What is an HFF practitioner?

We are dedicated, curious, forward-thinking people passionate about helping people to regain their god-given right to health. HFF practitioners are knowledgeable about the science and physiology of health and recovery but also well-versed in how to support people to achieve better health and ultimate healing focusing on the whole family and using functional medicine, lifestyle medicine, support, advocacy, and our own mix of skills and talents.


HFF Practitioners don’t cure people, we give them information, guidance, and support so that they can heal themselves.


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About Your Instructor

Carla Atherton, MA, Director of the Lotus Health Project and the Healthy Family Formula, Host of the Children’s Health Summit, Health and Nutrition Coach, Writer and Editor, Curriculum Developer, Publisher, Workshop Leader, Yoga Instructor, Health (R)evolutionary, and Children’s Health Advocate.

Carla is an acreage-living mother of three who faces the challenge most women encounter who are both passionate about their families as well as their creative endeavors: too much good stuff to do in this life!

“When my own daughter received an upsetting diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in 2012, my family and I were launched into a new life of needles and doctors and dead ends. And after experiencing the ups and downs of parenting a child with chronic illness and recognizing what was not available to me and my family, I found the answers, myself. I set out on a mission to make sure that I would be the support I had so much trouble finding and to provide the information I spent years gathering with as many parents who need it. And I have developed a unique, empowering, and life-changing way to help people prevent, regain, recover, and maintain truly good health: The Healthy Family Formula, which is the result of researched, cutting edge information + professional, attentive support, the online Healthy Family Formula family health coaching programs, and one-on-one health coaching services.”

Carla is a trained health coach through her work with Epidemic Answers Health Coach Training Course and Cynthia Pasquella of the Institute for Transformational Nutrition and has deepened her clinical knowledge of health, wellness, and functional medicine through her training with Functional Medicine University and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, as well as her intensive yoga teacher training. She also holds an MA in English Literature with a heavy background in Women’s and Gender Studies, Psychology, and Academic, Business, and Creative Writing.

Carla is also formally trained in a variety of other disciplines including magazine editing and publishing, social sciences, humanities, business development, and is usually taking one class or another regarding personal and professional growth. She has taught at both the university and community levels and has created educational materials both through contract by educational institutions and through her own initiatives and independent research. She has acted as instructor, director, writer, publisher, producer, program developer, and editor for a wide variety of projects and founded and ran the now laid to rest Cahoots Magazine as Editor-in-Chief for 8 years. She is a published creative and academic writer, enthusiastic lecturer, creative workshop instructor, and a caring and effective coach.

She has led many workshops in health and wellness, creative writing, philosophy, media studies, essay writing, and critical thinking for children, youth, and adults since 1998 and has written, produced and delivered thousands of pages of curriculum for online as well as in-person delivery.

To Carla, health and wellness involves all aspects of the self, including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. She encourages creativity and self-empowerment for anyone at any age or social status and is absolutely passionate about working with children, youth, and adults so they can find their own power to make their lives full of hope, happiness, and meaning. Alternative education is also a passion of hers, and she is continuously creating innovative ways to change lives through life-long learning by delivering her content using a balance of a targeted use of our current technology with personalized experiences and community initiatives and support.

Carla specializes in family health with a focus on functional, holistic, natural health and wellness, with specific interest in functional neurology, nutrition, digestive health, the science of mind/body practices, stress reduction, epigenetics, childhood chronic illness, geriatrics, autoimmunity, bionergetics, detoxification, and immunology using the principles of lifestyle medicine.

Carla is a passionate advocate for client/patient care and education and believes strongly in the autonomy and empowerment of the individual, regardless of gender, age, race, or social status.

“I think that there is nothing that cannot be overcome given the right tools, support, and information and that we are never victims of our own circumstance, but are heroes in our own journeys. I believe strongly in individual autonomy and I aim to elevate family health one empowered family at a time. In this way, we can collectively leave a legacy of health for our children.”

Read more about Carla here.