About Us


Karen Ryan – Founder

As the founder of “The ADDvocates’, Karen has been involved in the field of nutrition for over 15 years, working as a registered holistic nutritionist and a nutrition manager both clinically and personally helping individuals with various nutritional planning techniques and dietary programs for people with a wide range of interests and goals.  Karen is also the author of “ADHD is Not a Four Letter Word: Drug Free Strategies for Managing the Gift that is ADHD” which was released in May 2014 and works as an ADHD practitioner in Vancouver, BC.

Karen is a mother of two whose background is primarily food services, but, over the years, and through extensive education in nutrition and food science, works in both clinical and personal nutrition, focusing on increasing better levels of nutrition among all people, especially children.  Karen works as an ADHD coach and as a behaviour interventionist working with all levels of school aged children.

Karen is an active member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM), the Pacific Society of Nutrition Management (PSNM), Canadian Association of Natural Nutrition Practitioners (CANNP), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC).  She works not only as an ADHD coach, but also a personal nutrition consultant and behavior interventionist in the lower mainland.

An incident in Karen’s life several years ago inspired Karen to delve into research on children, youth and adults afflicted with ADHD.  Her son, being diagnosed with ADHD at a young age, struggled with conventional ADHD treatment so Karen took it upon herself to work on a treatment plan which included diet, nutrition, supplements and easy coping strategies to keep his ADHD at bay.  She now works with parents, teachers and coaches regularly on effective ways on living and coping with ADHD.