During her formative years, Dr. Karen L. Smith was a competition gymnast and a member of the U.S. Junior Olympics Tae Kwon Do squad. She earned the title of National Grand Champion of Women’s Tae Kwon Do Black Belts in 1989 and Miss T.E.E.N Kansas in 1991.
Dr. Smith graduated with a double undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in Psychology and Human Biology. She subsequently completed a four-year Podiatry curriculum at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Miami, Florida, graduating with top honors. Dr. Smith also obtained a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences while at Barry University. Thereafter she completed three years of specialized training in foot and ankle surgery at one of the nation’s top residency programs, Highlands Foot and Ankle Institute in Denver, CO.
Dr. Smith currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and three sons. She is referred to as "the friendly foot doctor" because she strives to empower and connect with readers using clear, to-the-point information along with a dose of encouragement. Dr. Smith also enjoys writing and illustrating children's books that are whimsically engaging as well as educational.
Written by a foot expert, Killing Heel Pain is an award-winning “how-to” guide for getting rid of plantar fasciitis as quickly and effectively as possible. The user-friendly layout features a “cut-to-the-chase” question-answer format, helpful anatomy illustrations and easy-to-follow “key points” and “action steps” for final freedom from this painful and life-intrusive condition.