Dr. Katherine “Katie” Woods, a native of Pisgah and graduate of Pisgah High School, has joined DeKalb Primary Care in Rainsville. She joins another Pisgah native, longtime family medicine physician Ricky Deerman, M.D.
“I’m looking forward to having an additional physician in Rainsville,” said Deerman, who has been providing care in Rainsville since 1988. “Up until now, I have been the only physician in my practice. Dr. Woods brings another family medicine doctor who also has a focus in additional women’s gynecological services to the growing Rainsville area. I am also excited that she is an Alabama native.”
As a practicing family medicine physician, Woods treats a wide range of acute sickness and chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, COPD and hypothyroidism, among others, and she is most looking forward to “giving back” to the community she was raised in.
“PCPs are gateways to healthcare for many, especially in a rural area,” said Woods. “I love treating the whole person and developing trusting relationships with my patients. This way, I can help patients meet their healthcare goals and preventive care to help patients live fuller, longer lives.”
Woods earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2011 and then attended the Rural Medicine Program at Auburn University before going on to earn her Master of Public Health from UAB School of Public Health and her medical degree from the UAB School of Medicine in 2018.
She recently completed her three-year residency with UAB Huntsville Family Medicine Residency Program. She is a member of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians.
Woods said her favorite part of being a physician is the people she gets to help and that she is committed to a philosophy of giving her best self to each patient.
“It’s important to me to make patient care my priority, with being open and honest,” she said. “A strong patient/physician relationship is essential to being able to provide quality medical care in this community setting. Every patient needs something different; I try to treat all my patients as how I would treat my family or myself.”
Woods is looking forward to practicing medicine in Rainsville and working at DeKalb Primary Care.
“After getting to know the folks at DeKalb Regional Medical Center and Dr. Deerman, I appreciate and agree with how they put patient care needs first. I’ve been very impressed with our local healthcare system and the advances made lately.”
Woods is excited to be back close to her family, and enjoys cooking, attending church and spending time with her dog, Kevin.
She is currently taking new patients. To make an appointment, call 256-638-1181.