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Dr. Kim: Inner_about

Katharine S. Kim

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

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Dr. Katharine S. Kim, DACM, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac., is a California licensed and national board certified acupuncturist, herbalist and healthcare provider in Orange County, California. She earned her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) and Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) degrees from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego. Her training included clinical rounds at Rady Children's Hospital, UCSD Seniors Clinic and the PCOM campus clinic.


Prior to pursuing her career as an acupuncturist, Dr. Kim -- who also holds a Master’s in Writing from Johns Hopkins University -- had an illustrious career in public relations (PR), communications and marketing; working at companies and/or representing clients from politics and publishing, to promoting some of America’s favorite restaurants and corporate brands. However, due to a family medical emergency, Dr. Kim left her high-level PR job, and moved overseas to become a primary caregiver. It was during this challenging, yet pivotal, life experience that she soon discovered her natural gift in nurturing people to improved health. This led her to pursue a new path to holistic and integrative medicine -- her true calling. 

Dr. Kim is known for her compassionate and empathetic approach to care. Through gentle, intuitive and effective techniques, she addresses a variety of health concerns, including (but, not limited to): pain management, emotional/mental health, substance abuse detoxification and recovery, aging/senior issues, pediatrics, facial rejuvenation and dermatology. In addition to her private practice in Dana Point, Dr. Kim also offers her services to patients in San Diego (Escondido) on Sundays. She previously provided her expertise as an Acupuncture Specialist at the world-renowned Chopra Center, formerly located at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. Additionally, Dr. Kim had served as Holistic Medical Director at a private, residential treatment center in Laguna Beach offering holistic treatments for individuals going through substance abuse detoxification and recovery.

Beyond her passion to help patients achieve their health goals, Dr. Kim in her free time loves entertaining at home, cooking, traveling, playing tennis, and enjoying the beauty of southern California. She also continuously reads, learns new protocols and regularly attends educational events to better serve her patients and address their health needs.

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