Meet Our Staff
Kurtis Waters, MD Medical Director
Dr. Waters is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is the lakes area’s only board certified facial plastic surgeon who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Dr. Waters performed his undergraduate training at Concordia in Moorhead. After completing medical school he received post graduate residency training in Syracuse, New York. He underwent fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Waters’ current practice encompasses all aspects of head and neck surgery. He has practiced in the lakes area since 1998. Dr. Waters understands that trust, communication, and the highest level of confidentiality are critical in the care of his patients. His significant patient following and return of his patients time and time again speaks for itself. Dr. Waters’ reputation alone draws patients to his facial plastic surgery practice in Baxter, MN. He has become a primary referral source for physicians around the states of Minnesota and North Dakota based on his experience, artistic abilities, and excellent patient outcomes. He prides himself on honest answers and solutions for his patients … with each patient treated with the ultimate attention they deserve. Both Dr. Waters and his team genuinely care about every patient, and it shows.
Katie Starns, CNP Nurse Practitioner
Katie Starns is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Katie treats patients of all ages with ear, nose and throat disorders. Her areas of expertise are; chronic ear infections, sinusitis, rhinitis and allergies. Katie also focuses on tonsillitis, hearing loss, and dizziness.
Katie is originally from Glenwood, MN. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, with honors, at North Dakota State University. Following graduation she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, MN. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Advanced Practice Nursing, with honors, at North Dakota State University. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Katie and her family moved to the Minneapolis area in 2007 where she worked as a Nurse Practitioner at an onsite employer-based health clinic. She started working with Dr. Waters and his team part-time in October 2011 before she and her family transitioned to the Brainerd Lakes area permanently in April 2012. Katie and her husband enjoy spending time with their daughter in the outdoors, or on the beautiful northern Minnesota lakes. Katie is an avid runner and is always looking for a good book to dive into for leisure reading.
Katie is a valued addition to the team at Kurtis Waters, M.D. PA. She brings the same passion and medical care our patients have come to expect.