top of page
Screenshot 2022-08-19 at 16.51.22.png


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 fellow professionals and leaders to feel whole, human & thrive again.

But... to be honest, when I 'skipped off' to Medical School over 20 years ago, I never thought I'd end up here.....


How I got here...

In 2015, despite being a partner in a highly successful & friendly GP practice, I found myself feeling completely overwhelmed, exhausted, disillusioned and alone.

With little resources to call upon, I did what most doctors do; I worked harder & longer in an attempt to keep my head above water and cope with my increasing sense of disconnection, dissatisfaction, overwhelm & unhappiness.


Physically, mentally and emotionally depleted, in 2016 I realised that something had to change.

I was eager for a practical solution that would help me to feel happy & healthy again.

So, I started searching….

Seeking solutions rooted in science & practical application I began to educate myself in fields of neurocardiology, psychoneuroendocrinology and HRV biofeedback, and to my surprise, learnt it was possible to consciously influence my physiology at will.​


My journey led me on an incredible path, training in HRV biofeedback with The HeartMath Institute, with Dr Joe Dispenza in the power of the mind-body connection & meditation, and in 2020 becoming a certified Functional Medicine Doctor with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM).


Where I am now...

I facilitate with HRV (Heart Rate Variability) research with Dr Joe Dispenza's Research Team and deliver performance and wellbeing programs to leaders & organizations worldwide, helping individuals to optimize their physiology to feel happier, healthier, more whole once again.

Leann and Karla-138 copy.JPG

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


In 2020, I partnered with 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...


Welcome to our community, where we support you as a Whole Person and Leader!

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

bottom of page