Katelynn King, a physician assistant, received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in biology from the University of Georgia. She then earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies, cum laude, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her motivation to study medicine stemmed from her desire to help patients along their medical journeys.
“Holistically, the most meaningful patient visits are those in which a patient will thank me for taking the time to listen,” she explains. “Although this seems small, I believe that each patient’s voice should be heard.”
Early in her career, while working in orthopedic trauma and orthopedic oncology, Katelynn witnessed how a serious diagnosis or chronic pain can alter an individual’s life. This experience led her to shift her career focus to pain management, where she could provide compassionate care while building long-lasting connections with patients.
“The most rewarding part of pain management is allowing patients to continue to live independent lives with adequate pain control,” she says. “I know that there won’t be a cure for the patients that I encounter on a daily basis, but it is very rewarding to know that I do have the ability to change their daily lives, if only a little, for the better.”
A Georgia native, Katelynn spent part of her childhood in California, where she learned how to ski before returning to the East Coast. She enjoys sailing with her family and hiking throughout North and South Carolina. Katelynn and her husband, Cameron, have two dogs, a black lab named Atlas, and a mini Goldendoodle named Chewie.