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Karen Hoyt, PTA

General Orthopedics, Post Operative Care, PRI

Karen earned her Associates Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana.  Karen has many years of experience working at Hamilton Physical Therapy as a physical therapy aide.  During her training she had clinical experience in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, inpatient, outpatient  as well as a private facility.  She has experience in exercise, modalities, and soft tissue mobilization.  Karen has had extensive experience as well as continuing education classes in postural restoration.

Delivering compassionate care to patient is very important for Karen.  She is a wonderful listener, and works well with professionals, and enjoys working with patients in all age groups.

Karen is a native of Pennsylvania but has lived around the Bitterroot Mountains for the last 24 years.  Karen received a BS degree in Forest Science in 1978.  She is committed to volunteering in the community and is a member of the Bitterroot Woman’s Club.  Outside of work she participates in skiing, hiking, and biking.  She finds pleasure in weaving and other fiber crafts.  Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, Stu, and their two sons.

Why did you become a Physical Therapy Assistant?

There are several reasons I went into physical therapist assistant field. First, I previously worked with children with special needs and saw how exercise could help them with their daily lives. Second, with aging parents I could see how important staying active was to quality of life.