Deborah Gay joined the Carolina O&P team in 2011, originally as an administrative assistant and then as office manager. Her passion for patient care, specifically with our amputee population, lead her to Eastern Michigan University in 2017 to obtain her Master of Science in Orthotics & Prosthetics and back to our Columbia office to complete her dual residencies in O&P.
Deborah is an invested member of the Columbia community; she graduated from Irmo High School, earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!), and proudly calls downtown Columbia home. After college, she became a flight attendant for an airline that transported our military to/from deployments, a career that took her around the world and fueled her passion for travel and adventure. This also initiated her interest in prosthetic care for service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and eventually to a career change here at Carolina O&P.
Deborah recently completed her prosthetic residency and will soon be sitting for her ABC board exams in this discipline. Additionally, she recently began her orthotic residency as she actively works toward becoming a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist. She is an active member of our local Amputee Support Group and lectures at the University of South Carolina’s Exercise Science Department to promote amputee care, education, and clinical recruitment.
In her spare time, Deborah enjoys volunteering in her community, traveling and marking things off of her bucket list, attending USC sporting events, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with friends and family.