Carla grew up in both Gadsby and Erskine. She grew up in a family supported by both agriculture and oil and gas. Carla went on to earn a Diploma in Rehabilitation Services, a Bachelor Degree in Community Rehabilitation & Disability Studies and eventually a Master of Science Degree in Psychology. Her PhD is about 70% completed and she will eventually finish with a clinical specialty in sleep and wake disorders. She is aiming to be Dr. Carla by the end of 2020.
In her two decades of counselling, Carla has worked as a counsellor and eventually a counselling clinical supervisor in public education, as a seniors counsellor in home care, as a consultant in the public healthcare system and as a provisional psychologist at a rural post-secondary institution.
Carla is registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) as a Provisional Psychologist. She also holds voluntary memberships with the Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Carla’s husband, Dean, was born and raised in the Olds and Innisfail area. He is well known and very well regarded and respected wherever he goes. In his earlier years, Dean was an avid hockey player and was drafted competitively at the Junior level. Following a serious motor vehicle accident that resulted in a below the knee amputation of his leg, could no longer play hockey, but went on to coach hockey at various levels. He remains especially fond of his years spent coaching the Innisfail Eagles Men’s Senior AA team.
After high school, Dean went on to earn a Bachelor of Communications Degree from Mount Royal University. He has an exceptionally diverse background, and has worked in various private sectors, taught at the post-secondary level, and most recently has worked in municipal politics. Aside from being the primary caregiver in the home, Dean also takes care of the office and many business aspects of Summit Psychology.
Dean, Carla, Finn and their two therapy dogs, Fern and Finch, love the great outdoors. Much of their free time is spent atop of Antler Hill at the Turnquist family farm, plunking around in the tractor or picking apples from Grama’s delightful garden. Dean and especially Carla are big believers in the Waldorf pedagogy and play an integral role in their son’s mostly outdoor, Steiner playschool in Red Deer.
As Dean attempts to teach Finn to skate and aspire to be a great hockey player, Carla has Finn enrolled in harp lessons and tries her luck with the odd ballet or highland dance class; anything a bit less traditional. Like many couples, Dean and Carla seem to balance one another out, not just in their personal life, but in their professional life as well.