Karen is a board-certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor and Masters of Nursing degrees at Winona State University, followed by the Nurse Practitioner Residency Program in Adult/Geriatric, primary-care internal medicine at Mayo Clinic Rochester.
Before coming to Rochester Clinic, Karen has gained a wide range of experience, in multiple settings from hospital, long-term care, to surgical first-assist in the operating room.
Her previous experience includes primary care internal medicine, multi-specialty surgery, wound/ostomy care, and orthopedics. Karen performs a limited number of outpatient procedures including wound debridement, skin biopsies, joint injections, and DOT exams.
Karen believes focusing on the whole-person, not just the condition or disease being treated. She is passionate about helping patients transform their health by encompassing lifestyle changes to address root causes of disease. Karen enjoys making meaningful connections with her patients, and believes that finding out more about each person’s mind, body, and spirit can help facilitate better care and a more individualized, purposeful relationship.
When she is not in clinic, Karen stays active maintaining her hobby farm with various projects, gardening, connecting with nature, kayaking, and tending to a menagerie of animals; most of which involves raising, showing, herding, and therapy dog work with her pack of Pembroke Welsh Corgis.