Katie received a bachelor of arts degree from Albion College before attending Case Western Reserve University where she completed a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She worked at Munson Medical center for several years as a labor and delivery nurse and certified childbirth educator. In 2005, she completed a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program through Drexel University and is certified through the National Certification Corporation. She and her husband, Jim have lived in Traverse City since 1995. They and their two children, Mary Kathryn and Carson, enjoy traveling, entertaining and skiing.