Kristin Hagen, an original artist; a national winning organist; a talented local, state, and national Team USA competitive dancer; and a previous contestant of Miss Idaho USA, found herself at the young age of nineteen an original survivor of a serious automobile accident. It was not the accident itself, rather her injuries were caused by the force behind a violent deployment of an ‘original’ 1st-generation high-powered airbag (1994). A few years later, during her recovery, she was confronted by yet another airbag. This time it was the redesigned 2nd-generation airbag (1997).

 Always a high-performing athlete and healthy and vivacious individual, in an overnight twist, Kristin experienced severe, immediate debilitation due to the sudden and sheer force of the airbags. Through the lack of definitive wellness plans available across America, Kristin had to forget the kind of complete freedom that fullness of mind, body, and spirit can bring you, and the feeling real mobility enables you. Through God’s hands and original design, she was able to successfully reverse, cure, and re-awaken the modern miracle of being truly well, truly mobile, and being whole once again.

The growing shift of America’s evolving health care system empowered Kristin to take action, identify and implement the cure, and follow the designed concentrated research path into 21st century evidence-based care to cures. Her intensive research and passion for wellness compelled her into creating original 21st century sustainable evidence-based integrative medicine models of personnel, education, and careers, focused on 21st-century care to cures.

Almost nothing in the human experience compares with being at the peak of wellness and Align Above: My Passionate Dance at Life will help and motivate people to start on their pinnacle journey toward their goal. This book is written for anyone who wants to embark on a wellness plan, especially those who have been debilitated or feeling unwell for a long time because of injury, illness, or simply not at your personal peak. Evolving trends in health care delivery and reimbursement models make this a good time for ordinary people to help drive the system from disease based to wellness based, creating closer relationships with their clinicians and incorporating evidence-based integrative medicine into their wellness plans.

It’s time to make a movement; it’s time to make a change. It’s time to be truly well. So, join me, and let’s all be whole in wellness together!


Kristin Hagen is a two-time airbag injury survivor who did not achieve true recovery until utilizing integrative medicine in a structured wellness plan. After discovering integrative medicine that focuses on all components of a patient’s health—including the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects—she was finally able to achieve meaningful results and feel like her true self again. Upon discovering this type of medicine, she decided to make it her life’s mission to grow the field and raise awareness of its benefits. A wellness and nutrition coach, she is a proponent of getting well, staying well and making good life choices. Ms. Hagen is the author of Align Above: My Passionate Dance at Life, a memoir published in 2018, focused on wellness through integrative medicine. A lifetime healthcare informatics professional, she is also Executive Director of the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists and the American College of Clinical Documentation Outcomes.