Karen received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Eastern Mennonite University in 2002. In 2008 she completed her Masters of Science degree in Anesthesia from Wolford College and became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. After practicing at Akron Gerneral Hospital in Ohio for two years she moved to Port-au-Prince Haiti to work at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, the only critical care hospital in the country. In 2011 she moved to Boston and has been working at Boston Childrens Hospital ever since.