SOE Award Recipient
2020 • Health & Wellness •
“To keep start-up costs low, you need to be a 'Jill-of-all-trades' and do a lot of things yourself...BUT, it is important to find balance to ensure your strengths and talents are being properly leveraged. Surround yourself with a support staff who share your vision and believe in you and the cause.”
Born in Milwaukee, WI to German immigrant parents, Karen was three when her family moved to Santa Barbara in 1973. She attended school locally through college earning a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology at UCSB then going on to UC San Francisco where she earned a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy.
When Karen and her husband adopted their dog Teddy in 2003, he had an injury. After taking him to multiple veterinarians but not getting any solutions, Karen realized she could use her knowledge and skillset to help Teddy once she better understood canine biomechanics and comparative anatomy. She went back to school and became a certified canine rehabilitation therapist. After working for veterinarians, Karen decided to pivot and go into business for herself. That was the beginning of Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines.
Karen lives with her husband, two sons and their dog, Harvey.