MEET DR. KATE KASS, ND
Dr. Kate Kass is a functional medicine physician in the state of Washington. She treats a broad range of acute and chronic conditions, specializing in men’s and women’s hormone health, andropause, menopause, bioidentical hormones and hormone pellets, sexual health and function, and regenerative medicine. She believes that there is no “one-size- fits-all” solution and that a patient’s unique constellation of symptoms, genetics, and environmental factors should guide her treatment. Dr. Kass embraces the philosophy of treating the system instead of individual symptoms, as it reflects her own healthcare experience.
The journey to wellness & a career in medicine
Like many other practitioners, Dr. Kass pursued a career in functional medicine because of personal health challenges. She was drawn to medicine early on. She needed to understand what was going on in her own body, and felt like she was slipping through the cracks of conventional medicine. Her doctors’ blanket treatment of her symptoms wasn’t getting at their underlying cause.
In high school, she reported to her doctor for anxiety, fatigue, and irregular periods. She was diagnosed with osteopenia (low bone density) and anemia, which were seen as separate issues rather than related symptoms of an underlying problem. Her anxiety was not addressed. Her doctor chalked it up to being slender and athletic, and recommended she go on birth control to manage the symptoms. As she moved into her 20s, she continued to struggle with fatigue, low iron levels, and low bone density. Doctors prescribed Fosamax, a powerful drug that can slow bone loss but has some wicked side effects, such as osteonecrosis of the jaw. That’s as bad as it sounds.
It was at this point that Dr. Kass, not feeling heard by her primary care doctor, turned toward a functional medicine practitioner who worked with her to discover the root cause of her health issues: leaky gut due to a severe food allergy. Dr. Kass corrected her diet and healed her gut, and also had to address environmental factors, stress, and lifestyle choices to regain wellness.
Her conventional medicine primary care doctor didn’t stop to think about why an otherwise healthy twenty-something woman was experiencing low bone density and chronic anemia. The doctor missed the big picture and instead “band-aided” individual symptoms with pharmaceuticals. During this road to wellness, Dr. Kass discovered a different paradigm of medicine and her calling. She was drawn to the fields of functional medicine, realizing through personal experience that there is no “one-size- fits-all” treatment and our unique constellation of symptoms, genetics, and environmental factors should dictate our care.
A practice grounded in functional medicine,
a commitment to continuing education
It is Dr. Kass’ highest priority to bring you the most effective and leading-edge therapies in age management and functional medicine. She has an education grounded in both functional and conventional medicine, and tirelessly seeks out new research and literature, therapies and protocols, and opportunities for advanced training.
Dr. Kass earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of California–San Diego, renowned for its rigorous biomedical sciences.
She is an active member of the following professional organizations:
- AntiAging Group, a highly specialized consortium of physicians
- American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
- Institute for Functional Medicine
- Age Management Medicine Group
- Integrative Women’s Health Institute
Licensed as a primary care physician, she is slated to become board-certified in anti-aging/restorative medicine by the end of 2016.
The patient experience
So what does this all mean for you? Dr. Kass believes in treating the system, not the symptom. In other words, she partners with you to get a comprehensive health picture so that she can understand and treat underlying imbalances in your body and guide you in your journey to optimal wellness.
Dr. Kass is passionate about finding the most up-to- date solutions for patients. The drive to find answers often keeps her up at night! Because of her commitment, you can expect to receive the most advanced, effective, and thorough treatment. You will be heard and you will be healed.
Contact Dr. Kass to start living your best life today.