Frustration increases every time a patient is told by their doctor, “Your labs look fine. I don’t see anything that can be causing your problems.” Then, yet another medication is offered for a sign or symptom that never really helps the problem. At Truth, we listen to our patients. If you listen long enough, they will tell you exactly what’s wrong with them. We strive to find the core of patient’s problems. Once identified, we use integrative therapies to help the patient heal from the inside out. When the core of a patient’s problems is addressed, insidious signs and symptoms dissipate. The more naturally we treat a patient, typically the better the outcome.
Our provider, Kimberly Strong, was a very healthy and active person. In 2010, she became ill. Her stoic nature caused her to delay seeking medical care for almost 2 years. When she finally sought help, three physicians in the Jackson area could not find anything wrong with her. Her labs were “normal.”
Knowing that she could not continue struggling through life that ill and exhausted, she sought help from her local chiropractor and utilized nutritional therapies. Nutritional supplementation was helping, but Kimberly had a long way to go to get better. As a nurse practitioner student, Kimberly discovered a Functional Medicine practitioner locally and did a clinical rotation in that practitioner’s clinic. What she learned there was much different from some of the things she was being taught in her traditional medicine program of study at the University of Mississippi. The practitioner she studied under knew what was wrong with her patients, although they had already been to many other providers with no solutions to their problems.
When Kimberly completed her clinical rotation at the Functional Medicine clinic, she asked the practitioner to take her on as a patient. There is where she started finding answers to her own health problems and began to heal. Within a few months, Kimberly began the Fellowship in Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. What she learned there, and continues to learn, changed her life.
Kimberly began practicing Functional Medicine as soon as she became a nurse practitioner one year later. Her first job as a new nurse practitioner landed her in a traditional medicine primary care clinic. She worked hard to educate patients about Functional Medicine and practiced it. She began to see improvements in her patients as their core problems were addressed and new lifestyle choices were adopted. Patients began to lose weight, have more energy, feel better, depression and anxiety would be lifted, medications were not needed anymore, sleep was no longer a commodity. Patients began to smile and enjoy their lives, as opposed to merely existing.
April 1, 2016, Kimberly opened Truth Wellness Center as a Functional Medicine Clinic where integrative therapies are used and lifestyle modification is taught. Kimberly’s mission for Truth Wellness Center is to revolutionize healthcare in Mississippi and bring the state and the health of the state up to speed with the rest of the world.
Meet the Team
Kimberly graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner degree. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is currently working on a second Master’s in Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine from the University of South Florida. With years of experience and a personal dedication to improving the quality of life for her patients, Kimberly has developed an honest and holistic approach to natural healthcare. Kimberly believes that everyone has a right to be healthy and that our bodies are designed to heal themselves with the proper support and understanding of our own systems.
Kimberly understands that medicine has a place; she spent several years working trauma care in the Burn Intensive Care Unit. However, she believes that most ailments and chronic illnesses can be taken care of holistically and with lifestyle changes. She works with her patients to integrate their healthcare and then move toward a holistic approach to their wellness.
Dana entered the medical field in 1998 as an LPN. In 2002 she obtained her RN degree from Louisiana Tech University. Dana has a diverse background in nursing, including, med-surgical, cardiac, dialysis, and ICU. She joined the Truth Wellness team in August 2020 with little knowledge of functional medicine. Dana has already learned so much about functional and nutritional medicine and her eagerness to learn will take her further into health and wellness. “I am so excited to be a part of Truth Wellness Center. Watching our patients come in day after day and change their lives for the better lets me know I am doing my part in the community. Helping people is my passion and I couldn’t be happier than to be doing it with an amazing team standing beside me!”
Samantha has been in the Brandon and Flowood community since the summer of 2013. She has always been interested in health and wellness, as well as the medical field, but had no prior experience. Sam met Kim in 2018. After learning about Truth Wellness Center and all it had to offer, she decided she wanted to become part of the team. Sam Started her position at Truth Wellness Center as the administrative assistant in April of 2019. As of September 2020, she has taken on more responsibility as the office’s manager. Sam’s knowledge in functional medicine has grown exceptionally and continues to grow over the course of her time at Truth Wellness Center. Being blessed to work in such an amazing environment everyday has made her want to further her education to become a better influence on her family, friends, and community.
Krista has been a member of the Fondren/Belhaven district for the past 4 years. She graduated from Hinds Nursing Allied Health Center as a Dental Assistant in 2018. She worked as a Dental Assistant for 2 years yet wanted something more. Krista started Truth Wellness Center in September 2020 as the administrative assistant. Her knowledge of functional medicine has grown and will continue to grow. “I really enjoy seeing the everyday life of our patients. As their health continues to get better, they do. Seeing life come back to these patients through what we do here is amazing. I know Kim listens and genuinely cares about her patients. She wants to get them back on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Watching the transformation in our patients and learning all the small things makes working here well worth it.” When Krista is not working at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Princess Leia, and taking her for long walks in their neighborhood.