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Lara is an IFM Certified Practitioner, nutritionist, pharmacist and public health professional based in New York City. She combines evidence-based nutrition and complementary medicine, including positive psychology, to inspire patients to use whole food, herbs and lifestyle modification to optimize their health. Her training in drug-drug and drug-nutrient interactions also gives her a unique perspective on helping patients optimize their medication and supplement programs.


Lara works with her patients to help them find practical and delicious options to help them thrive within the demands of their unique lifestyles. She’s experienced in working with complex cases addressing digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, cognitive health, metabolic disease, and weight loss resistance, layering in customized therapeutic dietary plans.


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Education & Credentials


Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy (Earnest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University) 

Registered Pharmacist NJ and NY

Institute for Functional Medicine Certified F Practitioner (IFMCP)

Certified in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) by the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA)


Masters of Science in Functional Nutrition (University of Bridgeport, CT)

Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)

Certified Dietician Nutritionist (CDN) in New York & Connecticut

Post-Bachelors Certificate in Medical Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH)

Certified Health Coach (CHC) and Lifestyle Educator (LE)

Public Health

Candidate, Masters of Public Health (Milken Institute of Public Health, George Washington University)

Member Board of Directors, volunteer, and representative for the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)



20 years of experience in community pharmacy. Focus has always been on delivering safe and reliable services and consulting with patients while collaborating with community physicians and nurses.

Integrative Pharmacy Business Consulting and Mentorship for community pharmacists and owners seeking support in creating a Functional Medicine and nutrition consultation model to capture growing consumer interest.

10 years’ experience in Clinical Nutrition specializing in Functional Medicine for prevention and reversal of chronic disease. Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS).

Additional Training: Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP), APEX Energetics Mastering Functional Blood Chemistry, The American Academy for Antiaging Medicine (4M) Immune Conference, Xymogen Lyme Disease Summit, Metagenics Lifestyle Therapy (Lifestyle Educator), Post-Bachelors Certificate in Medical Herbalism.

Nutrition Team Manager & Nutritionist at the Sandy Hook Clinic, under clinic director Dr. Kara Fitzgerald.

Co-creator of the Functional Memory Rx program.

• DrKF Education Professional Development Programs Manager (an IFM Education Partner): Clinical Development Program (CDP) & Functional Nutrition Residency Program (FNRP). CNS candidate nutritionists please contact me.

Research assistant at Columbia University Medical Center, The Irving Institute of Translational Research. Contributor to “Barriers to Dietary Adherence in Chronic Kidney Disease” American Society of Nephrology annual meeting, 2016.

Contributing blogger on and co-author on “The Weird Hack That Gets More Vitamin D Out Of Your Food, Naturally”.

Contributor to Methylation Diet and Lifestyle eBook and Everyday MDL: Recipes for Methylation Diet & Lifestyle Program authored by Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and Romilly Hodges.

Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) Board of Directors, member, and field volunteer. Ground experience includes Jordan and Lebanon. Serving on the Pharmacy and Nutrition Committee (chair), Advocacy committee, Jordan Relief Committee and Za’atari Clinic Commission representing pharmacy.

Speaking credits include: New York University School of Medicine, New York University Law School, Columbia University School of Nursing, Columbia University Graduate School, City University of New York School of Medicine, University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Presenter, session moderator, MC, and roundtable participant Syrian American Medical Society National Conference and Regional Symposium.

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Professional Affiliations

Institute for Functional Medicine {IFM}
Board of Certified Nutrition Specialists {BCNS}
American College of Nutrition {ACN}
American Pharmaceutical Association {APhA}

Syrian American Medical Society {SAMS}

Staff Nutritionist, Education Programs Coordintor, blog contributor

Available for remote nutrition consultations as part of the clinic staff under the direction of Dr Kara Fitzgerald. To schedule a consultation with Lara, contact the Office Manager at 203.304.9502 of email

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Board of Directors, Advoacy, Volenteer

SAMS works on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, in neighboring countries, and beyond to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS proudly provides dignified medical care to every patient in need.

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