Kendall: I'm so excited to introduce you today to Kiki Shiple also known as Kelly Shiple also known as Kiki. How do you show up and shine your light in the planet? How do you, what's your big mission? Like how do you shine?
Kiki:My mission is, I mean, like all of ours, it's, I feel like it's evolving and especially right now, it's evolving in a big way, um, for myself. And I know for a lot of people COVID like started like kicked off that evolution and for me it was, COVID kind of fell at a time where I was going through a lot of things personally and trying to figure out where I wanted to take my career and what I wanted to do. it resulted in a, a big pivot and so at this point in time, I shine my light by, helping women with their hormones. the bigger picture of that is bringing women back into their bodies and helping them to take back not only their bodies, but their health, their, their ability to love themselves, um, so that they are able to show up on the planet and do, you know, follow their Dharma, do what they were sent here to do or what they chose to do before they came to this planet. So hormones is the vehicle right now and I see that changing in the very near future, but that's, that's what we're doing today.
Kendall: What are some of the challenges that you see, that disconnect women from their bodies? Because whether you're looking at it from a hormonal perspective, or I'm looking at it from a sex and relationship side of things, that's such a key factor for women is that they're not in their bodies are outside of their body. What are some of the things that you work with women on overcoming, really?
Kiki: I find that women are so busy doing it, doing everything for everyone else, that they literally don't have one second of the day to do anything for themselves. I mean, that's like the biggest disconnect. If you, if you don't make time to connect with your body, I mean, how can you, how can you show up for others, you know, to the best of your ability you can. So, um, I just, I, I work with and talk to so many women on a daily basis who, you know, their moms, their wives, their, they worked full-time jobs, or, I mean, even if they don't do all of that, the common denominator between all of the women that I connect with on a daily basis is that they're not making time for themselves. I was guilty of this. I mean, for, almost for my whole life, I only recently started making time for myself and actually connecting with myself and my body. And I mean, it's been absolutely epically life-changing for me. You know, I really try to emphasize and kind of paved the way as an example, for, you know, my patients, my friends, everyone, every woman I come in contact with how important it is to connect with yourself
Kendall: We've all been guilty of it because I think as a society we are, as women raised to do it all, we are raised to be the mothers, the wives, the post makers, the business women, now that we have gotten so far from our core of how do we really connect with our feminine essence and get back into our bodies and, um, to really fall in love with ourselves. And so I think that that's such a beautiful way to help support women.
When women are so busy and they're so disconnected from themselves, what happens to their physical body is what, how, how does that happen? How did, what are the effects of that?
Kiki: I'm actually gonna start with my story, because it relates so perfectly to this. I feel like it's like the perfect example of what can happen to your body when you're just, you're not in it. You're not present. You're, you know, you're never connecting with your body. Looking back, I feel like I went through most of my life on autopilot and I ended up in a really unhealthy relationship that turned into a marriage. I was kind of just like numb to everything. I didn't know how I felt or what I wanted because I never made the time to connect with myself and figure that out. I went, I was going through the motions every day. I became a PA because like my dad's a doctor and why wouldn't I go that route? You know, it, I was just kind of doing like what I was supposed to do. I got married because we had been together for five years and that was what I was supposed to do. And, you know, next was, to have kids and settle down and I, it just hit me all of a sudden, like, that's not what I want. I didn't know what the I wanted, but it was like, I know it's not this isn't. I really felt like my gut, my intuition, like kick in and tell we, Hey, it's time to wake up. Like, we gotta do this differently because you're absolutely miserable. It was manifesting in physical ways. I would say I went most of my life being like relatively healthy and then the second I graduated PA school and moved back to the Philadelphia area to work with my dad. I woke up one morning and like overnight had developed all these hormone issues. I had an underactive thyroid, polycystic ovarian syndrome, low testosterone, low progesterone, all these things. I woke up gain 30 pounds overnight. I couldn't get out of bed in the morning. I was suffering from horrible brain fog and it, I mean, it just hit me.
I hear that story from a lot of women. It's like one day everything just stop working and if that's not a red flag, but like your entire life is out of alignment, I don't know what it is. I end up the year of like 2018, I ended up getting sick literally for a week, a month, every month for like seven or eight months, almost the entire year I would miss. I would be like on my death bed with body aches, chills fever, the whole nine yards. This was pre COVID. Um, and it was, chronic, like flares of chronic Epstein-Barr virus, EBV. I would always get a strep infection, strep throat along with it.
What is going on? Why is my immune system so weak? And so like each time it happened, I would like try to address another thing. And it was, it was diet. It was, you know, it was drinking less alcohol. I was taking supplements. I was working out more regularly and I was still getting sick. And I was like, what is going on in my body? And so then it kind of hit me, okay, this must, this must not be entirely physical. Like this must be something manifest, manifesting as you know, these physical symptoms. And so I ended up having a session with Natalie, another one of our girlfriends, who is an energy healer and she told me that my soul didn't feel that it was safe to be in my body, so I wasn't grounded. My soul was always checking out and just leaving and, you know, going to other realms and not being here with me and it leaving my body open to attack by, you know, bacteria, viruses, whatever. She said that every time I would go to work, I would be like, okay, time to completely check out. It took that call and me being aware that that was happening and then working on being more present in my day to day and learning how to ground myself, to stop getting sick so frequently. Then it even took more time and more practices and working with other healers, to really get to a place where I can say I'm actually really healthy and that is where I am now. But again, it took me, you know, three years of work to get to where I am now. And I'm still just in the beginning of it. That's like a classic example of what can happen when you're not connected to your body.
