Karen trained as a doctor at Sheffield Medical School and completed her pre – registration year at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield in 1991.

From there she completed a year demonstrating Anatomy to medical and dental students at The Royal Liverpool University whilst working as a casualty doctor in the busy accident and emergency at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

After passing her part 1 exams she started her training in Ophthalmology at The Wolverhampton and West Midlands Eye Infirmary and then moved on to the well known Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester. Seven years of subspecialty training followed including a year long retinal fellowship.

Karen obtained her CCST (Certificate of Completion of SubspecialtyTraining) in December 1999 and then accepted a consultant post at the Royal Oldham Hospital starting February 2000.

Once established at the Royal Oldham Hospital Karen set up the Vitreo-Retinal service for the Pennine area and has received several clinical excellence awards for her work. Her NHS work is based at the Croft Shifa Health Centre, Belfield Rd, Rochdale as part of the MCEP/CareUK joint venture. This is a private independent company providing efficient, timely and cost effective NHS care.

Karen specialises in day case small incision cataract surgery and consults for medical disorders of the retina and vitreous.

Karen is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO), the European Retina, Macula and Vitreous Society (EURETINA), the European VitreoRetinal Society (EVRS) and the British and Irish Association of Vitreo Retinal surgeons (BEAVRS).

Karen lives in North Manchester with her husband, a retired GP, and their two dogs, chickens, sheep and lambs.

Outside interests include golf, walking, photography, gardening and wine investment.