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Kari Heistad

Consulting Expert Cross-Cultural Training and Consulting

Kari Heistad, founder and CEO of Culture Coach International, is an expert in training and consulting in the field of cultural diversity issues with a particular focus on health care related challenges. Kari and her team work with health care providers including medical tourism organizations to help them to understand and manage all aspects of the provider – patient dynamic to create culturally competent work places. She understands that providers can realize costs savings when culturally competent care is provided.


Ms. Heistad’s clients include leading US hospitals including Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Medical Center, and Tufts Medical Center in addition to private, nonprofit, government, healthcare, and educational organizations around the world.


Kari has provided custom-designed training programs for the American Embassy, the European Conference on Culture and the Media, as well as the Irish Management Institute.


Based on her extensive knowledge and understanding of health care, cultural diversity, and training, Kari is developing an on-line and on-site course for Medical Tourism Training’s clients. Her consulting services are available to meet the individual needs of individuals and organizations in the medical tourism sector.


Kari was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Bates College in Maine as well as a Master’s degree in International Administration from the School for International Training in Vermont. She speaks Norwegian fluently and is a beginner in Spanish, French, and Greek.

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