Along with Polly Swingle, Charlie Parkhill co-founded The Recovery Project to help him and others with SCI/D.


My life changed forever in 1998, when I was dealt a serious spinal cord injury while vacationing in Mexico. An incomplete central cord injury left me a C4-5 quadriplegic, and motionless from the neck down.

While the severity of my injury was undeniable, so was my determination to not let my initial diagnosis define my life or limit the scope of my potential recovery. I have dedicated myself to a lifetime of hard work, aggressive rehabilitation and therapeutic care­, and have subsequently recovered a great deal of the mobility, functionality and quality of life that was initially taken from me. While my commitment to physical fitness, strength training and regular therapeutic exercise has paid dividends, by far the biggest factor has been the innovation and inspiration provided by my longtime physical therapist, Polly Swingle.

I began working with Polly in the earliest stages of my recovery, and her curiosity and commitment to pushing the boundaries of traditional rehabilitative protocols have been an integral part of my ongoing recovery. Nearly two decades after we first met, Polly not only remains my physical therapist, but has become my business partner, as well. Together, in 2002, we co-founded