UltimateHuman.Org Interviews Dr. Amy Killen

UltimateHuman Team Feb 13, 2023
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Dr. Amy B. Killen Interview
Table of Contents
  1. What originally inspired you to get into medicine/ health/ wellness?
  2. What’s your favorite part about working in health?
  3. What are you most proud of in your career so far?
  4. What’s something new in health/ wellness you wish more people knew about?
  5. If you could wave a magic wand and fix something about the modern-day healthcare system, what would it be?
  6. What are you most excited about in the future of health?

Amy Killen, MD is a physician, entrepreneur, author, and longevity & human optimization expert from Texas.

As an international keynote speaker, she been featured on stages like Mindvalley Talks, and on podcasts like The Human Upgrade with Dave Asprey, Ben Greenfield Life, and the Thrive State Podcast with Dr. Kien Vuu (Doctor V.)

Now living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Killen is a recognized leader in the emerging field of anti-aging and regenerative medicine.

Among other entrepreneurial projects & advisory roles, she is the founder and CEO of the Human Optimization Project — a longevity-focused nutritional supplement platform. She also practices at Docere Clinics, which offers treatments like "Full Body Stem Cell Makeovers."

The best places to find her online are on her website - dramykillen.com - and on Instagram: @Dr.AmyBKillen

Now, here's her exclusive interview with UltimateHuman.Org:

What originally inspired you to get into medicine/ health/ wellness?  

I studied Biomedical Science in college because I loved science.

During the summers, I worked at Yellowstone National Park. I had no real plans to go into medicine... until one summer, one of my friends got injured and needed to go to be transferred to the park clinic for treatment.

Seeing her get stabilized and treated by the very-adept doctor made me realize that I wanted to be that kind of person - someone who is handy to have around during an emergency.

So, I went to medical school and became an Emergency Physician.

It wasn't until 10 years later that I transitioned into Human Optimization & Longevity medicine.

What’s your favorite part about working in health?

Medicine is rapidly changing and evolving... and I love being a part of that.

I enjoy waking up every day to read scientific papers and see what new therapy, tool, or treatment is helping people live better & longer.

It's incredibly satisfying to be a part of something so transformative.

What are you most proud of in your career so far?

I'm very proud of myself for walking away from traditional medicine (Emergency Medicine) to walk a path that's relatively new and unmapped.

Leaving the ER was really difficult - it had become a part of my identity by that point. I WAS an ER doctor...

But I was constantly tired, stressed, and no longer filled with curiosity or optimism... so I knew I needed to leave.

I had no idea where I'd end up or if it would work out, but I trusted myself to figure it out.

That leap of faith was the hardest thing I'd ever done.

What’s something new in health/ wellness you wish more people knew about?

I am a regenerative physician, so have spent the last 9 years working in the stem cell space.

Even though stem cell medicine is being talked about more now than in previous years, we still have a long way to go before it becomes mainstream.

Part of that, of course, is because it's still relatively expensive.

But because stem cells and other regenerative therapies can help the body to heal itself, they are very safe and can be quite effective.

I look forward to the day when such options become more widely available.

If you could wave a magic wand and fix something about the modern-day healthcare system, what would it be? 

If I could change our healthcare system I would transform it from a reactive system into a proactive system.

We know that prevention works and that taking care of the whole body is better than taking care of each part or system separately...

But our current paradigm is focused on delivering fractured, reactive care to diseased organs instead of holistic, proactive care of the whole person.

What are you most excited about in the future of health? 

I'm excited about all of the research coming out of the longevity field.

From supplements and repurposed drugs to cellular reprogramming and gene editing...

I can't wait to see where we are in ten years.

I am especially optimistic about research in women's health around delaying ovarian aging and stopping the hormone declines that come with that.

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Table of Contents
  1. What originally inspired you to get into medicine/ health/ wellness?
  2. What’s your favorite part about working in health?
  3. What are you most proud of in your career so far?
  4. What’s something new in health/ wellness you wish more people knew about?
  5. If you could wave a magic wand and fix something about the modern-day healthcare system, what would it be?
  6. What are you most excited about in the future of health?