Karen Carmichael

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Otago)
  • Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) (Otago)
  • Master of Sports Physiotherapy (Curtin, WA, Australia)
  • Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand and Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • Certificate of Acupuncture, PAANZ
Karen is the practice owner and senior physiotherapist.
She qualified in 1996 from Otago University and initially worked in private practice in Te Kuiti, as well as hospital outpatient work. While in Te Kuiti she worked with King Country Development rugby, and Riverlands Netball. She then worked as a sole practioner in Putaruru before moving to Perth, WA.

While in Australia Karen completed a clinical Masters Degree in Sports Physiotherapy where she picked up the prize for top marks in her year. She has also completed courses in acupuncture, pilates, kinesiotaping and manual therapy.

Karen then worked in the UK, mostly in private practice before returning to Hamilton, purchasing the Hillcrest Physiotherapy Clinic in September 2007.

Karen has a special interest in functional movement. In particular using Pilates and exercise based programmes to get people moving again without fear of pain.

Karen is a certified Steel Programme Physiotherapist, specialisng in individualised rehabilitation programmes for men with cancer.

Karen has worked with sports teams before including, King Country Development, Riverlands Netball, Hamilton Old Boys and Aussie Rules teams.
Karen is passionate about getting people moving again, maximising their potential and letting people benefit from what exercise can offer.

Karen is currently works at our Waikato Diocesan Clinic and in the clinic. She runs a number of our Pilates and Core Classes.
"There are very few problems in life that will not benefit from people getting out and being active, helping people people achieve their goals makes physiotherapy one of the best jobs out there!"