Since 1984 Karen's primary focus has been on the development and refining of Dynamic Sensory Motor Integration Sports Vision evaluation and training system which is used to measure and improve an individual's ability to convert visual input into appropriate and timely physical responses. This system has consistently demonstrated significant improvements in the skills that can have a direct effect on performance in many dynamic activities, most notably with Special Forces operations, police tactical units and professional sports teams. She worked with both of Canada's counter terrorist teams, the RCMP's Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and their eventual successors in the Department of Defence, Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) from 1989 to 2002. During this time she also worked with similar Special Forces and police tactical units from all over the world (USA, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Germany).
Karen has also worked extensively with an impressive roster of professional sport teams and individual athletes over the years, including:
In the early years of this program development, she formed a company called The National Institute for Sports Vision, to evolve the concept of 'sports vision' into a dynamic and objective evaluation and training system. In partnership with ex-pro football player, Phil Jones, the DynaVision 2000 was designed in 1988 as the evaluation and measuring tool for that program. The DynaVision has since been used extensively in a number of areas outside of sport and police tactical units, including hospitals and clinics dealing with autism, head injury and post-stroke recovery patients as well as University research labs.
Karen worked towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management at the University of Alberta, but switched to a 4 year course in ophthalmic dispensing prior to completion. She completed that program and held an Alberta license in ophthalmic dispensing from 1978 to 1988.
In addition to her involvement in Sports Vision, Karen was also the co-founder and Managing Director of Tentron Optical Enterprises, based in Edmonton, Alberta, from 1974 to 1985.