Dental Hygienist | Certificate IV in Dental Nursing (WA), Associate Degree Dental Hygiene (WA)
Growing up in regional Western Australia, Newman and Manjimup, Karen moved to Perth and completed a TAFE certificate in Dental Nursing in 1992. Being a dental nurse gave Karen opportunities to travel and work in different spaces. Within 13 years, Karen worked in general dentistry in Perth, school dental health services in the Pilbara and in London working in various roles including Senior Nurse at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in the HIV clinic as well as a live in carer for people with disabilities.
Karen returned to Perth and furthered her education at Curtin University, completing an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2004. Much of her dental career took place in Melbourne and Perth, gaining 10 years of knowledge in periodontics. Another highlight of Karen’s career involved the setup of a mobile hygiene service. In addition to helping the elderly maintain good oral health, the service also provided aged care facilities and homes with education on the importance of good oral health and the link to their general health. From this project, Karen had the opportunity to showcase her strong communication skills when she presented the findings at the annual general meeting of nursing managers.
Karen is passionate about oral health education in addition to the health and well being of people. She educates patients on what their oral health looks like to provide them with the best knowledge to make a good choice. Karen is our hygienist at the Midland branch. Her patients will find that she is always striving to do the best and continue to develop her knowledge.
Outside of work, Karen likes to bake and loves spending time with Bella- her King Charles Caviller spaniel. Health and fitness are a big part of Karen’s life; she’s often lifting weights or running. With 3 children over the age of 10, she has a busy time fitting in camping, fishing, and enjoying the great outdoors with her family. Her goal for 2022 is to start hiking the Bibbulmun track with her 14-year-old son and hopes to complete the whole track over a couple of years.