NSU University School Viewpoint Spring 2018

24 ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS Annette BoVee-Akyurek graduated from NSU University School in 1980 with a close-knit graduating class of about 40 students. Her favorite subject was art, but BoVee-Akyurek excelled in chemistry and mathematics, which led to her decision to major in physical therapy at the University of Miami. She later earned an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and a Ph.D. in Family Therapy—both fromNova Southeastern University. BoVee-Akyurek is a Florida-licensed physical therapist and psychotherapist and has a private practice in Boca Raton, In Touch—Therapy for Mind and Body, where she specializes in craniosacral therapy (CST) and Somatoemotional Release, as well as psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. “CST influences the musculoskeletal, nervous, vascular, lymphatic, endocrine, and respiratory systems,” BoVee-Akyurek explained. “In CST, one views the body as a puzzle, necessitating a comprehensive approach. CST is utilized to evaluate and treat a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, as well as stress-related disorders, and can have a psycho-emotional psychology component to it.” Many of BoVee-Akyurek’s clients deal with chronic issues such as back and neck pain, headaches, neurological issues, cardiac issues, and gastrointestinal issues, to name a few. Her psychotherapy services include assistance in preventive health care, stress management, depression, anxiety, grief, and a variety of relationship issues. “I utilize abody-mind integrative approach with clients to improve overall wellness and enhance self-care,” BoVee-Akyurek said. “I include a relational approach with both physical therapy and psychotherapy clients and incorporate adjunct therapies when needed such as meditation practices, exercises, mobilization, and yoga.” BoVee-Akyurek lived in Istanbul, Turkey, for 14 years, where her children were born. While there, she also worked as a physical therapist, primarily dealing with patients who had neurological conditions and chronic pain. She also developed an exercise program to enhance movement and coordination for young children and a psycho- educational program for refugees from Africa, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan through a nongovernmental organization. Through the program, she assisted refugees in their exploration of learning the culture, learning English, and working through the delicate healing process. “While their basic needs were met in the refugee camp, I assisted in their emotional and psychosocial needs as a result of trauma andworked on an educational component,” BoVee-Akyurek said. “Istanbul was a temporary holding place for refugees as they were waiting for permanent relocation placement.” BoVee-Akyurek’s integrative physical therapy services prompted her to begin working toward a master’s degree inmental health counseling through Nova Southeastern University’s online program, which she completed upon moving back to the United States in 2012. In June 2017, she received her Ph.D. in Family Therapy. Today, BoVee-Akyurek is an adjunct professor of family therapy at NSU and continues seeing clients in her private practice in Boca Raton. During a visit to the United States in 2010, BoVee- Akyurek attended USchool’s 30-year reunion. She also toured USchool with her daughters and was impressed with the campus and what the school could offer. On return to the United States in 2012, she decided to enroll her daughters. BoVee- Akyurek’s older daughter, Selin, graduated from USchool in 2016 and is now studying advertisement at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. Her younger daughter, Yasemin, will be graduating this year and will be joining her sister at Syracuse University. BoVee-Akyurek has fond memories of USchool,with itsuniqueenergy, small classes, and the family-like environment. “Aside from being prepared academically, I felt that USchool’s environment was that of mutual respect between teachers and students,” BoVee-Akyurek said. “I am thrilled that my daughters are continuing my legacy.” ANNETTE BOVEE-AKYUREK ‘80 Cla s