Kim Shotz, WHCNP
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
The Pacific Northwest has been my home since I graduated from the University of Vermont School of Nursing in 1989. I earned my nurse practitioner and Traditional Chinese Medicine Master's degrees in Portland (at Oregon Health & Sciences University and at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine). Originally from Massachusetts, I spent my formative childhood years splashing around the tiny islands of Kwajalein Atoll, where there were no TVs or cars. Living simply, playing outdoors, and building community is a way of life that I have carried with me. I originally planned to be a marine biologist, but my love for science, solving puzzles, and helping others find health and happiness led me to nursing, an invaluable skill that can be used anywhere in the world.
About my practice
Every patient has a desire to be happy and healthy. Every patient has a life story that gives context to the person I see. Every patient deserves to be heard and cared for respectfully. Every patient deserves to understand what is happening and why. I meet my patients where they are on the day they come to me. I listen, I investigate, I respect, I teach, and I check in later to see how things are going. I am nationally board-certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner and am an acupuncturist, practicing Chinese herbal medicine. I volunteered in Nepal with the Acupuncture Relief Project in 2011 and had the fortune of being involved in an award-winning documentary about this program, called Compassion Connects, while I was there. I also continue to work as an operating room nurse at Pearl Surgicenter in Northwest Portland.
How I thrive
Work–life balance is essential to healthy, happy living. When I’m not at work I am playing outside, exploring the richness of the Pacific Northwest with my partner and dogs, nurturing our home backyard sanctuary, loving our fur-ball friends, playing music, and cooking up tasty, healthy noodle dishes.