Kay Corpus, MD
Dr. Corpus is a mom of a six-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son and a family physician specializing in Integrative and Functional Medicine which blends non-conventional philosophies with western medicine emphasizing whole foods nutrition, exercise, meditation, yoga, and deep self-inquiry as a means to true health and vitality
She is currently director of Owensboro Health Integrative Medicine, where she promotes holistic health and healing for her patients. She specializes in women’s health, including hormone imbalance, gastrointestinal disorders, food sensitivities, allergies, and chronic fatigue.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Let your children be who they are. Pay attention to their special gifts and help them cultivate it in every way possible. My daughter has been an artist from a very young age. She loves to create and express herself-drawing, writing, speaking, dancing, and dressing. She has art paper, crayons, paint, crafts, and journals everywhere. She wears the craziest outfits sometimes that I’ve had to learn not to overly criticize and change. It’s wonderful to see her grow and embody her passion and self-expression at such a tender age.
What has surprised you most about parenting? Children are our greatest Zen teachers. It’s not only about what we teach them, but how they teach us. My children have taught me to be less controlling, more creative, and more free-spirited. They have taught me to be more like them.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? My house is full of healthy food. I love eating healthy and whole. I let my children know what is healthy and why. They love green and fruit smoothies in the morning. My son believes eating blueberries will make his muscles strong. He loves them! We let them help out cooking meals. Of course they love the occasional junk food too, but they know it’s a treat and that they should not eat it all the time. We try to teach them to be aware of their food, where it comes from, and how it makes them feel.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? I have to actually make it a priority. I put it on my Outlook calendar as part of my day. Sometimes, my kids and I turn on some music and have a half hour dance party in the kitchen. That really burns calories! We take them to the park when the weather is nice. My kids also love practicing yoga with me. They love doing Downward Dogs and Backbends every chance they get.
How do you recharge your batteries? I spend time alone. I need quiet, reflective time to hear my thoughts, know what I’m feeling and what I need. Massages, yoga, meditation, good sleep, and Epsom salt baths are important as well. Reading books by Caroline Myss, Louise Hay, and Christiane Northrup, MD, help with self-inquiry and excavation.