Dr. Kirsten Ludwig has been an educator since 2007, when she began teaching at Chapman University and guest lecturing at the University of Virginia Medical School. In 2012 she joined the faculty of Hawthorn University to help grow the doctoral department of holistic nutrition. Since then, Dr. Ludwig has developed and taught a variety of courses at several institutions, including Brandman University, Mount Saint Mary’s University, and Pasadena City College. Dr. Ludwig is also a walking quadriplegic. In 2021, she was thrown from her horse and paralyzed from the shoulders down. She spent a year learning to walk again, as well as feed and clothe herself. Dr. Ludwig is an active member of the community who serves on committees and workgroups to promote the visibility of all types of disabilities in medical education.