Friday's Nutrition Night
The 2-hour Friday "Nutrition Night" began as a way to inform students in the Animal Normalization
Therapy (ANT) classes about the latest research on gluten and how to conduct some basic nutritional
assessment (e.g., vitamin and mineral deficiency, sugar handling, digestion, endocrine, and immune) via
reflex points, muscle, and lingual neural testing. Whenever possible, discussions ensued relating what
they learned to their canine patients.
The positive response from the students provided the incentive to continue "Nutrition Night", in an
organized and progressive manner. Students returning for other ANT classes will be able to chart
their progression in improving their nutritional health, and learn new information and techniques in
Meet Karen Dvornich
As a former wildlife biologist and wildlife rehabilitator, Karen is very keen on the value of eating the
right foods for good health and survival. Getting a sick or injured wild animal to eat, and knowing if
the food is adequate is a lot of trial and error. One has to learn to "read" body language, gaits,
posture, behavior, become proficient in analyzing feces, and research what others have discovered.
In 2007, Karen began taking ANT classes that linked inadequate nutrition with musculo-skeletal signs.
This was more than reading body language...this was feeling body language, learning how to put
tension at ease, then modify the diet to maintain the reduced tension.
After retiring from the University of Washington in 2011, Karen became a certified Nutritional Therapy
Practioner for people with training that focused on palpating reflex points to identify systems and
organs that were stressed. The similarities between ANT and nutritional therapy were remarkable.
She became an ANT teacher's assistant in 2012 and began offering Friday's "Nutrition Night" in 2013.
To learn more, visit Karen's nutrition website.