Kendall: I love that this is taking it to such a soulful place because, you know, I think when we look at our circle of friends, our tribe of women, which I think we'll get into, but our tribe we're so soulfully connected that we can say like, my soul is not my body right now. Like what the, ground me the down and we can go and connect to each other. It takes that sort of consciousness and awareness to be able to tap into that. What a gift to be able to say, like, Natalie's an incredible healer, you can hear her on Soul Saturations podcast tune in, I think she's episode two or three, she's in one of those very beginning ones so if you want to tune into her wisdom, she's there too. Being able to trust your intuition when you feel like, what I really heard you say is there was something that wasn't right.
Like you could feel there was something more intellectually, you may not have understood what that was and all of the wisdom and knowledge that you had in application still wasn't having that full effect and so when there's something else, it's okay to lean into that soulful place and say, what else is there? What other things can help make this feel different? Right. I really like to be careful about not saying things are right or wrong because that part of your journey was exactly perfect for you. You had to be so ungrounded. And so far out of your body for you to say, Whoa, I want a different experience here. I want something else. But how many women do we know out there? Do we witness out there that are so far out of their bodies that are so, so disconnected from their soul? And one of the things that really resonated with me about your story is that you said you were just going through life, you were doing the things you were supposed to do.
Being able to get grounded and get into your body, I think is a beautiful thing. You mentioned talking about living your soul's Dharma. How has this journey helped to support you to live your Dharma? And first will you tell us what Dharma is? Cause I don't think everybody who's listening to this will know what it is, but I know that's really connected to your journey right now.
Kiki: Your Dharma is your soul's purpose on this earth and so some people believe that you choose your Dharma and your path and what you're going to do when you're re reincarnated based on, based on the lessons that either you want to learn or, you know, you're choosing to learn, or you need to learn in order to move on. Some people think it's chosen for us based on the lessons that we need to learn. I'm reading Sahara Rosa's book on discover your Dharma and it's, it's so, so good. And it's, I highly recommend it to anyone who's interested in learning more about that, but it's just so interesting the way that like everything falls into place and when you look back on it and like, see how all the pieces connect, it's like, I'm like getting overwhelmed thinking about it because it's just, it's crazy.
It's really interesting because I never wanted to be in medicine and I feel like I always felt like I was, I wasn't supposed to say that and now I just, I don't give a and I'm, I'm speaking my truth. I wanted to be a waitress, a teacher, a Marine biologist. I wanted to work at SeaWorld and like swim with the dolphins. I started college as a fashion merchandising major cause I wanted to be like Lauren Conrad on the Hills. Like that's my, that's where my head was at and so I studied fashion merchandising with a minor in business administration for, for all of freshmen and sophomore year. All of a sudden I was like, I hate this. I like I woke one day and was like, I really hate this.
I was always good at math and science. Again, my dad's a doctor, so it was kind of like, that was always an option. It wasn't like I wasn't pressured into it by any means. My dad knew I wanted nothing to do with it. And, um, anyways, I started looking into my options in medicine and trying to figure out which way to go. My dad recommended that I look into physician assistant school and he was like, you know, this, this is a better option than medical school. I went through PA school. It was some of the best, hardest years of my life. I ended up deciding to move back home to the Philadelphia area and work with my dad and I was supposed to actually take over his side of the practice doing, like non-operative orthopedic regenerative injection procedures, because he is so busy. It just worked out that RPA that was running the wellness side of our practice ended up leaving and there was a spot for me to have my own practice and my own patients doing work with men and women's hormones and aesthetic injection procedures.
I was actually thinking about the first question about, about how women can, take the first step to like reconnect with their bodies. The first step is actually usually finding me, it's like the first thing they've ever done for themselves and that is life-changing for that, the fact that find a provider who, you know, understands what they're going through.
Kendall: What are some of the ways that are maybe expanding out your hormone practice and integrating some different types of modalities that really honor the person as a whole, and look at mind, body spirit connections.
Kiki: I really wanted to start moving away from a Western medicine approach to hormones and health in general.What I do is considered, I would, I would say like alternative medicine, but I'm still using hormone medications to help people feel better and so that actually I tried that for myself with my own hormone issue issues and it totally failed me and didn't work for me at all.
Secondly, I have gotten into a more holistic approach for my own health and combating this like chronic Epstein-Barr that I have dealt with and I've just seen how important and what fact fueling your body with, you know, truly healthy foods and you know, just not, not bogging it down with crap.
I am also working around mindset because I mean, there's, we all have a story. Like we all, there's, there's so much there, there's so much to unpack and unless you do, you, you're not going to get to the root cause of what is going on. And so working a lot with like mindset and metaphysical, meaning like the mind body connection, and you know, how your thoughts can, I actually ended up leading to chronic conditions and symptoms down the road. And so, yeah, there's, this there's a lot there, but it's all, it's all so connected. And when we get to the root of, of what is really going on in your body, there's really no need for, I mean, let me just say it, Western medicine has it hasn't it's time, time. Exactly, exactly. And, you know, I, I don't like to like bash it completely, but you know, there's no need for medication, even for hormones when we're getting to the root of all of it, all the above.
Kendall: When it comes to sexuality and your orgasmic potential and all of those things is it, it starts with your energy. It starts with your mind. It starts with the story. Let's talk a little bit about what you do and how you support people in that space and then let's talk about how can we support people together in that space.
Kiki: Whenever a woman comes to me, which I would say the majority of women who come to me for hormone help have low libido. How can you have a libido if you're not connected to your body?
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