Dr. Katherine “Katie” Dunlap, MD
Katie is originally from Northern Virginia, but she is a fourth generation visitor to Montreat, in Western North Carolina, and it is no surprise to now call this area home. She studied Classical Studies at Tulane University, Public Health University of Illinois at Chicago, and Medicine at Georgetown University. After Katie finished her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Duke in 2016, she headed straight to the mountains and started working in community mental health and at an adolescent treatment facility.
Katie’s path towards medicine started later than most, initially wanting to pursue archaeological anthropology, but she found her calling while in the Peace Corps volunteering in Paraguay after college. She thought this would lead her to work internationally in primary care, but quickly discovered that psychiatry and working with children was the best fit for her. She enjoys working with and empowering families. As she started her own family, her interest working internationally changed into doing volunteer trips and she turned her focus to working in WNC.
Katie has been on the NCCCAP executive council since 2014 and finding ways to advocate for the pediatric mental health populations. In addition to working in underserved communities, her special interests are treating Autistic children and adults, adolescents transitioning into adulthood, medical education, and medically ill children with psychiatric comorbidities. Outside of Foothills, she is a faculty member for the MAHEC psychiatry residency and UNC school medicine. When Katie is not working, you will find her spending time with her two children, husband, and large dog. She enjoys hiking, painting, sitting on porches, reading, yoga, traveling, and exploring all the wonderful places WNC has to offer!