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Check Out Kiki Shiple’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kiki Shiple.

Hi Kiki, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
In 2014, I started my career as a wellness physician assistant specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as well as aesthetic injection procedures in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Ironically enough, almost simultaneously my own chronic hormone conditions revealed themselves including a very common condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

I started the hormones I was trained to prescribe, and unfortunately, none of them helped any of my symptoms. I continued taking them for a while, as my lab values improved, but eventually developed intolerable side effects and had to discontinue them.

I went months without taking the bioidentical hormone medications. Next thing I knew I was the sickest I had ever been with an extremely weakened immune system. I later found out I was suffering from a flare of chronic Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) with a Strep coinfection. These flares occurred monthly for the next year leaving me in bed and unable to function with no choice but to sleep it off.

This journey led me down a rabbit hole of exploring holistic medicine alternatives to addressing hormone imbalances as well as EBV and Strep. I explored the Medical Medium’s teachings, poured myself into learning about Ayurvedic medicine, and got my hands on every book, cookbook, and podcast on holistic healing I possibly could.

I started turning the corner, feeling better than I ever had in my adult life, and began researching even more. What I learned in this journey was there were so many women suffering, without answers, who Western medicine had failed, who needed help. And I realized I had been through everything I was going through so that I could help.

In 2020, when Covid hit, I knew something had to change – the way I was treating the patients in my practice versus the way I was treating myself was now completely out of alignment. I couldn’t in good faith continue prescribing bioidentical hormone medications when I knew there were bigger root causes at play. I decided to start a holistic health coaching business and teach everything I had learned in my own health journey. I moved to Arizona and made that dream a reality.

After diving deep into holistic health coaching throughout 2021, I found myself yet again feeling misaligned and burnt out. I knew I needed rest and decided to take a month off from actively seeking new coaching clients. That month turned into 4 months and I found myself feeling uninspired and unmotivated. It was during this time that I started sitting with a plant medicine called Kambo, searching for healing as well as answers.

Kambo is made from the poisonous skin secretions of the Kambo frog. Applying the medicine to open, superficial gates in the skin allows it to be absorbed through the lymphatic system as well as the bloodstream. It aids in eliciting a deep physical purge promoting detoxification, as well as the release of deep-rooted emotions, wounds, and traumas that get stuck in our bodies and affect us on so many levels.

The first time I sat with this beautiful medicine I knew I was supposed to be serving it. In the months prior I had been hearing that I would be “bringing the medicine to the masses.”

I knew this was the medicine. After reading about all the benefits, including aiding in immune system regulation, balancing hormones, and helping the body return to homeostasis, I found Kambo coming up in every conversation with friends, family, strangers, and even my Uber drivers.

Everyone I talked to had some kind of connection to it or desire to try it. I went through Kambo practitioner training in March 2022 and hit the ground running with facilitating as soon as I returned home.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
One of the biggest obstacles I have experienced has been releasing myself from the identity of who I thought I was as well as who everyone else thought I was.

So often we shrink ourselves to fit into a tiny box that makes everyone else happy. It’s neat, clean, and simple. We even allow others to put us into a tiny box. It makes life so much easier. As a chronic people-pleaser, breaking myself free from what made everyone else happy was really difficult.

I have been in practice as a physician assistant for almost 8 years with my dad as my supervising physician and my mom as our office manager. I was born and raised in Delaware, 45 minutes outside of the city of Philadelphia. When I tell people I am leaving a “good” job working for my family to serve frog medicine, they don’t understand it. It’s upsetting to so many of them because they can’t even begin to wrap their heads around it.

At this point in my journey, I have been able to recognize that it doesn’t matter what they think. The events in my life have led me to where I am today and I have never felt more aligned. At the end of the day, the peace I have in my heart following my path means more to me than being understood.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a physician assistant turned holistic health practitioner and I specialize in women’s hormones.

I am also a Kambo, reiki, and sound practitioner. I utilize these modalities to help women release unprocessed trauma and emotions stored in the body contributing to their physical and psychospiritual health.

I am here to bring medicine to the masses. My mission is to help you reclaim your health and reconnect with your beautiful body through holistic health coaching, reiki, and sound therapy, as well as Kambo circles and retreats here in Arizona and all over the country.

I have almost 8 years of experience as a physician assistant in hormone optimization. I also have a background in Ayurvedic medicine. I bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medicine as well as alternative approaches to health.

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