"Providing Whole-Person, Outside-the-Box Care"

Grounded Serpent

A Direct Primary Care Micro-Practice

Grounded Serpent is set to open its doors in the summer of 2023


We have less patients so we can spend more time with the ones we have. Here, you never need to worry about a stranger taking charge of your healthcare.


Appointments are available outside of normal business hours and same or next day appointments are the norm. Plus, you have your physician's cell number for urgent matters after hours.


Lengthy visits, allowing time for symptoms to be understood in context, provide us the opportunity to investigate root causes and provide tailored treatment recommendations.


Through the micro practice model we practice medicine in its simplest form so we can spend more time on patient care and less time distracted by charting and billing. 


Through the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model we cut out the middle men in order to restore the sacred doctor-patient relationship. No more third party payers determining your care. 


We have a special interest in mind-body medicine and exploring the relationship between stress and illness. Many poorly understood conditions greatly benefit from this model of care. 

What is Direct Primary Care?

Direct Primary Care is an innovative, membership-style model that allows you to have a direct relationship with your doctor. For the equivalent of a monthly cell phone bill, you can receive concierge-level healthcare tailored to your individual needs at no extra cost, including:

  • Unlimited, relaxed visits in the comfort of your own home
  • Same-day or next-day sick visits
  • Email, text or call your doctor for questions between visits
  • Weekend and after-hours appointment times

Direct Primary Care takes medical insurance out of your primary medical care. Therefore, insurance companies cannot decide what care you receive - you and your doctor do. Medical insurance is still very important to have for major expenses like specialty care, emergency treatment and hospitalizations. This is like having car insurance that pays for major expenses, but not routine maintenance like oil changes, tire rotations, etc. 

We charge a flat monthly membership fee regardless of age. There is no sign-up fee. Memberships can be cancelled at any time without penalty.

Covered Services

  • All appointments (well-child checks, sick visits, routine gynecological care, annual exams, physicals for school and sports)
  • Adult and pediatric care (obstetric care not provided)
  • Telehealth and home visits (we do not have a brick and mortar clinic at this time)
  • Chronic disease management, advice and counseling, prescribing of medications
  • In-office tests (EKGs, rapid strep, blood glucose, pulse oximetry, urinalysis, fecal occult blood, urine pregnancy tests).
  • Communication by phone, e-mail and text
  • Laceration repair, skin tag/mole removal, skin biopsy, abscess incision and drainage
  • Ingrown nail repair, ear wax removal, foreign body removal
  • Basic wound care, splinting or wrapping of sprains, strains or minor fractures

Non-Covered Services

  • X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds and medical imaging. We have access to very reduced prices for these studies
  • Outside office blood/other tests. We have reduced prices for these tests as well
  • Any surgery or procedure not performed by Grounded Serpent (e.g. in a hospital or another physician's office)
  • Vaccinations
  • Durable medical equipment and supplies (e.g. crutches, wheelchairs, walking boots, casts, etc.)
  • Prescription medications
  • Injectable medications, IUD, Nexplanon (though the insertion or injection is covered)
  • Hospitalization or Emergency Room visits

Chronic conditions/diseases that we can treat at Grounded Serpent include:

Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, congestive heart failure, hypothyroidism, arthritis, acid reflux, ulcers, asthma, COPD, seasonal allergies, and eczema

Acure conditions or illnesses we can treat at Grounded Serpent include:

Sore throat, strep, influenza, allergies, colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, urinary tract infections, STDs, cellulitis, abscesses, sprains, strains, minor fractures, burns and cuts

Conditions we take a special interest in treating at Grounded Serpent include:

Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, food sensitivities, depression, anxiety, pelvic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic back pain, vaginismus, migraines, complex regional pain syndrome, muscle spasm, conversion disorder, insomnia, multiple chemical sensitivity and other stress illness disorders

Click here for a full list of services and our membership agreement.

Our Staff of One

Hello! I'm Dr. Katie Brown, founder and sole employee of Grounded Serpent Family Practice. I am currently a family medicine resident in Urbana, Illinois with plans to graduate in the summer of 2023. 

