Liberty ARC is proud to recognize and laud our hard-working staff. In observance of National Physical Therapy month we’d like to spotlight our PT staff!
The physical therapy department, at Liberty ARC, works as a unified team with a goal of providing the best services to those we support. They have great respect for those they care for as well as their co-workers. Because the PT staff is such a cohesive unit they wanted to make sure that one co-worker in particular was to be the focus of this recognition and represent the department.
Karen Fredericks has worked at Liberty ARC for 35 years! Her co-workers want to highlight Karen’s professionalism, unwavering dedication and impressive years of service.
Karen received her Bachelor of Science in physical education from SUNY Cortland. Upon graduation, in 1982, she began working at Liberty ARC as a direct support professional. In 1988, she took a position as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) and has been a part of the department ever since. Karen’s caseload is located in the upcounty region, where individuals and staff know that they can always count on her. Anyone who knows Karen would agree that she is a hard worker and a consistent and reliable team member who advocates for the individuals for whom she provides services.
One manager that has worked with Karen over the years had this to say about her:
“Karen is one of the most person centered staff I have ever met. She totally thinks of [the individuals] first and talks to them before doing anything with them. Karen created programs that meet their individual needs. She knows the individuals so well that Karen recognizes the best approach that will achieve the optimum results. Some individuals respond best to humor while others prefer to ask her about her husband or her dog. I have learned so much from Karen and it has been a pleasure to work with her.”
Outside of work Karen is a devoted wife to her husband Ed and loves her fur babies Sandy and Rocky. If you head to the fair you may catch Karen participating in a tractor pull. She has a particular love of John Deere that she shares with some of the people she supports and talks “tractor” with them.
Thank you Karen for your amazing 35 years of dedication and support!
Debby GabelerYou are truly an asset to the organization Karen! The guys are very lucky to have you in their corner.
3 days ago
Elaine Failing NalliCongrats on the nod Karen. An additional thing to know about Karen is her dedication to homeless animals. I work with her on this during our off hours and am proud to call her a peer in this area.