Karyn Shanks, MD

Practicing Physician

Karyn Shanks, MD is a physician who lives in Iowa City. She believes that healthcare is about creating vitality and becoming our whole, true, authentic selves through the power of self-care. Her work is inspired by the science of Functional Medicine, body-mind principles, and wisdom gleaned from the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-five year career. Her work honors the power of each person and their story, their inner wisdom, and innate healing potential. She is currently working on her first book, Liftoff, a manual of energy recovery and healing through essential self-care practices. Visit her writing at, and her medical practice at

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