Kate Ervin

Dr. Kate Ervin, M.D., FAPA, FACLM

Medical Director

Kate Ervin

Dr. Kate Ervin, M.D., FAPA, FACLM

Medical Director

Dr. Ervin was born and raised in Waterville, Maine and is a graduate of Waterville Senior High School. She attended Williams College, majoring in Economics, and graduated Cum Laude in 1999. Following college, she briefly worked for Fidelity Investments as an equity analyst in Boston before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. She then attended the Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program in Claremont, CA, where she completed her premedical education. During that time and while applying to medical school, she researched quality of life in cancer patients at the City of Hope National Medical Center. She attended medical school at the University of California at San Francisco, but transferred to Mount Sinai in New York to join her husband when they married. During her medical training, she conducted fMRI research on brain function in clinical depression at Cornell’s New York Presbyterian Hospital. She went on to complete an Internship in Internal Medicine at Greenwich Hospital of Yale University, where she received the Browning Award for Outstanding Achievement, and a Residency in Psychiatry at Harvard, which included time at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. She was named Co-Chief Resident of Outpatient Psychiatry at Beth Israel in her final year, and pioneered a specialized training track in Interventional Psychiatry, which included training in electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation. She was Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2013. She has been a Member of the American Psychiatric Association since 2010 and was named a Fellow in 2015.

During her work with adolescent and young adult populations in the years following residency, Dr. Ervin came to appreciate the importance of lifestyle factors in the etiology, exacerbation, and perpetuation of mental illness. In 2019, she completed her Board Certification in Lifestyle Medicine and became a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She feels strongly that physicians should partner with clients not only to combat existing disease, but to strive for mental, physical, social, and spiritual health. Her passion is working with clients to improve sleep, which she considers the foundation of health, as well as the other important pillars of nutrition, physical movement, social connectedness, and sense of purpose in a continuous drive towards overall wellness. Blended with judicious psychopharmacology and other interventional treatments as needed, Dr. Ervin has found this multi-faceted approach to be the most effective in treating addiction and other co-occurring psychiatric conditions. She joined the staff of Borden Cottage in 2020 and has been thrilled to work with a team of experts, who share her passion for treating the whole person.

As the Medical Director, Dr. Ervin completes comprehensive psychiatric evaluations of all clients who come to Borden. She then sees each client regularly throughout the stay to evaluate each client’s unique psychopharmacologic and medical needs and to work with the entire team of practitioners to ensure optimal diagnosis and treatment. Her favorite part of this role is getting to know such a diverse and interesting group of clients, and watching them grow and evolve throughout their stay into happier, healthier versions of themselves. Dr. Ervin lives with her husband and children in Camden, ME. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, Nordic skiing, powerlifting, and CrossFit, and she is a Level 1 CrossFit coach and local competitor. She is also the Chair of Scholastic Chess for the Maine Chess Association, and she helps to run the after-school chess programs in the local school district and tournaments throughout Maine.