Carl Petitto is an occupational therapist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, and shoulder. He treats acute and chronic conditions of the upper extremity (hand to shoulder) in addition to rehabilitation of the upper extremity after surgery. Carl also provides his patients with custom made orthotics which he molds onto his patients during their office visit, when splinting is necessary to decrease pain or to allow an area to heal. He received his training in occupational therapy at Utica College of Syracuse University, graduating in 2000. He volunteered his time as a student at Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington, VT and Strong Memorial Medical Center in Rochester, NY. He practiced at Carthage Area Hospital in Carthage, NY and Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, NY in addition to various other hospitals, nursing homes, and a psychiatric center on a contractual basis. He also has extensive experience in the establishment and management of private practice as well as treating patients in a public health setting throughout several counties in Northern New York. Carl also served on The New York State Licensure Board for Occupational Therapy in Albany, NY.
Carl is also a proponent of general wellness through the use of lifestyle medicine. With the use of physical activity, the Mediterranean diet, medical foods, and appropriate high quality supplementation, Carl guides his patients into healthy lifestyles to meet their wellness goals. In addition to his participation in various continuing education courses in the field of nutritional wellness and lifestyle medicine, he is a certified lifestyle educator with Metagenics Firstline Therapy.
Prior to Carl’s professional career, he served four years of active duty in the United States Navy as an aviation structural mechanic, welder, and machinist. Upon being honorably discharged, he served in the United States Navy Reserve, New York Army National Guard, and the United States Army Reserve.