Born and bred in Otago, Karen (Kaz) has been practising physiotherapy since 1994. After graduating from the Otago School of Physiotherapy, Kaz began to practise as a physiotherapist at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Christchurch. She then spent 10 years working in a variety of physiotherapy settings in the United States and managed a Physiotherapy practice in Manhattan.
She has a wide range of experience in acute care, subacute rehabilitation, neurological, home health, paediatrics, jaw disorders (TMJ) and both hospital and private musculo-skeletal practice.
Kaz returned to NZ in 2005 and worked in a private practice in Christchurch performing physiotherapy treatment to a wide range of injuries and disorders. This also involved working closely with companies and performing worksite assessments, return-to-work programs, and reducing lost time injuries.
Kaz has an extensive range of experience and treatment options to achieve the best results for her clients. Having represented New Zealand in white water kayaking, Kaz understands the importance of recovery and getting back into it. She has a well deserved reputation for helping her patients get active and pain-free.
She moved to Lake Hawea in 2010 and set up Lake Hawea Physiotherapy to service Hawea, Hawea Flat, Makarora, Albert town and Wanaka.