• National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Physiotherapy certified, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Karen Derr, D.C.

Consult Physician

Profile Overview

Empowering patients, not just treating their chronic neck or back conditions, has been the foundation upon which Dr. Karen Derr, D.C., has built her more than two-decade career as a chiropractor. She believes education is a key to helping patients unlock the health and vitality they’ve been searching for. And she should know.

As a young woman, Dr. Derr was told by a school nurse and a doctor that she had scoliosis. Dr. Derr was an avid athlete, and the news almost broke her spirit. Determined to find answers, Dr. Derr begged her parents to find a solution. And that led her to a chiropractor who would not only treat her spine, but restore her health and outlook on life.

Dr. Derr says overcoming that difficult time was what inspired her to pursue a career in chiropractic. And as a Laser Spine Institute Consult Physician, she now gets to share her story of hope with patients who may have lost theirs.

Before joining Laser Spine Institute, Dr. Derr worked as an associate doctor of chiropractic for nearly 10 years at Sheldon Road Chiropractic and Massage Therapy. She also worked as a chiropractor for several family-owned practices throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Dr. Derr said receiving a doctor of chiropractic designation from New York Chiropractic College and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Bloomfield College are her proudest professional accomplishments. The reason? She’s the first person in her family to earn a college education.

When she’s not providing patients, her teammates or fellow providers with the knowledge and encouragement they need to thrive, Dr. Derr values quality time with her family. She especially enjoys taking cruises with her family, playing cards and training her new puppy.