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Karen (Kae) Ellen Fink, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, LMT

Karen FinkKae Fink, a licensed massage therapist and board-certified holistic nurse, has specialized in integrative medicine medical and hospital-based massage since 2004. She has provided care for healthy and medically challenged patients, families and staff across the lifespan. She joined UH Connor Whole Health in 2019 as the program coordinator of Chiropractic and Massage. She is specializing in onsite seated massage for UH employees and is currently collaborating to initiate massage therapy programs for outpatient cancer patients and inpatient populations. She co-creates therapeutic relationships with her massage clients, combining therapies to customize care and encourages her clients to be a partner in their integrative care. Kae presents educational programming for health professionals and the general community at regional, national, and international venues, is a massage therapy instructor at the community college level, a research co-investigator, a published author, and active in national professional associations and committees.

Education and Credentials

  • National Institute of Massotherapy, Massage Diploma, 2000
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing and Health, BSN, 1988
  • Associates of Arts Degree, Cuyahoga Community College 1985
  • AHNCC, Board Certification in Holistic Nursing, 2012
  • Licensed by The State Medical Board of Ohio, LMT, 2001
  • Licensed by The Ohio Board of Nursing, RN, 1988


Advanced Training:

Professional Association:

  • Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health
    • Member since June 2020
    • Education and Research Work Groups
  • American Holistic Nursing Association (AHNA)
    • Member since 2012
    • AHNA Educator Provider Committee JHN – Appointed (2017-present)
    • Nominating Committee – Elected Position – (2019-present)
      • Chairperson 2019 and 2020 (appointed)
    • https://www.ahna.org/
  • Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  • Federation of States Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)
    • Licensure Renewal Committee – Appointed (2017-present)
    • Professional Development Activities Task Force – Appointed (2013-2014)
    • https://www.fsmtb.org
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-fink-b32077177/
  • Publications:

    • Deran, B., Fink, K. E., Gollegly, L. & Stevenson, M. Glass half full or empty? Fill ‘er up by living your bucket list daily. (2019) AHNA Beginnings Magazine, 39(4), 26-28.
    • Bernhofer, E., & Fink, K. (2018). Measuring pain management values in clinicians: development and psychometric analysis of a new instrument. The Journal of Pain: Abstracts Presented at The Scientific Summit, 37th Annual American Pain Society Meeting, 19(3), 294.
    • The AHNA 2018 Conference Planning Committee (compiled by Karen Ellen Fink). (2018). A call to service: Holistic nurses reflect on sharing their gifts and receiving in return. AHNA Beginnings, 38(2), 4-5, 32-34.
    • Fink, Karen. (2005). What is massage? Information you ‘knead’ to know. Balanced Living Magazine, 9(39).


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