Indiana Policyholders: Notice to policyholders recently affected by severe weather. 

Karen Konarski-Hart, DC, DABCO, MSDPEM, FICC

Karen Konarski-Hart, DC, DABCO, MSDPEM, FICCWitnessing an emergency and being unable to respond is heartbreaking. If the lack of response is due to a doctor's lack of confidence of his or her skills, it is a tragedy. Luckily, doctors can refresh their training and update their education by attending Dr. Karen Konarski-Hart's program. She presents an energy-packed seminar on DC community involvement and cross training, urging doctors of chiropractic to volunteer in their communities—especially with disaster response.

Doctors leave this program with straightforward tips on how to get involved and how to work seamlessly with all disciplines. This course covers the skills recommended in the American Chiropractic Association's resolution on chiropractic emergency service. It is also customized to the needs and interests of the attendees and to the probable situations in the state or region of those attendees. Information gained is applicable both to personal home emergencies and team participation in disasters.

Dr. Konarski-Hart earned diplomate status in chiropractic orthopedics from Parker College of Chiropractic, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National College of Chiropractic, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management from Arkansas State University. She has practiced since 1979 in Little Rock, Ark., was a governor's appointee to the Arkansas Board of Health and served as its president. She has served on the Arkansas Bioterrorism Advisory Committee, is a physician on the Arkansas Emergency Medical Service Training Committee and is a leader of the Pulaski County Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Konarski-Hart is a member of the AR1-Disaster Medical Assistance Team and was one of only 35 U.S. DMAT members trained at "Consequence Island 2001" at the Weapons of Mass Destruction Conference in Puerto Rico. She has participated in "Quake 97" and "Quake 99" training and is a certified trainer-emergency responder nuclear, biological, and chemical technician (U.S. National Domestic Preparedness Program). She is a national- and state-certified EMT, an American Heart Association certified instructor, and has trained in Red Cross Mass Care and Disaster Services. She holds many specialized certificates in emergency care and disaster relief such as Stop The Bleed and Critical Incident Stress Management.

Dr. Konarski-Hart is past president of the Arkansas Chiropractic Association. She was a Councilor on the Council on Chiropractic Education. She was state delegate to the American Chiropractic Association and has received their Delegate of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year awards. She currently serves on their Board of Governors as vice president of the ACA.

NCMIC Seminar Topics:

  • Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management

  • First Responder Skills: CPR, AED, bleeding control, trauma assessment, triage, shock, transportation of the injured, documentation and communication

  • Team Skills

  • Chiropractic-Specific Response

  • On the Home Front

  • Critical Incident Stress Management

  • Stop the Bleed

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