Today we’d like to introduce you to Kiya Hunter.
Kiya, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started my healthcare journey as a child. I loved learning about health and wellness and took every opportunity to use my gathered knowledge to help out my friends.
After getting into a car accident my senior year of high school, I started getting a daily headache around noon. I went to my small town doctors office and was prescribed two different pain medications as a solution. So there I was, senior in high school, high as a kite after lunch on my prescription medications and still in pain.
Luckily, my Dad was friends with a chiropractor. One treatment got rid of the daily headache. This was my introduction to complementary medicine and the body’s powerful ability to heal itself.
After high school, I decided to enroll in a massage therapy school so I could make a decent living while attending undergrad. While getting my bachelors, I studied under many different natural medicine practitioners. During this time I fell in love with the art of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Under this Masters program, I could prescribe herbs, use nutritional therapy, perform bodywork, and change the chemistry of the body naturally with acupuncture. It was perfect. While attending medical school, I was running my own massage business, working with a talented chiropractor doing neurosensory integration with children on the spectrum, and raising my own amazing toddler.
All this led to me taking postgraduate classes in Pediatrics’ and women’s health with the intention of working on changing the internal environment to support the best genetic expression possible and improving lives, all using the body’s own healing mechanisms.
Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed thousands of lives changed by this medicine. To support people in reaching their goals and help improve their quality of life is such a blessing. I’ve been pursuing this dream since childhood, and I look forward to many passionate years serving the health of my community.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I believe life is about growth, and growth only comes with struggle. To say the least, I’ve had a lot of opportunity for growth, especially in the past few years. I moved to Arizona back in 2008 without knowing anyone except my husband at the time.
I was 19 years old and had my eye on finishing school as quickly as possible. I worked while taking at least double the full-time credits per semester and taking summer classes. Taking a Masters program, running my own business, and raising a child had its challenges. I felt like I missed out on a lot, but I wanted to be a good role model and teach my son to pursue his dreams.
On top of everything I had going on, my ex-husband struggled with his problems with alcohol. Between this, our divorce, and both my grandmothers being diagnosed with cancer, I struggled with anxiety that made breathing a real challenge. I would get overwhelmed by insignificant decisions and enter “fight/flight stress very easily.
In November 2016, I lost one of the most important people in my life. My Grandma Su had lost her battle with cancer. I’ve never felt so lost and broken. This loss redefined so much for me. While these struggles are in no way fun, I am grateful for every lesson they brought. Every struggle has helped shaped me and my practice.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Meraki Family Wellness – what should we know?
Meraki Family Wellness is here to help every member of your family create an optimal healing environment and truly thrive.
We work with acupuncture, herbs, and bodywork to boost your body’s innate ability to heal. While I work with conditions like pain, sinus infections, allergies, anxiety, gut problems, and migraines; I’m well known for my work with pediatrics and women’s pelvic conditions.
What sets me apart? I work with your epigenetics. These are the switches that determine genetic expression. By reducing stress and inflammation, we’re improving your genes and reducing your chance of chronic disease. I’m here to help you reach your goals, get you back to what you enjoy, and thrive.
I’m so proud to offer customized treatments that change lives, naturally!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There are so many people that have been there for me, guided me, and supported me. My amazing boyfriend, Joe is my soundboard, has helped out at the front desk, supported me when I’m overwhelmed and helped in so many other ways. Dr. Becky at Kids Rising has taught me so much about pediatrics and bodywork.
Tina Rae L.Ac is an amazing mentor and has always pushed me to learn and be a better practitioner. Dr. Joann at Heartstrings Family Chiropractic and Jacqueline Kincer at Holistic Lactation have always trusted me with their patients and have shared their wisdom. Dr. Keiko and Dr. Sera and Kinfolk Optimal Living have been such an inspiration and such positive people to answer business questions for me.
My patients are some amazing people and do an amazing job of supporting my business by referring their friends and family to see me. I’ve had so many people I can count on and feel so blessed for each and every one of them; It takes a community to help local business thrive. I’m grateful for every single one of you!
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