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COVID-19 RESPONSE:  Update April 15, 2023


At Essence Health and Research (EH&R), it is our responsibility and duty to help during this crisis and learning time to make sure you have the most up-to-date, research-based, preventative, and clear health information and services to take care of yourself and your family. 


Vaccination progress is well on its way as one of the major attempts to keep Covid-19 at bay. The current vaccines are not fully protective against Covid-19 and there is still considerable vaccination hesitancy due to severe adverse effects for some, vaccination reactions, compromised immune systems that may limit vaccine effectiveness, evolving variants, and current research to determine how effective our current vaccines are against constantly evolving Covid-19 variants.


Essence Health and Research has remained open for business and will be continue to offer in person, virtual, and phone visits and classes where appropriate.   Please make sure to connect with Dr. Jennifer Coomes prior to your visit to determine what type of visit you plan to commit to.  

Essence Health and Research has mandated that KN95 masks or higher continue to be worn for in person office visits whether patients/customers are vaccinated or not.  This helps to protect the healthcare environment and all those in interaction, especially for patients and family members with high risk conditions.  Vitals are taken for all in person visits along with screening of important Covid-19 symptoms.  

CDC guidance is used when a patient or student reports a positive case of Covid-19 and there has been potential exposure to a health care practitioner or other patients/students.   All possible exposures are communicated with patients to allow them to be tested.  If a patient is positive for Covid-19, he or she must test negative with a PCR test two times back to back before returning for in person services to ensure accurate testing and low viral load.  Post-Covid-19 symptoms can be addressed in person in the clinic environment if cleared for negative Covid-19 testing.  Telehealth services are always available for positive Covid-19 patients until they are feeling better and able to return to in person services. 

If you have had any known exposure to Covid-19, it is important to quarantine for at least 1-2 weeks after your last known exposure to Covid-19.   You must be tested for Covid-19 with a negative PCR test in order to come for in-person visits if you have had a known exposure to someone with Covid-19.    

At the current time, in person appointments are made with 1-2 people from the same household at the same time.  KN95 masks or higher are required due to the level of high risk patients who visit EH&R for services.   Hand sanitizer, masks, soap, and other sanitation/hygiene items are available at EH&R/Project Thrive for in person visits.  All required sanitation/hygiene public health guidance is followed. 

Essence Health and Research (EH&R) is a 501c3 nonprofit that has a purpose to provide Emergency Nutrition/Crisis Kits, Clinical Nutrition Services, Public Health education and guidance, and Yoga Instruction to the general public and those in need and crisis. 

  • Please use this application to request services in you are in need.

  • To make a secure tax deductible DONATION, click here.

  • To offer a nonperishable donation to help with Emergency Nutrition/Crisis Kits (sanitation items and low sugar, saturated fat, and sodium foods), please click here to share more information. 

Getting a Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis from recent blood labs will also help assess vitamin/mineral deficiencies, organ health, medical conditions, and processing of food to help protect your immune system from Covid-19.   A Clinical Nutrition evaluation will also help give you the best nutrition care for autoimmune, chronic inflammatory, and other pre-existing conditions including emotional/mental health.  Look to the Goals For Health 2023 Initiative for ways to save money on these services.  

EH&R serves Sammamish, WA and surrounding communities along with outreach statewide.  Please reach out with any questions.

Dr. Jennifer Coomes

Executive Director


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