Institute for Integrative Medicine Newsletter
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           SEPTEMBER 2017                    

Walk a mile in their shoes!

Greetings & Notes from KIM EVANS - SEPTEMBER 2017!
    Welcome to September!  Here we are coming into ANOTHER season already!  September is an extraordinary time of year - we get to enjoy cooler temperatures, a crispness in the air and the splendid miracle of colors from Mother Nature.  Take advantage and intentionally connect with Nature this month - even if you must schedule this time in your calendar - DO IT!  A recent article in Reader's Digest (April, 2017) titled:  "The Nature Cure," by Florence Henderson (originally published in National Geographic - January, 2016), discusses how being in Nature allows the prefrontal cortex of the brain to rest and recover, like an overused muscle.

Our theme this month is " Walk a mile in their shoes!".  This is a great reminder to be more compassionate and understanding of others by imagining what life looks like from another's perspective - ie. walking in their shoes.  Our heart might be touched in ways we never expected.  September is Pain Awareness Month so we would like to focus on reducing your pain - whether physical, psychological, emotional, Spiritual, energetic or intellectual so you can achieve your optimal health of mind, body and Spirit.

Reverend Yvonne McCoy is our Practitioner of the Month.
  Yvonne is a powerful anointed healer who has an incredible gift of helping people reduce their pain, regardless of the root cause.  I've witnessed how she can shift dis-EASE in people, thus allowing access for Divine miracles of healing to unfold.  

We have several exciting opportunities this month:
1.  Yamuna Bone Health Study group - We are continuing to meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

2.  Healthy Lifestyles Group - kicks off for the fall on Tuesday, September 12th!  Wellness Coaching Specialist Kimberly May will be leading this opportunity for you to create a wellness vision for your life & get the support you need to live this vision. Betty Greaver, RN & Health Coach, will co-coordinate.
Contact Kimberly May:  502.593.9017

3.  Effigy Breath work - will kick off a monthly series beginning on Monday, September 18, 6:30-7:30 PM. This class will then be held on the 3rd Monday of October, November and December.

4.  Are you interested in healing your own prejudice and bigotry by " Walking a mile in their shoes?"  We are planning a showing of "The Crusade of Connor Stephens" with a group discussion afterwards.  This will be streamlined simultaneously in Macon, Georgia with a virtual discussion afterwards led by Dr. Suzanne Menarcine (entrepreneur nurse, business woman, and one of only 8000 pilots in the country who are female!).
Friday, September 15: gather from 5:45-6:00 PM / Pot luck dinner 6:00-7:00 / Film at 7:00 / Discussion to follow
RSVP:  IIM 502.253.4554

5.  Victoria Hayden is back!  She will resume her monthly meditations on the 2nd Monday of the month beginning September 11th, 6:30-8:00 PM.  Contact Victoria:

So as you enjoy the shift in Nature this month, shift your consciousness by
"Walking a mile in their shoes!"

Kim Evans


       "Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat."

                              ~ Scottish Proverb

This month at IIM - SEPTEMBER 2017            IIM Website Link: CLICK HERE

Need your LABS checked?

Upcoming Lab Dates at IIM:
Wednesday, September 6, 20  &  October 4, 18
VASOLAB Carotid Artery test - Wednesday, November 15
Simple, non-invasive... call to schedule your 15-minute appointment!

Just a reminder:
This year is flying past! Mary Corbett, APRN is now practicing two days a week at IIM... and has appointments available in September!  We are so glad she has joined us, and know that you will appreciate meeting her and partnering with her on your health!  As always, if there is anything we can do, please call or email us here at IIM...
502.253.4554  ~ Cynthia Burke Goff, IIM Office Manager

What we're reading now!

The Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You'll Never Be the Same.  by Ray Johnston

"Recently a patient told me about the book, The Hope Quotient by Pastor Ray Johnston.  Feeling hopeful literally creates a physiologic response.  Different neurotransmitters are produced with hope than with fear or dread.  Pastor Johnston demonstrates that small things can make a dramatic difference in your life.  He offers 7 principles to escalate your Hope Quotient.  Read more about them in this month's Bonus Health Tip." ~ Kim Evans      
Learn more:


Health Tip
Walk a mile in their shoes!

