When she was studying to be a nurse practitioner, she heard about an integrative medicine practitioner in Jackson and was intrigued. She decided to complete her clinical hours there.
"As soon as I got off that rotation, I went to my first integrative-medicine convention, sat in the classes and was like, 'Wow,'" she says. "The things they were teaching made so much more sense instead of just throwing medicines on the signs and symptoms, and BAND-AID-ing them."
After earning a family nurse practitioner degree from the University of Mississippi in 2013, the Air Force veteran and mother of two went to work for a primary-care clinic.
"But the more I learned about metabolic nutritional medicine, it was harder for me to practice the same way," Strong says. "I actually got a lot of these conventional-medicine patients to do natural therapies. And the next thing you know, I had people starting to hear about me and coming from all these different places."
When that clinic closed, Strong knew it was time to revisit her purpose.
"God had been telling me for about three years, 'Kim, you need to start your own clinic,'" she says now.
On April 1, 2016, she opened Truth Wellness Center in Flowood.
"We want to tackle things now at their functional level, and we want to look for the core of the problem," she says.
The standard treatment for treating high cholesterol, for example, is to prescribe cholesterol medicine. Strong says high cholesterol is a symptom of a bigger issue.
"If the cholesterol is messed up, there's a reason why," she says. "One thing I've learned in this whole journey is there's so much that people don't know about. I find bacteria, parasites, fungus and yeast overgrowth that people are harboring. Our test results are only as good as the test was designed."
However, a medical doctor's supervision should accompany all alternative treatments.
After less than a year since its opening, Truth enjoys a steady influx of patients. While some followed Strong from the old clinic, most new patients come by word of mouth.
Some patients, such as Becky Davis do not mind, traveling for treatment every few months. The West Point accounting instructor has battled a number of health problems, and conventional medicine did not satisfy her.
"Kim is a super sleuth, like a detective," says Davis, who has been seeing Strong for a year and a half.
In addition to her family nurse practitioner degree, Strong is on her way to receiving a second master's degree in metabolic and nutritional medicine, which is an evidenced-based approach to preventing and treating diseases naturally. She hopes to earn her degree by the end of the year. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine, where she is working on becoming certified in functional and regenerative medicine.
Truth Wellness Center (252 Katherine Drive, Suite A, Flowood; 601.882.5801) is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. It is closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. For more information, visit truthwellnesscenter.com.
Editor's note: Consult with your physician on all treatments.