About Karen PT

I am a  “portfolio” pediatric physical therapist (PT).Karen

“Scatter Joy”

As Jeff Goins describes in his recent book, a portfolio of work means “embracing a diverse set of activities” that forms a complete identity,  a “complex group of passions, interests, and activities.”

That’s me – my dynamic life as a pediatric PT!

I am privileged to serve in diverse settings (hospitals, early intervention, universities, clinics, preschools, homes, playgrounds) with a mesmerizing array of babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kids, and young adults  who experience some form of neurological or musculo-skeletal challenge and with their families, caregivers, and teachers.

Every day is different,  and every person or situation teaches me new things as we journey together. The children and their families challenge me to give them my best knowledge and skills, and they motivate and inspire me.  My job is full of serendipity, challenge, and JOY. It is both science and art.

“There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

cropped-cropped-Aidan-661.jpgDaily, I get to “scatter joy” through my work as I seek to transform lives. Mostly, I soak up joy from my experiences. My purpose for this blog is to encourage, challenge, and support my fellow therapists, to share the lessons I am learning with them but also with families; it may be a new experience,  a thoughtful discussion of emerging research or a new therapy approach or product, or a challenge I am facing that causes me to search the literature, digest, and problem solve.

I hope you will join me as I write and ponder. Join the discussion via the comment section on each page or post. And please share this website with someone you know who might benefit from it.

I am thankful for this joyous portfolio life God has given me.

I live,  work, and play in the seacoast of Maine and New Hampshire with my husband, Dean, and am the thankful ex-homeschooling mother of two wonderful grown men, Ethan and Gage. I have recently become a “mother-in-love” to two amazing women, Katelyn and Lia!. I like to ride my bike, sail “Downeast” with family, read, and be with my always adventurous extended family. Being in Creation inspires me.


~ Karen


Nuts & Bolts:  I am a board certified (since 1994 by my national organization, the American Physical Therapy Association or APTA) as a pediatric clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy and have been working specifically with babies and children for the past 34+ years.  I have a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Vermont, an advanced clinical Master’s degree in neurology/pediatrics from MGH Institute of Health Professions, and a clinical doctorate in pediatrics from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.  I do love to go to school and learn, but mostly I love my calling, my career as a pedi PT.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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