Carly was first seen by Dr. Herzenberg when she was 18 months old and had developmental hip dysplasia. Over the years, she was also treated by Dr. Standard for Perthes disease and coxa magna. She shares, “After going to the hospital so much for my hip condition growing up, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in science.” Carly was the first recipient of the Save-A-Limb Fund Scholarship in 2014. This scholarship is designed for former or current Rubin Institute patients who have served as volunteers at the RIAO and are pursuing a career in health care. We are excited to share that Carly will be pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Duke University in the fall. She adds, “After my graduate school career, I ultimately hope to conduct bone research to shed light on the pathway mutations behind bone diseases and how to prevent them from occurring.”
Reflecting upon her treatment journey, Carly shares, “The care being given by the doctors at the Rubin Institute is unparalleled and world-class. Being a patient at the Rubin Institute is really like having a second family of people looking out for your best interest in a difficult situation. From a physical standpoint, my hip has never been perfect, but the doctors at the Rubin Institute have never failed to alleviate my pain and discomfort with each surgery. I will ultimately need a hip replacement in my near future, but I am working to prolong my hip’s lifetime until then.” Carly lives a very active life, participating in Tough Mudders (obstacle course races through mud), triathlons and biking among other pursuits.