Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac
Education and Licensing:
Kimberly is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Idaho and certified in the treatment of acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology by the National Certification Committee of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Kimberly earned her MSTOM (Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine) in 2008 and her DACM (Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine) in 2019—both from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
Kimberly is a gifted intuitive healer and holds a passionate regard for continuing education.
She specializes in “modern” acupuncture, which includes modalities such as acupuncture, non-needle acupuncture, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, laser therapy and vibrational therapy.
She has more than 25 years of experience working with a hands-on approach to body therapy. She has studied massage therapy, healing touch, tui na, craniosacral therapy, and jin shin juitsu.
The study of emotions and how they effect the human body are her passion. She is a certified ThetaHealing® practitioner, incorporating a meditation process using the theta brain wave to to heal the body, mind and spirit.
She follows one of the most important tenets of medicine with every treatment: She treats the “root” or underlying cause of each patient’s symptoms in order to ultimately balance both the physical and emotional.
Kimberly began her career in the healing arts as a student at the School of Intuitive Massage and Healing in Santa Barbara over 20 years ago. Her love for healing arts and working with people flourished and led her to continue studying bodywork.
Kimberly’s initial interest in acupuncture arose while she was struggling with her own debilitating back injury. After 8 massages and 10 chiropractic treatments, she still couldn’t obtain relief from her pain. Like so many patients new to Traditional Chinese Medicine, she turned to acupuncture as a last resort. To her amazement, she was 80% better after one treatment. After three treatments, she was free of pain.
This experience led her to pursue her Master’s Degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. When she began her journey as an acupuncturist, she had no idea of the impact it would have on her, or the gift she had been blessed with. It is Kimberly’s goal to use this gift to ease pain and suffering while improving the quality of life for her patients.
Kimberly has worked with a variety of patients and has treated many different types of disharmonies in the body. She has successfully treated patients with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, addictions, gynecological disorders, pregnancy related issues and emotional imbalances. Thanks to her previous clinical experience treating women during all phases of their lives, Kimberly realizes that this is an area of particular skill and specialization for her.
During her study at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Kimberly was fortunate to work in an integrative medical setting. Clinical rotations at the following locations allowed her to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team of both Eastern and Western medical professionals:
- San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care
- Rady Children’s Hospital–pediatric oncology
- Rady Children’s Hospital–pediatric chronic pain
- Downtown Free Senior’s Clinic
- UCSD HIV Clinic
Kimberly's experience as a member of an integrative health team helped her realize the potency of combining TCM and Contemporary Medicine. When she relocated to Meridian, Idaho, Kimberly actively sought to create a well-rounded, integrative medical clinic that embodies a multidisciplinary approach toward wellness.
Kimberly wears multiple hats in the acupuncture community. She owns her own private clinic, Meridian Family Acupuncture where she specializes in chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and anxiety.
Kimberly has spent the last 10 years working for Miridia Technology as an Acupuncture Research Analyst—where she helps plan, develop, and integrate modern diagnostic and treatment tools for the ever-evolving scientific world of acupuncture.
Kimberly is a world-renown teacher, blogger, columnist, and mentor in the acupuncture community.
Kimberly’s time away from work includes staying busy with her husband and family of nine children. Yes, you read it right! She and her husband Mike blended families in 1992. He had four children, she had three, they had one together and finally, they adopted one more! Currently, she has 20 grandchildren. Her favorite free-time activities include learning, travel, cooking, canning, camping, fishing, bike riding, and sewing.
Dr. Kimberly Thompson
“I sought acupuncture after receiving a Stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis. I am happy to report I’m cancer free now and consider my regular sessions with Dr. Kimberly an integral and crucial piece of my success. I truly believe acupuncture worked hand in hand with my chemotherapy to resolve my body’s issues.”