We recently connected with Dr. Katina Kennedy and have shared our conversation below.
Dr. Katina, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. We’d love to hear about how you went about setting up your own practice and if you have any advice for professionals who might be considering starting their own?
Many people would say I am crazy for starting my own medical practice in the middle of the Covid pandemic. However in October 2020 I woke up in the middle of the night with a heavy thought on my mind. The thought was to open my own practice. I truly believe it was put in my heart by God to make that major step! The next question was, how am I going to afford to open my own medical practice? That was the major challenge! Therefore I researched various grants and was awarded a small grant to help fund my practice. Long story short, January 2021 I opened the doors of my multi-specialty nurse practitioner independently owned medical practice. One would say, wow three months later?!?! That was fast!! Well, it didn’t take much. I hired a realtor to find a nice affordable suite and that did not take long. I have been a nurse practitioner since 2007 therefore many of my patients from over the years were eager to come to my new practice. In just 6 months of opening I had over 700 patients. My advice for those who want to open their own practice is don’t give up! Create an action plan to your idea. Research other businesses similar to yours and network.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers
Good health is the foundation of life. Dr. Katina Davis-Kennedy, is a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specialize in primary care, gynecology, mental health, and sexual health. She is a speaker, author, professor, television and radio health expert, entrepreneur, and fitness advocate. She started her career in 2003 and has never wavered in her effort to teach people about good health.
Energetic, compassionate and caring, are just a few words that describe, Dr. Katina. She has continued to build an adept career within the medical industry through strong community ties and her ability to speak and reach people in a unique way. Dr. Katina began her journey studying nursing at Florida A&M University, and then went on to complete her masters’ degree in nursing at Florida Atlantic University and her doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Katina served as a Registered Nurse (RN) for four years in the medical-surgical trauma and critical care unit. Since 2007, she is currently a certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that practices primary care medicine, teen, men, and women’s health. She is an advocate for getting and staying physically fit and for managing and treating chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and various men, women and teen health issues. Her passion is adolescent and women’s health. She specializes in STD education and treatment among the teen population. Her vision is connecting health and wellness to your everyday life
If you could go back, would you choose the same profession, specialty, etc.?
I looooove my profession!! However if I had to change something within my profession, I would go back to become a midwife therefore I am able to deliver babies. Currently I have years of mental health, primary care, gyn, and urgent care experience. I wouldn’t mind helping to bring a baby in this world.
Can you tell us about a time you’ve had to pivot?
A major pivot in my career was when I made the decision to open my own practice. During covid the places I worked at were cutting their hours and some were even closing their doors. I made the decision to open my telehealth practice in the midst of the covid pandemic. However many people wanted to see me in an office. Therefore I proceeded with opening a brick and mortar. Everything happens for a reason! I truly believe that!