Karen has a very diverse background. She worked her way through college as an emergency hospital veterinary technician, specializing in exotics, birds, and wildlife. Rather than continuing her studies towards becoming a veterinarian, she went on to receive separate degrees in wildlife biology and animal behavior.
Karen spent 20 years researching biodiversity and wildlife for before retiring in 2011 from the University of Washington. Planning for a new career before retiring, she became a Certified Nutritional Therapist, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and with over 300 post-graduate hours Animal Normalization Therapy training and certification in Animal Normalization Therapy) that links inadequate nutrition with musculo-skeletal signs such as muscle tension.
She moved to Oregon in 2016 to work with Patricia Kortekaas, the osteopathic physical therapist and developer of Animal Normalization Therapy training.
She works at South Hills PT Clinic 3 days a week and with out-of-state clients via Skype/email/phone 2 days a week from her home out in the country near the McKenzie River. She continues her education in functional nutrition focusing on the latest information on the microbiome (gut and brain health) and nutrigenomics.