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Cassy Turner, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Integrated Health Sciences
BHS 218B
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Since graduating in 2005, Dr. Turner worked in a private practice outpatient orthopaedic clinic in Las Vegas, assuming the position of Clinical Director in 2009. The patient population included post-surgical 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. As a former professional dancer, Dr Turner enjoyed volunteering with the Nevada Ballet Theatre as their consulting Physical Therapist from 2008-2012. Since 2018, she has been working with the Dance Department at UNLV providing screenings and evaluations for the dancers, and is a member of the UNLV College of Fine Arts Consortium for Health and Injury Prevention (CFA-CHIP).


  • PhD student - University of Nevada, Las Vegas - currently enrolled
  • DPT Physical Therapy - University of Nevada, Las Vegas - 2008
  • MSPT 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 – United Kingdom - 1988

Courses Taught

Dr. Turner currently teaches Foundations of Observation & Assessment, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Therapeutic Exercise, Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare and Clinical Research.

Research Interests

Pre-participation screening and Injury prevention in pre-professional and professional dancers. Landing strategies in dancers and prevention of ACL injuries.


Dr. Turner enjoys spending her spare time with her 2 Golden Retrievers, taking jazz dance and HIIT classes, travelling around the world to visit family, and wishes she could go skiing every winter weekend.