Karen M Sames, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA is an associate professor of occupational science and occupational therapy. She earned her MBA with a concentration in healthcare management from the University of St. Thomas. She earned her BS in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin.
She started teaching at St. Kate's in 1995. Karen primarily teaches content related to foundational knowledge of occupational science and occupational therapy, management of occupational therapy services, entrepreneurship, theoretical basis of occupational therapy, and political influences on occupational therapy practice. Her research interests include reimbursement systems, documentation, workforce issues, and instructional technology.
Karen takes an active role in advocating for the profession of occupational therapy through her leadership of the Governement Affairs Committee of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association. She is active in the American Occupational Therapy Association, currently serving on the Nominations Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Affiliated State Association Presidents. She authored the text Documenting Occupational Therapy Practice, and is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national venues.