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Journey to Expertise: Dr. Kim's Story

Meet the esteemed practitioner, Dr. Kim, a licensed acupuncturist in California and a certified Functional Medicine practitioner with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Kim completed a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Samra University, Los Angeles, the oldest institute in California for this discipline.

Academic Excellence

His academic journey was distinguished by special recognition from the University President and a place on the honor roll. Dr. Kim skillfully blends Traditional East Asian Medicine with Functional Medicine for a holistic therapeutic approach. His expertise was further expanded by acquiring a doctoral degree from Yuin University, focusing on innovative treatments for skin and digestive disorders via Sasang Constitutions, a cornerstone of Korean traditional medicine.

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Passion for Healing

Driven by a passion for Eastern Medicine and Philosophy, Dr. Kim discovered a profound connection between Classical Eastern Medicine, Sasang constitutional medicine, and the ancient healing art of Medical Qigong. As one of Korea’s first certified Medical Qigong practitioners, Dr. Kim has dedicated the last two decades to healing and teaching in Santa Monica and Los Angeles.


Dr Kim is pretty amazing. After being tired for months post Covid I finally went to him to see if I could improve my energy. After the first visit I could feel my energy returning. Separately I had been going to my chiropractor for 4 months for a pain in my hip that travelled up my spine. Nothing helped. I asked Dr. Kim to take a look at it, and amazingly enough after one session I felt better. I don't expect to be treated once by an accupuncture doctor and have immediate relief, I'm too skeptical for that, but trust me, this happened and I am forever grateful. Thanks Dr. Kim!

-Esme H.

This was a great experience for me. I got acupuncture and soft tissue work done on my tennis elbows. Dr Kim did an amazing job helping me heal and giving me the knowledge to stay well. I highly recommend Tao of Medicine

-Chase V.

Tao of Medicine is amazing! I highly recommend getting acupuncture here! Dr. Kim is wonderful at what he does and super nice! I have gone into his office feeling full of anger and after I leave I'm totally relaxed feeling zen! He always gets me in last minute too, which I really appreciate!

-Danika G.

I've tried a number of acupuncture places and Tao of Medicine is by far the best. Dr. Kim is a master at his medicine. I've been seeing Dr. Kim regularly for a year now and he is thoughtful, knowledgeable, and committed. He is especially good at treating muscular skeletal injuries and sports rehabilitation. I'm an Ironman athlete and he keeps me on the top of my game and injury free. From shin splints to disk herniations to general stress, he is an expert. I can not recommend him highly enough! Big thumbs up for him

-Dylan D.

Highly, highly recommend Dr. Kim! I've done acupuncture before and hated it, but I haven't missed a week with him. The second I walk into his office I already start to feel at ease. I've been going to him for several months now and have recommended him to several friends. I absolutely hate needles, but it's not a problem under his care. He's also been extremely supportive throughout the duration of my treatment, and you can tell he genuinely cares about his patients and is extremely knowledgeable in his practice!

Don't hesitate to see him! He's truly the best!!

-Lisa N.

Specialties and Conditions Well Treated

Dr. Kim specializes in treating acute and chronic pain, skin disorders, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, infertility, the rehabilitation of stroke patients and weight control and anti- aging.

  • Stress, Depression, Insomnia, Addiction, Food Cravings, Headaches, Migraines, Respiratory, Allergies, Common Cold

  • Neck, Shoulder, Back, Knee And Ankle Pain

  • Sciatica, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia

  • Recovering From Auto Accidents And Sports Injuries

  • Hormonal Imbalances, Infertility, Pre And Postnatal Symptoms

  • Circulatory And Digestive Disorders

  • Recovering From Immune Deficiencies, Symptoms That Accompany Cancer Treatments

  • Pre And Post Surgical Care

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Functional Medicine Training (Member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and Certified Practitioner)

  • Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice

  • Cardiometabolic Advanced Practice Module

  • Detox Advanced Practice Module

  • Energy Advanced Practice Module

  • GI Advanced Practice Module

  • Hormone Advanced Practice Module

  • Immune Advanced Practice Module

Treatment Methods

His treatment methods vary according to the patient's symptoms and preferences, including:

  • Acupuncture

  • Electroacupuncture

  • Auricular Acupuncture

  • Cupping

  • Acupressure

  • Manual Therapy

  • Medical Qigong

  • Herbs

  • Nutrition

  • Therapeutic Exercise

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