Karen Criminger graduated from Caldwell Community College in 1980 as a Registered Nurse. She then earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She was certified as a family nurse practitioner in 1988. Karen has experience in critical care, home health, family medicine and hospice care and is excited to use her experience to care for patients through Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists.
Karen has lived in Watauga County for 30 years. She is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. She loves to knit, bake and hike, but her favorite activity is tea parties with her granddaughter. Participating in mission work through her church is also very important to Karen. She travels to Haiti several times each year.