Kim Evans:
  Welcome to September.  Our theme this month is "Walk a mile in THEIR shoes!"  September is Pain Awareness Month so this month we would like to focus on how we can support anyone who is in pain - whether it's physical pain, pychological/emotional pain or Spiritual pain.  One way to do that is to understand what it is like to "Walk in THEIR shoes."  Yvonne McCoy is going to share more about that.

Yvonne McCoy: 
Walk in their shoes!  This means that before we criticize or judge another, we should put ourselves in their situation to see how we would feel if we were in their position.  Hurting People Hurt People.  If someone lashes out at us, we should resist the temptation to respond back with hurtful words.  So often, that person might be fighting against their own natural feelings of hurt or rejection.  We should respond with compassion and love.  Don't respond back when you are angry or upset.  A good practice is to Think before you speak.  Consider what is about to come out of your mouth before you let it slip past.  Think about how it would make you feel to hear the words.  If you still feel it needs to be said, perhaps the better option is waiting until you're not so hurt and angry to say it. 

Kim:  My husband always says - You don't have to take back what you don't say!  This has been a good principle for me to live by.

Yvonne:  Allow People to own their feelings and emotions without becoming resentful or holding grudges. 
When we hold onto grudges, it really only hurts us.  Bitterness and resentments left unattended can actually manifest itself in the form of physical pain and ailments.  Rather, forgive those who have lashed out at you.  Forgiveness is for you rather than the other person.  "Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; yet you are the one getting burnt." ~ Buddha
Accept That Things will Happen, Say I'm Sorry, and Move On.   There will probably always be a time we will slip up and lash out.  At that point, don't beat yourself up over it.  It will not help you or the other person.  Take responsibility for your actions, apologize sincerely (because if they matter, you truly will be sorry) and keep moving forward.
Compliments go a long way when walking in one's shoes.  Look for the good in others and tell them when you see it.  Sincereity is the key in giving a genuine compliment.  It is a powerful way of showing someone you care.  Receiving a compliment gracefully, with pride and appreciation (not laughing it off or becoming embarrassed), takes practice.  Start practicing today.
Work towards Healing (Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit).  Hurting people hurt people, however healed people heal people.  If you work on your issues and work towards healing (whether it's by simply accepting it and moving on, or seeing a therapist or other holistic healer) you will then be able to go out into the world and spread that good energy that comes from you being healed.

Kim:  So if you need help resolving your own issues, dropping your judgements or expanding your capacity for compassion so you can walk in their shoes, give us a call.

 Kim Evans ~ Institute for Integrative Medicine ~ 502.253.4554 ~


  "Behind my smile is a hurting heart.
        Behind my laugh,
        I'm falling apart.
        Look closely at me
        and you will see,
        the girl I am...   isn't me."                
~ In the Shadow of the Rainbow ~ Ripple Kindness Project


BONUS Health Tip

The Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You'll Never Be the Same.

Kim Evans:
  Recently a patient told me about the book, The Hope Quotient by Pastor Ray Johnston.  Feeling hopeful literally creates a physiologic response.  Different neurotransmitters are produced with hope than with fear or dread.  Paster Johnston demonstrates that small things can make a dramatic difference in your life.  He offers 7 principles to escalate your Hope Quotient.  These are excellent and perfect for our Bonus Health Tip!

1.  Recharge Your Batteries ~ Nobody does well running on empty.

2.  Raise Your Expectations ~ You don't get what you deserve; you get what you expect.

3.  Refocus on the Future ~ It's time to throw away your rearview mirror.  No one goes forward well when they are looking back.

4.  Play to Your Strengths ~ Be yourself; everyone else is taken.

5.  Refuse to Go It Alone ~ Never underestimate the power of support.  Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.

6.  Replace Burnout with Balance ~ Burning the candle at both ends isn't as bright as you think.

7.  Play Great Defense ~ Avoid these five toxic hope killers than can threaten your future:  Bitterness & resentment; Worry & anxiety; Looking back & comparing; Guilt; Past failures.

