Karen first developed an interest in the human body and physiotherapy as a previously nationally ranked competitive swimmer. She then went on to study Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University before going to the University of Toronto to obtain her Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree in 2003. Since then, she has worked both in the public and private sector and has completed numerous courses in manual therapy as well as becoming certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (CGIMS). In addition, she has been involved in Paralympic Swimming as a Medical Classifier. Karen is always striving to become a better therapist and is looking forward to obtaining more skills through more post graduate courses.
Karen works with both women and men and mainly treats conditions of an orthopedic nature (such as shoulder and neck pain), sports injuries, back pain, pelvic pain, and myofascial conditions (i.e., patients with long standing musculoskeletal pain originating from the spine.)
In treating patients, Karen begins with a comprehensive initial exam that may include a postural assessment and real time ultrasound (RTUS) assessment of the major core muscles. A partnership is developed by finding the root cause of your symptoms and establishing a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. Treatment is very individualized (1:1) and may include manual and manipulative therapy, soft tissue techniques, modalities, IMS, and exercises.
Karen is also a very proud mother of three beautiful young children. In her spare time, she is often chasing them at the park or chauffeuring them to their various extracurricular activities. If there is any time (or energy!) left, she may try to sneak in a run or a soccer game.