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I'm Carla Stanton, an MD turned Researcher & Educator from the UK.  I have a huge passion for sharing the power of what I call "Physiology First" principles to optimize health and performance. I  specialize in Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Cardiac Coherence as biomarkers to measure this.

My mission is to share practical science-based solutions which rapidly reduce stress, supporting individuals to feel vibrant, joyful & thrive again.

Though I must confess, when I started Medical School over 20 years ago, I never thought I'd end up here.....

How I got here...

In 2015, shortly after becoming a partner at a thriving family practice, I faced a harsh realization: the conventional medical model, particularly in treating chronic disease, was incomplete. Even with the correct medications, dietary advice, supplements, and exercise plans, many patients, including myself as a chronic disease sufferer, experienced limited improvement.


The growing disconnection and frustration that ensued led me to question and seek deeper, more impactful meaningful solutions for myself, my family, and my patients.


I began to to educate myself in the scientific fields of neurocardiology, psychoneuroendocrinology, meditation and HRV biofeedback, and to my astonishment, I discovered our innate ability to influence our physiology and health at will, without the need of exogenous substances.


This led me on an incredible path, earning my certification as a Functional Medicine Doctor with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), completing HRV biofeedback training with The HeartMath Institute, and assisting with HRV research and training with Dr Joe Dispenza.

Where I am now...

I deliver performance and wellbeing programs to leaders & organizations worldwide, helping individuals to optimize their physiology on their own terms - to feel happier, healthier, and more whole.

I'm also privileged to lead Dr. Joe's organization, Inner Health Coalition, empowering healthcare practitioners with innovative, science-based tools aimed at improving healthcare culture and patient outcomes. 

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After becoming a co-author in ‘ABC of Clinical Resilience’ (Wiley, 2021), and a certified HeartMathUK and NCS trainer with Dr Joe, I created THE WHOLE MD to help fellow professionals and leaders have better access to these incredible tools.


Fellow Partners:

In 2020, I partnered with the wonderfully talented Lee Ann Del Carpio to facilitate our Limitless Learning Now Platform, and have enjoyed great success in connecting communities of leaders and who are seeking such practices to pave a new way forward in Human Centered Leadership...

I also joined forces with the amazing Maria Brosnan to create programs to empower Headteachers, school leaders and teachers manage stress, anxiety and daily school pressures, with practical, research-driven information and training.


I also collaborate with my fellow NCS trainer and dear friend Roosje De Vries to deliver Dr Joe's training Change Your Mind Create New Results in Europe.

If have any questions or want to find out more, please reach out here...

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