When you have hope, 11 things are unleashed in your life:
You have more satisfying relationships, you're more productive, you're less affected by stress, you're more successful, you're more satisfied, you're more compassionate, you're more willing to help people in need, you're physically healthier, you hold yourself to higher moral and ethical standards, you're more likely to assume leadership, you're more likely to see God as loving, caring, and forgiving.
When you have genuine hope - not trite, pious platitudes but authentic hope that produces inner strength and confidence - anything is possible.   ~ Ray Johnston

 Kim Evans ~ Institute for Integrative Medicine ~ 502.253.4554 ~
Walk a mile in their shoes!

                "A physician once said, "The best medicine for humans is love."
                     Someone asked, "What if it doesn't work?" 
                     He smiled and said, "Increase the dose."

                           ~ from "How to Love Someone with Depression or Anxiety"

IIM Practitioner of the Month

Rev. Yvonne D. McCoy, M.Div., BCC
The Transformation Institute ~ Holistic Life Healer

Holistic Healing Sessions include: 
Intercessory Prayer, Healing Touch, Guided Meditation, Deep Breathing, Anointing with Essential Oils and Christian Spiritual Counseling.
Healing for the Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit.

call for appointments:

"Yvonne is a powerful anointed healer who has an incredible gift of helping people reduce their pain, regardless of the root cause.  I've witnessed how she can shift dis-EASE in people, thus allowing access for Divine miracles of healing to unfold."  ~ Kim Evans



"...Everybody is going through something, everybody has had something that they've had to overcome..."

                              ~ Mary Lambert

I've Got Your Back ~ September * 2017

This month I'd like to highlight Sarah.  She is 65 and came to see me this past February.  She has a history of fibromyalgia, degenerative disc issues, chronic migraines, and hypothyroidism.  She does a lot to take care of herself and to help manage her chronic conditions - such as acupuncture, Gentle Yoga and Feldenkrias therapy.  Her diet is healthy, with minimal processed foods and minimal to no sugar.

I tested her Array 4 which revealed a sensitivity to quinoa.  We recommended that she avoid all quinoa.  I also checked her thyroid labs.  She was taking Armour thyroid which has the advantage of including both T3 and T4.  However, her labs revealed that she had a bit too much T3.  So I decreased her Armour dose and added a small amount of T4 (Levothyroxine).

She came in earlier this month and said she couldn't believe how much better she felt having her thyroid medication adjusted.  She said she no longer experienced a drop in her energy level in the afternoon and was even cooking dinner more consistently.  She noticed more hair growth on her head and eyebrows.

The ratio of T3/T4 in the Armour Thyroid is adequate in many cases.  However, occasionally it's necessary to tweak slightly with either a bit more T3 or T4.  One size does not always fit all - Every person is unique!

~ Kim Evans
Thanks to each of you who are joining in our on-going challenge to be able to say "I've Got Your Back..."  If you have a story that you would like to share, please send it to me.  ~ Kim Evans


     "It is by standing up for the rights of girls and women
                  that we truly measure up as men."

                              ~ Desmond Tutu

SAVE THE DATE! Meditation Class with Victoria Hayden at IIM


Victoria Hayden
Monday evening, September 11 - 6:30-8:30 PM
Continuing:   Oct 9 / Nov 13 / Dec 11

Learn how to work with energy, develop your spiritual awareness, to let go of stress and worry,
and to find your path in life.
Victoria studied metaphysics under the guidance of Rev. Ann Lawes & Rev. Jessie Morgan for over 25 years, holds certification in Reiki I & II, and has been doing clairvoyant readings for 25 years.

All are welcomed.  $10 - love donation.
for more information:
SAVE THE DATE! Enroll now to join our Fall Session.

Healthy Food for your Whole Being...
Healthy Lifestyle Group
with Wellness Coaching Specialist Kimberly May
& Health Coach/RN Betty Greaver

Fall session begins: Tuesday, September 12 at 10:00 AM or 5:30 PM
Continuing:   Sept 12 & 26 / Oct 10 & 24 / Nov 7 & 21 ~ morning or evening sessions.

