Karen has been a practicing physical therapist for over ten years, delighting in bettering people’s bodies and their relationships to them. Hailing from the west coast, she grew up in Los Angeles and received her B.A. in Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley. From there she headed to the east coast, completing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Stony Brook University.
Beginning her career at Spagnoli Physical Therapy, Karen was mentored in an osteopathic approach and introduced to the Institute of Physical Arts (IPA). She deeply connected to their concept of functional manual therapy and the marriage between movement training and manual therapy for optimal results. She has since taken several IPA courses, working her way towards certification. Constantly looking to improve her hands and eyes, she decided to spend time a lengthy time training at Kaiser Permanente’s program in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) in Vallejo, California, working with patients with cases of stroke, spinal cord and brain injury, amputation, and other neurological conditions.
Upon returning to New York, Karen was thrilled to find Stroma Physical Therapy, appreciating their holistic approach and dedication to correcting movement patterns. Along with orthopedic patients, Karen treats neurological, geriatric, and pediatric populations. She continues to explore diverse approaches to physical therapy treatment and finds her strengths lie in how she relates to her patients. Grateful for all that she learns from them, Karen finds her greatest rewards in her patients’ progress and achievements.