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Alumni Spotlights: DR. KIM B. KHAUV

Chiropractor | Health Educator | Philanthropist

Kim was a dedicated chiropractor, passionate health educator, and philanthropist. But to his family, he was a doting father, loving husband, and caring son and brother to his family.

Kim as a Chiropractor

Dr. Kim B. Khauv (Doc Kim) was licensed in the State of California, Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic in the United States of America, and a “Registered Chiropractor” with the Philippines Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC). He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University in Fullerton (CSUF), a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Fielding School of Public Health at University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), and Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West (LCCW), batch 2000.

For over 20 years, Dr. Kim B. Khauv (Doc Kim), helped many people with headaches, migraines, back and neck pain, scoliosis, sciatica, disc bulges, spondylosis, and numbness/tingling. Thousands of his chiropractic patients have experienced improved sleep, posture, health, stress, and quality of life. They have decreased medicine use, pain, bad posture, stiffness, anxiety, and injuries. While he was in San Diego, CA, Doc Kim was one of only 24 chiropractors in the world working for the United States Navy providing chiropractic care to active duty military members at Navy Medical Center San Diego for over 5 years (2014-2019).

He was born in Cambodia, raised in California but loved the Philippines, so he and Aireen decided to move their family to raise their two daughters in the Philippines in 2019. Having been partners in life and in business since 2010, their collective struggles with their own health in the past guided them to build a brand rooted in revolutionizing the healthcare industry. Their ultimate goal? — Teach and empower people to love themselves to live healthier and happier through evidence-based products and services. With this in mind, they co-developed the Well-Balanced Chiropractic Wellness Center in 2020. It was at the height of the pandemic, a critical time for chiropractic care services to help accommodate the need of people in pain to see a healthcare practitioner without going to the hospital. Through their active social media marketing efforts, involvement in the BNI Philippines business community, and commitment to the company’s vision of becoming a trusted, leading chiropractic practice of choice, dedicated to optimizing health and well-being across the lifespan, Doc Kim became known as a chiropractor who provided safe, effective, and evidence-based chiropractic care in the country.

When asked why they started a health and wellness business, Kim and Aireen would state: “We’re in the business of empowering people to live healthier and happier lives.” The Well-Balanced Chiropractic Wellness Center was born out of their belief that no one should live a life full of pain and suffering poor health. And yet millions of people have been conditioned to accept that pain and suffering are just part of life and to deal with it by treating the symptoms. They’re empowering people by giving them HOPE and the opportunity to live healthier and happier lives by providing natural, non-invasive, evidenced-based chiropractic and wellness care. They created life changing experiences for their patients by partnering with the latest, cutting edge products and services to help the body heal itself safely and effectively. They ensure that the products and services they co-create and offer with each partner align with their patients’ values and are designed to push their patients’ health forward in the way that they are yearning for. Now, Doc Kim’s patients and colleagues will always fondly remember his original tagline: “You’ll be fine when your spine is aligned.”

Kim and Aireen planned to make chiropractic care services more accessible to more Filipinos across the country. Their goal was to build 5 holistic health and wellness centers under the umbrella of the chiropractic philosophy and its complementary services: IV Nutrient Therapy, Vital Dome Infra-Therapy (Far Infrared Technology), Physical Therapy, Myotherapy, Medical Massage — a one-stop center designed to help everyone who wants to invest in their health. After Kim’s untimely passing, his wife Aireen plans to continue what they have started.

Kim as a Health Educator

Doc Kim was a passionate health educator. He was always full of energy each time he talked about health and how chiropractic can help achieve one’s health goals. He held an Adjunct Faculty position as Assistant Professor at Life Chiropractic College West teaching Public Health course to senior chiropractic students, and was an approved instructor by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners of California to teach both online and live Continuing Education courses to chiropractors in the subjects of Chiropractic Adjustive Technique, Law & Ethics, and chiropractic Public Health. He was also one of the instructors for online seminars at Back to Chiropractic CE Seminars.

Doc Kim was an elected Section Councilor of the Chiropractic Health Care section (CHC) of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and served as Membership Chair. His chiropractic research has been accepted and presented nationally and internationally at APHA, Association of Chiropractic College’s annual Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC), International Society of Quality of Life Research, and World Chiropractic Federation (WFC). He has also published research on chiropractic care and public health education. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award (2015) and Rising Star Award (2013) from the APHA’s CHC section.

Kim as a Philanthropist

Doc Kim was a war survivor. He was 2 years old when the Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia. He and his family experienced 6 years of torment and uncertainties in war-torn Cambodia and in a refugee camp in Thailand until they were finally sponsored to Orange County, CA by his father’s relative. This separated him from his extended family – grandparents, aunts and uncles on his mother’s side – who were eventually sponsored to Paris, France. He was 8 years old when he made it to the US. Despite the hardships, he saw how his parents worked hard to ensure there’s food on the table and roof over their heads. Since then, he always asked himself — why did I survive? — what’s my purpose? He found his purpose after he met a chiropractor.

At that time, he had chronic sinusitis and was advised to go through surgery with the risk of having half of his face paralyzed. It was during this time that he saw a flyer and attended a health talk given by a chiropractor who talked about how the body can heal itself and how the brain controls everything in the body. Doc Kim signed up for chiropractic care, then in 9 months, his allergies were gone, he didn’t have to go through surgery.

But it was after he heard Dr. Gerard Clum speak at an ICA Convention that he discovered his true passion. In 1997, months after he graduated with a degree in communications from CalState Fullerton, he followed Dr. Clum to Life Chiropractic College West where he was President. Kim graduated in 2000. His father gave him a graduation gift – a trip back to Cambodia where he met relatives for the first time. It was during this trip that inspired him to bring chiropractic to Cambodia and start a non-profit that also offers English lessons and computer classes. Always a lifelong learner, he obtained another degree – Master of Public Health at UCLA in 2006 where he learned how to start and run a non-profit and expand chiropractic to the public health arena.

He formed his non-profit Well-Balanced World and conducted his inaugural outreach program to Cambodia In December 2009. Their group was composed of 3 chiropractors (Kim and 2 chiropractors from Seattle – Dr. Vevoda and Dr. Clem) and 12 Life West interns. Since then, Kim and his wife Aireen have organized and brought volunteer chiropractors to Cambodia and the Philippines. His last chiropractic outreach program to Cambodia was in October 2019. He was joined by Dr. Jennifer Morgan from Florida (Naples Family Chiropractic). After the pandemic, Kim conducted outreach programs in the Philippines and had planned to return to Cambodia in 2024. After Kim’s untimely passing, his wife Aireen plans to continue what they have started.

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