In this office, we are proud to use some very special tools when it comes to relieving pain and restoring functional health.
First and foremost, we recognize that the real doctor walks in the door with the patient: it's you! All true healing comes from within. Drugs don't heal anything. They manipulate symptoms, and they can buy you time. (And when it comes to emergencies, surgery, etc., I'm so glad they are available!) True health is only possible when the body's systems are in good healthy communication with each other, and that means a healthy nervous system.
Since 1895, chiropractic has been the foremost method available to the average American for drug-free pain relief and functional health. Over the past 121+ years, chiropractic theory and methodology has come a long way, but the principles remain the same. Find out where the nervous system is not communicating well, remove the interference, and let the body's innate intelligence do the rest!
To address structural concerns, we use a combination of traditional chiropractic manual adjusting methods, instrument adjusting (Activator, ArthroStim), basic cranial and also non-force (no "cracking") techniques. Both spinal and extremity (shoulder, jaw, hip, knee, feet, etc.) pain and dysfunction conditions are addressed here.
For pains that are emotionally triggered or based, we use a powerful method called N.E.T. (Neuro Emotional Technique). N.E.T. is a cutting edge stress relieving and reducing technique that helps tremendously in stabilizing recurring physical problems (pains, slow-=healing injuries, etc.) and reducing stress-triggered physical responses. There is a growing body of evidence and research that verifies what we see in practice every day: emotions and stress directly affect physiology, and N.E.T. is a way to access and actually change that physiological stress response! Sounds too good to be true? The numbers don't lie.
Another method that we use here to relieve pain and restore function is called NIS, or the Neurological Integration System. NIS was developed by Dr. Allan K, Phillips, an osteopathic physician based in New Zealand. It is a gentle but powerful system which has helped to significantly speed healing in difficult cases.
For nutrition, each case is assessed individually. Recommendations usually include dietary modifications and some nutritional supplementation (using whole food based supplements such as Standard Process, which has over 80 years of history and experience, or Biotics, which is a very clean gluten-free yeast-free line). Time-tested homeopathy is used to help when there are toxicity issues present.
Self-care is addressed through classes and workshops available to patients, such as dynamic stick stretching, the Wellness Workshop, and periodic guest presentations from allied health professionals such as personal trainers, yoga therapists, acupuncturists and more!
From Dr. Kim
All too often, it’s the doctor who gets all the information about the patient, and the patient gets little information about the practitioner and his practice. I would like to change that.
My full name is Kim Makoi. I was born in Washington, DC under the sun sign of Aquarius in the Chinese Year of the Rat. My mom, Maria, was born in North Korea during the height of the Korean War and immigrated to the U.S. shortly before my birth. My dad, Bill, a history buff from Rhode Island, comes from a military family that has fought in every American war since the Revolution (on both sides - haha). I have two “little” brothers (now middle aged!) and two nephews. I have a 13 year-old son named Shin, who has his own YouTube gaming channel, which he is quite passionate about! We live in San Francisco and have a polydactyl tuxedo cat named Chuck the Cute. (We also foster kittens and medical foster cats from the SF/SPCA from time to time, which is pretty awesome if you love cats but would rather commit weeks rather than years at a time to their care!) If you know what a 5 in the Enneagram system means, then you pretty much know everything there is to know about my personality. My idea of a good time usually involves some combination of movies, books, opera, Postcrossing, traveling far far away, and silence!
I received my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in June of 1997, and my first practice was in Atlanta, Georgia. My undergraduate degree is in Nutrition, and I have additional degrees in Metaphysical Sciences and certification as an Addictionlogist.
I was originally inspired to become a holistic health practitioner because I believed (and still do) that the corporate cookie-cutter approach to healthcare is b.s. and if that if we are serious about turning around the American health care disaster, we have got to honor and utilize the INCREDIBLE healing capacity that every single person already innately has within their own bodies!!! I’ve chosen to devote my life to the healing arts because it is a powerful way in which I am able to help others to literally feel comfortable in their own skin, thus more free to be who they really are, and thus to live their lives most fully. I am grateful I did so because the rewards I reap go far beyond the material rewards of a “job.” I am able to witness “miracles” every day and to meet and (literally) touch countless amazing spirits (like you!) who I would have otherwise never had the chance to meet, much less serve.
I believe with all my heart in the principles of chiropractic and vitalistic healing, which are that all healing comes from within, and that the Power that made the body heals the body!
I believe with all my heart in how I practice and always strive to improve it. I place a high emphasis and value on N.E.T. (Neuro Emotional Technique) because N.E.T. basically saved my life. Through N.E.T., I have been safely shepherded through some terrifying and potentially devastating crises in life including, but not limited to (and in no particular order): homelessness, divorce, bankruptcy, the deaths of close friends, postpartum depression, dark night of the soul, gender transition and even two IRS audits. Who knew?!
I believe I give an excellent service for a fair fee. I want to help people. I want you to refer and continue to refer patients to be because the solution to the healthcare crisis is in the hands of individual communities and practitioners taking care of each other — not with the giant corporations or even the government.
I established my practice in this particular community because I love San Francisco. It’s been a dream-come-true to make my home and living in this community. The whole purpose of this clinic is to bring awareness and healing to the community. What makes this practice unique is the deep recognition that everything – and I do mean everything – is connected to and can affect everything else.
My personal promise to you is that I will always work to the fullest of my ability to help you to find a solution to the healing crisis that brought you to my door. Most likely, I will continue to seek and share solutions until the day I die.
I thank you for your trust and support, and I hope to provide many, many more years of service in this capacity as your Doctor of Chiropractic.
3-27-16. San Francisco, CA.