Karen Friesen

Karen Friesen, Practitioner in Hand Therapy, Melbourne Hand Rehab

Karen Friesen


I am passionate about sport and helping athletes return to sport – whether that’s football, eSports, gymnastics, netball, judo, rock-climbing,  ice hockey or whatever you are passionate about.  I care about getting you back to your sport  safely and quickly.

Qualifications & Associations

  • Doctor of Physiotherapy ǀ University of Melbourne ǀ 2019
  • Honours Bachelor of Science with specialization in Human Kinetics ǀ University of Ottawa ǀ 2013
  • Member Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Member Sports Medicine Australia
  • Associate Member Australian Hand Therapy Association
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Special Interests

Karen has a special interest and experience in:



Karen is a certified SARAH (program for rheumatoid arthritis) hand therapist

Karen is co-presenter of our Rheumatoid Arthritis Management Webinar


My experience with Karen at Melbourne Hand Rehab in Richmond has been fantastic. She was so lovely and very, very attentive to making sure my recovery came along as far as it could. Thanks so much to the team and to her.




Experience & Professional Development

Karen Friesen has a Doctor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne. She has experience working with semi-professional athletes as part of the medical team for the Coburg Lions (VFL) over the last four years. She has been a part of the medical teams for Coburg Superules Football Club (AFL Masters), Moonee Valley Football Club (EDFL) and at the 2019 Pacific Cup (Rugby Victoria) and the 2019 Next Gen Tryouts (NBL).


During her university studies, Karen completed placements in orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation at the Austin Hospital, chronic pain and hydrotherapy at St. John of God Warrnambool and burn management at the Royal Children’s Hospital.


Karen has nine years of experience teaching group fitness classes, including hydrotherapy and pilates.



  • University of Exeter Online, Rheumatoid Arthritis: Exercises for Hands (SARAH) – 2022
  • Sports Medicine Australia Conference – 2021
  • La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Guiding the Return to Sport Symposium – 2020
  • iMoveU Virtual Event – 2020
  • The Non-Operative Management of Hand Fractures – 2020
  • Australian Department of Health, Infection Control Training – COVID 19 – 2020
  • Changing Risk Management for Musculoskeletal Disorders – 2020
  • University of Calgary Online MOCC: Concussion – 2019

About Karen Friesen

My approach to care:  I am committed to working together with you to find a pathway that lets you return to sport safely.


I am passionate about sport, with specific interest in football, rugby, eSports, gymnastics, swimming, rock climbing and ice hockey.  My sports growing up were swimming, rock-climbing, and rugby. In addition to sport, I also enjoy cooking and sitting down with a good book.

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Clinic Locations


Karen is a Senior Clinician and available for consultation at the following clinics:


For enquiries and appointments please call 03 9458 5166 or conveniently book online.