Lara Zakaria is a Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine. Combining her background in pharmacy and training in Functional Nutrition, Lara designs personalized protocols that incorporate whole food, herbs, nutrigenomics/pharmacogenomics, medication history, and lifestyle modification to optimize patient health outcomes.
Lara’s passion for nutrition and Functional Medicine began when she realized her pharmacy practice was full of patients frustrated with their growing list medications and declining health.
After 15 years in community pharmacy, Lara was craving a more holistic approach to patient care. She decided to pursue her passion for nutrition and personalized medicine – first by earning a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and then pursuing Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) training and certification.
Lara is founder of Foodie Farmacist, LLC , a consulting company focused on delivering patient-centered Functional Medicine care to manage chronic conditions including metabolic and autoimmune disease. Her focus is split between direct patient practice and professional development programs for Functional Medicine professionals.