Katherine Garling, DO, MBA



American Board of Pediatrics



Medical School:

Kansas City University of Medicine & Biology


Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center


Dr. Garling is a doctor at the CHKD Urgent Care at Tech Center.

She grew up the oldest of four children on a small farm in rural Wisconsin.

She completed her medical school in Kansas City before moving east for her residency in pediatrics at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She moved to Norfolk with her husband, who is in the U.S. Air Force, and has enjoyed getting to know the military community.

Dr. Garling is passionate about health information technology projects and researching ways that computer systems can improve patient and provider health. She also has a strong interest in parenting strategies and policies, for which she enjoys advocating on behalf of young families.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, exploring the local beaches, swimming, reading, and learning to play the violin.

Clinical Interests:

  • Clinical protocols
  • Medical education
  • Parenting

Honors and Awards:

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Pediatric Advocacy Award, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Clinical Scholar in Informatics, Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Marcia Wofford Humanism Award


  • Garling, K. 2022. No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk. Journal of Academic Pediatrics.
  • Kaeppler, Katherine E, et al. 2018. Infant Male with TARP Syndrome: Review of Clinical Features, Prognosis, and Commonalities with Previously Reported Patients. American Journal of Medical Genetics.
  • Hellenbrand, D. J., Kaeppler, K. E., Ehlers, M. E., Thompson, C. D., Zurko, J. C., Buchholz, M. M., . . . Hanna, A. 2016.. Immunohistochemical assessment of rat nerve isografts and immunosuppressed allografts. Neurological Research
  • Hellenbrand, D.J., Kaeppler, K.E., Hwang, E., Ehlers, M.E., Toigo, R.D., Giesler, J.D., Vassar-Olsen, E.R. and Hanna, A. 2013. Basic Techniques for Long Distance Axon Tracing in the Spinal Cord. Journal of Microscopy and Research Techniques
  • Hanna, A., Kaeppler, K.E., Ehlers, M.E., Dadsetan, M.D., Yaszemski, M.J., Toigo, T.D., Kim, J., Hwang, E., Bogarin-Miranda, E., Buchholz, M.M., Springer, A.R., and Hellenbrand, D.J. 2012. Peripheral Nerve Grafts and Chondroitinase ABC Application Improves Functional Recovery After Complete Spinal Cord Transection. Journal of Neurology Research.

Contact Info:



Tech Center Urgent Care and Office
680 Oyster Point Road
Newport News, VA 23602