Kristi Hughes, ND, founded the Center of Natural Healing Arts over a decade ago with a vision of providing integrated healthcare solutions for the public as well as healthcare providers both locally in Minnesota and internationally. Dr. Hughes attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and then graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR, in 1997. While in medical school, she worked at the Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Clinic under Dr. Carolyn McMakin, learning advanced strategies for managing chronic pain naturally through the use of frequency-specific microcurrent. Dr. Hughes became an Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) graduate in 2000 and immediately found that the Functional Medicine Matrix Model offered the architecture she had been seeking to organize her naturopathic education. She went on to reattend the AFMCP program three additional times over the decade, then joined as an educator on the Detox Advanced Practice Module. She became Associate Director of Medical Education for IFM in early 2010 and Director of Medical Education in 2014. Her role at IFM includes working with the development and teaching teams in the Functional Medicine Certification Program and Functional Nutrition Course. She has been lecturing internationally on lifestyle and Functional Medicine for more than a decade and has been instrumental in providing Functional Medicine resources for clinicians and nutrition professionals in South Africa.
Dr. Hughes is also co-developer of the FirstLine Therapy Certification Program and has specialized in the application of lifestyle medicine for managing cardiometabolic syndrome and body composition concerns. At her three clinic locations in Minnesota, she manages an integrated team of healthcare providers, which includes naturopathic physicians, nurses, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and lifestyle coaches. Her clinic site provides preceptor opportunities for naturopathic medical students, offers a naturopathic residency program, and models the integration of Functional Medicine with a naturopathic foundation.