Ellen Kamhi PhD, RN, www.naturalnurse.com, interviews Dr. Karen Louise Herbst.  Karen Herbst, PhD, MD is associate professor at the University of Arizona medical school in Tucson and director of the TREAT program for Treatment, Research and Education about Adipose Tissue. The Lipedema Foundation provided the initial funding for the TREAT program. Karen sees patients at the University of Arizona and the Herbst Clinic. She specializes in lymphatic system issues, lipedema, and other adipose tissue disorders. Dr. Karen’s clinical research centers on understanding the underlying pathophysiology of adipose tissue disorders including the lymphatic system, as well as treatment options, including natural supplements. Her basic science research aims to find gene mutations in families with Dercum’s disease. Karen received her MD from Rush University and did her residency at University of Washington School of Medicine. She is board certified in internal medicine with endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism sub-specialty. Additionally, Karen is active in fat and lymphatic disease advocacy and education with the Fat Disorders Research Society and other organizations. She travels extensively to address patient and professional groups around the world. She is one of the authors of the informative book, Lymphedema and Lipedema Nutrition Guide. For more information, see the book website: www.lymphnotes.com/nutrition.php

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