Married and has a son.
Dr. Kim has been the Medical Director of Kim Foot & Ankle Centers, Inc. since 1991. He enjoys all aspects of podiatry but has come to “super-specialize” in heel pain treatments and related surgeries, honed through years of training, teaching, plus the passion for helping his patients regain their mobility and live a pain-free life.
Also a naturopathic physician (ND), he is the founder of K Wellness Center that specializes in holistic, natural treatments for such chronic conditions as diabetes, hypertension, neuropathy, fatigue and chronic stress with powerful modalities such as Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Anodyne laser therapy, and Mindfit, mind-calming therapy.
As the president of Kim Foot Foundation, he has directed the organization to collect and donate over 200,000 pairs of used shoes for the needy since 1997. Through its Annual Shoe Drive, the non-profit foundation donates shoes to local homeless shelters, as well as children and families in Mexico.
Dr. Kim has been a true innovator in the health, nutrition & fitness field for more than two decades, having presented hundreds of life-changing seminars since 2002. With a great interest in teaching and helping others to get healthy, he believes education is the key to a healthy life and prevention is the best way to stay healthy.
He is also the author of 9 Secrets of Health, 1-Minute Wellness Messages, 9 Easy Ways to Eliminate Your Nagging Foot Pain, Get Ready to Walk, Heel Pain Epidemic, and the #1best-selling Walking Cure book. Dr. Kim is married and has a son, Kayden. He enjoys reading, writing, exercising, and traveling, with Hawaii, Asia, and the Caribbean among his favorite destinations.
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco, CA
Trinity School of Natural Medicine, Warsaw, IN
HOSPITAL MEDICAL STAFF PRIVILEGES
Pursuing podiatry was by total accident. I knew that I wanted to go into medicine, so I volunteered at a hospital back in Guam the summer after my Freshman year.
I started out as a candy striper but soon learned that the hospital was looking for an assistant to surgeons. Suddenly, I found myself in the operating room as a paid employee. I liked the idea of being a surgeon, but I didn’t like the lifestyle that was attached to it.
All of the surgeons I was aiding were exhausted. They worked all night, all weekend. They had very little family life or any life for that matter. These surgeons were miserable.
After that summer, back at college, my roommate told me about a job fair that he had been, where he learned about this field of medicine called podiatry. Now, there was a job that had everything. I could be a doctor, a surgeon even, but maintain a balanced lifestyle. I would never need to be on call, and emergency surgeries would be minimal.
Excited and motivated, I visited a few clinics near my college. I observed two brothers, both practicing podiatry in different ways. One of the brothers had a medical center inside his home; the clinic was downstairs! He worked only two days a week, traveled all over the world, and got to spend a lot of time with his family.
The other brother had a bigger practice, and he loved his work and his patients loved him. Yes, I had found it - my career - this was what I wanted to do for rest of my life!
What made you interested in Holistic Medicine and becoming a Holistic Podiatrist?
About twenty years ago, I noticed a trend. A lot of my patients were dealing with complications from their surgeries.
People kept limping, and they did not heal properly. I searched for answers, and then it became clear; these patients were sick, and they would not get better until they dealt with their underlying, chronic issues.
Some of these patients were obese, some were on a lot of medication, others had emotional problems holding them back. And so, I started to approach my work from a holistic, or whole body, perspective.
Building on my formal education, I started researching many different disciplines of medicine, including Chinese, Indian, and American Indian. In a way, now, my patients are getting the best of both worlds.
I still use drugs and surgery, which are standards of American treatment methods, but my approach is with a focus on the whole body, not just symptoms. The key to health is to find the root cause of a problem and work to heal it.
Now, before I begin any treatments, I ask my patient questions about their lifestyle. Are they drinking enough water? Are they resting and sleeping well? Are they eating properly? Are they thinking in a positive way?
If there are any problems in these areas, I make sure we tend to them first. In addition to traditional medicine, I use herbal medicine too. I seek treatment methods that encourage the body to participate and heal itself. Now, after my years of research of Holistic medicine and practice, I have started writing books about nutrition, exercise, emotional and spiritual health.
I find building relationships with my patients and the trust that comes along with it, incredibly fulfilling.
It is rewarding to be close with my patients; people are shocked when I call them to check up on them. I’m just that kind of doctor.
I try to break the wall between doctor and patient, and I always strive for good communication by showing my patients that I care about them. In my office, it is not uncommon to have someone cry on my shoulder, whether because of family, financial, or health issues. How does this happen? Simple.
I take the time to ask every one of my patients, “How are you doing?” …and they open up. For me, it is so rewarding that I can be both their doctor and their friend. I love seeing my patients grow to be healthy and happy, and I’m lucky to be a part of that.
After I finished my residency, I was looking for work. I found a job with a doctor in Monterey Park named Dr. Morgan. Still today, Dr. Morgan has a large, thriving practice. I learned a lot while working for him, and the most important thing I learned was how entrepreneurial I was.
Because I was independent and wanted to do things my way, I realized that I could not work for anyone but myself. After I shared my feelings with Dr. Morgan, he introduced me to Dr. Van Enoo, who had a practice in Long Beach and was nearing retirement.
Dr. Van Enoo and I worked side by side for a year, in which he taught me everything I needed to know about practicing podiatry on my own. Both doctors taught me so much about medical skills and running a business. I am deeply indebted to them.
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