Dr. K earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UCLA and then attended osteopathic medical school at Western University. He completed a pediatric residency at Loma Linda University, and then became Chief Resident and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. While at Loma Linda, he completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona under Andrew Weil MD, while simultaneously founding the Loma Linda Wholistic Medicine Clinic. Dr. K spent the next five years providing holistic medical care to some of Loma Linda’s most challenging patients, including children with autism and ADHD and adults with debilitating conditions like colitis and lupus.
These formative years gave him a truly unique medical experience, one which few other integrative pediatricians in the country have. But, he didn’t stop there. He completed a second fellowship in Endobiogeny under Dr. Kamyar Hedayat. Dr. K. is one of fewer than twenty pediatricians in the country who is trained in both Endobiogeny and medical herbalism. Since 2013, Dr. K has been using functional medicine, biomedical approaches, custom herbal tinctures, osteopathy and countless other modalities in unique ways to produce outcomes few others can. He now wishes to share all of his experience and knowledge to help you heal your child
I was born to be of service to others. I now understand EVERYTHING in my life was there to help me become the person to help you heal your child from severe behavioral issues.
You see, I was a child who lived with so much anxiety and depression that I did not want to leave my house other than for school. Between the ages of ten to twelve, I was in so much internal pain that I regularly thought of taking my own life.
I spent most of my adolescent, teenage and young adult years battling anxiety, depression and ADHD.
Despite the intensity of my suffering, I wouldn’t change a thing; my greatest challenges have also been my greatest gifts. On one hand, my challenges made it difficult to function “normally”. On the other hand, the hyper-alert mind that created those challenges also became the tool that allowed me to heal myself and ultimately others. Because of my insatiable need to learn and understand, I’ve spent the past 15 years immersing myself in the study of numerous integrative medicine modalities and have become one of the few integrative pediatricians in the country with double fellowships in integrative medicine and medical herbalism.
My search for answers led me to my greatest mentor, Dr. Kamyar Hedayat MD. Through his teaching of Endobiogeny, which is at the heart of Wholistic Minds, I learned how to see the beautiful intelligence, interconnectedness and healing capacity of the human body, as well as how to assist the body’s natural healing mechanisms. As for myself, I’ve come to learn that my challenges are due to a web of imbalances. Genetically, I have several mutations that create my hyper-aroused state and predispose me to anxiety.
Adding further challenge, I have adrenal glands that fatigue easily and a subtly overactive thyroid; a combination that I often see in the children I work with. The adrenal imbalance results in a state of exhaustion with the inability to calm down (“tired but wired”), while the thyroid imbalance results in anxiety, emotional volatility and even OCD. If that wasn’t enough, I also have a sensitive gastrointestinal tract with gluten intolerance. Eating gluten is like having cayenne peppers poured into my brain; it causes me to quickly go from calm to agitated over the smallest things.
These various imbalances have caused me to struggle for most of my life, but this struggle was necessary for me to become the person who can help you free your child from their suffering. I suffered into my adulthood so that I could prevent others from having to follow the same path. Your child does not need to suffer and neither do you. I look forward to working with you and sharing all that I have learned.