrition and yoga to assess benefits in specific medical inflammatory or autoimmune conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, PTSD, and more to help inform standard of care of the benefits of these therapies.

  • Help to increase accessibility of functional medicine/nutrition (root cause) and precision medicine/nutrition (genetic application) approaches for the general population to improve healthcare innovation.

  • To improve emergency/crisis care services in nutrition for those in need to include more accommodations for medical conditions, critical food sensitivities, important bioavailable vitamins/minerals, and nutritional care for mental health.

  • To improve public health education in understanding blood labs from doctors, how to make changes in personal nutrition to change health outcomes, and what to look for in supplementation for specific medical conditions and genetic dysfunctions..

  • To increase community fundraising/donations and involvement in improving healthcare approaches and clinical research funding. 

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