She Provides a Natural Holistic Approach to Health. Meet Dr. Kivette Parkes, Author & Creator of the "Not Just Weight" Program
Dr. Kivette Parkes is the Author & Creator of the "Not Just Weight" Program & Owner of The Lifestyle Clinic
Q: For those in our audience not familiar with The Lifestyle Clinic, tells about the services you have available.
KP: We Provide Naturopathic Medicine which is a holistic natural approach to primary care.
Q: How long has The Lifestyle Clinic been in business?
KP: 11 years
Q: Tell us about your role as Executive Program Director?
KP: I create and manage the services and educational products and nutritional supplements offered to our members. The things we provide are the absolute best in the industry.
Q: What types of changes have you made since Covid-19 so you can maintain supporting your patients?
KP: We have transitioned to doing 100% virtual appointments. Members can have their sessions from the privacy of their home or office via phone or video.
Q: How important is it for someone to Detox and how often can this be done?
KP: We live in a not so healthy world. We come into contact with toxins that we are not even aware of. Things like exhaust fumes from motor vehicles to breathing in the chemicals used in air-conditioning systems, toxins are everywhere. When you also consider toxins, we know about like chemicals and additives in our food and medications, it becomes apparent that some form of detoxification should happen at fairly regular intervals. I created an exclusive 2 week detox program that anyone can do. We do group detoxes 3 times a year, but people can do it whenever they want on their own schedule. I recommend detoxing 2-3 times per year to maintain optimal health and slow down the aging process.
Q: Can you share with us your education and training you’ve had?
KP: I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. I also have a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and a Doctorate Degree in Naturopathic Medicine from The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. I am trained as a primary care doctor in holistic and natural healthcare.
Q: Which woman inspires you and why?
KP: My Grandmother. Although she is no longer with us, her health journey inspired me to pick the path less traveled and go into a side of medicine that is not focused on drugs and disease but on wellness and prevention instead.
Q: What are some of the challenges you feel women face today?
KP: Unfortunately, still today women are overlooked as thought leaders. We are conditioned to expect the innovators and leaders of industry to be men, since women were denied the opportunity to do so for so long.
Q: What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
KP: Know that only limitations that really exist are the limitations we put on ourselves. You can truly, be, have or do whatever you want in your career. If the opportunity isn’t given to you, create your own opportunity.
Four Things About Dr. Kivette Parkes
1. Favorite Entertainer?
I am Jamaican, so I have to go with Buju Banton.
2. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?
I am fascinated by history so I would probably choose to go back to 1912 - It's right before the Spanish Flu broke out in America. It is also a time when medicine was diverse. Before it became standardized and before pharmaceutical drugs were introduced. I would love to see how the old eclectic doctors practiced by listening to their patients without relying on technology and numbers to tell them what to do.
3. What do you eat for breakfast?
I have my Easy Meal Protein Smoothie with a scoop of my Daily Organic Greens powder. It is the most complete and convenient meal of the day for me. I created those two products to answer the question, ‘What do I eat for breakfast?” which is one of the most common questions I get when talking to someone about their nutrition.
4. What motivates you to work hard?
I am compassionate and I hate to see people suffer needlessly. According to the government, 70% of deaths are due to Lifestyle related issues. That is why I created The Lifestyle Clinic. I figured if I could help people prevent and reverse lifestyle related diseases like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and even cancer, then less people would prematurely lose their grandmothers like I lost mine. It would mean more families would have multiple generations living at the same time and to me, that would change the trajectory of so many young lives. I work hard because nobody should die of an easily preventable chronic condition and everybody deserves to live in a healthy, energetic body that looks and feels amazing.