Kim Mcilnay's experience as a family physician ensures the best advocacy for you.
Kim first served as a Family Physician in the US Air Force for seven years. During this time, she practiced full spectrum family medicine, caring for newborns, children, adults, and pregnant women. She practiced both inpatient and outpatient medicine and received numerous awards for her clinical excellence and compassionate care. Upon leaving the Air Force, she spent her last two years of clinical practice at Kaiser Permanente focusing on outpatient adult medicine. She was well respected by colleagues and specialists and collaborated to ensure her patients needs were met. A number of patients with difficult, unsolved medical diagnoses transferred care to her and she tirelessly advocated for them, correctly diagnosing their conditions. Her patients felt heard, respected and knew that they had thorough, excellent care.
Kim Mcilnay experiences as a patient ensures compassionate advocacy for you.
Kim developed a chronic disease in 2007 and stopped practicing medicine in 2009 due to complications from her illness. She has advocated for her own care since then as well as the care of family and friends. She understands what it’s like to have your life turned upside down by a new diagnosis. She knows how hard it is to advocate for yourself when you’re ill. She’s had life-threatening complications mistakenly overlooked. She believes it is essential to have someone with you at the doctor, helping to advocate for your care.
Kim Mcilnay is uniquely situated to understand both sides of the examining table and to help you get the best care you deserve.
Kim is a qualified advocate. She will satisfy her Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) credentials in Fall 2018. She completed the country’s leading health care advocacy program at UC Berkeley Extension. Aligned with national licensing requirements, this certificate program produces health care advocates who are a cut above the rest. Targeted coursework included focuses on ethics, case seminars, cultural diversity, geriatric advocacy and family advocacy.
Kim acts as a medical advocacy consultant to area advocates and was selected by UC Davis to provide advocacy for UCD graduate students.
Kim is a member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy (NAHAC) and the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA). Kim helped organize the Sacramento area advocates into a group now known as NorCal Patient Advocates. This group meets regularly to support each other in advocacy, providing relevant speakers and ongoing education.
In September, 2018, Kim was selected to become a member of the Sutter Patient Family Advisory Council. The PFAC works with Sutter Roseville hospital leadership, medical providers and staff to improve the patient and family experience at Sutter. Kim is excited to improve the health and experience of all Sutter patients and families.
Kim graduated in the top of her class at Drexel University School of Medicine and received awards for excellence in the curriculum and in Family Medicine. She was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
She completed her residency at the joint UC Davis/Travis Air Force Base Family Medicine residency program and received awards for being the most Humanistic Resident, Best Family Medicine Teacher, and Top Family Medicine Resident. She was the first in the history of the program to receive all three awards.
She served as Medical Director of the Misawa Family Medicine Department in Misawa, Japan, from 2005-2007 and was selected to teach Family Medicine Residents and medical students during her final year of USAF service at Travis AFB Family Medicine Residency Program.
Kim spent the final two years of her career at Kaiser Permanente in Folsom, CA, focused on adult outpatient care.
She was a board certified family physician from 2003-2010 and changed her medical license to disabled status in 2011 due to complications from a chronic health condition.
She volunteers with the National MS Center and the Mercy Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center as a volunteer advocate. She was an in-home volunteer and is currently providing Veteran's Recognition ceremonies at Snowline Hospice for our Veterans on hospice.
Kim has received care for herself and family members at all of the major medical groups in Sacramento, the VA, UCSF, and Stanford Hospital and is comfortable navigating these medical systems. Special areas of interest include neurological and cardiac conditions, rare diseases, "mystery" diagnoses and Veteran's Health Care. Given her family practice training, she is comfortable advocating for Pediatric, Adult and Geriatric clients.
Kim lives in Folsom, California, with her husband and daughter. She has two cats and a rescue dog she nicknamed “Terror.”