Kathryn Schabel was born and raised in Central Wisconsin. She attended Marquette University, then attended the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, then stayed there for Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction. Dr. Schabel worked in private practice in Bozeman, MT before coming to OHSU to start her career in academic medicine. Dr. Schabel is married to a physicist who also works at OHSU. Together she and her husband have two young children, a gray tabby cat and a swiss mountain dog. They enjoy being outside and reading.