Carla Bouma, PT


Carla decided to pursue physical therapy after volunteering at an equestrian center and camps for children with disabilities. She attended Elizabethtown College for 3 years where she earned her BS in Biology. She then attended Shenandoah University earning her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2001 and her doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2010.  She began working in a manual therapy clinic where she developed her skill set working one on one with her mentor and by attending continuing education classes at MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Jones Institute for Strain and Counterstrain techniques.  Carla moved into the world of neurological rehabilitation after a friend suffered a spinal cord injury. She found her manual skills to be highly beneficial in the neurological population, many of whom suffered traumaticinjuries that affect the entire body and can limit return to optimal function. During a two year sojourn to Boston, while her husband attended Harvard University, Carla was exposed to cutting edge technology and surgical procedures through such institutions as Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital that helped her transition with enthusiasm back into the orthopedic realm.