Karen J Freshwater, MS
Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine
1000 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Karen Freshwater, PA-C, is a board-certified physician's assistant with Bronson Neuroscience Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. She earned a master's degree in medicine from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
After completing her degree as a physician assistant, Ms. Freshwater started work at Bronson, where she specializes in movement disorders and multiple sclerosis. She is involved in the community through her volunteer work facilitating the Kalamazoo area Parkinson's disease support group, co-facilitating the Kalamazoo multiple sclerosis support group, sitting on the advisory board for the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, and working on the Quality Measures Committee of the American Academy of Neurology.
Prior to her role as a physician assistant, Ms. Freshwater worked in research and development doing preclinical toxicology, first with Bayer Corporation, Stilwell, Kansas, and then Pharmacia/Pfizer, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
- National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Education and Training
- MS 2009, Medicine, Western Michigan University
- BS 1982, Animal Science, University of Missouri
- Clinical Neurology
Patyna S., Haznedar J., Morris D., Freshwater K., Peng G., Sukbuntherng J., Chmielewski G., Matsumoto D. Evaluation of the safety and pharmacokinetics of the multi-targeted receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor sunitinib during embryo-fetal development in rats and rabbits Birth Defects Research Part B - Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology. 2009;86:204-213. doi: 10.1002/bdrb.20194.
Astroff A., Freshwater K., Young A., Stuart B., Sangha G., Thyssen J. The conduct of a two-generation reproductive toxicity study via dermal exposure in the Sprague-Dawley rat - A case study with KBR 3023 (A prospective insect repellent) Reproductive Toxicology. 1999;13:223-232. doi: 10.1016/S0890-6238(99)00008-8.
Astroff A., Freshwater K., Eigenberg D. Comparative organophosphate-induced effects observed in adult and neonatal Sprague-Dawley rats during the conduct of multigeneration toxicity studies Reproductive Toxicology. 1998;12:619-645. doi: 10.1016/S0890-6238(98)00044-6.