Carla Oswald Reed » Physicians & Therapists
Carla Oswald ReedPediatric Physical Therapist Life Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerAnat Baniel Method Practitioner & Trainer
Some people know from an early age, exactly what they want to be when they grow up. Carla Oswald Reed was one of those people.
She developed a passion for working with children with brain injuries in the eighth grade after reading the bestselling book Karen written by Marie Killelea. It tells the true story of Killelea’s daughter Karen, who developed Cerebral Palsy in 1940 after being born three months premature at a time when few infants survived such an early birth. To pursue her goal of working with children with brain injuries, Carla attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Allied Medical Professions in Philadelphia, PA, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Certificate of Proficiency in Physical Therapy in 1969.
Carla always held an innate certainty that all children possess a higher potential for learning, growing, and improving personal performance than they usually manifest growing up in an average environment. Nowhere was this untapped potential more evident than among special needs children.
Carla moved to Arizona in 1970, and in 1972, she began training in the Bobath Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) for Cerebral Palsy, an early form of neurological rehabilitation dating back to the 1940s. She received her NDT certification, but after using the approach for eight years, her instincts told her there were more effective options out there. She renewed her search for techniques that would tap into that elusive potential she felt existed in every child.