Helping patients go from injury to recovery
Seeing patients through their injury to recovery is just one of the things Katie Underwood loves about working at OrthoKansas.
Katie, Scott, Kenzie and Beau Underwood
“It’s amazing to watch total joint patients go from being in pain to being able to return to normal activities after surgery. You end up having a relationship with some of these patients,” she said.
A native of Tonganoxie, Katie began working at LMH Health in November 2012 before transitioning to OrthoKansas in February 2017. She earned her associate’s degree at Johnson County Community College and an x-ray certificate at St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology. She now works as the lead radiology technologist at OrthoKansas.
“There’s so much versatility in x-ray, so I get to see all kinds of patients. You can start out as a diagnostic tech and move on to other modalities or stay and specialize in something like orthopedics,” she said. “If you’re looking to go into ortho, my advice is to get a great pair of shoes. It’s a busy place!”
Katie and her husband, Scott, have been married for nearly 20 years and have two children – Beau, 13, and Kenzie, 11. Beau is very active in school and club sports, mainly wrestling, and Kenzie loves to tumble and dance. The family spends a lot of time at Perry Lake in the summer, heading out on the water in their boat.
Health and fitness are very important to Katie and her family. So much so that in her spare time, Katie also works as a personal trainer.
“I earned my personal training certificate in 2014,” she said. “It’s one of my passions. I love being able to pass down healthy habits to my kids.”