From early on, Katie felt a strong pull towards healthcare, driven by a sincere wish to help others. This led her to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from MacMurray College and subsequently, a Master’s in Nursing with a specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Western Carolina University.
Throughout her journey, Katie found ways to channel her healing instincts where they were needed most. She initiated a start-up primary care clinic, emphasizing outreach to the homeless, and also worked closely with nursing facilities and VA clinics, dedicating her expertise to the often overlooked and addressing the unique challenges faced by individuals with chronic illnesses.
One of the transformative moments in her career was her internship with Dr. James Biddle of Asheville Integrative Medicine. This experience deepened her appreciation for holistic, patient-centric care. To sharpen her skills, Katie trained intensively in Anti-Aging, Metabolic, and Functional Medicine with A4M. Under the mentorship of renowned experts, including Dr. Sherry Li of the Global Anti-Aging and Wellness Center in Macomb, Illinois, she completed her Fellowship studies and became one of the pioneering Nurse Practitioners in Illinois to be granted Full Practice Authority.
In 2021, eager to bring holistic care to her hometown, Katie took the entrepreneurial leap and founded her own functional medicine practice in Illinois. Here, she specialized in areas like bio-identical hormone replacement, nutrition, adrenal fatigue, autoimmune conditions, and anti-aging, always emphasizing a more profound understanding of each patient’s unique narrative.
When the opportunity arose to join Dr. Lari Young’s team in North Carolina, it felt like a harmonious step forward. This move was a natural evolution in her journey, emphasizing the core belief that medical care should intertwine scientific expertise with genuine, patient-focused attention.