Dr. Karen Ortiz brings genuineness, honesty and compassion to each patient visit. She is fascinated by the mechanics and make-up of the human body and strives to help children and their families be well, physically and emotionally, from birth to young adulthood. Proficient in medical Spanish, Dr. Ortiz recognizes that each family is unique and focuses on building relationships, so children and parents feel comfortable raising concerns and asking questions.
Dr. Ortiz earned her undergraduate degree in biology with minors in chemistry and Spanish at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She received her medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, and served her residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, where she served as an assistant professor for five years before beginning her clinic work as a pediatrician.
Lending proof to the adage “Experience is the best teacher,” Karen has gained knowledge and insight about children while raising her son and daughter. She believes her kids, now both young adults, have helped her become a more well-rounded pediatrician, providing her with a broader perspective on the joys and challenges parents experience during different stages. Being a mom helps her bring shared understanding and empathy to each patient visit.
Karen got her first mountain bike in college, and her love for cycling quickly grew into a passion for team road racing. Karen competes in 30- to 100-mile endurance events, as well as week-long cycling tours, both of which provide her the opportunity to challenge herself physically while enjoying beautiful scenery along the way. She has dedicated her time to leading women’s cycling teams, offering mentorship and motivation to engage young women in the sport.
Karen is naturally drawn to the outdoors and looks for ways to be physically active, from rock climbing to hiking and kayaking. She has ice climbed in Ouray, Colorado, surfed in Costa Rica and hopes to one day backpack in Patagonia in South America.
A fan of flavorful cuisine, Karen enjoys cooking, and she has a sweet-tooth that is easily satisfied by dark chocolate with nuts. An avid reader, she likes of all kinds of books, but especially Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, the Divergent series and Percy Jackson novels.