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Keith Berndtson, MD - Medical Director

Dr. Berndtson is a graduate of Rush Medical College. He has practiced in Chicagoland for over 28 years and has clinical and administrative experience in both conventional and alternative medical settings. He has served as a clinical instructor for students at local medical and health professional schools.

He is the author of Seek Wisdom: The Modern Quest for Health and Sustainability, a collection of essays on health care and what’s needed for us to become wiser stewards of nature. He co-authored The Immune Advantage and has been a consulting editor for several health publications including The Reader’s Digest Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs.

He is certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and specializes in the evaluation and management of symptoms that persist despite usual medical care. He has undergone additional training to help patients address Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. He is the author of a widely read peer-reviewed article, Review of evidence for immune evasion and persistent infection in Lyme disease. He is certified by Ritchie Shoemaker, MD to help genetically susceptible patients address the chronic inflammatory response syndrome caused by mold toxins found in water-damaged buildings.


Jesse Karpen, DC
Chiropractic Director and Office Manager
Dr. Karpen is a board-certified chiropractic physician and graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College. His patient care philosophy emphasizes education and healthy lifestyle change. As a former athlete, he knows the importance of self-care routines that support physical stamina, strength, flexibility, and agility.


Christina Guthrie, L. Ac. Dipl. OM, MSTOM
Acupuncture and TCM Director
Christina is a licensed acupuncturist who graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (TCM). She is NCCAOM board certified in Chinese herbology and acupuncture. Christina completed a four-year academic program studying acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Eastern nutrition, and Western biomedicine. She has experience treating a variety of health ailments ranging from musculoskeletal disorders, pain management, gastrointestinal disorders, weight management, psychological disorders, and women’s health concerns. Using Chinese Medicine as a foundation for treatment, she stresses the importance of diet, exercise, and emotional well being to achieve health and balance.


Caren Baltasi, CCN, LDN

Caren is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist. She holds the CCN (Certified Clinical Nutritionist) credential, which attests to her qualifications in the nutritional aspects of Functional Medicine. As a specialist in the field of Functional Nutrition, Caren practices personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and the underlying causes of chronic health conditions.
Caren has specialized training in integrative nutrition/functional medicine from Northwestern Integrative Center, along with traditional training in Dietetics from Purdue University. Her educational background and expertise allows her to focus on functional lab testing and interpretation, going beyond the basics of nutrition and diet, in order to create personalized plans for her patients based on their individual biochemistry. She is also a Certified Medicinal Herbalist and holds a traditional Doctor of Naturopathy credentials, allowing her to make recommendations for herbal therapies and homeopathy, in additional to nutritional supplements.
During your time with Caren, she will work closely with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that blends the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to help you achieve your goals.