Philosophy

The primary purpose of Well Life is to get sick people well.  I feel this is best done is within the framework of Integrative Family Medicine. I believe medicine is much more than just dispensing pills.  I take care of each patient as I would my own family.  There are many obstacles to leading a productive healthy life. We are living longer due to the improvement in public health, nutrition, and modern medicine. Yet in many ways we have become less healthy. Obesity, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, autism, are consuming the population. Much of what we suffer from is self inflicted and based in a lack of discipline. We have been tricked into valuing momentary pleasure instead of long lasting health. Our health is an amalgam of the air we breathe, food we eat, and thoughts we think.  “Health is what we do for our body minus what we do to our body.” Some people come to the health care provider looking for the magic pill.  Others blame the healthcare provider when they don't get better eventhough they are still smoking, not exercising, eating junkfood and are overweight. 

 A Zen Buddhist opened up a hot-dog stand and his first customer paid with $20 dollars. After waiting, the customer demanded, “Where’s my change?” “Sir,” replied the Buddhist, “change must come from within.” Unless we make certain changes in our life disease will find us again. Most of us know that our bodies were designed to heal.  If we get a cut, we aren’t going to bleed to death and in a lot of cases it will heal without even evidence of what happened. Most of our sickness is simply a defense the body has put up to protect itself as the “check engine light”.  Conventional treatments are often aimed at masking the symptom. This would be like sticking a piece of tape over the warning light. The problem is still there you just don’t notice it until it is too late and you have to replace the engine

I have observed inflammatory bowel diseases go into remission, HA1Cs brought down from 13 to 6, women with PCOS begin regular pain free cycles, and 20 year chronic intractable pain all relieved with alternative therapies which previously had failed conventional treatments. Thus far, it has been my experience that conventional treatments are well suited in the acute setting but are often lacking when it comes to chronic conditions. Bottom line, I want to find what works and does the least amount of harm, whether it is a conventional or alternative method.

About KC Devine, FNP-C

Katherine “KC” Devine is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in a variety of settings. She was born and mostly raised in Albuquerque. She completed high school in Hawaii and earned her Bachelors of Nursing from the University of Hawaii.  As an Army Nurse, she specialized in Pediatrics and spent most of her Army career in the Neonatal Intensive Care.  She has also lived in South Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Washington, DC.  She moved to Amarillo in 2013 and practiced as a Nurse Practitioner in a pediatric clinic that mostly served Medicaid and refugee patients.

Having always been attracted to alternative treatment options, in 2015 she was able to join Well Life Family Medicine and start her journey into all the things Integrative Medicine has to offer.   She feels that both models have something to offer.

Recently her  husband was transferred to Albuquerque. Wanting to continue practicing integrative medicine, she has joined forces with Well Life in Amarillo and opened Well Life ABQ as an affiliated clinic. 

She is married and has one seven year old boy and two adult step-sons. Her husband works for the Department of Energy. She enjoys reading, yoga and volleyball when she can find the time. 

She is passionate about wellness and loves helping people reach their goals. She believes that the key to healthy living is eating well, daily exercise, and abstaining from harmful habits such as smoking. She loves partnering with her patients to help them succeed.