About Karen Finnin

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About Karen Finnin

For an accidental entrpreneur, Karen Finnin makes a convincing speaker, author, educator, and mentor.

With Karen, the accidental part had less to do with the mishaps and injuries that bring patients to physios. It came about through the wind-up of a health care contract in East Timor.

Dan Uden, Karen’s husband and fellow physiotherapist, was on a three year contract with the Australian Defence Force in Dili from 2008 to 2011. Accompanying him, Karen soon made her own skills available to the newly-independent nation’s substantial expatriate civilian population.

 

International healthcare educator

As the three years drew to a close, Karen wondered how her band of loyal clients could continue to benefit from her physiotherapy guidance in her absence. Almost by accident, Online Physio was born, and with it an international movement in online healthcare.

Since then, Online Physio has not only prospered, it has cemented Karen’s reputation as Australia’s leading telehealth entrepreneur and educator.

 

Since making the decision after school to replace professional dance with physiotherapy, Karen completed a Bachelor degree at Melbourne’s LaTrobe University in 1998, followed by a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the same university, in 2007.

She has worked in both the public and private sectors, and has mostly specialized in contract positions with large and small organisations.

Her contracts have often taken her to rural and remote locations, one of which, of course, was Dili, East Timor, which resulted in the foundation of her first online business.

Telehealth entrepreneur

Today, as the founder of Online Physio, Karen is best known for her contributions to the burgeoning telehealth industry. Through authoring, presenting and expert commentary, she has become the Australian leader in online physiotherapy theory, practice, and education.

Karen has subsequently partnered with Dr Mark Merolli to develop Digital Health Space, the world’s leading digital and social media education resource for health professionals. It offers online and in person workshops to help health professionals to harness the power of social media to enhance health outcomes.

 

Mentor

In her work at the intersection of healthcare and technology, Karen has cracked the code to the three problems that haunt traditional healthcare practice:

  • Practitioners forced to trade time and service for money
  • Restricted geographical areas from which to recruit clients
  • Slavery to paperwork and administration.

Karen therefore guides health professionals to solve these issues through her training programs, which include the popular Health Service Digital Incubator and Social Media for Health Professionals.

 

Author and blogger

Karen is the author of the book Before You Break: Simple Steps To Injury Proof Your Body. She has also written extensively on physio-related and allied health related subjects, including professional business issues.

 

Speaker, presenter, commentator

Karen's speaking skills are in rising demand, with regular presentations around Australia, and overseas. She makes frequent appearances in mainstream media in Australia and abroad as a go-to thinker and opinion leader at the intersection of health and technology.

 

Karen and community

Karen and husband, Dan, are keen community people who also share a joy in the company of dogs. Karen and Dan have a strong relationship with Assistance Dogs Australia, trains and provides selected dogs to help enrich the lives and bring practical help to people with disabilities.

Karen and Dan have been 'Puppy Educators' to three dogs that have now graduated from the program and live with their fur-ever owners. Bella is a service dog assisting a man who has had a stroke and has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Rufus is the best friend of a young boy with autism, and Lola is a facility dog at a school in NSW assisting students with learning difficulties to develop their literacy skills.

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Awards

Karen's achievements have been recognised by a number of awards, including:

Nominee
Nominee
Winner - KPI Pitchfest
Winner - GSD Award
Winner - KPI Pitchfest Winner - GSD Award
9th Place - Innovation Awards
9th Place - Innovation Awards
Finalist
Finalist
Winner - Covers that Rock Competition
Winner - Covers that Rock Competition

In 2011, Karen had to end a three year stint running a Private Practice in East Timor. Saddened that she could no longer care for her patients, but deciding that there had to be a better way to manage patients from a distance, Karen launched Online Physio, Australia’s first entirely online, publicly accessible private Physiotherapy Practice.

Struck by the increasing role of education in Physiotherapy, the confusing nature of health information on the Internet, and the fact that those in remote locations shouldn't miss out on great injury management, taking Online Physio to the world has become Karen's passion.

Social media guidance has been around for some time and health organisations and governing bodies around the globe have worked tirelessly to create guidelines for their members.

However, never has a resource as comprehensive as this been produced specifically for health professionals covering social media and digital tools central to start turning your health business or professional profile into a truly tech savvy one.

Karen has collaborated with Dr Mark Merolli on this project, and their mission is to make health professionals the most tech proof industry in the workforce, providing them with the knowledge to create progressive health services into the future.

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Karen the philanthropist

Karen with Lola, Assistance Dog in Training
Karen with Lola, Assistance Dog in Training
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Karen is passionate about helping people, and is also passionate about the impact that dogs can have on humans. She is a dedicated Puppy Educator for Assistance Dogs Australia, an organisation which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to assist people with disabilities to live their daily lives.

Karen and her husband Dan have voluntarily raised and trained a number of dogs that have gone on to be placed as service dogs to humans with special needs.

Click here for more information about Assistance Dogs Australia, and to donate.

The Clown Doctors cheering up a pint sized patient
The Clown Doctors cheering up a pint sized patient
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Karen believes that the health industry can take itself too seriously sometimes, so she is also a proud ongoing financial supporter of The Humour Foundation, an Australian Charity dedicated to promoting and delivering the health benefits of humour.

The Humour Foundation sends Clown Doctors into medical facilities across the country to brighten the days of those weighed down by illness.

Click here for more information about the Clown Doctors and to donate

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