Hospice of Chattanooga / Palliative Care Services
Connecting with Patients as People
At Hospice of Chattanooga, Dr. Kathleen Locker helps her patients – many of whom are facing terminal illnesses – understand their medical scenario and make informed decisions about their treatment options. She views her profession like this: “Each patient is a book, and I have been invited into the story in the late chapters – the preceding chapters are often amazing and should not be neglected. I am often allowed to see how the book ends; this is an honor, and I try to earn it.” Working in such an emotional environment, Dr. Locker feels fortunate to have a close-knit team by her side. “My colleagues and staff are so supportive, and we function so well as a team,” she shares. “I always have someone who will listen and who really understands the stress that often comes with this profession – but this is truly where I belong.”
University of South Alabama – Mobile, AL
Board-Certified in Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hospice Medical Director
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
1. What’s the most rewarding part of your profession?
Seeing others shine is the most rewarding part of my profession. Whether it’s my clients who are glowing, my team who is accomplishing their goals, or a new injector learning the ropes, pouring back into others brings me the most satisfaction.
2. What is your best advice for clients?
Do your homework. Check out other client reviews of the practice/provider you choose. Make sure they are medically prepared to give you the best experience possible.
3. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
Compassion and artistry drive my aesthetics practice. Always in pursuit of knowledge, I am able to deliver outcomes that far exceed my clients’ expectations.
4. How do you choose the right procedure for your clients?
It’s an amazing time in the world of medical aesthetics because there are so many options available. As a trainer for the top companies, we receive the latest advances and best practices on the market.
5. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
It’s important that the clients know they are our top priority. A warm and genuine smile coupled with meeting the client’s expressed and unexpressed desires helps set the stage for a rewarding experience.