Karen Lee Allen,
"The Parrot Lady" ™, has been involved with birds for
nearly 30 years. She has written chapters on hand raising baby birds
and grooming for the book entitled "Diseases
of Cage & Aviary Birds" co-authored by Dr. Walter J. Rosskopf and
Dr. Richard Woerpel. Karen has also had numerous articles published
in magazines, as well as veterinarian manuals and she is a Certified
Avian Specialist (CAS) of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.
She has had over an 18 year relationship working very closely with doctors
Rosskopf and Woerpel at their "Avian and
Exotic Animal Hospital" in Hawthorne, California. Dr. Rosskopf is
one of the few certified avian veterinarians in the United States.
Karen also appears
with Drs. Rosskopf & Woerpel on a very informative video called "The
Parrot Video". Karen owns her own bird store in Torrance, California
and has raised almost all of her 100 birds, which were born, from her
own breeding pairs or from selected breeders. She is extremely well
known for her skills as a bird groomer and has flown around the country
to do special bird grooming for private individuals and organizations
like the Hyatt Regency in Hawaii. Some of Karen's more famous clientele
include: David Hasselhoff of the television shows "Bay Watch" and "Knight
Rider", the famous chef, Wolfgang Puck, Barbara Lazaroff - interior
decorator and designer, Richard Thomas of "The Walton's" fame, Michael
Tobias, writer/producer, Jeff Maxwell chef on the TV series "MASH",
Bob Bartley and his performing macaws "Gypsy" and "Scooter" and the
"Wizard and Oz" of Hollywood's Magic Castle fame.
In her spare time,
Karen writes a bird help line column for the South
Bay Bird Society. She is also a consultant to people around the
world on the proper care of birds and is a frequent contributor to the
bird help line at birdhotline.com.
She answers all of those puzzling questions for new owners and old pros
alike on and hand raising, behavior problems, cage and toy selection,
and much more.