Featured Team Members

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Kate Northrup & Mike Watts have built a 7 – figure business together over the last 5 years. Through inspirational leadership, a knack for business structure and creating excellent team culture, Kate & Mike help thousands of people every day achieve their business and life goals. This success shines in their USANA team and leadership as well as within Kate’s online community helping women entrepreneurs, Origin, and Mike’s Business Consulting offerings. In both business partnership and marriage – Kate and Mike aim to inspire their teams to reach new heights in every aspect of their life.

Penny and Phil Kirk

For Penny and Phil, life has been filled with the accumulation of experience.Athletes, coaches, parents of three musician sons, and business owners, just to name a few titles, they have by choice moved twenty-four times in their thirty-seven-year marriage in an ongoing quest for new adventure, and with the intention of letting go of attachments to “stuff.”

From New York to New Mexico, from farms to monasteries, from construction companies to manufacturing supplements, they have lived a rich and varied life, uniquely qualifying them to serve as inspiration and guides to their growing family of Team Northrup/USANA Health Sciences members.

USANA’s founder, Dr. Myron Wentz, has honored them with the prestigious Dr. Wentz Vision Award for sharing his vision of true health. As co-founders of Team Northrup along with Penny’s sister Dr. Christiane Northrup and her daughter, Kate Northrup, they bring a combined 60+ years of experience in the pursuit of health on all levels. Financial success has come as a result of pursuing their purpose and passion, and this is what they love to share.

Some notable facts:

  • Penny was a member of the United States Ski Team from 1968-1972 competing on the world cup tour.
  • Phil graduated from Suffolk University with a J.D. in Law.
  • They owned and operated a log home construction company.
  • They co-founded Advanced Nutritional Research, a pioneering company in the field of pharmaceutical grade supplements.
  • They owned and operated a lodge and youth hostel in Taos, NM
  • They are 1-Star Diamond Directors with USANA Health Sciences, members of the Million Dollar Club, former Fortune 25 members and currently were elected to serve on the Independent Distributor Council representing all US-based distributors.

– Penny and Phil Kirk | Team Northrup co-founders | Scottsdale, AZ

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After becoming acutely aware of the link between health and personal finances in both her own and her patients’ lives, Dr. Northrup along with her daughter, Kate Northrup, sister and brother-in-law, Penny Northrup Kirk and Philip Kirk, created Team Northrup. Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit in creating health. She is dedicated to helping men and women create vibrant health on all levels.

– Christiane Northrup, M.D. | New York Times Bestselling Author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause, co-founder of Team Northrup | Yarmouth, ME

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Dr. Karen Wolfe is an Australian physician, Health Coach, Speaker, Consultant and author. Born in Sydney Australia, Karen graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and completed a Masters Degree in Psychology from National University in California. She worked initially in Australia as a family physician followed by 8 years of experience in the administration of national health care, wellness and senior programs in her role as the Medical Director of the Australian Government Health Service.

Karen is a board member of the National Wellness Institute. Her greatest professional passions are the areas of stress, preventative nutrition and nutritional approaches to insulin resistance and obesity and she is the author of seven books, including Give Stress A Rest and A Wise Woman’s Approach to Healing and Cancer and in her latest book is co-author with Deb Kern, Create the Body Your Soul Desires: The Friendship Solution to Weight, Energy and Sexuality.

Karen is also a Conscious Body Method coach and trainer and is very committed to the application of coaching for achieving behavioral change in wellness. She is an international speaker on wellness and nutrition she is a regular lecturer to the public as well as hospital groups, women’s conferences and professional organizations throughout the USA and abroad. She cares that her audiences get it, so her presentations often include demonstrations and participation that bring personal meaning to her audience members.

Karen lives in Mission Viejo with her American husband, daughter and two dogs.

– Dr. Karen Wolfe | Team Northrup Leader | Mission Viejo, CA

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Dr. Deborah Kern is a health scientist who dares people to live in harmony with the wisdom of their bodies. Formerly the Executive Director of Lifestyle Enrichment at the prestigious Lake Austin Spa Resort, Dr. Kern is an internationally acclaimed speaker on mind/body/ spirit health. She is the author of Everyday Wellness for Women and co-author of Create the Body Your Soul Desires: The Friendship Solution to Weight, Energy, and Sexuality. When she is not on the road, Dr. Kern teaches her Wild Woman Workout in Austin, TX, facilitates healing retreats and also provides one-on-one life coaching sessions.

– Deborah Kern, M.B.A., Ph.D. | Team Northrup Leader | Austin, TX

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Theresa and Pepi are Creative Arts Therapists who met in Graduate School in 1993. They attracted Team Northrup into their lives in 2005 when their private practice, Damselfly Center, was peeking with success. Theresa was a worrier and with this success came the ‘What if’s’. ‘What if something happened to one of us’ or ‘what if something happened to the economy?’ A premonition? Well, we all know how that played out in 2008. Thankfully, nothing happened, but with the economy declining, we downsized 3 offices to 1, with a corresponding decline in income. Scary times they were.

