Carla Franck, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
I discovered at a very early age that knowledge is power. Through my years in education and as a physical therapist, I have realized that patients are the sole source of the most pertinent information. In other words, the patient is the smartest person in the room.
Each patient is unique and so is their story. There is no one way to do anything –including physical therapy. There is no right or wrong way, there is just the best way, and the best way is original to each person.
I have dedicated my career as a clinician to listening to each patient’s story. Together, we figure out the best treatment through clinical knowledge, examination, and communication. The best plan of care is established and implemented to enable each patient to achieve their personal goals.
I want to hear your story! I want to find the best physical therapy intervention for you to succeed as a patient, and more importantly, as an individual.
I started my professional journey with my undergraduate education at Coe College. With my appreciation for movement and the human form, I continued with my graduate education at the University of Iowa and received my Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2009. After working for a few years in private practice, my eagerness for knowledge drove me for further education in PT, and I completed the Creighton University Orthopedic Residency Program in 2013. Most recently, I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with my Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2015.
Since my fellowship, I have optimized many teaching opportunities at UIC and Northwestern University as clinical faculty, and most currently, I am an instructor and clinical faculty for Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS). My certifications include a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Like a feather in the wind, I have drifted back to Iowa, also known as God’s Country, to continue my practice and education in physical therapy.