Raised on a family farm in Minnesota, Karen received her undergraduate degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She returned to Minnesota attending Augsburg College in Minneapolis to earn her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 1999. She practiced for a few years in Minnesota and after completing a Physician Assistant Surgical Residency in New York, she relocated to Arizona in 2005.
Karen has worked in surgical specialties throughout her career including orthopedics, trauma and general surgery, and most recently, thoracic surgical oncology. She wholeheartedly believes in Compassion through Kindness and is excited to be joining the Ironwood team and working with Dr. Cashman.
Karen and her husband live in Chandler with their young son and have two older sons in graduate programs. She enjoys being outdoors in the Arizona sun, traveling, sporting events, and spending time with her family and friends.Contact Us