Karen Ferris, DPT

Divine Savior Wellness Center
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Physical Therapy


University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; Doctor of Physical Therapy


Divine Savior Wellness Center
2815 New Pinery Rd, Portage


“I try to show my patients compression and will be your coach, cheerleader, encourager, advocate, listening ear or just give you a little extra TLC based on what you need at the time.”

-Karen Ferris, DPT


Karen Ferris attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for both her undergraduate and graduate studies.  She went to graduate school for Physical Therapy and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her undergraduate degree was a Bachelor’s of Science where she majored in Exercises Sports Science with an emphasis in Fitness, a concentration in Strength and Conditioning and minor in Psychology.


“I’m very proud to have a Doctorate in Physical Therapy with an additional CSCS certification (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). I have a passion for general orthopedic conditions in addition to sport related injuries. I also have specialty training in vestibular therapy, wound care, and advanced manual techniques,” states Karen.


Being a physical therapist, Karen finds the most rewarding aspect of her career is helping her patients heal, overcome challenges, and improve their quality of life.


She says, “It is important for me to build a relationship and rapport with my patients. I want to help you with your injury but I also want to get to know you and hear about your family, I want to know how your weekend was. I want to know you as a person; not just an injury.”


Karen grew up in De Forest, WI, a small town just north of Madison. She enjoys being in this area as her and her husband didn’t want to live in a big city but also didn’t want it to be too far away from one. “We wanted our kids to grow up in a small town where people still greet you with a smile and a say “hi.””

They love what this area has to offer and feel Divine Savior Healthcare is a great addition to the community. Karen says, “I feel like the Divine Savior rehabilitation department is a true “gem” in this area. We have a lot of therapist who have a lot of different specialties and skills. You don’t have to drive down to Madison to get good care. Our department is very welcoming and we work well together as a team. We also have a group of solid orthopedic MDs and family medicine physician within our organization.”


They also enjoy the outdoors and how this area offers a lot of state parks and public land to go hiking, camping, and exploring, along with living near so many lakes and rivers to go kayaking, canoeing, boating, and water skiing on.


Karen has always been interested in physical therapy. Since high school, her Human Anatomy teacher said, “Karen, I think you’d be a great Physical Therapist.” She share she never had an injury where she needed to see a PT so didn’t really know what they did. After doing some shadowing, she know this was the perfect fit. “It was a job where I was not only able to interact with my patients, but I was also given the opportunity to get to know my patients. I was able to use my knowledge to help others with their pain or injuries. It is a profession that stretches you to continually grow in your skills and knowledge. I can truly say I love my job and enjoy going to work each and every day. It has truly been a perfect fit!”


The best advice Karen shares is, “Being positive is contagious! I also like the quote, “Good intentions might sound nice, but it’s positive actions that matter.” – Tim Fargo