These group sessions offer:
Coaching * Food logs & Apps * Movement   * Weigh in *
Accountability * Recipe of the Week
                                   Emotional Eating * Mindfulness * Nutrition

Coaching ~ Get coaching from Health Coaches that have the experience to help you succeed and keep you on track
Food Logs and Apps ~ Learn about which apps can help you / turn in your food logs
Weigh-in ~ Get your BMI and see your progress
Accountability ~ Get accountability from the group and your coach to keep you on track... get recipes & tips to inspire you
Emotional Eating ~ Learn to manage your emotions with proven tools to help you replace old habits with healthy ones
Mindfulness ~ Learn how to be in the present moment, slow down and enjoy life... and eat in less of a hurry
Nutrition ~ Learn how to eat for health, vitality and energy.  Learn to balance fats, carbohydrates and proteins and why each macronutrient is necessary for your optimal health

Join Kimberly May & Betty Greaver at IIM ~ renew your commitment to a Healthy Lifestyle!
Introductory Price: $45/month
Kimberly May 502.593.9017
Betty Greaver
SAVE THE DATE!  Effiji Breathing Technique at IIM

Join Sarah Charmoli for...

Effiji Breath Workshop Series

Monday, September 18  6:30-8:30 PM
Continuing:  Oct 16 / Nov 20 / Dec 18

Effiji Breath Work is a therapeutic process that is meant to be used as a tool to access parts of oneself that aren't apparent or easy to get to on the surface.  It is an avenue to access the inner playground and feel into the deepest, most soulful and dynamic fibers of our being.  Come and experience a way to tangibly feel your energy, discover blocks and patterns that lie in the body, and all the inner workings that need attention.  Breath helps us to release the negative symptoms, restore proper alignment, and find the proper flow for living the most full and purposeful life. 
This workshop will be offered on-going at IIM on the first Monday of every month.

Join Sarah Charmoli at IIM ~ Effigy Breath Workshop Series
Cost:  $35
Contact: 323.762.9720
SAVE THE DATE! Meditation Class for Health Concerns at IIM

Join Betty Greaver  RN, LMT -
Monday, September 25  6:00-7:00 PM

This is a Meditation class for beginners and others to learn powerful tools to take control of their health.
Cancer patients, survivors & caregivers are invited...

Please join me for this unique educational journey, which I'm dedicating to my sister, Dolly.  I'm now on "Dolly's Journey" to educate and help people... please let any of your friends and family know that you think would benefit from this helpful information...   Here's to your health!  ~ Betty

Join Betty Greaver, your Healthy Aging Lifestyle & Health Coach ~ Meditation Class for Health Concerns
Cost: $10 (payable in cash or check at class)
RSVP: call or text:

     "You may be an autism parent if...
On discovering your child's latest act of anarchy, you cannot help but consider the planning and fine motor skills they utilized to accomplish it."


Havening at IIM - Appointments available in September

Havening Techniques
for removing trauma, stress and stuck emotions

Havening is a break-through method which alters the brain landscape to permanently remove the negative effects of trauma, stress and stuck emotions.

This simple process uses the power of touch, attention and imagination to heal emotional (and often, physical) pain that has seemed unresolvable.

          Ask Kimberly May, Wellness Coaching Specialist for a session to try Havening to help you:
                   * Move forward in life   * Dissolve toxic stress   * Boost positivity and resilience 
                                                * Create a life of fulfillment and freedom

"The Havening Techniques are methods which are designed to change the brain to de-traumatize the memory and permanently remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body." ~ Ronald A. Ruden, M.D., Ph.D

Join Kimberly May at IIM ~  Experience Havening Techniques
for more information: 502.593.9017
IN THE NEWS!  Kimberly May ~ featured in Today's Woman Magazine!

