Dr. Melissa Turpin
Melissa Turpin joined PC as an assistant professor in September 2020. Previously, Melissa worked as a clinician in various practice settings, including:
- acute care
- assisted living
- outpatient orthopedics and neurorehabilitation
- school system and private practice in early intervention
- skilled nursing
PC alumna, Melissa majored in psychology and played soccer for the Blue Hose. She earned her master’s in occupational therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and is currently completing her Post-Professional Doctorate at MUSC.
Her capstone project developed a partnership with Salud Para Todos Los Niños in León Nicaragua to design and implement a professional development program for teachers and therapists working with children with chronic illnesses and complex medical conditions.
Melissa is passionate about population health and access to care in underserved areas. She has served as the therapy team lead on five international medical mission trips with OneWorld Health.
Melissa’s scholarly interests are in population health, trauma-informed care, access to service, mental health and neurorehabilitation. Melissa is married to Rick, and they have two sons, James and Liam, who are 6-year-old virtual twins.
The Turpin family also includes a dog, two cats and a bunny. Melissa and her family are very active and enjoy being outdoors, biking, playing soccer, hiking and going to the beach.