Dr Karen Kay Konarski-Hart is a chiropractic physician in private practice in Little Rock Arkansas since 1979. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from then, National College of Chiropractic (now, NUHS). A licensed Emergency Medical Technician, she also holds a Master of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro and was named that program's Outstanding Intern. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics and is certified in acupuncture and as a Department of Transportation Medical Examiner. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Arkansas Chiropractor of the Year and the American Chiropractic Association’s Delegate of the Year and the ACA President’s Award. She is a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors.
A member of the Arkansas Board of Health for 13 years, Dr Konarski-Hart is the only chiropractic physician to have served as its president. While on the board of health she was a member of and chaired many committees including review of claims reviewers, funding county health units and the state bio-lab, overseeing water, waste and restaurant violations and EMT/paramedic reviews. She co-authored and lobbied for passage of state laws to include chiropractic radiology assistants and to allow DCs to practice acupuncture under their scope of practice.
She served on the Council on Chiropractic Education as Commissioner/Councilor for 9 years and as a member of many of its committees including site team visitor and its standards review.
Dr Konarski-Hart co-authored and presented the 1994-5 sixty page document on the Arkansas “state of the profession” for the Governor’s Task Force on Health Reform then edited and re-presented it in 2011-13 at Arkansas healthcare reform hearings.
As an EMT, Dr Konarski-Hart is a member of the AR1-Disaster Medical Assistance Team (AR1-DMAT) and is Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trained for Pulaski County. She is the leader of the Pulaski County Medical Reserve Corps, trains chiropractic physicians for emergency response on the Arkansas Emergency Medical Technicians Association-Emergency Support Response Team and developed the policy and protocol for the ACA’s Disaster Response document (formalized in 2003). She is a member the NCMIC speakers’ bureau, teaching chiropractic emergency planning and response. She is also an American Heart Association instructor for CPR/AED/BLS.
She has been a speaker at many civic and professional events and has written for both local and national publications. Dr Konarski-Hart has served as the Arkansas delegate to the ACA since 1995 and as a member of a number of committees including chairing the public health, resolutions and by-laws committees. She is the first woman to hold the position of President of the Council of Delegates or Vice President of the House of Delegates.
. Dr Konarski-Hart is involved in a number of local and state activities. She has served as president of the Arkansas Scottish Country Dance Society and has participated in and performed in English, Scottish and American Country Dancing. She is a past president of the Hillcrest Merchants Association and is secretary of the Hillcrest Residents Association. She is a member of the Central Arkansas Audubon Society. She is married since 1986 to Wesley NEILL Hart Jr. with four step-children, fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.