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Executive Director:  Dr. Jennifer Coomes 
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  • Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN), 2023, Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH)--clinical nutrition and research doctorate with residency and doctorate research, can practice as a doctor with a specialty in clinical/functional/medical nutrition but not as a primary care physician (PCP)

  • Culinary Nutrition Expert (CNE) program, 2021, Academy of Culinary Nutrition

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

  • Masters of Science (MS) in Biotechnology 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, Anusara Yoga style), 2007

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Massage (815.5hr), 2001

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


  • CN, Certified Nutritionist, State of Washington

  • CERT Member, Community Emergency Response Team

  • Washington State Telemedicine Training Certificate, WA State Telehealth Collaborative

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

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

  • Certified Yoga Continued Education Provider, Yoga Alliance​

  • Birth Assistant Basics Course, NW Birth Assistants

Dr. Jennifer Coomes is doctor of clinical nutrition in the functional medicine approach, a clinical researcher, and yoga instructor, and birth assistant.  She moved to Washington in 2012 after living in Arizona and growing up in Indiana.  She has settled down currently in Sammamish, WA and has created this nonprofit to help inspire a better and healthier community that is engaged proactively in good lifestyle practices, prevention, and having a positive impact.

Jennifer brings a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship from being a business owner since 2002.  Soon after graduating college in Indiana, Jennifer started out as an Internal Audit Coordinator for a parent and minority automotive supplier company where she wrote internal audits, trained internal auditors, conducted audits, and gave presentations to executive staff. Her work lead to the QS-9000 certification for both companies before she committed to pursue her dream of studying medicine.


On the path to becoming a doctor, she has worked in physical therapy, managed an integrative health studio, taught medical massage therapy, and has done private practice work in massage therapy, yoga, and nutrition.  She has helped various populations ranging from those in need to professional athletes and everything in between.  She has a wealth of experience in working with those with chronic inflammatory conditions and trauma.   

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.


As a woman who has been in and out of poverty for most of her life, Jennifer has chosen to be the generation in her family that breaks the cycle of poverty and abuse.   Jennifer is a true survivor and by setting the boundaries of respect and worth, she hopes to lay the foundation for other women to also break down barriers associated with rape culture and gender inequality along with harmful mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual abuse. 

Jennifer brings a rich foundation of experience to Essence Health and Research, 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 services, click on the "Services" link on the menu bar or the "Shop" link to check out our Online Store!

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