Karen brings 20 years of varied PT experience to BCSM including acute ortho trauma, multi-disciplinary inpatient rehab, home health, outpatient ortho & sports rehab in both institutional and private practice settings, physical therapy academic coordinator of clinical education at Florida International University as well as an instructor of orthopedics & other musculoskeletal courses, and PT rehab equipment education. Her expertise lies in manual orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment, with a focus on the spine, headaches and women’s issues. She has also been involved in the development and creation of patient exercise handouts for injured runners and triathletes, as well as breast cancer patients, and patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome or osteoporosis. Karen continues to focus on manual therapy through continuing education coursework. She enjoys treating extremity and spine injuries, and has a strong interest in athlete post-rehab fitness and wellness program development. As avid outdoor enthusiasts, Karen and her husband abandoned the congestion of south Florida and relocated to Colorado to take advantage of the many opportunities for physical activity. Karen enjoys road and mountain biking, running, hiking, and alpine skiing, and plans to return to triathlon competition soon. Completing varied distance triathlons, including half-ironman distances and marathons, has helped her to understand the athletic patient’s struggle with injury, potential for rehabilitation, and return to sport.
- Master of Science, Computer Based Learning, Nova Southeastern University 1994
- Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Florida International University 1983
- Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Hood College 1977
- Registered Physical Therapist – licensed in Colorado
- USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach
- Certified Weight Trainer – International Weightlifting Association
- B.R. Wilk and K.L. Fisher. “Treating Triathletes”, Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation 9(6):41-44, 2000.
- B.R. Wilk, K.L. Fisher, and W. Gutierrez. “Defective Running Shoes as a Factor Contributing to Plantarfasciitis in a Triathlete”, JOSPT 30(1):21-29, 1999.
- B.R. Wilk, K.L. Fisher and D. Rangelli. “Incidence of Musculoskeletal Injuries in an Amateur Triathlete Racing Club”, JOSPT 22(3):108-112,1995.