Kimberly has been an Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Nurse-Midwife for over 20 years and has a wide-ranging career spanning women’s health, public health, and international medicine. She specializes in chronic disease management, diabetes, hypertension, fatigue, weight loss, anti-aging medicine, and has a passion for hormone balance in women and men. She sees patients from 10 years to 75 years of age.
Kimberly believes that every man and woman has a unique balance of hormones and has witnessed positive outcomes for numerous patients who chose bio-identical hormones. Hormone replacement therapy in women balances estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which can relieve peri-menopause, prevent memory loss, provide libido support, promote heart health, induce bone production and accelerate growth and repair of healthy tissues throughout the body. She believes that bio-identical hormones are extremely effective tools for managing hormone balance, when in the care of the right provider.
As men age, their testosterone levels change and may fall below the optimal range. Low testosterone can be a predictor of cardiovascular disease and can affect insulin regulation, bone density, and cognitive abilities. Stabilized testosterone levels improve mood, energy, strength, and cognition. It improves body composition by encouraging more lean muscle and reducing fat as well as improving libido and erectile dysfunction.
Philosophy of Care
“I believe in treating the whole person; body, mind, and spirit. I love getting to know each person as an individual and not just a set of symptoms or illness because sitting and listening to a patient is the best part of my job.”
Kimberly graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon with a degree in Psychology/History in 1997 and then went on to Vanderbilt School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee where she received a BSN/MSN in Nurse-Midwifery in 2002. Several years later she received her second Master’s Degree in Nursing from OHSU in Portland, Oregon and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society. Kimberly is currently taking classes towards her degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
Kimberly continuously adds to her didactic education by regularly attending educational conferences in integrative medicine and anti-aging medicine throughout the country. She is a current member of the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Extracurricular Activities & Personal Interests
Kimberly has a strong commitment to the community and regularly volunteers at Brother Francis Shelter’s caring clinic. She is also a Captain in the Air Force Reserves and works in medical flight.
Kimberly has a love for the outdoors and enjoys telemark skiing, biking, fishing, and travelling. Kimberly enjoys international medicine where she has worked in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Bolivia, Zambia, and Costa Rica.
While I have always greatly appreciated Kim’s commitment to the physical and mental health of all of her patients, the biggest impact she has made for me is, undoubtedly, saving my life. Over the years she has always been supportive of me reaching my health goals, understanding my frustrations with the physical and mental strains of my job, which have worsened with the pandemic, and has always been able to relate to me on a human level, not just practitioner to the patient. Most recently, her gut instinct and willingness to advocate for her patients led me from an unremarkable mammogram to an MRI, which found my breast cancer at an early stage. Located against my chest wall and difficult to find with ultrasound, this impalpable mass would have continued to grow, likely leading to a single or double mastectomy and an unimaginable disruption to my life. Instead, I am currently recovering from a lumpectomy and lymph node dissection, waiting on tests to determine if chemotherapy is necessary, followed by radiation. If all goes well, I should be able to return to my work and my furry patients in a few months. Because of my case, Kim plans to be an even stronger advocate for her patients in regard to their mammogram scores on the Tyrer-Cuzick model. Something I also feel is remarkable, is that when my diagnosis came through Kim was out of the country and tried to call me herself anyway. When she couldn’t reach me she made sure another provider would see me in person right away to tell me the news and give recommendations for a surgical oncologist, further ensuring there was no delay in my treatment. All four of my oncologists and other providers on my cancer team continue to sing her praises. Nearly every appointment I am told how impressed they are, and how lucky I am, that Kim pushed for that MRI. I will be forever grateful to her, whatever the outcome of my diagnosis and treatment because I know that without her, it likely would have been much worse and treatment would be so much more difficult.
~ Antonia Brunetti ~