Expert Profile - Bobbi Kline
Dr. Bobbi Kline, MD
Functional Medicine Physician
Founder of Bobbi Kline MD
Uses her experience as an ObGyn physician, energetic healer, functional and genomic medicine practitioner, along with Human Design and Astrology to help empower women in their life and health challenges along with that of their children.
Dr. Bobbi Kline’s Bio:
Dr. Bobbi Kline combines her decades of experience as an ObGyn physician, energetic healer, functional and genomic medicine practitioner, along with Human Design and Astrology to help women get to the root of the health of mind, body, and spirit.
Dedicated to serving her fellow clinicians in addition to her patients, she has created and taught courses in functional, genomic, energetic medicine within a holistic model through faculty positions with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and The Graduate Institute, and as co-founder of Genomic Medicine Works.
Currently, founder of Bobbi Kline MD, she shares the wisdom gained from her own health journey to empower women in successfully navigating life and health challenges for themselves and their children.
With her unique perspective, she helps women answer the questions, “who am I, why am I here, what do I need to be healthy and how do I get unstuck so I can enjoy the life I’m designed to live?”
Using their Soul’s blueprint as a guide, she helps them understand who they are from the inside out so they can reclaim their true selves, heal from the inside out, discover who they are designed to be, and align their life with their authentic self for greater fulfillment, purpose, health, and joy.
What life events or challenges that you’ve experienced (could be minor, could be major) – whether you’ve experienced them directly or via someone close to you, have had any type of impact on your desire to pursue a career in psychiatry?
From an early age, I learned that the best way to deal with my mother’s narcissism was to take care of her emotional needs over my own, and not shine my own light too brightly. I was also sexually abused by my father between the ages of 4 and 7, and I coped by dissociating and trying to pretend those experiences didn’t happen.
The deep shame I have carried with me ever since has affected my entire life, mostly operating in my unconscious. It’s impacted my ability to have healthy relationships. I know the shame was also what drove me to achieve and strive for perfection in my career. It was like skating on thin ice – I had to keep moving or I would crash through and be drowned by the bottomless depths of the darkness.
But eventually, I couldn’t keep running, and those suppressed feelings and memories caught up with me. I was in my mid-40’s with what seemed like the perfect life: a successful career as an ObGyn, married to another successful professional with 2 lovely daughters. And yet I was miserable. There was a hole in me that was getting bigger and I couldn’t fill it. I didn’t know why.
A shoulder injury that ended my surgical career eventually opened the door to my healing. I realized that my physical pain had a deeper cause, and I needed to find it. I already knew from helping women heal that our emotions and physical health are linked, but quickly I discovered that the conventional approach fell far short of what I needed.
It was when I started an Energy Medicine certification course that I started accessing and releasing the grief that was stored in my body. As I started healing, I had the courage to leave my abusive marriage but I was nowhere near done. Over the past decade, I have continued to seek out ways of healing on all levels, and have truly experienced the interwoven nature of my physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual bodies.
There were times where the PTSD was so bad that I could not work, and I had to close my holistic healing practice. I’ve been hiding in the shadows for the past decade while doing a lot of deep healing, afraid that I would get triggered in a public space or when doing my professional work. But now I am heeding my Soul’s call to re-emerge with a new purpose. I’m scared and I’m excited all at the same time.
Facing my fear of being visible, I am having to really dig deep (again!). Sharing my story and shining a light on my shame is now a key part of my own healing, and my hope is that through sharing my experiences and wisdom gained I can help others.
How did those events impact you emotionally/morally? How, if at all did those events impact the way you view how our current system teaches us to treat patients with mental health challenges?
I now understand that my parents were both suffering from their own childhood trauma that -to this day- they have not been able to acknowledge or heal. I also understand that, as painful as these experiences were, they have shaped my own life in a way that supports my Soul’s journey for this lifetime.
It is not a coincidence that I chose to be an ObGyn. Passionate about empowering other women, I now know that part of me was also trying to empower myself. But beyond the power of listening and helping women be heard, I was woefully lacking in having the tools to go deeper.
The current healthcare system is in itself very often disempowering, and it does not support seeing and addressing the health of the whole person. Our minds and our brains are not separate from the rest of our being. Mental health is so closely linked with our biochemistry, our physical structure, our emotions, our energy fields, and our spiritual beliefs. Mental Health challenges are not just something that is “in our heads” and gets “fixed” by cognitive therapy and/or medication. We have to change the conversation in order to move beyond that model.
The Greek word Psyche means “Soul”, but our current approach to psychological well-being leaves out the very core of who we are. We each come in with a blueprint for our Soul, and when we are imbalanced in any one of these areas it creates dis-ease.
When and why did you decide to actually focus on working with patients dealing with mental health issues, specifically, and how was your decision shaped by the experiences above?
In 2009, when I was studying Energy Medicine, I realized firsthand the often invisible influence of our emotions and traumatic experience on our health – and that there was another way to help myself and others heal.
What methods or practices do you utilize to help individuals get/feel better?
When people understand who they are from the inside out, they feel empowered to let go of all that they are not, and embrace the freedom of being themselves. I draw upon each person’s Soul blueprint to understand what is going on underneath the surface, and what they need to heal. Currently, I leverage my experience and expertise in Women’s Health, Functional Medicine, Genomic Medicine, Energy Medicine, Psychic Intuition, Human Design, and Astrology to help people see who they truly are and guide them to what they need to restore the balance of mind, body, and spirit.