Director, Starflower Pty Ltd and Starflower Herbals
Dr Karen E Bridgman, PhD, M. Sci (Hons), M. Ed (High Ed), M App Sci ND, Dip Hom, DBM
Coming from a Nuclear Medicine background in the 1960s to 1980s, Karen changed careers in 1981, then as a Naturopath, she practised for over 35 years at Pymble Grove Health Centre, and at Australian Biologics Testing Services. She is currently practising at Lotus Health and Dental Clinic, Sydney.
Karen has lectured widely at colleges and universities for 30 years, including the Naturopathic Colleges in NSW, Western Sydney University (in transformative education and in Naturopathic education), and for 10 years at the University of Sydney - Herbal Medicines Research and Education Centre (Faculty of Pharmacy) - Masters Herbal Medicine. As a lecturer, clinician, academic and researcher, she was and is still passionate about qualitative research and transformative education.
Karen's major clinical and research interests are in, effectively utilising integrative medicine to improve the health of cancer patients, improve the outcomes of patients with various 'controversial' infections (eg mycoplasma, HCV, borrelia, and infective triggers for oncogenesis), and in successfully managing neurological conditions. As an author, she has contributed chapters to many published books on Clinical and Naturopathic medicine (worldwide) and writes regularly for a major health magazine. Now semi-retired, Karen is still writing articles, is maintaining a part-time clinical practice and enjoys speaking at various conferences on her research. Today she is relishing the opportunity to travel regularly, continuing to learn about different cultures and ways of being, and adding to her knowledge of herbal and medical practices worldwide.