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Healing Solutions Health & Nutrition

About Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, CHHC, ADDP

Tucson, Arizona


My Healing Journey


My interest in health and healing began 12 years ago after waking up on the morning of my 40th birthday to the discovery that I had arrived on the doorstep of peri-menopause.  The next 11 years were a litany of mood swings, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, weight gain, hair loss, which are all symptoms of peri-menopause and low thyroid function.  I found myself on the threshold of a phase of life when hormone imbalances create these symptoms and getting through it would, according to my doctor, require antidepressants. With that recommendation, my doctor handed me a prescription and said goodbye. My inner voice was telling me that this was not the right approach.  Hormone imbalance caused my symptoms and an antidepressant was not a remedy for hormonal imbalance.  I read every book I could find on the subject of health and healing with a concentration of women in menopause.  In my quest to heal from hormonal imbalance, I learned that women with undiagnosed and untreated thyroid dysfunction experience a much deeper and challenging peri-menopause.  Untreated thyroid dysfunction exacerbates the symptoms of peri-menopause, which are debilitating for many.  I could not locate a doctor who would prescribe Natural Thyroid because my TSH was always in 'normal range.'  TSH  is the test most mainstream MDs rely on for thyroid evaluation and if your level is in range, you are sent on your way regardless of how you are feeling and the many symptoms you probably have.  I knew that if my hormone imbalance was responsible for my symptoms, then I had to find a natural way to get myself back into balance while working with a thyroid literate physician and continuing to educate myself. 


During my own struggle with peri-menopause, my 12-year-old son became very sick.  His symptoms were mostly digestive in nature and came on suddenly and without any obvious prior symptoms. He started puberty when this all began and I now know that the cascade of hormones that flooded his body, activated what was finally diagnosed as Lyme Disease, after 8 years of symptoms and rapid health deterioration. He was so sick we were forced to withdraw him from school and take on the responsibility of his education through homeschooling.  I was thrust into the position of teacher practically overnight.  Our mornings were spent at our kitchen table, moving from one subject to another, while afternoons consisted of doctor visits, tests, and procedures.  We sought the help of conventional doctors, alternative practitioners, and many, many holistic healing modalities.  The conventional medical testing always rendered normal results, even the allergy tests which I learned have a 25% inaccuracy rate.  I read books on digestion, food allergies and healing conditions that could possibly trigger the symptoms he was presenting with.   When the conventional doctors had nothing to offer, I found a holistic practitioner who performed a blood spot allergy test on him revealing the foods he was reacting to were positive for a food intolerance.   Removing the offending foods was the first step in the healing process and minimizing his discomfort as much as we could.  He had been sick for 8 long years with no diagnosis until late in 2015 when we found an LLMD who ran the 'right' tests that finally provided the diagnosis of Lyme Disease...Borrelia and Bartonella bands were positive. Lyme causes low thyroid function in every person that has it.  Some even develop the Auto Immune Hashimoto's.

 For more on Cullen's health crisis and healing journey, you can click this link: http://hypothyroidmom.com/undiagnosed-hypothyroidism-was-responsible-for-my-sons-missed-adolescence-2/ 

(This article was written prior to the diagnosis of Lyme)


 I spent the next several years pouring through books, magazines and listening to lectures as the world of holistic health unfolded.  I had no idea something as benign as food choices could affect the body in ways that either promote good health or destroy health.  I learned that vitamin and mineral deficiencies have the potential to contribute to many disease states, including thyroid disease. Through my own self-discovery and education, I was able to help others and often did as I furthered my knowledge and moved through my daily activities.  I guided people to make different choices in their diet and lifestyle while educating them in supplementing their deficiencies.   As I continued to help, I realized that my intervention in teaching and encouraging better health choices was not only exciting and fun, it was healing people.  I was energized and decided to make this a new career direction for me, so I researched schools for coursework to build on my own education and eventually become Certified.  In 2009, I attended the American College of Healthcare Sciences where I studied herbs, homeopathic medicine and nutrition, earning two Certifications in Wellness Consulting and Nutrition Consulting.  In 2010, I decided to further my education and training as a Health Coach at the Institute For Integrative Nutrition, a cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.


My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine;  Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.


Through my educational experiences, I have earned four Certifications as a Health Coach, Wellness Consultant, Holistic Nutrition Consultant and I am Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  This educational journey has equipped me with extensive knowledge of holistic nutrition, health consulting, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.



Private Consultations

I  offer private one-on-one consultations through my Flex-Time option, which can be found on this website.  Before booking time with me, please send me an email to let me know the nature of the health issue you'd like to discuss.  






Certified Health Coach

Institute For Integrative Nutrition


Certified Holistic Health Practitioner

American Association Of Drugless Practitioners


Certified Holistic Wellness Consultant

American College Of Healthcare Sciences


Certified Holistic Wellness Consultant

American College Of Healthcare Sciences




Ask me about I.I.N.

I attended and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition school and would be pleased to share my I.I.N. education experience with you.  If you are considering attending I.I.N. and would like some advice and input before you sign up, reach out to me at karen@karendame.com and I would be pleased to speak with you.