About Me


First off, to address the suspicions of insecurity and/or narcissism that go along with a name like “Miss Awesomeness,” click here and then make a more informed decision! Or not! Succinctly, it was a total joke and it somehow evolved into a character.

Basics: I grew up in Southern California with my parents and twin sister. I spent the first ten years of my adult life living in the South (that includes undergrad and grad school), but have been back in San Diego, CA for about six years now. I worked three years as an occupational therapist in an elementary school district and I loved it. I recently finished my post-professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy, so I’m officially Dr. Awesomeness. 😉 AKA Karen Dobyns, OTD, MOT, OTR/L…how is that for a mouthful? Now I’m slowly continuing to build up my own business, “Miss Awesomeness,” which has pediatric empowerment as its focus. I see some private clients and do some independent contracting here and there as well, and I’ll be teaching my first course in the fall – psychosocial OT (essentially a mental health course) to OT Assistant Students.  I also love love love writing children’s picture books! I’m determined to write books that both “neurotypical” children and children with special needs will enjoy. The actual publishing part will come eventually. Details, details.

Hobbies: Hula hoop dance, friends, family, writing (many genres but mostly children’s picture books), reading, interdisciplinary learning, giving and receiving mentorship, mixed media, slacklining, learning/inventing life hacks, inventing things, volunteering as a “cuddler” (seriously the official title) in the neonatal ICU, Pinterest comas, beach walks and collecting rocks/shells/flotsam for artistic purposes, rock stacking, rock balancing, social media, anything and everything to do with occupational therapy, and um, a lot more.

Website/Blog: This blog has been around since my first semester of OT school in the winter of 2006, and has always been about transparency. Laughing, living, and learning “out loud”, so others can watch the journey, the process of going from student (2006-2009) to practitioner to independent business owner, the tons of mishaps that will occur along the ways, and the sometimes (often) circuitous learning process. Sometimes it gets me in trouble to be so honest about the journey, but I’ve had good feedback to feel I do more good than harm. 🙂 Look in the sidebar for blog archives, right click on a month, and open in a new tab or window to see more than a day at a time. The rest of the website is new to me and I’m slowly (like a dead snail covered in molasses) getting to those pieces.

Mission statement: To creatively and playfully empower and educate children, caregivers, communities, and corporations with knowledge and strategies that allow them to thrive.

I recently saw a quote that said “Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” Luckily, I’m crazy enough. 🙂


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