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Catherine (Cassy) Turner, PT, DPT, OCS

Assistant Professor
School of Allied Health Sciences
Office: BHS 314
Mail Code: 3029
Phone: 702-895-4213
Fax: 702-895-4883


Dr. Cassy Turner has worked in a private practice outpatient orthopaedic clinic in Las Vegas since 2005, assuming the position of Clinical Director in 2009. The patient population has included postsurgical patients, high school athletes, geriatric patients and patients with chronic pain. She developed a particular interest in working with patients with labral tears of the hip, becoming a resource for her fellow clinicians. Dr. Turner also worked frequently with a specialized population of patients, referred for physical therapy as part of an inpatient treatment program after detoxification from physical or chemical dependency on opiate medications. When her teaching schedule allows, Dr. Turner enjoys maintaining her clinical skills performing per diem coverage at this same orthopaedic clinic. As a former professional dancer, Dr. Turner enjoyed volunteering with the Nevada Ballet Theatre as their consulting Physical Therapist from 2008-2012.


  • DPT, University of Nevada, Las Vegas - 2008
  • M.S. Physical Therapy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas - 2005
  • BSc, Kinesiological Sciences-Magna Cum Laude,University of Nevada, Las Vegas - 2002
  • Bush Davies Education & Theatre Arts, U.K.. Graduated 1988

Courses Taught

Dr. Turner currently teaches Foundations of Observation & Assessment, Orthopaedic Assessment, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Therapeutic Exercise, Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare, and co-teaches Physical Agents.

Research Interests

Dr. Turner’s research interests include landing strategies among dancers, the prevention of ACL injuries, functional outcomes among patients with chronic pain, and status-post detoxification from chronic opiate use. She also studies post-surgical protocols for hip labral repair versus labral debridement, non-surgical management of patients with documented hip labral tears, and injury prevention among pre-professional and professional dancers.