My name is Carlie Turman and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I have experience working in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and in home care. Having worked across different settings and demographics, I have a widened perspective on how access to medical resources can greatly shape one’s quality of life. I feel fortunate to live in the United States where our medical field is advanced and ever evolving. I have first hand witnessed the impact of total joint replacement surgeries and how life changing they are. From someone who cannot walk or stand up without physical assistance, to post-operatively being ambulatory and able to go out into their community and have the ability to work and provide of their family again. It is truly a humbling experience as a physical therapist to serve this population.
Being involved with Operation Walk Carolinas would enable me to provide skilled physical therapy services to people that otherwise would not receive it. The root of who I am as a Physical Therapist is the love and passion for human connection and healing. I could not think of a more deserving population than the ones that are served by Operation Walk Carolinas. The impact of this goes beyond seeing patient’s achieve full knee flexion and walk up and down stairs. One’s life is turned from disability to ability. Ability to thrive in their life and communities when they often thought this was not possible. To be able to be a part of this team and provide life changing services is very unique and special opportunity that I would be honored to participate in.