Katherine Dee, MD
Dr. Dee is a mom of eight-year-old twin daughters and a six-year-old son and a radiologist in Seattle.
What’s your specialty? I’m a radiologist. I specialize in breast imaging, so I spend all day finding and diagnosing breast cancer.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? When you’re really about to explode, give yourself a time out. Really. The first time I did this, my kids were stunned into silence.
What has surprised you most about parenting? It is definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done—makes med school and residency seem like a walk in the park.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? I always prepare a balanced meal and set it on the table. If they are hungry, they’ll eat it. They don’t get a special treat or other options unless they’ve eaten their meal.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? I work out at the gym every day I’m not working. It is important to me to have a gym with a great kids’ club. I also ski, bike, and paddle my kayak when I can.
How do you recharge your batteries? I’m a big theater buff. (I grew up in New York.) We have season tickets to the Seattle Rep and go to other shows in town as well. I’m also happy just spending time with good friends. The occasional massage is nice too.