I have a Master’s from Northwestern University and practiced orthopedic physical therapy for 12 years. I worked in both a clinical setting with patients and students as well as in the classroom as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern. Health and wellness has been a part of my career for over 20 years.

In 2006 I learned I had a severe gluten intolerance and an autoimmune thyroid dysfunction and it became critical for me to change the way I lived, ate, and cared for my body if I wanted to live the energetic life I always wanted.

Many things in my life had to change, including my career that was fast-paced and often left me so exhausted I barely had enough left in me at the end of the day to care for my daughters. I wasn't alone with this feeling. Many women I knew were burning the wick at both ends and had no idea how to care for themselves, provide for their families and live vibrant lives.

Natural Wellness Girl was born out of a deep desire to help people live healthier and more energetic lives. More than 10 years later, I have learned so much about wellness and have been able to help thousands of people with their path toward total wellness.


After graduating from USC with a BA in Communications and Sports Journalism, Kara started her 21 year career in the media industry roles ranging from sales, marketing, and ultimately upper management. During that time, she routinely worked 50+ hours per week with significant travel, and even when not at work, was still tethered to the “electronic leash.” But she loved what she did and rose quickly through the ranks despite working in a male-dominated industry. After an unexpected ownership change in the company, Kara found herself for the first time without a job. it was then that I realized my work-life, family life balance had been totally skewed. That was 6 years ago.

Kara is a mom of two teenage boys, ages 16 and 14. She lives in beautiful San Diego California and is passionate about providing a healthy lifestyle for her family. Her boys are very active in sports at the high school level so proper nutrition and hydration is a must. Kara will share her tips from over 6 years of research and practice. She is also well versed in the essential oil field and non toxic products.

Elizabeth Pierson

Elizabeth is a graduate of Millikin University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught kindergarten for a short time before deciding to stay home to raise her family. During that time, she started her own photography business specializing in children and families.

In 2012, Elizabeth was diagnosed with gluten intolerance and imbalanced hormones. She was forced to change her lifestyle which prompted a lot of research and personal development on ingredients and what we expose our bodies to.

Elizabeth and her husband, Creg reside in the St. Louis Metro area with their 7 children! Elizabeth is passionate about families and children! It is her goal to help others be the best they can be in all aspects of their lives....physical, emotional, social, and financial.

You can find Elizabeth at: (photography page) (lifestyle blog)

Elizabeth (Highcock) Pierson
With a Wink and a Smile ;) :)

Sydney Skaggs

Sydney is a graduate from the University of Central Missouri where she played college basketball and earned a degree in Public Relations/Marketing. After graduating college, finishing her basketball career, and beginning to work in the Marketing field, she has embarked on a new health and fitness journey. Sydney now resides in St. Louis, Missouri and has been focusing on a different kind of healthy lifestyle. After being on strict nutritious diets and daily intense workout routines for years, she has learned how important it is to have balance in your healthy lifestyle. She has learned a lot about health, fitness and nutrition through her long athletic career and she is excited to share her knowledge and passion with others.

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Ana-Maria is a graduate of University of Washington (International Studies and Dance) currently based in Seattle. She is a dance-fitness instructor in various formats, food & lifestyle blogger, entrepreneur, yogi, a native of Bulgaria. Inspired by her cultural heritage, she is also the creator of the format Balkan dance-fit: a class fusing traditional and modern steps and rhythms of the Balkans while toning every muscle in the body! Her future academic goals include a pursuit of masters in Life Coaching, Counseling and Dance Therapy. She is excited to be sharing her knowledge and passion for fitness, health and wellness with the readers of Wellness Girl.

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Rene’ is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She is a teacher who educates in the classroom, at the yoga studio, on the pilates mat, in the gym, on the beach, in the park, or at your home. Rene’ has been practicing yoga since 1998 and is currently an E-RYT 200 and YACEP. She holds ACE Group X and Personal Trainer certifications. She is also a gluten free food blogger. When she is not working and learning, Rene’ enjoys traveling with her husband, reading books, creating recipes, playing tennis, hiking, and riding bikes.
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Jen LaMorte-Luna

Graduate of Loyola University with a BA in Fine Arts. Jen fell into a vibrant career in retail management/ visual merchandising. After 15 years of working 50 hours including travel and raising three children, she wanted more for herself and her family. It was time to spend more time doing the things she was most passionate about.

Her goal is to help other families live more naturally through practical healthy cooking tips, non toxic cleaning products and natural remedies.

Samantha Johnson

Samantha Johnson is an American professional soccerdefender who currently plays for National Women's Soccer League club Chicago Red Stars. Johnson attended the University of Southern California between 2009 and 2012. In her final match for the USC Trojans, she scored the game-winning goal in a 2–1 win over rivals UCLA Bruins. She is passionate in fitness training and clean nutrition!

Lyndsey Tapia

Lyndsey is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a BS in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. She is currently living in San Diego, CA and fulfilling her passion of becoming a certified Holistic Health Coach. She aspires to educate others and show them that having a healthy lifestyle can be easily attainable, convenient, and affordable! She enjoys practicing yoga, going on nature hikes, studying various energy healing modalities, and spending time with her family. Her personal and professional growth will never seize and she always enjoys new learning opportunities. She believes in a holistic approach to wellness and thrives on finding natural ways to take care of our body, mind, and soul. Her ultimate purpose is to serve others which is why she is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge about all aspects of wellness with like minded individuals through Natural Wellness Girl.


I attended college at San Diego Miramar College and earned a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. I previously worked for CJ Charles Jewelers as a Sales Associate selling high end timepieces and jewelry. I managed my own counter sales within Bloomingdales fashion jewelry department store as a vendor. Engaging with Bloomingdales, I was the authorized vendor manager in charge of Tous Jewelry sales, marketing and clientele. Through written communication and in store sales events I commissioned and maintained all existing relationships via client book. After working at Tous, I took on a Regional Sales Consultant position for a local San Diego start up company, Bird Rock Laboratories. It was an unpaid internship. My co worker and I arranged appointments with doctors, promoted company laboratory services, followed market trends of competitors products and sales, planned work schedules, prepared presentations, and followed-up with quality leads. During my time at BirdRock Laboratory, I was encouraged to get my certificate in Clinical Trial Research with a computer based course from the NIH National Institute of Health. The training correlated with a study the doctor was trying to accomplish. I am passionate about health, wellness and fitness and will share my clinical knowledge with you!