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Karen Giles

Committee Member   |   MSc Sp Phys, Grd Dip Phys, Dip Sp Phys, Cred MDT

Karen qualified as a physiotherapist in the UK in 1990, working initially in the National Health Service, and with the support of Stephen Painting became credentialled in MDT in 1996. In 1997 Karen started a 10 year stint with the England and Wales Cricket Board, during which time she completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and published her shoulder research.

Karen immigrated to New Zealand with her family in 2011 and currently works part-time for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board at Whakatane Hospital, where she is reviewing the current clinical care pathway for back pain, and liaising with orthopaedic consultants and general practitioners to try and establish a physiotherapy lead spinal clinic. Karen has been a MINZ committee member for one year and hopes to further develop regional study groups to support physiotherapists in MDT.