Meet Courtney King, MD
Dr. Courtney King is board certified in both Family Medicine, and in Integrative Medicine. She is a Functional Medicine Practitioner, a Medical Acupuncturist, and is also trained in Ayurvedic Medicine. As an advocate for science-based natural and holistic treatments, she finds and addresses the root cause of dis-ease for the whole family.
Courtney was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., and graduated from Brown University with a very liberal arts degree in Psychology. After graduation, she spent 2 years traveling around the world, climbing mountains, and teaching scuba diving. Upon return to the states, she taught kids skiing and trained to be a Wilderness First Responder in Tahoe, then settled down in San Francisco. Realizing her calling to Medicine, she completed medical prerequisite classes at SF State, ran a tutoring business for kids with ADHD, and did medical volunteerism throughout Peru and Brazil. She then returned to her home state to attend the Medical College of Georgia.
During Medical school she studied Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil in Tucson, learned Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Beijing, worked with a shaman to understand deeper spiritual healing in the Sacred Valley of Peru, and in off time did medical volunteer work in underserved areas in Ghana, Mali, Togo and Benin.….in addition to the traditional allopathic med school curriculum.
After med school, Dr. King completed training in Medical Acupuncture through the Helms Institute, and an Ayurvedic Practitioner course at the Dhyana Center, before starting her Family Medicine residency in Fort Collins, CO.
There, she spent elective rotations working with Integrative and Functional doctors in the community, while treating patients in her traditional clinic. After residency, she and her family chose to settle down in beautiful Sonoma County, Ca. where she accepted a job at a large medical group.
After 7 years of working as a Family doctor in the current medical system, Dr. King became overly aware of the limitations that “conventional” medicine posed. Feeling frustrated with the hindering time constraints, limited lab testing, suffering patients with “normal range labs”, side-effects from pharmaceutical medications, and not getting to really know many of her 1850 patients, she knew she had to make a change.
She also knew that she needed to treat herself. Since deciding on a career in medicine, she has lived in 5 different cities, in 8 different homes. She worked 80 hour weeks for years, spent countless night shifts in the hospital, got married, birthed and breastfed 2 children, continued to travel the world (now with kids), all while skiing, and seeing lots of live-music. When diagnosed with the Autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, she did not know that it was likely triggered by the birth of her son, and mediated by her on-the-go, stressful lifestyle, inadequate sleep, and lack of self-care. After the birth of her second child, she became increasingly irritable, more short-tempered, and less tolerant of the shenanigans of her kids. She felt more stressed out working her 4-day, 40-hour a week job than she ever had working 6-day, 80 hour weeks. She had shoulder and neck pain from tension, dizzy spells when getting up too fast, was tired all the time, and couldn’t lose her baby weight. What had happened to the laid back music loving international traveler who wanted to heal people and make a difference in the world?? She felt like an always tired, tightly wound, overwhelmed, glimmer of her previous self. Vacation and herbal remedies were no longer cutting it.
She turned to Functional Medicine for answers, and found out that she had completely suppressed her adrenal function, which likely started many years before, and possibly even caused (certainly exacerbated) her thyroid problems. After a full Functional Medicine analysis, personalized diet, adrenal and hormone support, medical detoxification, and some major lifestyle and spiritual enhancements, Dr. Courtney finally felt like her old self again. Now she is happily practicing this same medicine that she truly believes will revolutionize the current broken healthcare system, prevent and reverse chronic illnesses, and help people achieve their most optimal radiant health.
Courtney started Golden Road Integrative and Functional Medicine to create more meaningful patient relationships, and to help people heal their roots, elevate their minds, and enjoy their lives!
She lives in Sonoma County with her husband, 2 young kids, and their Boston Terrier, Topper.
Where Does Your Golden Road Take You??
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