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Karen Hsu Patterson is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. As a registered nurse, Karen worked primarily in adult critical care, where she often responded to the effects of under-managed chronic diseases. This experience has driven her interest in disease prevention and improving management of chronic diseases, as well as an interest in palliative care to support patients and families through serious illness. She enjoys educating and empowering patients to take an active role in their own health management, and strives for mutually collaborative patient-provider relationships.
Karen is a member of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies and interests include piano, singing, art museums, and musical theater.