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Karen Gentile, CPNP

Karen Gentile joined Kids First in March of 2012. Karen completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from Northern Illinois University in 2002 and her Masters of Science in Nursing degree with a focus as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Texas Woman’s University in 2010. Before joining Kids First Pediatric Partners, she worked as a nurse practitioner in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Memorial Hospital, where she cared for the most seriously ill children in the hospital. Prior to that she worked as a registered nurse in the trauma ICU, neonatal ICU and as a neonatal flight nurse and in the pediatric ER. Karen also worked as a traveling nurse and was able to gain experiences from some of the most respected medical centers across the country. Karen’s large variety of experiences in acute care settings prepared her for working in routine primary care.

In addition to providing routine care at Kids First, Karen also works side-by-side with a dietitian in our nutrition program to care for children with complex nutritional needs. Karen also runs a pre-diabetes clinic to help manage children with overweight and obesity. Additionally, Karen is the host of the Kids First Podcast, an evidence-based podcast that is released every two weeks and can be listened to for free on any podcast player.