Education

FORMAL EDUCATION

Karen Vrchota MD graduated from Richfield High School in 1974.
B.S.cum laude in Life Science and Health Applications at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1980.
Graduated from University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1985.
Completed 3 year residency in Family Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), 1985-1988.
Completed 2 year Fellowship in Acupuncture and Pain Management at HCMC Department of Neurology, 1990.
Board Certification in Family Medicine since 1988 and Holistic Medicine (ABHIM) since 2003.

Memberships have included: American Academy of Family Practice, American Holistic Medical Association, and American Academy of Environmental Medicine

SPECIAL TRAINING

2002 – Teitelbaum Conferences
Attended multiple Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. workshops on the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia using integrative methods researched and published in “From Fatigued to Fantastic”(2001). Dr. Vrchota corresponds with Dr. Teitelbaum through a website specifically set up to help Integrative Physicians learn from each other. To learn more, go to; http://www.immunesupport.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-teitelbaum.htm

2003- present – AAEM Conferences
Attended American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) special week long scientific course on Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia “The Wounded Warrior” in October,2003 in Phoenix, Arizona. This course identified multiple environmental toxins, such as food sensitivities, chemicals, mold, and EMFs that contribute to chronic fatigue. Dr. Vrchota has become a member and attended most AAEM annual meetings since 2003.

2004 – Neurotoxin Induced Illness; Self study
Studied treatment of neurotoxin mediated illness as described by Ritchie Shoemaker in his book “Desperation Medicine”. For more information go to www.chronicneurotoxins.com

2003-present – Bio-Identical Hormone Studies
2 day workshop by Lisa Everette, PharmD and clinical nutritionist in treatment of hormonal imbalances with bio-identical hormones. Has attended 3 other extensive seminars on bioidentical hormone replacement through ACAM, AAEM and ABHIM.
Natural progesterone can be used to ease both PMS and peri-menopausal symptoms.

2004-present – Lyme and other Infections Conferences
Attends International Lyme and Associated Disease Society annual scientific conference, learning about the multiple infections that can contribute to fatigue and pain, such as Lyme disease (borreliosis), Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Chlamydia Pneumoniae, Mycoplasma Pneumoniae, and other parasitic diseases.

2008-2010 – Hypofibrinolysis ConferencesDavid Berg, MA, sponsored 3 annual conferences which outlined the complex coagulation pathways that can be affected in chronic fatigue syndrome, presenting research on chemical exposures, infections, heavy metal exposures, and overwhelming stress can cause the body to not break down fibrin properly, leading to a build up in small vessels that can decrease nutrients into the cell, as well as preventing toxins from exiting the tissues, triggering chronic illness. https://www.researchednutritionals.com/store/item.cfm?code=CEDU01

2008 – Neil Nathan, M.D author of “On Hope and Healing: For Those Who Have Fallen Through the Medical Cracks” presented research to the AAEM on Methylation support. This fascinating theory found that 80% of those who did not respond to Teitelbaum approach were significantly improved with supplements that support methylation. http://www.prohealth.com/fibromyalgia/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=16138

2013 – Stephen Buhner, master herbalist and author of “Healing Lyme” Raven Press (June 25, 2005) Link: http://www.gaianstudies.org/Stephen_Resume.html#Speaker . This full day workshop reviewed herbal immune support programs that help the body heal itself.

2014 – William Walsh PhD week long conference on “Nutrient Power” Dr. Walsh outlined his strategy to support the brain in healing itself with supplements. Dr Vrchota used this to supplement methylation support prevously outlined by the late great Rich Von Konynenberg, PhD
Link:http://www.walshinstitute.org/nutrient-power.html

2014 – “Training based on the Buhner Healing Lyme Protocol” Julie McIntyre