Health & Lifestyle Consultant, Postural Alignment Specialist, Stress Management & Relaxation Coach
Kim is a lifestyle medicine expert. She studied at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 2014. She is a certified Postural Alignment Specialist, Personal Trainer and a Registered Yoga Teacher. Kim’s philosophy of health, through balance and simplicity, can be summarized into three words: Move, Nourish, Recover.
Her passion for holistic wellness was sparked during her Undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Kim began experiencing symptoms of depression. When conventional treatments left her with negative side effects, she sought other answers. Fortunately, her academic work revealed to her the therapeutic benefits of exercise: increased energy, mood, and self-confidence. These were the very symptoms pharmaceuticals had failed to support. She began drawing connections. At the same time, Kim realized that the standard “cafeteria and fast food” collegiate diet that was not supporting her efforts in the gym, may have been contributing to her mental health challenges. She began with small, simple changes: increasing vegetable and water intake, adding dietary sources of Omega-3 fats, and eliminating sugars and trans-fats. The benefits were so powerful, friends and family began asking for advice.
Eager to empower others with the healing ability of exercise and whole-food nutrition, she became a certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Kim grew into the role of a health educator, serving as adjunct faculty and Coordinator of the Wellness, Fitness, and Recreation department at the College of Southern Maryland.
Called to deepen her understanding of the human body, she relocated to Arizona to complete her medical degree. There she focused clinical experience in “nature cure” modalities: mind-body, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy and nutrition. Additionally, it was during this time that her reverence for inner healing and spiritual connection blossomed. While utilizing biofeedback and holistic counseling in clinic, she was diving deep into her personal yoga and meditation practices at home. Self-care became the hallmark of her personal and professional perspectives. Connecting daily practices with the physiological and energetic effects is lifestyle medicine.
Her passion for supporting people to heal themselves led Kim to the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, where she served as co-founder of the Weight Loss and Fitness Academy. Kim is excited to share these proven techniques with the Breathe Pilates Place community and looks forward to supporting you to style your life in a way that allows you to thrive, physically and mentally. It really is as simple as: Move, Nourish, Recover.
On weekends, when she isn’t at the beach or riding bikes with her partner, you will find Kim in her botanical medicine workshop, preparing healing remedies and plant-based health foods.