Karen Wakefield was born in Flint, Michigan. She is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, Albuquerque, New Mexico and her Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, from the University of South Alabama, Mobile. During her studies, Karen worked as a Registered Nurse Supervisor at BCA Medical Associates, Roswell, New Mexico; served as a sexual assault nurse examiner in Roswell, New Mexico; worked as a Registered Nurse in the newborn nursery at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, Roswell, New Mexico; and worked as a Registered Nurse at Family Health Clinic, Dothan, Alabama.
Karen is licensed as a registered nurse by the Alabama Board of Nursing and certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care, by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She is authorized for Advanced Practice Nursing by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Karen joined Dothan Pediatric Clinic providing pediatric patient care in January, 2005. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.