Kat attended Humboldt State University to complete her Bachelor's in Social Work, graduating cum laude. Following her BSW, she attended Boston University to achieve her Master's of Science degree in Health Communications. Her work over the past seven years has been solely focused on supporting and advocating for the cystic fibrosis community. Throughout these years, she has seen first hand the disconnect between the recommendations of the medical community and subsequent applicability for the patient community. Understanding this complex relationship, Kat felt that she could assist in bridging the gap to reach the ultimate health goals of both parties. In order to be prepared to create lasting change in the community she attended Duke Integrative Medicine to become an Integrative Health Coach and is currently in their Certification program. In September, she will sit for board certification through the National Board of Medical Examiners. Kat is on the editorial board for CF Research News, sits on advisory boards for Gilead and Genentech and is a part of the Patient Family Research Advisory Committee and Partnerships for Sustaining Daily Care through the CFF.