Kara Rice has worked in the health care and wellness industry since 2001.  She became an ACE-certified personal trainer after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Three years later Kara completed a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, interested in the holistic aspect of the field.  She is a Certified Pilates Teacher and continues to enhance her knowledge by taking lessons with classically trained instructors.  She holds certifications in many therapeutic modalities and treatments such as Kinesiotaping, ergonomic assessments, Functional Capacity Evaluations, and Integrated Neuromuscular Re-education.  Kara most recently became certified in Fascial Stretch Therapy, and enjoys learning about the Schroth Method for treatment of scoliosis.

Kara’s educational background provides her with the ability to make proper modifications and appropriate exercises to train functionally and effectively.  She has a strong working knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics which allows her to train clients in a pain-free safe environment.  She has years of experience working with clients towards improving function, gaining motion and improving balance.  These have included physicians, nurses, athletes, moms, and clients looking to prevent orthopedic surgery.  She also enjoys working with more complex cases including MS, Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, TBI, SCI, Scoliosis, and children with sensory integrative disorders.

Kara M. Rice, MOT, OTR/L

  • Masters Occupational Therapy, Midwestern University
  • Bachelor’s degree, Kinesiology, University of Illinois
  • Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist
  • PMA-Certified Pilates Teacher
  • Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist – II
  • Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner
  • CPR/AED Certified

Kara continues to work as an Occupational Therapist in the community performing home modifications for safety & independence.

Contact her directly for more details. (kara@pilatestherapist.com; 480-235-1927)