My experiences as a family physician ensure the best advocacy for you.
I served as a Family Physician in the US Air Force for seven years. During this time, I practiced full spectrum inpatient and outpatient family medicine, caring for newborns, children, adults, and pregnant women. I received numerous awards for my clinical excellence and compassionate care. Upon leaving the Air Force, I spent my last two years of clinical practice at Kaiser Permanente focusing on outpatient adult medicine. I was well respected by colleagues and specialists and collaborated to ensure my patients needs were met. A number of patients with difficult, unsolved medical diagnoses transferred care to me and I tirelessly advocated for them, correctly diagnosing their conditions. My patients felt heard, respected and knew that they had thorough, excellent care. I bring my this expertise to the table when advocating for you.
My experiences as a patient ensure compassionate advocacy for you.
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007 and was forced to stop practicing medicine in 2009 due to complications from my illness. I have advocated for my own care as well as the care of family and friends since then. I understand what it’s like to have your life turned upside down by a new diagnosis. I know how hard it is to advocate for yourself when you’re ill. I've had life-threatening complications mistakenly overlooked, but was able to advocate for correct care because of my medical background. I believe it is essential to have someone with you at the doctor, helping to advocate for your care.
I'm uniquely situated to understand both sides of the examining table and to help you get the best care you deserve.
Kim McIlnay, BCPA
In addition to my expertise as a family physician, I've completed additional training to ensure excellence as an advocate. I earned my credential as a Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) in September 2018 and continue my education to maintain my credentialing. I completed the country’s leading health care advocacy program at UC Berkeley Extension in Fall of 2018. Targeted coursework includes a focus on ethics, case seminars, cultural diversity, geriatric advocacy and family advocacy.
I am a member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy (NAHAC) and the Greater National Advocates. Locally, I am an active member in the Bay Area Health Care Advocates , a local chapter of NAHAC, which meets monthly for education.
I volunteer with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and the Mercy Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center (MSAC) as a volunteer advocate for clients with multiple sclerosis.
I was a board certified family physician from 2003-2010 and changed my medical license to disabled status in 2011 due to chronic illness.
I have personal expertise navigating all of the major medical groups in Sacramento, the VA, UCSF, and Stanford Hospital. Special areas of interest include neurological and cardiac conditions, rare diseases, "mystery" diagnoses, dementia, advocacy for clients who identify as LGBTQ+ and Veteran's Health Care. I advocated for a family member who lived in a nursing home on medi-cal in the area for 4 years which gives me unique insights into these areas as well.
I volunteered at Snowline Hospice as a visiting volunteer and as a Veteran volunteer from 2017-2020. I was a volunteer member of the Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at Sutter Roseville Hospital to advocate to improve the patient and family experience at Sutter from 2018-2022.
I live in Folsom, California, with my husband and teenage son. I have two cats and a rescue dog I nicknamed “Terror.” My pronouns are she and her. I love spending time outdoors, birding and walking with friends when it's cool enough; when it's too warm outdoors, I love curling up with a good fiction book.
I have been living with Multiple Sclerosis throughout my adult life and applied and was approved for Social Security Disability. Just knowing that Together Patient Advocates' Kim Mcilnay is sitting next to me on the roller coaster ride of my health care and management is like never having to hold my breath!
Kim brings reason and calm into every situation we face. It's more than that... Her understanding of what is necessary to successfully navigate health care systems self induced complexity, is reflected in the depth of knowledge she possesses about what I am feeling and experiencing in preparation for facing the next step or hurdle. Kim Mcilnay instills in me such confidence in approaching the intimidating, unknown medical world that I would truly look forward to successive appointments, tests, evaluations with eyes wide open and a "can do" attitude. Kim has a learned ability to translate tests, results, treatment plans, diagnoses and even "physician speak" into words that I can comfortably grasp and understand. She literally turns every potentially nerve racking experience into a walk in the park. On a clear day. With friends. Thank you Kim!