Karen graduated in 1987 from the University of Minnesota with a bachelors of science degree in occupational therapy. She received a master’s in health services administration from Regis University. She has attained the Functional Orthopedic Certification designation through the Institute of Physical Art. She did a Fellowship in Hand Therapy at the University of MI, Ann Arbor, 2008-9, and attained certification in Upper Extremity/Hand Therapy in 2010. Karen is co-developer of Running Well Seminars®. She is an avid distance runner, and enjoys winter sports and golf. Karen was the winner of the 2006 Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans.