handana-band-katie-20_smKatie Niemeyer, CRNA, is a medical professional, mother, philanthropist and entrepreneur who relentlessly encourages others to overcome obstacles and reach new goals. As a teen, Katie nearly died in a hospital burn unit in St. Louis, Mo., where she suffered from an adverse reaction to medication, a rare condition called Stevens Johnson Syndrome. She draws on her lifetime experiences as a parent, medical professional and SJS survivor to create a new business, fund groundbreaking medical research, and inspire people to cross their own finish lines. After winning a $10,000 grant from athletic apparel designer Under Armour, Katie donated its net proceeds to Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary at Harvard University, where researchers are passionate about developing new protocols and treatments for patients facing SJS.

A certified nurse anesthetist, Katie works for Austin Anesthesiology Group in Austin, Texas. She is founder and CEO of Handana, which designed the first high performance wrist sweatband — to wipe away sweat, snot or whatever you got — a product she designed to help her manage painfully sensitivity in her eyes as a result of surviving Stevens Johnson Syndrome.

Katie Niemeyer holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing from Barnes College School of Nursing and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Anesthesia from Webster University.

FUTURE SHOW Runner Up, Under Armour, October 2015