Get to know...Carol-Ann!

Carol-Ann is the founder and executive director of Destination Rehab. She holds a doctoral degree in physical therapy and spent several years learning, training, and treating a magnitude of clients following neurological injury in an active, large volume hospital in Florida. When Carol-Ann and her family returned to Oregon to be closer to family, she started Destination Rehab to bridge the gap between outpatient clinic care and real life community living, with a special focus on outdoor activities and adventures. Read on to learn more about Carol-Ann!


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Q: How would your family describe you?

A: My husband would say I need to spend more time relaxing on the couch! My family teases me for all my crazy ideas, but we have a lot of fun when we are together.


Q: What is an unknown or lesser known fact about yourself?

A: When my husband and I were first married, we purchased a live piranha off craigslist! We ended up having that fish for several years, and it was quite unique.


Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I love being outdoors doing activities with my family and dog including backpacking, running, playing Ultimate frisbee, and traveling. I also play acoustic guitar.


Q: What was your favorite Destination Rehab event from 2017?

A: It’s a tie between SOAR! and Adventure Rehab Camp!


Q: What Destination Rehab event are you most looking forward to this year?

A: Everything! I’m really excited about the 2018 Adventure Group that will be meeting regularly and planning a variety of new activities for Destination Rehab.


Q: What is a personal goal you have for this upcoming year?

A: I want to continue growing this program while maintaining balance and focusing on what truly matters.


Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with the larger community?

A: I am so excited for this series, because I want everyone to know the amazing people who have come together to support Destination Rehab and who have their own unique stories and talents to share!