Episode 229 - Dr Nikki Kelly


Dr. Nikki Kelly AP, DACM, is a former firefighter who started her service volunteering for 2 years with Winter Park Fire Rescue in Winter Park Florida in the Public education and fire prevention departments where she won volunteer of the year in 2004. She was a career Engineer/EMT for the City of Tavares Fire Department in Tavares Florida for 6 years where she was awarded firefighter of the year in 2010. She was also the first ever recipient of the Mickel-Begg Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Kelly has her Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II Fire Inspector I Fire Inspector II certifications and an AS in Fire Science. Dr. Kelly initially discovered the benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine 11 years ago after sustaining a back injury during a training exercise while on duty.  She was treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and learned firsthand about the rapid pain relief and healing ability of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.  After this positive experience, Dr. Kelly has dedicated her acupuncture career to helping first responders by using this remarkable medical system.

Dr. Kelly has a Master of Science in traditional Oriental Medicine and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. She has her Florida and California State license and is nationally certified through the NCCAOM with her Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. She has a part- time mobile practice which is a non-profit for first responders named First Response Acupuncture.

First Response Acupuncture provides mobile acupuncture services which specializes in the treatment of PTSD, insomnia, stress, anxiety, addiction, and pain management in first responders. She worked one year as an emergency vehicle dispatcher where she received lifesaving and unit citation awards. Dr. Kelly currently works full time for Brevard County Fire Rescue as a fire inspector.

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