“Goodbye,” says Dr. Grimm to her practice on Roosevelt Island


Dr. Katherine Teets Grimm began her pediatric practice on Roosevelt Island in 1987 as a part-timer. She soon took it full time, guiding the health of nearly two generations of local youngsters. But all things come to an end, and Dr. Grimm is closing up shop on June 30th. Most patients have already been notified.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Dr. Grimm is Leaving

Dr. Grimm in her office in 2016. She told me about her plans to retire as her family requested.

The first time I met Dr. Grimm — Kathie — she shared the pressure she was getting from her family. They wanted to see more of her, but her Roosevelt Island pediatric practice tied her down. Her family matters greatly to her, and she was actively searching for a partner able to assume her responsibilities. She looked forward to the family time.

But that was over five years ago, and the last time I saw her, she was strolling down Main Street with her grandkids. She wasn’t ready to retire yet, but she was close.

Then, today, she told me in an email, “It’s sad that I was unsuccessful getting a replacement, but at this time there was no choice.”

She will be missed as Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MSTDA) showed in an awards ceremony, last summer.

“The Roosevelt Island practice was founded in the late 1970s and I have been in practice almost 35 years,” she told her patients.

“For years I have tried to find a continuation plan but sadly without success. I love this practice and thank God for the privilege to be in it all these years. However, as I have gotten older its time to semi-retire.”

Read the full details in her letter:

Roosevelt Island is losing a jewel, but no one could be more deserving of a happy retirement than our own Dr. Grimm.

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