Meet Eric and Laurie

Eric’s story:

Hello, my name is Eric, and I was born on the longest night, December 24th, which I think explains my predilection for sunny, warm Florida. Not that I didn’t enjoy growing up in the Lake Superior North Country, but adulthood carried with it the corollary of change.

An avid outdoors person, I exchanged snow skiing for scuba diving, and canoeing for sailing. I visit Up’Nort, but I have never looked back. It was the right choice for me. In fact, I met my future wife diving in the Cayman Islands years ago, and we are still diving off Sanibel Island in SW Florida. Cool.

I was always interested in learning. My earliest memories are of looking at maps and pictures of the people living there. While I saw different colors of skin, I also saw people. Just people.  As human beings, we have more in common with each other than not. My parents taught me to treat all people with the same respect we treat family. A good lesson then, a good lesson now.

Biology and religious studies were my first academic passions. I fell in love with biochemistry and clinical biology has become my life long vocation with acupuncture, anti-aging, naturopathy, and manual medicine my foundation. 

Functional medicine is a journey of discovery. Advances in personalized genetic testing now give us the opportunity to push the accelerator on the genes that promote Health, and put the brakes on the genes that promote Disease.  


Please join Laurie and me traveling the functional medicine highway…best, eric drG.


Laurie’s story:

Hi, my name is Laurie. I am the 5th of 5 children, 4 girls and 1 boy. Even though I’m the youngest, they always came to me when they needed help with something. It is natural for me to serve, to help. That is why I love doing what I do. Teaching and training is what I do.

While I grew up in Duluth, MN, I went into skin esthetics and moved to the Cayman Islands. There I became a Dive Master. Running a medical spa and scuba diving was an ideal lifestyle for me. A twelve year lifestyle that, now back in the US, taught me to balance my life-career with my life-style.

I am having a blast marrying the functional medicine paradigm with esthetic skin care. Healthy skin does come from within. Healthy inside equals healthy outside. Come along…I will train you and equip with personalized products for your skin…best, Laurie.

Laurie Jean Krause, founder and CEO, and Eric Sims Gerken, CWO, Chief Wellness Officer,

are the principals of drGerken’s Health Spa.

Laurie is trained in physical therapy and medical aesthetics, and the creator of the Health Spa. 

They incorporate the protocols of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) 

into the Health Spa from a predominately telemedicine platform.


HIPPA compliant, private, and secure, this medium lends itself well to a more consultative approach.

The approach is a system-by system analysis. The goal is a re-boot, if you will.


ZRT Labs, Genova, and Metagenics all assist in this endeavor.


Preventative. Predictable. Personal. Participatory.

…welcome, Laurie & Eric

“An increasing interest in healthy aging and disease prevention will help people live longer and have more productive lives, while reducing the economic burden in later life with less disease care.”    
 - drG


To inform and support our fellow human beings on their journey of health, wellness, and enlightenment.

Laurie and Dr. Gerken
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