Founder & Functional Medicine Physician Assistant
Kate Godly holds a bachelor’s in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech (2005), an M.S. in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from UWS (2021), and a Certificate in Physician Assistant Studies from St. John’s University in New York. She has been a PA since 2009.
She began her career in primary care, addiction medicine and infectious disease at an outpatient facility in New York. She later moved to rural North Carolina where she became an HIV specialist and served as an ID consultant for two hospitals.
In an effort to merge her interest in nutrition, what she had learned as a parent, and her own journey with insulin resistance and autoimmune disease, she then became a health coach, and a lactation consultant (IBCLC) traveling the Raleigh-Durham area on home visits. In 2016, Kate became a yoga teacher and dove deeper into the Ayurverdic perspective of health. Similar to Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda sees the patient’s mind, body and spirit as equal parts of one whole– these three parts all influence one another and healing the mind and the spirit is as essential to health as healing the physical body.
After another two years working in fast paced family medicine clinics, Kate left the traditional model to open The Functional Medicine Center in 2017, then called Restoring Balance Family Practice. The name was changed in 2018 to better reflect the way Kate practices medicine. Her mentor is Dr. JP Saleeby of Carolina Holistic Medicine. He is an ILADS trained MD and an AARM fellow.
Kate’s foundation is in gut health, food sensitivities, adrenal fatigue, autoimmune disease, and chronic infections, as well as hormone balancing and detox.
Kate also teaches infectious disease at Campbell PA school in Lillington and is on the mentor board of the Priority Health Academy. She is a member of the North Carolina Integrative Medical Society and the American Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
Kate is also a yoga and meditation instructor and in her free time enjoys traveling, taking her SUP out on the lake, and exploring her home town of Durham with her husband, also a PA, and their two young children.