Biography & Education


As a family nurse practitioner, Karen Ballard enjoys focusing on each patient's unique needs. "I listen carefully to patient concerns and do my best to help solve any issues," she says. 

Karen had more than 20 years as a registered nurse before becoming a family nurse practitioner. She spent many years working in cardiac and oncology nursing. 

After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from San Diego State University, Karen completed her master's degree in nursing from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Karen is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. 

Born in California, Karen moved to Oregon in 1990. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, knitting, and spending time with her husband and two adult children. 

Areas of expertise

Family medicine


Bachelor of Science, nursing: San Diego State University, Calif.
Master of Science, nursing: Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash.

Karen is a board certified family nurse practitioner. 

  • English

Care Locations

417 SW 117th Ave.
Suite 200
Portland 97225
Fax 503-216-1810
Affiliated Facilities


Board Certifications
  • Family nurse practitioner


Patient Ratings and Comments
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The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.4 out of 5 (78 Ratings, 16 Comments)


Dr. Ballard is wonderful - she has been very responsive to my needs and concerns. I appreciate her willingness to answer all of my questions. I want to be healthy physically and emotionally, and she supports my efforts.

when I first came to this provider, the receptionist was very condescending and I felt I had to pick a provider when I had not met anyone.Karen Ballard was very supportive of the issue with her staff and took their side over my issue. during my first visit she too was very condescending to me. I am only going to this location to get my prescriptions. I do not feel safe or cared for at this clinic and am hoping to change clinics.

The NP left the room during our appointment to tend to another patient's needs. I had to repeat answers to questions she asked me. For instance, I had a hysterectomy one year ago and twice during my visit she asked me about my last menstrual period and then again about birth control. She didn't seem in tune to me as an individual. She ended up prescribing meds for me for my back pain and I had told her that meds didn't help my condition. She disagreed with my belief that pain was a warning sign of the body to protect it's structure, and she said 'not anymore'. It wasn't a great visit, but she did make the referral for imaging and I will follow up with another provider in the office next time.

My provider is so, so good, she is the best provider.

The provider was excellent and I have recommended her to others. The provider took my pain issues seriously.

they have always been good-positive

Appreciated being asked politely if I was ok with a trainee's participation.

Thorough thoughtful provider

Karen Ballard is a phenomenal PNP, she was thoughtful and professional, I feel very confident moving forward that my health is in good hands.

Karen Ballard has a wonderful "bedside" manner - she listens, understands and communicates options clearly. Not everything is "fixable" and she is compassionate and forthright in these situations, offering options for treatment to minimize discomfort.

[...] I was very late, but was seen anyway without any difficulty.

Lack of information known about knee care. Didn't get good idea of what was wrong with my knee. Had to go to urgent care to get more info.

Like her alot [...]

I have referred my grandchildren to Karen B. I would not be going to her if I did not receive the very best service.

The intake person at the front desk was awesome along with Karen Ballard.

I enjoy seeing Karen. She knows my history, discusses treatments and options and takes my preferences into account when planning my care.