As a child, Dr. Katherine Hurd knew medicine was her calling after watching a slideshow from her aunt’s mission trip to Uganda. Each picture showed her a beautiful world in need and she felt the pull to respond.
“From that moment on, I was drawn to medicine and medical missions,” she said.
Years later, after completing medical school at the University of Washington, Hurd took a job with a non-profit in Uganda conducting malaria research. Her childhood dream became reality.
Hurd joined The Everett Clinic in 2015 and currently works as a physician in the Gunderson Walk-In Clinic. She is an Everett native and especially familiar with the Walk-In Clinic having been a TEC patient growing up and visiting the Clinic frequently.
“My whole family has gone to TEC. We have consistently received excellent care,” she said. “The next generation of my family is now coming here. It’s amazing to see.”
Hurd enjoys interacting with a wide variety of patients at the Walk-In Clinic and the integrated health system TEC offers. The Everett Clinic provides patients at walk-in clinics with convenient care, experienced providers and staff, advanced diagnostic capabilities, and a network of specialists.
The value you get by coming to TEC is head and shoulders above the rest,” Hurd said. “We have amazing expertise and the resources here to deliver outstanding care. I love working in an environment where we are able to do what’s right for each patient.”
Hurd’s philosophy of patient care is holistic— getting to know and understand the whole person she is treating.
“The bulk of healing occurs when you can build a relationship that allows you to really know a person, hear a person, and see a person,” she said.
Hurd came to TEC after working in primary and urgent care in Washington D.C. She values the culture at TEC of providing the best value for patients and working to solve problems in the health care system.
“At TEC, we get the chance to really use our medical knowledge to figure things out,” she said. “There is a culture of taking ownership and doing what’s best for our patients. It’s the way health care is supposed to be.”
When she’s not treating patients, Hurd enjoys spending time with her family and immersing herself in the outdoor culture of the Pacific Northwest.