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Founder and Executive Director, The EPIC Foundation

Dr. Karen Thames

Dr. N. Karen Thames is the Founder and Executive Director of  Empowering People with Invisible Chronic Illness (EPIC) Foundation AKA The EPIC

Foundation. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Dr. Karen earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2005. She specializes in trauma, marital therapy,  personality disorders and chronic illness. She left private practice , temporarily, for medical reasons. However, Dr. Karen continued her professional growth by maintaining her Clinical Psychologist License, taking continuing education classes as required, and providing mentorship/supervision to growing professionals as well as consultation to other clinicians.  Dr. Karen resumed private practice in 2020 providing virtual teletherapy services. She gives back, during the Coronavirus pandemic, by providing probono virtual therapy services to frontline/essential workers as a part of her caseload.

After having survived a rare life threatening illness called Cushing ’s disease, and now living with Addison’s Disease/Adrenal Insufficiency, another life threatening illness; Dr. Karen has devoted her life to providing support and empowerment tools to other patients with chronic illness as well as caregivers.

Together, we are EPIC!



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