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The Thirlby  People often ask me the meaning of Thirlby. There is no definition, it’s simply a name. I chose it in my initial venture into blogging through my tumblr at the wee age of fourteen. It was and still is a curation of all that I find aesthetically pleasing. I love Thirlby precisely because it is definition-less — a name that exists simply in its letters. It’s whimsical, beautiful, tuneful. It sounds like twirling — who doesn’t love the pure joy of that? So, Thirlby has become all that is beautiful in its simple and inexplicable state. That is what I try to cultivate within my life — to find beauty and live within it without having to define or explain it in any way: simply absorbing, being, and appreciating the moment.

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Contact me at almila.kakinc@gmail.com




A L M I L A   K A K I N C - D O D D  is an Integrative Medicine practitioner trained at Duke University, Medical Anthropologist, and Author of the book The Thirlby: A Field Guide to a Vibrant Mind, Body, & Soul, out Spring 2018 wherever books are sold. She lives in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. 

Before launching her book Integrative Medicine practise, The Thirlby, Almila Kakinc-Dodd worked in the Public Health field with various organisations including the Environmental Working Group (EWG). She received her Bachelor's Degree in Medical Anthropology English Literature summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College. She then received her Integrative Medicine training at Duke University. Almila is a regular contributor to various wellness lifestyle publications.


W E L C O M E   H O M E / amidst the tides of our days, may this space pouring out of my heart expand yours—that is my mission

I have never been one to measure out life in coffee spoons or sip on short snippets of people's lives  . . . here is the whole cup of my story to drink in—chin chin!

Transplanted from the straits of Bosphorus to Washington, D.C. on a night's notice at the age of ten, my life quickly resembled Istanbul's Eurasian divide. Afloat at the crossroad of cultures, I cultivated a home in my heart & vision instead. 

A R T   O F  A E S T H E T I C S
Missing the Matisse prints of our home in Istanbul, I took on painting & art classes. Curving away my brush + sculpting bodies, I escaped the tenderness of mine. My body was afflicted with not only the trauma of puberty—yes—but illness that dislocated my presence further away from the liminal, stateless space it occupied. My vision softened and my heart found solace in aesthetics & art. Hailed from a family of writers & artists, I began composing + publishing a little compilation of poems. I also became immersed in design, which was the basis of my first entry into the world of blogging via my tumblr. Now, I infuse that background with the digital palette of The Thirlby, where I visually curate life's pleasures & spiritually smack with words  . . .

H O L I S T I C  H E A L T H  | I began my journey into yoga & holistic health at the age of fourteen, which  further liberated me from the tentacles of disease. I devoured vinyasa & Anusara yoga classes daily while creasing up pages on Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. My philosophy on nutrition is an emphasis on healing traditional foods that are accommodating of allergens and autoimmune conditions that I myself have to navigate through. 

On The ThirlbyI offer warm, frothy lattés, Ottolenghi-inspired spreads& salad hacks to nosh on. The Farmacy & The Guide posts deepen vibrancy within each cell by offering tips from energy medicine to affordable holistic beauty buys.




My Practise
I welcome clients both in-person online worldwide in my Integrative Medicine practice.  My approach is threefold; I fuse the training I have received at Duke University with my extensive background in Medical Anthropology and English Literature. This allows me to extend to my clients the revolutionary and unique care of narrative healthcare, where we work together to not only identify symptoms but consider your story. 

I offer advisory support services to that welcomes all ages and is non-binary in its understanding of gender. I also offer guidance for professionals at corporate environments. Each client receives individualised care catering to their physical psychological narrative, taking their whole body and history into consideration. 

Each session following the initial consultation is offered on an hourly basis with personalised packages available. Each client is eligible to cancel an appointment once it's booked given a 24-hour notice and may reschedule at another convenient time.

During our sessions together, we will holistically navigate through your health history, considering both the physical as well as the emotional bodies. We will unearth both physical and energetic blocks that can manifest themselves into a limited version of your life. Through considerate care unparalleled by conventional biomedical office visits, we will customise your health plan to consider a psychosomatic understanding of attaining whole, vibrant health specific to you. This is a partnership of my expertise and your understanding of your story to rewrite the narrative of your life by optimising your health. It's an anthropology of healing.

If you're ready to shift your health life, contact me at almila.kakinc@gmail.com




D I S C L A I M E R
All information + opinions on this site are strictly editorial. Nothing from this site can be reproduced without permission from the author. No opinion on this site has been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please consult a health practitioner to treat any medical issues.

I  work with affiliate programs  to support the work I do for you and receive a small bit of commission when you buy products through this space, at no cost to you. However, all opinions are my own.


S P O N S O R S H I P
Thank you for your interest in partnering up with The Thirlby to expand your brand’s presence & reach. Partnerships are carefully curated and are posted for a fee. The readers of both the site & book are dedicated followers who are keen on holistic products that are also aesthetically pleasing. If your product or company is in alignment, please send an e-mail to almila.kakinc@gmail.com.

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