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Karen M. Ruhl, ARNP, CNM, MSN
Areas of Expertise
Karen is an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) in gynecology who specializes in care for women in all stages of life.
Karen likes hiking, reading, cooking, caring for her family and dogs!
American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) American College of Nurse Midwifery (ACNM)
Education and Professional Achievements
MS, Nurse Midwifery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1997 BS, Nursing, San Jose State University, Calif., 1981
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She is the best!
Very happy with my first visit & will continue to use Karen as a provider.
She took the time to listen and answer my questions. I felt very reassured and confident in the care I received.
Karen was helpful however her style is a bit cool and blunt. She is rather sarcastic and sometimes it was difficult to know if she was joking or being serious. It made me hesitant to ask questions. However, I am confident in her medical assessment and advice.
NP Ruhl was very approachable & thorough. She answered all my questions, addressed all my concerns, provided a complete exam, so followed-up w/my results. Would certainly recommend her to others.
I will return again. fantastic bedside manner
Karen is very very friendly and very nice and helpful
Karen Ruhl was the first person in years to set me up with my Virginia Mason account. awesome! I thought it was a new system. thanks for the extra mile.
It was a pleasure meeting Dr. Karen Ruhl, i enjoyed our visit very much. She explained everything thoroughly, listened to me, allowed for questions and was in no rush at all. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent provider.
Karen Ruhl was extremely helpful, open, approachable, and personable. So glad I was able to get my issues addressed by her.
she was very thorough with her exam, making sure to address any concerns I may have. asking if here was any labs I wanted or felt I needed. very friendly with my 2 year old
Karen is great. Very easy to talk to and puts you at ease.
The gynecologist helped direct me to the urologist that can help me with the bladder issues I have had.
Karen is a great provider. She is very knowledgeable but also very compassionate and always takes the time to answer any questions I have.
Karen was friendly and to the point. She made feel really comfortable.
During this visit, the provider was very condescending. Moving forward, I am going to switch providers.
I enjoyed having Karen Ruhl, she eased my worries and was very informative. I would recommend her to others and will be using her again for future visits.
Karen is so warm and friendly. She really seems to care, takes time to listen, explains things clearly, and I really enjoy having her as my care provider.
She has excellent customer service skills. I highly recommend her!
Karen Ruhl is a great care provider. I had such a great experience with her. I will definitely continue to see her in the future.
This was my first appointment with Karen and I was very satisfied with her knowledge and advice.
Karen R. was very caring and nurturing. She helped to ease my fears.
I had a very positive patient experience with Karen Ruhl, she is very easy to talk to, and seemed to care a lot about my concerns during visit. I would recommend her to my friends in future.
My doctor Karen Ruhl was so friendly! She immediately made me feel comfortable. She informed me about everythig and addressed my concerns when I voiced them. I really enjoyed my visit with her and I will definitely go back.
KAREN put me at ease with her professional manner and knowledge. Good people person.
Karen Rule is wonderful.
My sister recommended Karen Ruhl to me, and she is awesome! She is knowledgeable, caring, and made me feel very comfortable about everything we discussed/did in my appointment with her. I would definitely recommend her to others!
She was very professional and respectful. I felt very comfortable with her treatment and would see her again in a heartbeat.
Karen Ruhl is very knowledgeable and she makes me feel comfortable.
I am very happy with Karen Ruhl. She has been amazing! She and Dr. Tasneem are my favorites. I am very happy with the care I have received by these two women.
Dr Ruhl has a good personality and is one of the doctors that seemed to know more than very basic health conditions. She answered my questions and did not rush out of the room. I would recommend her to someone if asked.
Karen has become one of the best providers I´ve worked with. She is understanding, patient, and humorous, which makes going in for a visit feel I´m talking to a friend about my issues, rather than being embarrassed to talk to a health professional.
Karen was amazing!
Karen Ruhl is wonderful!
I´d like to become one of Karen Ruhl´s patients!
she is one of the best yet.
I was very nervous bringing up birth control options, but she put me right at ease and gave me lots of information.
The provider I saw was super friendly! She made me feel comfortable and explained everything so I could understand it.
it´s really hard to find a really good GYN and Dr Ruhl is fantastic, she answered all my questions and help me with a lot of my concerns
This was my first time with her and she was very nice and informative.
Sometimes I feel the care providers rush.
All practitioners I have had, have been great! I feel listened to, I don´t feel rushed, I am very happy w/V.M. & made my husband change to this office.
I was a little unsure what to do from the room after the care provider left I felt I could have received more instruction
Having just moved to this area 6 months ago Karen was the first healthcare provider I have seen at Virginia Mason, or Federal Way for that matter. Trying to establish care in a new place with a new provider (especially one in gynecology) can be a bit of a challenge. Karen and her staff were friendly and professional and immediately made me feel comfortable. I was able to discuss any concerns or questions I had and Karen took the time to answer them in a manner that allowed me to leave the visit feeling good and with a plan in place. As a healthcare professional myself this is important to me. I plan to visit Karen again for any future care needs and would recommend her to a friend or family member.
Very happy with my experience.
Doctor Karen was nice, I did like her, but we didnt spend alot of time together. she did inform me about what options I wanted and told me things I didnt know, but she was to the point and a bit blunt which I wasnt sure about. she also flat out told me my procedure would hurt which made me anxious and unsure, but Im sure she is good at her job.
I had a great experience with Karen, until after my appointment. I tried starting a new email to her on my vm after she had messaged me, with no "reply" option, and could not find her name. The results she gave me were some I wanted to follow up on, and I find it very frustrating that I am unable to.