Karen has five years of healthcare experience working in both the hospital and outpatient surgery settings. She became a family nurse practitioner because of her desire to help patients be as healthy as possible. “My education as a nurse practitioner emphasized the importance of caring for the whole patient including the body, mind, and family unit.” She enjoys developing partnerships with her patients and educating them on lifestyle choices for maximum health. Healthcare is a second career for Karen, as she has a prior degree and work experience in business. When not caring for patients, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, reading and outdoor activities.