Karen B Ashforth


Date of original LANA certification: 10/01/2005
LANA Certificate Expires: 12/31/2023

OT MS CHT CLT-LANA

St. Joseph's Medical Center
1800 California Ave.
Stockton, CA 95204
209-467-6365
Biography

Karen began her career in occupational therapy in 1981 and initially worked in acute, home health, outpatient, and adult day heath settings.  She served as a rehabilitation clinical specialist in two of these settings and managed a multi-disciplinary staff of 16 occupational, physical and speech therapists and social workers.   She became board certified in hand therapy in 1993. That area of practice led her to lymphedema and she completed her lymphedema certification in 2003.

Karen’s passions in lymphedema practice are equipment invention and development, treatment of underlying fibrosis and inflammation, and assessment of complex and difficult cases.  She is considered an expert in clinical use of pneumatic compression and has participated in development of numerous devices and appliances.  She currently works at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, California, providing inpatient and outpatient lymphedema treatment and also has a private treatment and consulting practice.

Karen speaks frequently at academic, clinical and professional settings and performs clinical research that she presents and publishes nationally and internationally.  Her presentations have included four International Lymphology Congress meetings: 2017 Spain, 2015 USA, 2011 Sweden, 2009 Australia, as well as medical conferences in Canada and Israel.  She gives educational presentations throughout the United States multiple times a year.

Recent publications include: Lymphology Journal (USA), AOTA Practice Journal (USA), OTAC Journal (USA), Pathways (Canada) and Journal of Lymphoedema (UK.)