Karen-Thatcher

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Providence College, 2006
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University, 2017

Experience and Interests

Karen works with adolescents and adults with a variety of diagnoses in sports medicine at the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute. As a former hockey player who spent 8 years with the US Women’s National Hockey Team, including winning gold at the 2008 and 2009 IIHF World Championships and silver at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Karen identifies with the demands of high-level athletics and enjoys working with her patients to achieve their athletic goals. 

Karen completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017 from The Ohio State University and was awarded the American Physical Therapy Association’s Mary McMillan Scholarship Award and the Sports Physical Therapy Section’s Outstanding Student Award in 2017. She has continued her studies as a part-time PhD student in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Ohio State. Her research area of emphasis includes examining outcomes following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, with a particular focus on biomechanical outcomes following pediatric ACL reconstruction in regards to the return-to-sport decision.  Karen has presented her research at a number of state and national physical therapy and sports medicine conferences.

Outside of physical therapy, Karen enjoys working out and staying active, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, walking her dog, and watching and playing sports including football and hockey. 

 

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