      Read all about it! Check out this link:
      Today's Woman: How Kimberly May Inspires Wellness

SAVE THE DATE! The Havening Techniques Training - November 10-12th

Introduction Training for the Havening Techniques
for removing trauma, stress and stuck emotions
November 10, 11, 12 - 2017

Havening is a powerful technique that effectively clears trauma that has become encoded in our nervous system.  When a trauma occurs, pathways become encoded in our nervous system.  Subsequent triggers stimulate the same pathway resulting in the fear, trauma, panic and negative emotions associated with the original traumatic event.  Havening Techniques help to break the encoding of that pathway.  You may have a memory of the traumatic event but it will no longer trigger the intense emotional reactions.

At IIM, both Kimberly May (502.593.9017) and Kim Evans (502.253.4554) have trained in The Havening Techniques.

"The Havening Techniques are methods which are designed to change the brain to de-traumatize the memory and permanently remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body." ~ Ronald A. Ruden, M.D., Ph.D

Experience Introduction to The Havening Techniques
Location:   Louisville Presbyterian Theological Center (Laws Lodge)

"Step into my shoes and walk the life I've lived... and if you get as far as I did... then maybe... just maybe... you will see how strong I really am..."



          There are classes and meetings that are on-going and open to drop-ins...
           or, If you choose an individual session or consultation, please call ahead!

Light Works Yoga

with founder Angie Megibben, MEd., RYT-200

Wednesdays 9-10 AM:  Gentle Yoga/Spine Health
Thursdays 6-7 PM: Restorative Yoga
Intimate setting, personal attention, small group therapeutic Yoga experience.

Tuesdays & Thursdays by appointment:  JSJ (Jin Shin Jyutsu)
Experience a gentle, hands-on therapeutic approach to re-harmonize the energies in the body.


Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement

with Dorothy Henning, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

Fridays 10:30-11:30 AM
September  1 / 8 / 15 / 22 / 29

The power of The Feldenkrais Method lies in its ability to access your brain's innate potential to change and improve.  By exploring through these gentle easy-to-do exercises, you will sharpen your 'body sense' and reawaken the pleasure and ease of moving!  Come join us anytime - each class can be taken independently!  No experience necessary ~ Feldenkrais is for EVERYBODY, young and old alike!

Try your first class FREE!  Just bring yourself and an exercise mat.


Massage Appointments & Meditation Class for Health Concerns
with Betty Greaver  RN, LMT

September: Therapeutic Massage, Meditation Class for Health Concerns, Healthy Lifestyle Group... all at IIM!

Massage Tuesdays: September 5 / 12  / 26  & Saturdays by appointment
Meditation Class for Health Concerns: Monday, Sept 25 6:00-7:00 PM  $10
Healthy Lifestyles Group:  Fall series begins Tuesday, September 12th!

call or text me: 502.295.6251

   "Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on."

                              ~ Unknown


Jerry Scott, Holistic Care
Certified Health Coach/Nutrition Counseling/Biofeedback

The Indigo Biofeedback System helps manage & retrain stress patterns, empowering you to make lifestyle changes to support overall health & wellbeing.

Melanie Tinsley, RN, BS, Certified Yamuna Instructor
Yamuna Body Rolling

Repair, realign & release your body with smart bodywork...
Get your life back! Meet with Melanie one on one or in a class.

Learn more about Yamuna:

Kimberly Ann May, founder
Inspire Wellness ~ Go from tired to inspired!
Wellness Coaching Specialist, Certified Life/Wellness Coach
, Havening Techniques Practitioner, Liscensed HeartMath Provider

Be inspired to reach a higher level of performance through a combination of holistic, leading edge coaching and training techniques.  Rewire your brain to respond to stress differently.  Identify how to best move forward personally and professionally.  Get ready, be inspired to reach new heights and feel your best!

Be inspired to move forward personally and professionally  Rewire your brain to respond to stress differently
     *  Increase your intuition      Experience greater joy, health and peace      Get in touch with your purpose
                              *  Be your authentic self     Work from a calm centered place

Ask about a complementary Life and Wellness Coaching session to get started today!

Cynthia Bowling, LCSW
Advanced Integrative Therapy ~ Certified Therapist & Teacher
Individual, Family & Couples Therapy ~ Children, Adolescents, Adults

AIT is a gentle and effective healing treatment...

we will identify, treat, clear & replace traumas with positive reconnection!

