Karen Thiele

Karen Thiele, MD

Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine


I had a long and exciting career as an intensive care nurse, and then as a flight nurse, for two decades prior to heading back to medical school. Having called Reno my home since 1994, I never looked anywhere else but to UNR to pursue a dream of completing medical school. I fell in love with the family medicine specialty during the second half of my third year in med school when I spent a wonderful day on hospital service with UNR Family Medicine seeing newborns, pediatric inpatients, adults and geriatrics all in the space of one day. Since then I've enjoyed the broad scope of practice of a family doctor and have patients that encompass all ages and stages of life including obstetrics. Special interests of mine include primary care of the LGBT+ community, providing cross gender hormone therapy for gender diverse patients, women's reproductive health, PrEP, and wilderness medicine. I am really excited to be on the faculty in this department and look forward to building a diverse practice over the coming years.

Family: I met my husband Jon, a Navy veteran, when we were both working on the helicopter together at Care Flight in Reno, where he enjoyed a second career after a twenty years flying off aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. We have a son who is at McQueen High and is an amazing musician who plays trumpet , mellophone and French horn. We have a very hairy Golden Retriever named Brodie who is our constant companion inside the house and out and who hates the car.

Interests: I'm a devoted Band Mom for my son's marching band at McQueen High School, and a supporter of all things related to the marching arts, jazz, orchestra, and wind ensembles. In my spare time I love all that the Reno-Tahoe area has to offer, especially anything that gets me onto the waters of Lake Tahoe either by kayak or SUP.

Professional experience

  • Chief resident 2019
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha


  • Residency in Family and Community Medicine, University of Nevada, Reno 2016-2019
  • MD, University of Nevada School of Medicine 2016
  • BSc (Nursing)--Nursing, McGill University, 1991
  • Associate of the McGill Conservatory of Music at Montreal, Piano Performance
  • Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music at Toronto, Piano Performance