Katherine (Kati) E. Beben, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Beben always knew she wanted to be a rural family doctor growing up in the “quiet corner” of Connecticut.  She majored in Biology and Spanish at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA where she met her husband Philip, a high school math teacher.  After doing a gap year as a clinical research coordinator for a urology office she moved back home to start medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  While there she coordinated a Migrant Farmworker Clinic, volunteered at clinics at homeless shelters and YWCA housing developments and spent an afternoon a week at a rural family medicine office honing her skills.  She received a HRSA National Health Service Corps scholarship while in medical school which cemented her commitment to rural primary care.  She moved to South Carolina to complete her residency training at AnMed Health and after graduation she and her growing family moved to El Dorado Springs, Missouri so she could work at a Rural Health Clinic.  While there she practiced full-spectrum family medicine including obstetrics, nursing home and hospice care, inpatient medicine and home visits.  Due to financial issues with the hospital, she was left without a place to deliver babies so came back to Anderson, SC where she worked in a hospital-owned practice and became a community preceptor for the AnMed Health program.  That’s where she found her love for teaching.  She joined the Seneca Family Medicine Residency Program in its infancy as the Associate Program Director and has been focused on developing the Women’s Health/OB curriculum as well as the longitudinal curriculum overall.  In her spare time, she can be found at gymnastics meets cheering on her oldest son, soccer games with her middle two kids or just being silly with her preschooler as well as on family trips to the beach or mountains.