Dr. Karen Lin, MD

Dr. Karen Lin, MD

Neurology  |  
Female  |  
52 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Karen Lin, MD is a neurology doctor who practices in San Luis Obispo, CA. She is 52 years old and has been practicing for 28 years. Dr. Lin is affiliated with French Hospital Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna

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Care Philosophy

Specializing in the field of Neurology, Dr. Lin is prepared to diagnose and treat all types of neurological disorders resulting from abnormalities in the brain, spinal cord and other nerves throughout the body. Dr. Lin is trained to perform a variety of tests and scans to arrive at the correct diagnosis, which is vital to creating an effective treatment plan.
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Dr. Lin's Experience

Dr. Lin's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurology
  • Board certified in Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurology and Sleep Medicine
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Epilepsy

Board Certifications

  • Clinical Neurophysiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Sleep Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects


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  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Northwestern U
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Mayo Clin Grad Sch Med
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Mayo Clinic-Rochester
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Mayo Clinic-Rochester
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Lin has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Lin's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lin to family and friends
based on 29 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Lin's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
Pismo Beach, CA |
Excellent doctor and amazing medical assistant. Both are extremely helpful. The medical assistant basically runs the office (and does it very well for a young girl), office manager is not very knowledgeable or friendly, does not do much and is always pretty grouchy. Receptionists have changed a bit over the years so no input there.
in San Luis Obispo, CA |
I like how she explained my disease to me, completed a comprehensive exam. Gave me detailed explanation on what to expect from the medication, the upside and side effects. Listened to my concerns, spent extra time with me going over my conditions and treatment plan. I never felt she rushed through my appointment or minimized my concerns. Sometimes she runs late with her appointments, that's because she doesn't rush patients out of her office..
San Luis Obispo |
Very great doctor, very intelligent and I am extremely comfortable with her. I have been her patient for about 5 years now since she moved here and she treats me for my Multiple Sclerosis. Her medical assistant Samantha is so lovely and always so helpful. Wait time can be lengthy but the quality if care is worth every minute of it.
Atascadero, CA |
I was comfortable with the Dr. I felt she listened. Had appt. for more test. was not notified of cancellation. Staff was very rude and after five phone calls (only ph. message ) and two days trying to get new appt. and cancelling a follow up apt with the Dr. to go over test, finally was able to speak to a person, was told they were still trying to find a time to see me, and had not gotten message to cancel appt. The Dr. needs new office staff.
in San Luis Obispo |
Dr. Lin does tend to fall behind quite a bit but the quality of the time she spends with patients is not a luxury you will find with any other provider. She actually takes time to process my chart and makes sure all of my medical history is laid out and assessed. I trust her with my body and I can tell that she will triple check (call other doctors for their opinion, call pharmaceutical reps et cetera) literally. she did all of that in one appointment. Shes booked out but well worth the wait.
San Luis Obispo, CA |
The staff is passive agreesive, as well flakey, bullying and threatening. They say one thing and change what they say. They told me I could make an appointment and then five minutes later told me I can't make an appointment. Believe me I would rather not make an appointment with them. Once I had an appointment and they told me they were going on vacation. I also told Karen, that I was doing very well with medical marijuana by not having many types of seizures anymore, she almost seemed offended.
in Los Osos, CA |
Unprofessional, 3 hour wait times for the doctor in her office. Refuses to make a 5 min phone call to adjust medication or speak with us because she can't charge money for it. Her office receptionist is passive aggressive and rude. The visits are rushed. All in all i wouldn't recommend her to anyone.
San Luis Obispo, CA |
For a Neurology Office the staff has NO CLUE how to interact with a migrainer. Took several months to get an appointment (even on referral from another neurologist) then they miss confirm it and BLAME THE PATIENT!! When asking about what insurance they take, don't believe them. They'll say they take it then tell the patient to contact the insurance provider to verify if in network. Don't waste your time waiting to get into this office, schedule with a different provider!
in Atascadero CA |
When I told her I had AS,and even after explaining to her that it stood for Anklosyn spondalitis, she still had that deer caught in the headlights dumbstruck look in her eyes. Granted, AS is rare, but so is CRPS, RSD etc. My AS ( like 50% of all AS paitient's has neurological implications) complications she should be familiar. Seemingly incapable of thinking outside a box, it seems her education is not up to date. Probably a good Dr. If you were in a coma.
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Dr. Lin accepts 3 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna

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Hospitals where Dr. Lin has admitting privileges

Arroyo Grande Community Hospital
345 S Halcyon Rd
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
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French Hospital Medical Center
1911 Johnson Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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