Sleep Center Team

Vernon Rowe, MD

dr rowe better e1352409841852 Vernon Rowe, MDBefore founding the institute in 1982, Dr. Vernon D. Rowe earned his BS and MD degrees at Duke University. He served his internship at Harborview Hospital in Seattle and obtained his neurology residency training at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Rowe then served as a research associate at the National Institutes of Health in developmental neurobiology. Rowe next joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical School in the Department of Neurology as an associate professor. At KU he taught and mentored medical students and residents, and carried out basic research on neuron-target interactions, funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration, and the March of Dimes Foundation. The author of numerous research publications, Rowe is currently an adjunct professor of neurology at the University of Kansas Medical School.

In addition to his work as a physician and researcher, Rowe has many skills and interests. He is a pilot, and for many years he flew in small planes and helicopters to several rural towns in Missouri and Kansas to hold neurology clinics. He is an accomplished bluegrass musician and songwriter, and has published a book of poetry.

Professional affiliations: certified in neurology and in sleep medicine, as well as electro-myography, electroencephalography, and neuro-MRI. His professional affiliations include the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine,  the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Society for Neurochemistry. He is licensed in Missouri, Kansas, and North Carolina.


Kenneth VanOwen, MD

dr vanowen Kenneth VanOwen, MDDr. VanOwen completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati, graduating summa cum laude, and then receive a Masters of Science at Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. He completed medical school at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then neurology residency at Indiana University. While at Indiana, Dr. VanOwen completed a Neurophysiology Fellowship with training in EMG, EEG and Evoked Potentials.

Dr. VanOwen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Board Certification in Neurology, Sleep Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology.

Professional Affiliations: American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Lincensure: Missouri and Kansas.


Carolyn Karr, PhD

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Dr. Carolyn Karr practices Clinical Neuropsychology at the Rowe Neurology Institute, conducting neuropsychological evaluations for a variety of precipitating issues, including dementia, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, head injuries, seizure activity and stroke/TIA. Dr. Karr also evaluates children, adolescents, and young adults for neuropsychological effects of ADHD, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders. She has conducted research related to neuropsychological deficits associated with trauma and substance abuse, and current research interests include cognitive fatigue, mild cognitive impairment, self-efficacy as a tool in rehabilitative outcomes, and the role of anxiety in sleep disorders.

Dr. Karr earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Iowa State University. During her years in training, she completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, with an emphasis in Clinical Neuropsychology. She has also completed post-doctoral residencies in Rural Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology. Dr. Karr has worked in hospital, community mental health, private practice, substance abuse program, forensic, and university settings in the past.


Arlene Oshea, APRN

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Arlene Oshea works with Dr. Vernon Rowe’s team in the sleep disorders center. A native of the Philippines, Oshea graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City’s  adult nurse practitioner program. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Kansas. She is also board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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