My name is Kim Kelly and I am a registered dietitian practicing integrative and functional medical nutrition. I obtained a master’s degree in nutritional science from California State University, Los Angeles and completed my dietetic rotations at USC Keck Hospital and the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA Gonda Goldschmied Diabetes Center and UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. In addition to my dietetic training, I am a certified practitioner through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and a member of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM), two organizations focused on transforming the practice of medicine. I also serve as Member and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Gluten Intolerance Group, an organization that has educated the community on gluten-related disorders for the past 40 years and is a prominent leader in gluten-free product certification, certifying over 40,000 products in 29 countries worldwide.
As with many other health practitioners, it was my own health journey that led me down the path of nutrition and, eventually, in the direction of functional medicine. Years ago I was working in a high-stress career in investment banking burning the candle at both ends. I worked hard and played hard until one day I couldn’t anymore. I was sick, stressed out, tired and realized I was headed towards a life of illness if I did not get my life and my priorities in check. At that point I suffered from allergies, repeated sinusitis, hormonal imbalances, thyroid dysfunction, acid reflux and various other gastrointestinal complaints. I knew I was too young to be feeling as miserable as I did and sought to find answers, because like anyone else, I wanted to live my life with the same joy and fervor as the next person.
Thanks to the help from a progressive gastroenterologist, I was placed on an elemental diet in lieu of more antibiotics and, magically, all my symptoms went away. I felt better than I had in years – no allergies, no acid reflux and my inflammation was gone, something I had become so accustomed to living with that I had forgotten what it was like to feel “normal.” With these clues and some additional testing, it was determined that I had elevated antibodies to gluten without a celiac diagnosis. With that information and feeling drastically better, I embarked on a gluten-free lifestyle almost 15 years ago. I truly feel fortunate to have been given the knowledge I needed to take my health back as I am certain that I would have been much sicker today had I not been given that information.
I have been reading and studying nutrition since the day I decided to go gluten-free, immersing myself in anything and everything I could learn about nutrition and health. Eventually, I decided to my leave my career in investment banking to go back to school, as I wanted to help others on their road to optimal health. And, I ultimately chose to enhance my education with functional medicine as it focuses on building a therapeutic relationship with each patient utilizing a systems-based approach to understand an individual's specific health needs.
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