Sandra M. Turner, PT, DPT, Certified McKenzie Therapist, Advanced Certified BSPTS Schroth™ Therapist
Sandy is the owner of Turner Physical Therapy & Scoliosis Center in Severna Park, MD where she serves as a clinical practitioner specializing in scoliosis treatment. This is a second career for Sandy. Previously, her career involved business, finance, and marketing until the end of the cold war revamped the defense industry, which redirected her career path. She has always had an interest in the healthcare profession, and in general, helping others. After very careful investigation, volunteering, and consideration, she realized that physical therapy was the area that would make the biggest difference in someone’s quality of life. This required a 360 degree turn in her education path. Seven years later, she earned a Master’s of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.
Sandy has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient acute rehabilitation, and skilled nursing all at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and in private practice outpatient rehabilitation specializing in evaluation and treatment of orthopedic (musculoskeletal) conditions/injuries (pre/post-operative), neuromuscular/neurological diseases/conditions, vestibular and balance disorders, back/neck pain, and conservative scoliosis management.
Sandy stays current with the latest evidence based practices as she diligently attends continuing education classes taught by the experts in the field to maintain exceptional patient care that is individualized and state of the art. In doing so, she became certified in the McKenzie Method® for Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) of the spine and the Schroth Method for conservative scoliosis management. She has advanced training in manual therapy techniques including myofascial release (MFR), soft tissue mobilization (STM), spinal and peripheral joint mobilizations/manipulations, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), muscle energy techniques (MET), and mobilization of the nervous system to maximize biomechanical efficiency for optimal functional outcome and injury prevention. She believes in treating her patients with a holistic approach.
Sandy has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2000 and belongs to the acute care, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedic, and private practice sections. She is also a member of the McKenzie Institute USA (MIUSA) and the Vestibular Disorders Association (VDA) to stay current with the latest research and treatment techniques. She was named Chesapeake Family Favorite Doc July 2011.
Sandy lives with her husband (Paul) and two cats (Phoebe and Maggie) in Severna Park, MD. She enjoys being with family and friends, cooking, walking, bowling, and helping others.