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5 minutes with Dr. Kari-Claudia Allen

Dr. Kari-Claudia Allen
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Kari-Claudia Allen, otherwise affectionately known as Dr. Kari, is taking the stigma out of knowing more about our health. As a full-spectrum family medicine physician, Dr. Kari does it all — she provides prenatal care, delivers babies, and provides pediatric, adult and geriatric care. She also holds outreach seminars and is a motivational coach.

Q. For people that don’t know you, tell us a little about yourself.

A. Most importantly, I am a lover of dope people, art, music and Jesus. I’m originally from Washington, D.C. and I moved to Columbia three years ago. I am a full spectrum family medicine physician. Basically, I can take care of you from the beginning to the end of life. I’m also a clinical professor and a motivational coach, which are pretty similar jobs. In one arena, I train residents to become the best physicians they can be. In the other, I coach individuals into living the best versions of their lives. I’m just trying to make my mama proud.

Q. How important is it for you as a doctor to make yourself available to the public?

A. Not only am I a physician, but I also have a master’s in Public Health, which means I’m constantly thinking about how people can learn more about their health, preventable diseases, and when to seek medical attention. I also believe that with the health care system becoming more and more complex, having a doctor that is accessible and relatable has become increasingly important to patients.

Q. What are some creative ways you educate people about their health?

A. I’m definitely a quintessential millennial, so using my social media platforms to connect directly with the larger community has been one of my most fun and creative ways to educate people about my life as a doctor, and also on common health issues they want to know more about. Additionally, I love to write, so I run my own blog and contribute health articles to national publications when I can. You can also find me on YouTube.

Q. What’s next for you?

A. For now, I’m laser focused on taking great care of my patients, teaching future docs, and publishing my book, “My Favorite Four Letter Word: The Dr. Kari Method to Living a Limitless Life.” What’s after that? Maybe the Mayor needs a health consultant on staff? Maybe Oprah and Gayle need a new bestie? Maybe I’ll deliver Cardi B’s next baby. I have no idea what’s next, but I have a feeling it’ll be super lit.