Dr. Karen Gardner


Karen Gardner

Karen Gardner is an Internal Medicine Physician at Clarke and Gardner Internal Medicine Associates in Wynnewood, PA. She is known for her expertise in preventive medicine and her affiliation with MDVIP, emphasizing the prevention of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Karen’s commitment to patient care spans over two decades, with her current practice starting in September 2018.


Previously, Karen was a partnership owner and manager at Clarke and Gardner Internal Medicine from October 2000 to March 2015, where she provided both inpatient and outpatient care in a teaching medical center, precepting and teaching medical residents and medical students. She has been board-certified in internal medicine since August 1997.


From October 1997 to October 2000, Karen served as an Attending Physician in Internal Medicine at Main Line Primary Care in Lankenau Medical Center, providing comprehensive care in a multi-physician group setting. Her professional career began as a Clinical Registered Dietician at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, and St. Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken, NJ, where she specialized in nutrition support and diabetes education. This background in dietetics has greatly benefited her approach to primary care, allowing her to integrate nutritional counseling and dietary management into her practice of Internal Medicine. Her expertise in nutrition has enhanced the comprehensive care plans developed to address both acute and chronic conditions, particularly focusing on lifestyle changes.


Karen completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, PA, where she engaged in clinical research on carotid endarterectomy in the pre-CABG patient and served on the bioethics committee. She also completed a medical internship at Kennedy Memorial Hospital/University Medical Center and earned her medical degree from Rowan University/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Her early career in dietetics included an internship at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of Vermont, where she received the Agnes T. Powell Award for Outstanding Professionalism and made the Dean’s List. The combination of her dietetics training and medical education has equipped her with a holistic perspective on patient care. Karen is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the American Dietetic Association (ADA).


In addition to her medical career, Karen is involved in various philanthropic activities, including supporting a student-sponsored scholarship at Lehigh University, and initiating the Chapel Haven Schleifer Center’s Health and Wellness Program (2018 to present). She and husband Steve have a son, Andy, who lives in our supported living community, and a daughter, Lisa, who is working and living in Colorado Springs.