Gratefully, we had Team Northrup and our USANA business growing and with a little more attention, it carried us through. That year, 2008, we had a 300% increase in our income and the personal growth, as a result, was enlightening. Worry? It’s a thing of the past, mostly, due to the shift in perspective that is inherent in becoming an entrepreneur. Theresa retired as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Autism consultant and closed Damselfly Center in the Spring 2012. Our USANA business replaced her income and then some. Pepi maintains her full time job as an LCAT and Director of Day Habilitation.

As artist’s and therapist’s, It was a necessity to change both our beliefs and expectations in order to shift our attention to understanding that healing and wholeness may be delivered in more ways than we had ever imagined. That art indeed has an expansive definition if allowed. We had to realign with the notion that making a living and having a life are two different things – we chose the latter

– Theresa Haney and Pepi Diaz-Salazar | Team Northrup Leaders | Red Hook, NY

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“There is only one success—to be able to spend life in your own way.” – Anonymous

OK. So we have no idea who said that, but we certainly agree. The question is, how? How can we fashion our lives so that we can spend it any way we choose? We want to wake up when we’re done sleeping, vacation when we want to, spend as much time working as we feel necessary, enjoy time at home with family as we like and have enough money to make all of that a reality.

It took us a while but we figured it out. It all started when we moved from New York City to Boulder, Colorado nearly three years ago—and much to our surprise (especially Ayan’s) we have been thrilled with our decision. Liza was pregnant when we decided to move and we have a hunch our little Luna was the driving force behind the whole plan. We are both acupuncturists and share interests in health, travel, food, and quality of life. As much as we love being acupuncturists, we learned quickly that there was no way our salaries would be able to pay for our daughter’s education or our big appetite for life.

That’s when we were introduced to Team Northrup and the benefits of residual income. We haven’t looked back since. Four years later, we’re enjoying all the benefits that financial freedom brings- peace of mind being the most profound of all side effects.

– Liza Pascal, L.Ac. | Team Northrup Leader | Boulder, CO

Throughout her eclectic career, Maddy has been driven by a desire to foster deeper connection among people, and positively impact the well-being of individuals and communities.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was a leadership development specialist for a fortune 50 company where she was influential with leaders during a period of significant economic and competitive change. Maddy transitioned from internal consultant to executive coach, working with corporate leaders to discover and articulate unique strengths as an avenue to authentic personal growth, rewarding careers, life balance and excellent leadership. She also held roles in the aerospace, education and entertainment industries. Maddy has a Bachelor’s of Music (and an MBA) and has played the violin with string quartets, symphony orchestras, a rock band, and numerous working ensembles across the U.S.

Maddy founded Vibrant One in 2009 to inspire others to create a Healthy + Beautiful Life – promoting total wellness through lifestyle change, self-care, daily practices such as intention and affirmation, pleasure, and mind-body-spirit connection. She offers groups, tools and programs to help facilitate these shifts.

Maddy finds fulfillment in art, nature, meditation and financial freedom. She enjoys dancing, reading, travel, and being outside in the elements. She recently moved home to Maine with her husband Joe, and children Max and Ella

– Maddy Vertenten | Team Northrup Leader | Freeport, ME

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Nancy has always had a strong interest in sports and keeping her body strong and healthy. Losing her dad on his 50th birthday to a sudden heart attack when she was only 14 changed her life forever. This forced her to have a greater awareness of what it meant to be healthy and felt nutrition played such an important role.

It was a natural progression from Nancy’s years of being a student of health, a top performing athlete and lacrosse coach to aligning herself with a company that shares her personal values and mission. Her lifetime passion for helping others improve their health through holistic measures became her career. By combining her knowledge of fitness with her expertise in nutrition and lifestyle, she is able to help her clients achieve success with their personal health goals.

Nancy, mother of 4 adventurous children, is the founder and former Varsity Coach for Golden High Women’s Lacrosse in Golden, CO and was awarded Coach of the Year 4 times during her career. Nancy and her husband Ted founded Lacrosse Outreach Foundation (LOF) in 1994, a non-profit organization providing programs and services geared towards getting and keeping young people involved in extracurricular activities, primarily lacrosse. Every June, LOF hosts The Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Jamboree, the largest 3 day lacrosse tournament in the world. Nancy and Ted are the first and only couple inducted into the Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2007.

Nancy feels her business provides her with a community of like-minded individuals who are committed to improving the quality of people’s lives through education, inspiration, leadership and empowerment. It is very rewarding to work with individuals to help them recognize and develop their own potential in the areas of health, finance, business and personal development.

“For things to change, you must change” Jim Rohn

– Nancy Baruch | Team Northrup Leader | Golden, Colorado