Published on November 19, 2019

Kendrick Retires from Rehabilitation Institute

Terry Kendrick retirement

The NMMC Rehabilitation Institute staff and others celebrated with occupational therapy assistant Terry Kendrick on Nov. 14.

After retirement Terry Kendrick’s days will probably go to the dogs…. and her other animals. Kendrick retired Nov. 15 after 28 years as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with North Mississippi Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute.

An animal lover, she has four dogs, five cats and two parakeets of her own. She also volunteers doing pet therapy through Comfort Creatures at Baldwyn Nursing Facility and Sanctuary Hospice House. Now that she’s retired, she is hoping to bring Helen, her pet therapy dog, to NMMC as well.

Kendrick is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, where she met her late husband, Herbert, an Amory native who was stationed in the military there. They married in 1973 and she completed the occupational therapy assistant program at Community College of Baltimore in 1975.  Her career choice was inspired by her own experience, having spent much of her childhood until third grade in a hospital. “I had orthopedic problems as a child,” she said.

The Kendricks moved to Mississippi later that year and she became the first COTA at Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson and worked there five years. She spent the next five years at the University of Mississippi Medical Center there. In 1991, they moved to Tupelo and she joined NMMC’s Rehabilitation Institute.

“I will miss working with the patients and helping them get better,” she said. “It’s rewarding seeing them and knowing what we did helped them get better.”

Retirement will allow Kendrick more time with her family. Son J.C. and his wife, Katie, live in Tupelo with their children, Sam, 6, and Mallory, 3. Daughter Terra and her husband, Cameron Pullmann, live in Rogers, Arkansas.

“I think the first week I’m going to sleep,” Kendrick said of retirement. “Then I’m going to really, really clean my house.” She has lived in the same spot for 28 years but in 2010 demolished the original house and built a new one. She enjoys being outside and doing yardwork. “I also plan to take piano lessons,” she said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

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