Karen has over 20 plus years experience working with individuals to achieve their goals whether the goals are to get up and down off of the floor independently or to return to the tennis court or complete an Ironman triathalon, she can help you achieve your goals. 

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Karen McDonald- Hurley, MSPT

Master Science in Physical Therapyist – Level 1 Autism Fitness Certified Professional, CrossFit Level 1 Certified, Kids CrossFit Certificate, Adaptive and Inclusive Fitness Instructor.

As a former Division 1 Gymnast, Karen understands the importance of staying healthy with injury prevention as well as rehabilitation to compete at her highest level.

Karen brings her love of fitness and movement to her work.  She loves to help her clients achieve the goals that are most important to them.

Karen is a passionate, experienced physical therapist and strength and conditioning specialist with over 20 years of experience.  Karen received her Bachelor’s in Educational Studies from Brown University in 1993. While she was at Brown University, she was a 4 year varsity athlete and Captain of the Women’s Gymnastics team.  She then used her athletic background to go attend Boston University where she received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy.  She began her physical therapy career at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU.  She later worked in a sports orthopedic and water therapy clinic, Riverside Early intervention, Skilled Nursing Facilities and has spent the last 8 years as the District wide physical therapist for a local school district.  

In her former position, she was head of the Unified District program where she led inclusive opportunities in the school and community including the Race to Embrace, a 5 K walk, run and roll event for individuals of all abilities and disabilities as well as an Inclusive Community Day.  She was able to co-create and teach a high school Unified Wellness class that she loved working with the students to learn and implement the 5 Factors of Health into their lives including recover, eat, connect, think and move. She helped to discuss simple, implementable strategies to lead to a healthier life. She currently is a guide for Achilles International which is an inclusive running group. She also is a Kids CrossFit trainer and CrossFit New England in Natick, MA. 

Her love is creating individualized programs for all individuals of all abilities, all learning and communication styles. She is not only able to create programs utilizing strength and conditioning principles but also incorporating physical therapy concepts.  Karen’s motto is “Let’s start training today for where you want to get to tomorrow!”  Karen also runs Inclusive and Adaptive and Includsive CrossFit Classes as well as individual and small group physical therapy and functional fitness sessions.

Karen has 3 amazing kids ages 20, 17 and 15.  She enjoys playing tennis, pickle ball, working out and Sunday dinners with her family.  They also have a Russian tortoise, Bearded Dragon, and 3 chickens.