Katie grew up in Peachland and graduated from UBC Okanagan with a BSc degree in medical biochemistry. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 2018, where she was awarded the Eschenbach Low Vision Student Award.
She also completed an internship at the Detroit Veterans Affairs Hospital where she worked closely with other health professionals to provide high-level ocular care for American veterans. After graduation, Katie broadened her professional experience by working in the Lower Mainland and North Coast areas. Now that she has settled back in the Okanagan, she is rediscovering what the area has to offer with her husband Paul, and dog Barry!