THE METABOLIC INSTITUTE – MEET THE STAFF
Debbie J. Judd, ARNP, FAARFM, ABAAHP
One of my life’s passions is to motivate others to realize their potential so they may experience a life of health, vitality and freedom from disease.
I spent many years working in a surgical setting, watching patients go through surgeries that could have been prevented with lifestyle measures. This inspired me to learn about Functional Medicine. Working alongside experts in the field gave me the confidence to open The Metabolic Institute. It’s amazing the impact that healthy nutrition, exercise and positive lifestyle habits can have on one’s metabolism…it can be that simple.
I enjoy the outdoors and all of the activities that it provides which nurtures my sense of adventure and desire to be fit. Juggling a career, family and the business presents its challenges; spending time with my husband, three sons and grandchildren reminds me of the importance of balance in life. This motivates me to stay focused on my life’s mission, which I hope will also become your life mission…being all that you can be and having everything you ever dreamed of!
Treating hormone imbalances, adrenal dysregulation, gastro-intestinal health, mold toxicity and chronic disease are some of my favorites.
Education & Professional Certifications
- Master’s in Science, Nurse Practitioner– Gonzaga University
- Fellow certification in Functional, Nutritional, and Regenerative Medicine through The Metabolic Medicine Institute, 2009 & 2020
- Advanced certification in Endocrinology through The Metabolic Medicine Institute
- AFMPC Institute of Functional Medicine
- FAARFM= Fellow in Anti-Aging Regenerative Functional Medicine
- ABAAHP= American Board of Anti-Aging Healthcare Practitioners
- Peptide Therapist certified through George Washington University
- American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
- Institute of Functional Medicine
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- International Peptide Society
Karmen Gregg, M.S
I am a nutritionist training in integrative nutrition with a passion for providing the highest level of evidence-based nutrition counseling to the Inland Northwest through collaborative and patient-centered care. I have 6+ years of clinical and community nutrition experience in functional medicine and teach collegiately for Great Northern University. I hope to prepare you to confidently engage with your food, show you the “whys” behind your care, and encourage and celebrate you through every step of your health journey!
I genuinely believe that nutrition should not be a modality of shame, guilt, or control. Nutrition is a modality where we point people towards nourishment, empowerment, and healing on the deepest of levels.
In my free time, I enjoy spending as much time as possible adventuring in the woods and being on the water in her hometown of Coeur d’Alene, ID. I adore my family, friends, and curating recipes that nourish both the mind and the body.
Kristin Pace, LPN
I’m Kristin, the IV Infusion Nurse at the Metabolic Institute. I recently made Spokane home after moving from southern California bringing many years of IV experience with me. My background is in Functional Medicine specializing in Integrative Oncology. The quest for true wellness for myself and others is a passion of mine and I believe deeply in getting to the root of our health issues and in finding ways to aid the body in functioning at our most optimal levels. I have seen amazing success and transformation from supplemental IV infusions and am excited to help our clients in achieving their health and wellness goals.
I am a former Yoga Instructor and still love to practice in my spare time but my favorite way to relax and de-stress is by taking long bubble baths! I enjoy curling up with a good book, anything crafty or creative, and spending time outdoors in the garden or out on a lake kayaking with my husband and dog. I love this clinic, our mission and our Metabolic Institute community and look forward to meeting you!
Buffy Farley, Office Manager
I joined the medical profession sparked by my desire to help others, and fascination with medicine. That drive pushed me towards various health and surgical clinics, as well as the University of Utah surgical ICU. My introduction to The Metabolic Institute was through my sister who is a patient. I was so excited about the path to wellness she had embarked upon; it was clear I wanted an opportunity to be a part of this team.
I love being outdoors with my husband and two dogs. I always enjoy spending time with my family, especially besting my niece Gracey, and nephew Tim at all sorts of childhood games involving trampolines and squirt guns. Nothing compares to a good laugh and or prank. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, cooking, kayaking, fishing and hanging out with friends and family.
Elke Ward, Receptionist
I have always enjoyed helping people. My extensive customer service experience has brought me a lot of joy as I help people solve problems. Since coming to work at The Metabolic Institute, I love that I can use that experience to help people get to the root of their health problems through functional medicine. While I am still learning a lot about functional medicine myself, I love that it provides the basic foundation for getting back to the basics of a natural, toxin-free diet and lifestyle. This is something that I am striving for in my personal and family life.
I have a BS in business administration/finance and another in agroecology. I have been a Navy wife, am mother to two wonderful teens, and have a wonderful rescue dog. We love to spend time together as a family and particularly enjoy spending time at our property in the country. My dream is to move to this property and raise as much of our own food as possible.