Dr. Karen Burnett, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Karen earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Michigan at Flint. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology from Grand Valley State University. Karen’s special interests include running injury and performance enhancement therapy, postural re-training, and postpartum and pelvic pain therapy. She enjoys treating all types of patients but has a special interest in marathon runners having completed 4 marathons herself including the Chicago marathon.

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist in the State of Illinois
  • APTA/IPTA Member
  • Women’s Health Therapist

Institute of Physical Art:

  • Functional Mobilization 1 

The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute:

  • Rehabilitation Pilates Matwork Level 1

Herman and Wallace:

  • Pelvic Floor Level 1

University of Michigan Flint

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2014 

Grand Valley State University

  • Bachelor of Health Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology, 2006

What Karen Has to Say

Why do you work for Body Gears?

I feel truly lucky to be a Body Gears Physical Therapist. Body Gears invests heavily in continuing education for their PTs, and I am surrounded by incredibly talented PTs on a regular basis, allowing for constant growth and improvement in clinical skills. We take a team approach, always collaborating to ensure our patients are getting the best possible care. We have the opportunity to truly work one-on-one with each patient, allowing for focused attention and improved quality of care. There’s no place I’d rather be!

What sparked your interest in physical therapy?

I’ve always been intrigued by understanding how things work, which initially lead me to major in Mechanical Engineering. At some point during my first semester, I was visiting with a close friend who happens to have a rare neurologic condition. I had always admired how she learned to adapt and function despite having significant motor weaknesses. It dawned on me that I wanted to find a career that would combine my love for “how things work” with the ability to help people improve their lives. The rest is history!

Tell me about your PT school experience.

I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Michigan-Flint where I had the opportunity to be involved with founding a pro bono Physical Therapy Clinic called PT HEART. The clinic is operated by volunteer Physical Therapy students with Faculty supervision, and they provide completely complementary physical therapy services to those who cannot otherwise access physical therapy. Being involved with PT HEART was the highlight of my time in PT school.

What certification are you working towards?

This Fall, I am looking forward to advancing my clinical skills through taking the Pelvic Floor Level 1 course with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. I am also eager to pursue Dry Needling certification in 2019.

How do you stay active?

I enjoy running, yoga, Pilates, and weight lifting. I also love working in my garden.

What Patients Have to Say About Karen

“Karen is wonderful & really helped me to understand what is going on with my body as well as a way forward. 


– Catherine M. (Body Gears Graduate)