Karen Hummer, CNC
Karen is a respected and experienced certified nutritional consultant. She studied with the Nutrition Institute of America. She has been in the health and wellness industry for over 36 years. Her education includes course work from Viotron International, along with hundreds of hours of product training from top manufacturers. She also holds a Manager Certification form Serve Safe Michigan Food Safety. Karen is a member of the Non-GMO Project and the Celiac Foundation. At age 19, Karen was searching for healthy alternatives to begin a healthier approach to life. She began by representing companies such as Twin Lab and Rachel Perry Cosmetics. In 1990, she opened her first health food store in downtown Brighton. After having her family, she opened up Natural View Market, which has been in operation since 2009. Her expertise is Hair Analysis: a diagnostic tool that is very helpful in determining nutritional imbalances and food intolerances regarding food allergies, as she has been gluten free for over 17 years. Her reputation for helping people improve their lifestyle is well-known in the Brighton area.
Pat Darga, CNT
Lead Team Member
Pat is a Certified Nutritional Therapist from Health Sciences Academy, who has obtained many credit hours through training with Viotron International, Metagenics, studying under gastroenterologist Dr. Jack Kornberg, and is a Certified Enzyme Expert with Enzymedica. As a stay-at-home-mom for 15 years, she wandered into the retail world of the health food industry, not knowing much in the field of health and nutrition. Her experience, though, opened her eyes as to how traditional medicine could be detrimental to one’s health as she experienced the healthier alternatives that natural supplementation has to offer. She came to the Natural View Market in 2012, where she continues her education. She loves helping people with non-threatening health issues, and is gratified when customers come back and share their health improvements thereafter. Her knowledge extends to Standard Process Nutritional Supplement Protocols, and hormonal balancing. Educating customers is her priority.
Kaila Piekarski, ND
Kaila is a certified Naturopathic Doctor and Natural Health Professional through Trinity School of Natural Health and has over 7 years experience working with Muscle Response Testing. She brings her passion for wellness through nutrition and natural means. She is another wealth of knowledge and information and is excited to serve our clients here at Natural View Market! Before entering the health and wellness field, Kaila spent 16 years working in restaurants which is where her passion for true, foundational health through real food and biodynamic farming began. When she's not here at the store, you'll find her at the farmer's market, photographing beautiful food, or at home working on the everbearing project of a growing homestead.
Laura became aware of the world of natural healing in her 20's and has never looked back. She has worked for various health stores and feels most at home in this industry. She has a passion for natural healing and is always looking for ways to expand upon her education so she can spread awareness and help others on their journey. One of her biggest rewards is when customers share their journeys to wellness. Laura enjoys practicing yoga, cooking delicious vegan meals, hiking, and is a big advocate for a good skin care routine. She lives on a farm with her husband, daughter, and two cats. You can often find her in the garden. She's very excited to be part of the Natural View Market team!