IM4US: What got you interested in integrative health and the underserved?
Kathleen: I live in a rapidly gentrifying working class and immigrant neighborhood of San Francisco, Bernal Heights. I have a private homeopathy practice there and wanted to be able to help the senior citizens in my neighborhood with homeopathy, many of them first generation immigrants. So in 2011, I reached out to the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center which serves that population with social programs, helping them manage city services, free meals, etc. I proposed holding a free homeopathic medicine clinic for the seniors. It worked out, thanks in part to donated remedies from Hahnemann Labs in San Rafael. This twice monthly clinic has become a very rewarding and eye opening way for me to give back to my community! Many seniors have been able to cut down or eliminate pain medications (mostly for arthritis and back pain) anxiety medications, and sometimes others (with the oversight of their doctors), after homeopathic treatment. The clinic has become very popular, drawing seniors from all over the city and the region, as there are not many low cost options for integrative and especially homeopathic care available.
IM4US: What kind of work do you do with the underserved?
Kathleen: Twice monthly free homeopathy clinic for senior citizens in the San Francisco Bay Area.
IM4US: Why did you become a member?
Kathleen: Renita Hermann has had many good things to say! Also I know that Loretta Butehorn has contributed, and I greatly admire her work.
IM4US: How has IM4US impacted your personal or professional life? And what could we do to better support you?
Kathleen: I’m brand new! I hope to participate in next year’s conference in Santa Clara to share about the work that I and others are doing in the SF Bay Area.
IM4US: Tell us anything else you think would be important to share about you.
Kathleen: I founded the Bay Area Homeopathy Association when I was still in homeopathy school, and am the current president of the California Homeopathic Medical Society (founded in 1877). I grew up on a hay farm in Michigan, and believe that communities should be sustainable for all and sometimes that means pitching in to help and encourage others when they need it. Prior to becoming a homeopath, I worked for many years as an engineer in Silicon Valley. I have many people from the tech industry in my private practice.