Karen (FL) has sat on the RAA Board since 2012, serving as Vice President from 2014 to 2016, and President from 2016 to 2017. Her prior involvement with volunteer committees, governing boards, associations and agencies whose decisions affect the professional life of all bodyworkers provided her considerable experience to tackle the challenges in which reflexology finds itself today.
As chair of the Education committee, Karen helped to redefine RAA’s educational standards that resulted in a new 300-hour requirement for Professional members. As chair of the Website & Technology committee, she steer-headed the creation of a new website for RAA that debuted at the 2014 conference. As chair of the Public Relations committee, she responded to member input regarding social media and mounted a Facebook page for RAA in 2015.
Like many who find themselves in the field of reflexology, Karen came to the field later in life, after a successful career in publicity, promotion and business management. She was born and raised in Canada, and was certified to practice reflexology in 1983 by the Reflexology Association of Canada and two years later was certified by the same organization to teach. Karen built busy clinical practices, first in Toronto and then Florida, where she moved in 1989.
In addition to the annual 315-hour Therapeutic Hand and Foot Reflexology Professional Certification, Karen’s school, the Academy of Ancient Reflexology, offers beginning level and advanced classes in conventional Reflexology, Thai Reflexology, professional boundaries & ethics and therapeutic communication skills in the United States and Canada. She writes regularly for national publications to clarify the uniqueness of reflexology and has also developed an in-depth teacher-training program, as part of her focus on raising the education standards of reflexologists.