Dr. Prentice grew up in Iowa, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Chemistry Minor from Graceland College in Iowa, then moved on to medical school in California. She graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Next she moved to Phoenix and completed her pediatric residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She is a board certified pediatrician. She is one of the founders of Great Destinations Pediatrics and Where the Garden Grows Medical Clinic.
But who is she really?
Dr. Prentice loves the Lord, her two grown boys, Jake and Zack, and all her family and friends. She loves to eat, cook, run, hike, bike, tinker in her organic vegetable garden, and do anything fun outside. She loves an adventure and being silly, often dressing up (and making her friends dress up) for Disney half-marathons and riding her bike across Iowa with family during RAGBRAI.
Dr. Prentices’ professional passion has always been wellness and in particular nutrition. She wrote her first book, An Apple a Day the Doctor’s Way: Dr. Karen’s Nutritional Guide and Cookbook. She enjoys writing for her website, www.anappleadaythedoctorsway.com, where she regularly publishes informative articles, recipes, and funny stories. She loves writing educational handouts for both Great Destinations Pediatrics and Where the Garden Grows Medical Clinic. She is a regular contributor for Luca Magazine, writing as a medical expert and appears on Arizona Midday sharing her ideas for healthy living through good nutrition.
Dr. Prentice loves her patients and loves listening and writing down the funny things they say. She enjoys working with families to figure out the best strategies to help improve everyone’s health with particular interest in nutrition, exercise, sleep habits, and behavior. She is empathetic to those families going through a divorce and enjoys helping them traverse this difficult situation with grace and respect for all involved. She has a special place in her heart for her anxious and/or depressed patients and will often pray for her patients and with her patients if they desire, viewing this as part of the healing process.