Meet Kathie - Kathryn Allen for Congress Meet Kathie - Kathryn Allen for Congress

Kathie has dedicated her career to serving working families.

Kathryn Allen was born 5/16/1953 in Fresno, California, to an Armenian mother and a father who had recently completed his own medical training.  Her grandparents immigrated from Turkey to escape the Armenian genocide.  On her father’s side, she is related to the Lee family of Virginia and has American roots back to the founding of Jamestown.

She lived in Fresno until the age of 9, when the family moved to Apple Valley, CA, on the high desert about 90 miles East of LA. On the high desert she rode her Honda-50 until it died, and learned to ride horses. She developed a lifelong love of cats. In high school she played varsity tennis and held many leadership roles.  She graduated salutatorian.

In the Fall of 1971, she matriculated to the University of Redlands, where she majored in Psychology and received a BA degree in 1975.  During her senior year, her Congressman, Jerry Pettis, was killed in a plane crash and his widow, Shirley N. Pettis, ran for his seat.  Dr. Allen worked in Mrs. Pettis’ campaign office and wrote radio spot ads for her.  When Mrs. Pettis won her seat in Congress, Kathie Allen worked for her as a Congressional Aid in the San Bernardino, CA office for 3 years.  She then worked in a Community Housing Program for San Bernardino County that entailed visiting indigent areas of the County and enrolling people for housing repairs.  Her main area was near 29 Palms, where she witnessed people living with no indoor plumbing and no running water.  During these years, she finished her pre-med studies.

Dr. Allen started medical school at Loma Linda University in 1980.  In medical school, she became active in the MSS – Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association. She then became chair of the entire California delegation of medical students to the AMA. She graduated in the top third of her class in 1984 and moved to Salt Lake City to complete a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Utah.  In 1987, she began to practice in Kearns, moving to WVC in 1990.  All except the last 4 years of her career were in private practice.  She ran a small business in West Valley City from 1990-2013 known as Kathryn Allen, MD, PC.  This area is one of the most ethnically diverse in Utah, and she saw patients of all races and income brackets.  It is predominantly a blue-collar area. She now works as a Primary Care Physician for the Utah Transit Authority privately-run clinic.  This clinic takes care of transit workers and their families.  Dr. Allen has maintained Board Certification in Family Medicine throughout her career.  She added a credential in Sports Medicine in the mid 90s.

Dr. Allen helped establish the Family Practice Department at Pioneer Valley Hospital in the early 1990s and served as its President twice.  She has been very active in the Utah Medical Association. She was a delegate for more than 25 years.  In the late 1990’s, she was President of Salt Lake County Medical Society.  She then began to hold State-wide offices, including Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-Speaker of the House of Delegates.  She was awarded the Deborah Robinson Memorial Prize for her activism in 2014.  During this timeframe she introduced resolutions, one of which became State law, to instruct Insurance Companies to pay doctors in a timely manner or be charged a penalty.  This was in response to practices on the part of insurers in which invoices would be ignored as long as possible.  As Vice-chair of the House of Delegates, she was required to know parliamentary procedure in order to efficiently conduct the business of the approximately 300 doctors who comprise the House of Delegates.  After selling her private practice to St. Mark’s Hospital (part of HCA), she helped the clinic gain status as a “Patient Centered Medical Home,” a new designation for Primary Care Providers to show that they provide comprehensive and compassionate services.  Over several years she received commendations, especially for her care of people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Dr. Allen decided, upon transitioning to the UTA clinic, to work 2 days a week.  She planned to retire within a few years.  The 2016 Presidential Election changed all of that.

Dr. Allen was greatly dismayed by Donald Trump’s election.  She began to search for ways to make a difference.  She came to the realization that extensive Red-State gerrymandering around the country, what one of her campaign team members has called “end-stage gerrymandering,” directly led to the Trump Administration.  In early 2017, she founded the Fair Redistricting Caucus of Utah as a Facebook Group.  It now has over 1400 members and a Steering Committee addressing ways to combat gerrymandering in Utah.  Dr. Allen represents the FRCU on the Utah Redistricting Coalition and participates in a legal advisory group as well.

In the first few months after the election, Dr. Allen also began to approach Congressman Jason Chaffetz about his reticence to investigate the conflicts of interest and possible ties to Russia of Donald Trump.  She penned an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune which had 206 co-signers and all signatories were published.  She wrote to Rep. Chaffetz repeatedly and left messages on his Facebook page.  There was no response from him.  She began to wonder if she could mount a realistic challenge against him in 2018, and set up an exploratory account on CrowdPac.com.  After attending the Town Hall hosted by Mr. Chaffetz, in which only he was afforded the luxury of a microphone, and during which he repeatedly gave evasive or misleading answers to the questions posed, her motivation quickened and she began to raise money in earnest.  Thanks to some political gaffes he uttered, she was able to raise over ½ million dollars in one month of fundraising, defeating any previous record at CrowdPac.  The day Rep Chaffetz scolded voters to make wiser decisions by paying for their health insurance instead of buying an iPhone precipitated a backlash that laid the foundations for Dr. Allen’s early fundraising success.  She drew the attention of the national media and has been covered twice in the Huffington Post, and featured in the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Provo Herald, and others.  Her campaign has been organized and is populated by talented people who hope to help guide her to a victory in 2018.