Karen completed her Master’s degree in Physiotherapy at McMaster University, a postgraduate diploma at James Cook University in Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Science at UBC. She is the first Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) physiotherapist in British Columbia, trained through the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine to assess, triage, and co-manage patients alongside rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons.
Her physiotherapy experience includes working at Mary Pack Arthritis Centre, OASIS (Osteoarthritis Service Integration System), hospital surgical orthopedics and medicine wards, and in private practice physio clinics. Prior to becoming a physiotherapist she was certified as an equipment and mat Pilates instructor through a 560 hour course, and taught Pilates for 5 years in Canada and Australia in studios and physiotherapy clinics. Karen is also active in research, both as a research physiotherapist and as a member of the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board to Arthritis Research Canada.
As an arthritis patient herself, Karen understands the challenges to managing one’s health. She combines her wellness education with current research to create a holistic, patient-centred, and evidence-based approach to encourage your independence with managing your condition. Physiotherapy sessions may include:
- Education and lifestyle management tips
- Physical activity counselling and Pilates-based exercise prescription
- Referral to low cost community resources, equipment, and aids
- Hands-on treatment where appropriate (manual therapy, acupuncture)
Conditions addressed include (but not exclusively):
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Joint replacement surgery
- Back pain
- Hypermobility and connective tissue diseases