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Catherine (Cassy) Turner, PT, DPT, OCS

Assistant Professor
Department(s): Allied Health Sciences
Office: BHS 218B
Mail Code: 3029
Phone: 702-895-4213
Fax: 702-895-4883
Email: cassy.turner@unlv.edu


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 and professional 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. In the past few years while at UNLV, she has completed research examining dancers’ landing strategies, their cardiovascular fitness and the validation of a dance technique screening examination.


  • 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 Assessment, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Therapeutic Exercise, Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare and co-teaches Physical Agents.

Research Interests

Pre-participation screening and Injury prevention in pre-professional and professional dancers. Landing strategies in dancers and prevention of ACL injuries. Post-surgical protocols for hip labral repair vs. labral debridement. Non-surgical management of patients with documented hip labral tears.


Dr. Turner enjoys spending time with her husband and “small zoo,” traveling around the world to visit family, and wishes she could go skiing every winter weekend.