With Her Personalized Casual Style
Dr. Katy Morris, head of a successful sports medicine clinic in Hammond, the team physician for Southeastern Louisiana University and most high schools in the area, definitely has carved out a unique casual style that includes sentimental things from her past, such as the grandfather’s green felt fedora she has guarded with her life since he passed away, a turquoise Navajo squash blossom necklace she became obsessed with after working at a native American gallery in college, and Teeki leggings/tights, and a collection of boots that she wears all year around. She is quick to point out that her closet always has many staples from thrift and vintage shores in the area and her go-to shops – Anthropologie and Free People – always have something she likes.
“Casual is my style,” says Dr. Katy Morris, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. “The places and experiences that bring me the most joy don’t have dress codes. The people I surround myself with these days are non-judgmental and approachable. We travel places, take road trips to locations where our phones get terrible reception. We still play outside, find new hobbies, and have great potlucks, where we sit around and actually catch up in person. It is hard to do all of that in a pencil skirt and five-inch heels.”
While Katy’s workday life as head of a successful sports medicine clinic in Hammond, the team physician for Southeastern Louisiana University and most high schools in the area, is extremely rare for a young surgeon, not to mention a female, she says, “It is my dream job.” And it isn’t difficult to understand why she chose a long drive to work each day. “I love New Orleans so I chose to live in the city and commute to work during the week. I love the energy of the city. I love how compact it is. I ride my bike to yoga, dinner, the homes of friends, parades and just about anywhere.”
Then she pauses as she relaxes in her large living room in the handsome Rice Mill Lofts apartment that she calls home and adds, “New Orleans always has a rhythm. I love that you can be exactly who you want to be here and no one cares. It is fine to wear sweatpants or a tutu, a hat or a wig. In New Orleans you will probably find somebody in Perlis and pearls seated nearby, and don’t be surprised if the couple next to you at dinner is wearing Chucks and covered in beautiful tattoos. I love that people mind their own business but at the same time make eye contact and say hello to strangers on the sidewalk.” She is charmed with her life in her corner apartment in the Bywater that overlooks the Mississippi. Dating back to 1850, the building was once the largest rice mill in North America.
Born in Macon, Georgia, where her mother worked for Capricorn Records at the time its clients included the Allman Brother Band, Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels, Katy moved to her father’s hometown in Mississippi when she was seven years old. “We lived on a 500-acre farm where our only neighbors were my grandparents. My grandpa tried his hand at everything from building furniture to making Muscatine wine, while my grandma would pickle cucumbers and shell peas under the carport. It was also where I learned what a vine ripe tomato is supposed to taste like.”
Katy moved to Destrehan when she was 10. “My immersion in the ways of New Orleans began in the eighth grade when I began attending St. Mary’s Dominican School,” she says. Her education continued at the University of Georgia where she received a BS Degree in Genetics; and a MD Degree from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans. (She also did her orthopedic surgery residency there.) A fellowship in Sports Medicine followed in San Diego.
“Medicine can be tough,” Katy says. “I try to keep a healthy work life balance and I am very lucky to have a ton of support, both at work and in my personal life.” Along the way, the free-spirited surgeon has developed a comfortable casual style. “My list of favorites in my closet includes my grandfather’s green felt fedora I have guarded with my life since he passed away, a turquoise Navajo squash blossom necklace I became obsessed with after working at a native American gallery in college, and a Mickey Mouse T-shirt that my best friend in high school used to wear. (He was killed in a car accident and his family gave it to me after his death, and I still wear it all the time). I also love my mom’s old T-shirt from Capricorn Records that simply reads, ‘Proud to be Southern.’”
Boots are usually on Katy’s feet. “I wear them even in the summer,” she says. “I also have an addiction to Teeki leggings/tights that I do not keep in check. I can dress them up for dinner or wear them to my yoga class.” Then she notes, “I layer everything: shirts, flannels, jewelry.” She is quick to say her newest shopping love is Stone Free. “My closet always has many staples from thrift and vintage shores in the area, and I can always find something at Anthropologie and Free People.”
What doesn’t she like? “I can’t stand underwire bras and Spanks,” she says. “I consider them cruel and unusual punishment.”