Karen has been in the rehabilitation and ergonomics field for 30 years and has extensive experience treating and preventing work-related injuries through ergonomic intervention and preventative strategies. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota, Karen began her career treating acute musculoskeletal injuries in a physical therapy setting, transitioning to chronic pain management and injured worker rehabilitation programs. She then progressively shifted her focus to injury prevention through ergonomics and training. Karen’s passion is guiding and helping companies realize the importance of employee health and wellness and the positive impact a comprehensive ergonomics program will have on employee morale and the company’s bottom line.
Karen is trained in Ergonomics and Injury Prevention through Isernhagen Work Systems, Roy Matheson and Associates, and Humantech. Her varied experience provides a valuable perspective for helping her clients integrate, evaluate, and continually improve injury prevention and ergonomics strategies in their organizations. Karen’s clients have spanned a variety of settings including general office, aerospace manufacturing, general industry, medical assembly, healthcare, facilities/custodian, government, and education. In addition to ergonomics and injury prevention services, Karen is also well-versed in providing consultative services in developing/implementing reasonable accommodations in response to ADA accommodation requests.