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Meet the Staff

The Metabolic Institute Staff

The Metabolic Institute Staff
Left to Right: Kristine, Debbie, Buffy


Michael A. Judd, MD

Michael A. Judd, MD

As an innovative board certified Vascular Surgeon, having had over 40 years of service to residents of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Judd has helped thousands of patients experience improved health and a better lifestyle. He has retired from the practice of medicine but as a co-owner of The Metabolic Institute and consultant, he continues to be a role model to those striving to live a healthier life. He is a testament to the benefits of living a life centered on a functional approach to medicine.

Dr. Judd believes good health and vitality are essential to the human spirit.

Education & Professional Certifications

  • St. John Fischer College BS Biology
  • State University of New York Buffalo Doctor of Medicine
  • Board Certification in General Vascular Surgery
  • AFMPC Institute of Functional Medicine

Professional Affiliations

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Washington State Medical Society
  • Spokane County Medical Society
  • Institute of Functional Medicine

Personal Interest

Dr. Judd became interested in long distance running in his 40's and in a seven year period competed over 30 marathons from Honolulu to Boston. A physical fitness enthusiast himself, he still plays a competitive game of racquetball often times winning over competitors half his age. A long time avid golfer, he also enjoys reading and cooking. And, he can always tell you a great story.



Debbie J. Judd, ARNP

Debbie's passion is to motivate others to realize their potential so they may experience a life of health, vitality and freedom from disease. Debbie has spent years working alongside cutting edge physicians who are nationally known experts in the field of diabetes, hormone regulation, nutrition and their related complications. Through her guidance and functional approach, clients experience a renewed understanding and sense of balance that nurtures the mind, body and the spirit.

“It's amazing the impact that healthy nutrition, exercise and positive lifestyle habits can have on one's metabolism” says Judd. “It can be that simple.”


Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy; thyroid balance, adrenal health, gastro-intestinal health, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, nutrition

Education & Professional Certifications

  • Master’s in Science, Nurse Practitioner-- Gonzaga University
  • Fellow certification in Functional, Nutritional, and Regenerative Medicine through The Metabolic Medicine Institute
  • Advanced certification in Endocrinology through The Metabolic Medicine Institute
  • AFMPC Institute of Functional Medicine
  • FAARFM= Fellow in Anti-Aging Regenerative Functional Medicine

  • ABAAHP= American Board of Anti-Aging Healthcare Practitioners

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
  • Institute of Functional Medicine
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Personal Interest

Debbie enjoys the outdoors and all of the activities that it provides which nurtures her sense of adventure and desire to be fit. She loves the sense of closeness and family while spending time with her husband, three sons and grandchildren. This motivates her to stay focused on her life's mission, which she hopes will also become your life mission…being all that you can be and having everything you ever dreamed of!


Kristine Schmedding, B.S. EXMet, RDN

Kristine SchmeddingKristine has been working with weight loss and lifestyle modification for almost 9 years. She started working in medical weight loss right out of school and found it was an area that was always evolving and she likes to keep up on the current research and continue to learn affective ways to achieve successful long term weight loss. When it comes to losing weight, she believes you need to eat better not less. She enjoys helping others reach their weight loss goals and improve their health. As a mom of two busy young boys, she understands the importance of feeling energetic and healthy.

“Food is our fuel, and it can have positive or negative effects on our health, energy, and weight”.

Education & Professional Certifications

  • Bachelors in Science in Exercise Physiology and Metabolism from Washington State University
  • RDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Personal Interest

Kristine enjoys spending summers at Priest Lake swimming and boating with her husband and 2 sons. They spend the Fall cheering for the EWU football team. Go EAGS!! All year round she loves trying new restaurants and just spending time with my family and friends. She enjoys being active and likes to do her own workouts in the comfort of her home. “I used the gym as a form of punishment for “bad” eating in my teens and early twenty’s and have found that for me, coming up with creative ways at home to exercise keeps me active and I enjoy it rather than dread it”.


Buffy Farley, Office Manager


Buffy FarleyBuffy Farley is a very dedicated and enthusiastic medical professional.  

Originally hails from Salt Lake City Utah. Buffy joined the medical profession sparked by her desire to help others, and fascination with medicine. That drive pushed her towards various health and surgical clinics, as well as the University of Utah surgical ICU. Her introduction to The Metabolic Institute was as a patient. She was so excited about the path to wellness she had embarked upon, it was clear she wanted an opportunity to be a part of this group. 

Buffy loves being outdoors with her husband G.T. and two Rottweilers: Cayenne and Bentley. Enjoys spending time with her family, especially besting her niece Gracey, and nephew Tim at all sorts of childhood games involving trampolines and squirt guns. She has an infectious laugh, undaunted sense of humor, and loves pranks. Her hobbies include: painting, cooking, camping, kayaking, hiking, riding ATV's, fishing, shooting, and gardening.