"The body was designed to thrive." - Karen Vrchota M.D.
Dr. Vrchota grew up in the Twin Cities area in a large family, and felt called to become a physician since age 9 when she assisted her neighbor in caring for someone in a motor vehicle accident.
Throughout her medical training, she was always questioning “Why?"
Why does this person have high blood pressure? What made this person fatigued? Though these questions were generally discouraged in medical school, the American Holisitic Medical Association (AMHA) welcomed them, and even provided some answers.
Dr. Vrchota attended her first AHMA in 1983, and knew she had found her people. These physicians were researching the “why” behind wellness, and the lifestyles that triggered illness. Disease settles into disease tissues. Supporting wellness is the best way to prevent and reverse chronic illness.
Dr. Vrchota sees her role as a “detective”, combing over lifestyle choices that may have triggered onset of illness. She partners with her patients to discover the best diet, most uplifting exercise program, sound sleep supporters, stress reducers, and ways to support hormonal health and immune health with supplements, herbs, green juice, as well as prescription medications when they are needed.
Her personal health journey includes eating a plant based nutrition diet, practicing Tai Chi, meditating, and drinking juiced vegetables and running 3-7 miles daily. She will help you find what changes are right for you.
Karen Vrchota M.D. graduated from Richfield High School in 1974. She earned a Bachelors of Science cum laude in Life Science and Health Applications at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in Minneapolis in 1980 and graduated from the UMN School of Medicine in 1985.
She completed a 3 year residency in Family Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) from 1985-1988 and a 2 year Fellowship in Acupuncture and Pain Management at HCMC Department of Neurology in 1990.
She was Board Certified in Family Medicine for over thirty years and has been certified in Holistic Medicine (ABHIM) since 2003.
Dr. Vrchota is a member of: the American Academy of Family Practice, the American Holistic Medical Association, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.