“I have always been drawn to ‘helping’ as the activity that ignites enthusiasm and engagement for me in both work and play. I spent the first 15 or so years of my career working in home and community settings providing care and advocacy for women, families and children experiencing significant challenges related to trauma, poverty and oppression. I found this work both rewarding and challenging. However, it was my personal experience of encountering difficulties in the journey to becoming a parent that shifted my interest to working in healthcare. Through the care that was provided to my family before, during and after my pregnancies, I saw the many opportunities to ‘help’ that were present in healthcare, particularly OB/GYN. I feel fortunate to be a part of the incredible team of providers at WHA and to do what inspires me every day.”
Katie’s interests center around supporting families in creating strong relationships with their babies and young children, recognizing that this first and most important relationship sets the stage for positive relationships and improved mental health throughout life. She believes that needing support some of the time is a normal part of life and is grateful to be able to provide this to others as her career. Katie’s specific interests include:
When she’s not helping patients, Katie enjoys home improvement projects with her husband, art projects with her daughter and a variety of outdoor activities. She is an avid fiction reader and enjoys gardening, cooking and travel.
Katie is part of a cooperative program with Lifeworks Northwest to provide integrated behavioral health services, working onsite at WHA to help our patients address life issues and reaching their health goals. She serves as the program’s clinical supervisor.
Certificate, Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2011
Master of Science, Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
Bachelor of Arts, English, Luther College, 1998