Karen Medart, LMT
Ms. Medart attended Hands On Massage Therapy School in 2001 under the instruction of Greg May and received her license in 2002. Since then she has expanded her abilities and expertise through continuing education courses such as:
- Sports Massage & Event Clinical
- Acupressure, Low Back and Hip
- Deep Tissue Massage for Low Back Pain
- Sports Injury Concepts for Massage Therapists
- Orthopedic and Sports Massage for Running Injuries
- Headache Technique
Karen has been at Active Spine and Sport since April of 2015. Prior to that she worked at Massage Envy for 8 years, local health clubs, and also worked freelance. In the Navy, Ms. Medart served as the Command Fitness leader, helping officers maintain the highest level of fitness. Karen has traveled with local cycling teams to their events as the team massage therapist. Karen enjoys helping clients recover from injury. Her passion is helping athletes enhance performance, with pre-race therapy and post-race recovery.
Karen confesses, “I can tell you I was never athletic growing up. I only rode my bike to get to school and was happy to get out of PE class since I was in the marching band. I took swim lessons as a kid and only knew enough not to drown.
“When I was asked to go watch a triathlon a friend of mine was racing in, I said ‘what’s a triathlon.’ But that one day was a changing point for me. I wanted that. I didn’t own a bike anymore and could barely swim, mostly breast stroke. I had my work cut out for me.”
When Karen entered her first triathlon in 1987, she barely knew how to swim. Over the next few years she trained, raced and greatly improved, placing in the top 3 in her age group several times. In 1991 she raced her first Ironman in Canada and was hooked on that distance.
In August of 1991 Karen decided to run her first marathon at White Rock to see what it would be like to run 26.2 miles without swimming and biking. She has since completed two White Rock marathons and the Boston Marathon.
Ms. Medart returned to Ironman Canada in 1992, 1993 and 1999, with a shorter half Ironman in ‘98. That Buffalo Springs Half Ironman was her first bout with heat exhaustion, so she stuck with short distance and Sprint Tri’s for the next 10 years.
“When a friend of mine asked if I was interested in Ironman Louisville, in Kentucky in 2008 I said ok. What was I thinking! While we were in Louisville we heard Panama City was a great Ironman race, flatter and cooler, my two favorite race words. I was sold.” Karen and her friend raced Panama City Ironman in 2009.
Karen was mobilized to Iraq in December 2009 and would not see a swimming pool for over a year. Her only bike was a Mountain Bike. Since returning she has completed two Longhorn Half Ironman races in Austin and some shorter race distances.
Karen’s current passion is biking and fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, annually participating in the local MS150, a bike ride of 150 miles over the course of two days. She has been an advocate and fundraiser since 2000. The only year she didn’t ride was 2010 while deployed to Iraq, but she still managed to fund raise for her team. “They all signed my rider number and mailed it to me”, says Karen.
"Occasionally when one of my Ironman clients talk about their upcoming race I am envious but then again maybe not..."