About the Founders

Lynn Larkin, Founder

Lynn Larkin  born and raised in NYC, has been involved with social issues including non-profit fund raising, transformational education, women's issues and personal growth for many years. She has trained in business and management and used her skills in a wide variety of fields. As an accredited Life Coach, Lynn was acutely aware of the effect health and well being had on a client’s productivity and satisfaction with life.

With the current state of our environment, skyrocketing health care costs and medical professionals who are overwhelmed and lack resources, Lynn saw a great need for education as well as affordable home testing and products for those with hormonal imbalance and environmentally caused health issues. She noticed that it was often difficult to receive accurate diagnosis and support of ailments that were clearly debilitating, in a health system that was expensive and too often unresponsive to those who ‘just weren’t feeling well’.   It is from this reality that the Canary Club was born.



Karilee H. Shames Ph.D., RN, Co Founder and Advisor
Promoting Holistic Healing Through Education and Leadership

Dr. Shames is a Certified Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing and in Holistic Nursing. In 1977 she co-founded Nurses in Transition, a national nursing support network. She created a unique nursing program co-sponsored by a university and an integrative medical clinic; has been certified in several healing modalities; has served as Administrator of psychiatric facilities; and as mentor to other nurses in creative higher educational programs for nurses.  Karilee served on the National Leadership Council for the American Holistic Nurses Association from 1995-1998. She was Assistant Professor of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University from 1999-2002. Previously she was California Coordinator, Director-at-Large, and Public Relations Chair for the American Holistic Nurses Association

Her books include: "The Nightingale Conspiracy" (Enlightenment Press 1993), "Creative Imagery in Nursing" (Delmar Publishers 1995), "Energetic Approaches to Emotional Healing" (Delmar, 1996), "The Gift of Health" (Bantam 1982, with Richard Shames), and "Feeling Fat, Fuzzy or Frazzled" (2005, with R. Shames)"Thyroid Power" (2001, with R. Shames), and numerous chapters for professional volumes.

She is presently in private practice in collaboration with Richard Shames at the Preventive Medicine Center of Marin in San Rafael , CA .and working on her next book.

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The Canary Club is an educational advisory group with a team of medical advisors headed by Richard Shames, M.D.