Dr. Katherine's open-minded approach and perceptive insight will empower you to achieve a higher state of health, and a higher state of self.
Out of personal need, Dr. Katherine began a journey to learn more about how to help people, like her, that began to lose themselves in a body that no longer felt comfortable. Her symptoms became downright confusing, and as a doctor who couldn’t figure out her own health, she was almost embarrassed to talk to her physician about it. Dr. Katherine had to learn a new way of looking at the human body, one that encompassed more than just a set of labs or an EKG – she learned to look at the whole person over the course of their “healthspan”, and look at what led up to the present set of symptoms causing distress. Every “body” has a story. If you look hard enough it starts to make sense.
During medical school and residency Dr. Katherine learned about diagnosing and treating diseases, but not much about what caused them. In her years in the hospital wards and the emergency room, she took notice of the effects that unhealthy environments and poor lifestyle choices had on both her patients and peers – and unfortunately, herself. She saw thousands of patients existing in that gray zone between health and disease where there is no clear diagnosis, and thus no acknowledgement from the medical profession. Many accept this as a normal state of being. This “pre-disease” state is an alarm signal from the body that needs to be listened to and corrected.
About 10 years into her career, Dr. Katherine began to understand that the pursuit of health beyond just the absence of disease is a specialty unto itself – one she didn’t learn in medical school or residency, but had to seek out on her own.
She began formal study in Functional Medicine in 2014 and is now officially certified through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Katherine passed her exam in April of 2016, making her the 4th MD in the state of South Carolina to receive this honor.
Her education does not stop there – in fact, it has just begun. She is continually reading, researching, and attending conferences worldwide to add to her depth of understanding. And of course, her patients teach her even more every day.
Dr. Katherine is honored to be able to offer the answers you might otherwise not be able to find, and help you return to a life you love.
“I appreciate you taking the time to listen to what I’m looking for. I know there is something in my diet and/or lifestyle creating inflammation or something that is keeping me from reaching the next level, and I think with your help we can nail it down. You’re def. the doc I want to work with on this.”
“Y’all are the best, thank you so much! We have to thank Dr. Birchenough for getting pregnant, we have been trying 1.5 years and 3 miscarriages but are so thankful for your help in getting my body healthy again :)”
“I have been feeling 100% myself the past 2.5 months health-wise. Thank you so so much for helping me get back to feeling good, I am so appreciative! I have no migraines, diarrhea, stomach pain, lethargy, etc, wahoo!!”
After 3 1/2 years and eleven other doctors, Dr. Katherine took the time and interest needed to put me back on the road to good health. Her knowledge and intellectual curiosity combined with her care and patience are a gift to her patients. She surrounds herself with an equally kind and helpful staff – every visit is a positive experience!