Learn more about AIT:

call for appointments:



"And now I'm standing here and, so, I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she's weird or she's different or she doesn't fit in anywhere."  
                                                  ~ Graham Moore's Oscar Awards speech

IN OUR COMMUNITY ~ and beyond!
Walk A Mile In My Shoes: A Refugee & Migration Simulation
A project of The Global Human Project ...

"Walk A Mile In My Shoes: A Refugee & Migration Simulation is a unique and dynamic learning experience providing a glimpse into what many refugees endure when fleeing from their homes and living in a refugee camp.
The 3-hour experience cultivates global awareness and compassion through the practice of empathy and perspective-taking."

find out more

INWAVE Restaurant & Juice Bar

Now Open!

Quickly becoming a favorite for Kim Evans, INWAVE Restaurant & Juice Bar has a wonderful mission:
"to provide the local community a healthy, nourishing & quality plant-based dining experience, within a nature based environment."
Added bonus ~ Kamlesh Dave, MD, owner, has agreed to offer a 10% discount for anyone who says that they heard about INWAVE from IIM!

Location: 10310 Shelbyville Road, Louisville 40223
502.916.2177  Hours: 10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Kentuckiana Holistic Nurses Association
Join the KYANA Holistic Nurses ~ Become one of this strong community of Holistic Healers in the Kentuckiana area!

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, September 19  7-8:30 PM
Please plan to join us!

What is Holistic Nursing?
"Holistic Nursing is all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal - body, mind, spirit, and emotion.  A holistic nurse often integrates alternative practices with conventional healthcare.  Holistic nurses view healing as a therapeutic partnership with the people in their care."

find out more
: about the KHNA mission, membership, events and more on the Kentuckiana Holistic Nurses Association facebook page!
Kentuckiana Fibromyalgia Support Group
Join us and you'll see that ~ " we know where you're coming from..."

Meetings:  4th Wednesday - each month: Sept 27  6-8 PM

"The best way to understand fibromyalgia (FM) pain is to join us at our meetings, browse the files on our website for the latest research and talk to our members."
~ Sabrina Numann, Founder "

Who Are We?
"Kentuckiana Fibromyalgia Support Group is comprised of Fibromyalgia and chronic pain survivors who are often misunderstood.  We're mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, seniors, teenagers and adolescents.  Fibromyalgia doesn't discriminate.  Our organization is recognized nationally as a husband-and-wife team offering educational support for those suffering from Fibromyalgia and chronic pain, and those who care for them.  Our organization is made up of volunteers who are patients or caregivers and understand your questions and needs." 
~ Sabrina Numann, Founder

Location:  St. Matthews Govt Bldg, 3940 Grandview Ave, Louisville, KY 40207, 2nd floor meeting room
find out more
Health Ministries Association
is excited to bring their annual conference to Northern Kentucky for the first time!
SEPTEMBER 11 - 13, 2017

Here are just some of the great opportunities planned for this year's conference:

Four keynote speakers:
Evangeline Andarsio, M.D. ~ Finding Meaning in Caring
Nora Gallaher ~ How Vulnerability Connects Us
Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund ~ Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Health Illness, Family and Church
                                           Lauren A. Taylor, M.Div., M.P.H. ~ Social Determinants of Health & Beyond

Annual Peace Breakfast with international speaker: 
Rabbi Abie Ingber ~ What's Faith have to do with it?

Plus much more!  10 concurrent workshop sessions
/ Hall of Excellence Poster session / Exhibit hall /
Spiritual care opportunities throughout the conference
/ Nursing continuing education credits

Location:  St. Elizabeth Training and Educational Center, Erlanger, KY
find out more

"Grant everyone you love the freedom to live their life,
so you can be truly free to live yours."

                              ~ Jasrin Singh

Let us know if we may help you this month as you
"Walk a mile in their shoes!"

~ The Team at IIM
Kim Evans and the Practitioners at IIM
Institute for Integrative Medicine
205 Townepark Circle, Suite 100, Louisville, KY  40243
502.253.4554  or

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