Katie was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Loyola University in Chicago and spent time studying abroad in Italy. She graduated from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona with a Physician Assistant degree and a Masters of Medical Science. During her program, Katie completed numerous clinical rotations including pediatrics, pediatric gastroenterology, and pediatric orthopedics. She joined RMPGI in October 2007.