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Karen A. Ball, OTR/L, MHS

Karen A. Ball, OTR/L, MHS

Karen A. Ball, OTR/L, MHS, is the program director of inpatient rehabilitation at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield. Karen received her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire, and her Master of Health Science degree with specialization in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation from Drexel University.

Karen’s formative years were at Hospital for Special Care, where she held roles in staff development, therapy practice management and rehabilitation director capacities, in addition to provision of direct patient care.

She brings over 20 years of management experience in the field of rehabilitation. Her portfolio includes extensive program development and clinical work with adult and pediatric populations with neurologic, orthopaedic, pulmonary and cardiac conditions.