It has been my dream to own my own micro-clinic since I was a premed in college. I dreamt of relating to my patients as neighbors and friends rather than customers. Through my personal experience with chronic fatigue syndrome, I have come to value thinking outside the box of conventional medical care while still remaining grounded in evidence-based therapies. I believe in emphasizing the foundations of health while exploring the root causes of my patient's symptoms, partnering with them to create a treatment plan that fits their goals and values. I believe in utilizing the full spectrum of available therapies according to individual needs.

Click here to learn my story.

Check out my LinkedIn Profile HERE.

Our Values

Grounded Serpent seeks to restore the doctor-patient relationship in order to foster an environment of trust, connection and compassion in which the patient may be most effectively supported in the pursuit of their health goals.

We strive to accomplish this through through our five guiding values:

  • INTEGRITY: The doctor-patient relationship is a sacred responsibility. Therefore, the physician is held to the highest standards of justice, honesty and humility.
  • KNOWLEDGE: We strive to keep abreast of the latest research and recommendations so that we can provide the highest quality evidence-based care.
  • WISDOM: All medical decisions will be made in the light of the individual patient and their goals. The patient will be empowered with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their care.
  • CREATIVITY: We acknowledge that some patients may benefit from care that has not been scientifically tested or proven to be more effective than placebo. We emphasize safety and informed consent while utilizing alternative treatments according to individual need and interest.
  • HOLISM: We operate from the assumption that everything is interconnected. An individual's health cannot be understood apart from the mental, social, environmental and spiritual context in which it is found.

Statement of Inclusivity

Grounded Serpent embraces people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, family structures, religions, sizes, abilities and political affiliations. We strive to provide quality medical care that is culturally sensitive, individualized and respectful of the full diversity of the human experience.

We acknowledge that structural racism and fear of the "other" are public health issues. We therefore vow to speak out against all forms of discrimination and bias in our society. We stand in solidarity with the First Nations peoples, the Black community, the LGBTQ community, the Muslim community, the homeless community, the community of people currently or previously incarcerated, the disabled community, the plus-sized community, the spoonie community and all other peoples who may face discrimination or have trouble obtaining quality healthcare in our society.  

What Our Name Says About Us

The rod of Asclepius, a rough staff entwined with a serpent, is an ancient symbol associated with healing for thousands of years. To the ancient Greeks, the snake was a revered protector. It ate the mice that fed on stores of grain, helping the people survive long enough to reach the next harvest. It shed it's skin, symbolizing renewal and rebirth. And most importantly, the snake was esteemed for its intimate connection to Gaia, Mother Earth.

The serpent, uniquely, spends its entire life in full contact with the ground. To the ancient Greeks, the Earth was the source of life. From her comes all living things, including all medicinal plants and herbs and our own bodies.

So if anyone wanted to know how to heal, they needed the Earth's knowledge. And what creature could have more of Gaia's knowledge than the serpent who lives closest to her? Perhaps that is why the snake was the constant companion of Asclepius, the god of medicine and his wife, Hygeia, the personification of good health. Hygeia is often depicted feeding the snake, nourishing it.

From that archetypal image, I have come to see the snake as a metaphor for our physical bodies, that part of ourselves which is a part of the earth. The metaphor highlights our body's innate wisdom and potential for healing.

In order to regain health we must reconnect with our body.

Too often, we are dissociated from our physical selves. We are too busy to notice when we feel hungry or thirsty or tired. Many times we develop this dissociation as a defense mechanism when our culture tells us that our needs are not important. That having needs is weak - even selfish.

We dissociate, also, to disconnect from our emotions. All emotions are felt through the body, and when we do not feel safe to feel an emotion we may instead distance ourselves from our body with the aid of worry or distraction or mind-altering substances.

The best thing we can do for our health is to return to the wisdom of the serpent. That creature which, in some of us, may inspire fear or disgust but which is, in reality, the cord connecting us to our source.


Call or Text Dr. Brown at (812) 228-4584

Or Email her at brown@gsdpc.com