ABOUT DR. GARRETT L. TURKE
Garrett L. Turke is a retired Ph.D. clinical psychologist who has been a father, care giver, and healing professional for over 3 decades. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he has a lifelong interest in anthropology. He has traveled the world extensively, including multiple trips to West Africa, the Mediterranean, and eastern Asia. His unique life experiences have allowed him to integrate and synthesize many different and diverse cultural frameworks into his philosophical and spiritual worldview. He believes in the power of unconditional human compassion and kindness in guiding the future of the human experience and its evolution.
In recent years Dr. Turke has turned to writing to express the life lessons that his experiences have taught and cultivated within him. His 2015 release, 497 Nails: a journey of letting go, has brought rave reviews about his care giving and spiritual experiences with his father, Walter, stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Turke’s most recent release, There’s a Window to Heaven: 17 Days of Revelation and Hope, is a short, pocket-sized book that reflects his father’s 2 week long “near death experiences” while diagnosed with terminal pneumonia. These experiences, which entailed recurrent “visits” to a “shining city” accompanied by angels and a spiritual “guide,” evoke questions regarding the outer parameters of science and the known world.
Dr. Turke is currently working on his next full-length book, American Shoes. This fact-based story recounts his mother’s brave and harrowing cross Atlantic journey fleeing war-torn Europe, alone, as a 15 year-old refugee. This book is scheduled for release sometime in 2019.
Dr. Turke recently showcased one of his songs, The Price of Stones, with singer-songwriter Jordan C. Horan, at the East Lansing, Michigan premiere of CORNERSTONE, an award-winning documentary about Twesigye Jackson Kaguri’s Nyaka Aids Orphans Project in Uganda, East Africa. The documentary, which was produced by Debi Lang of Caring For The World Films is screening worldwide. Dr. Turke is donating 10 percent of his book proceeds to help fund the Nyaka project and its
Dr. Turke has helped raise two beautiful and talented daughters, whose life journeys as adults are just beginning. They were raised amidst their father and mother’s care giving for their grandfather, which has undoubtedly shaped their perception of relationships, hopefully for the better.
Dr. Turke and his fiancée live in a quiet Japanese-style home he built in Michigan, a state he has come to love, with his ever-present Labrador Retriever Blanca, and three rescued cats. Enjoying traveling, swimming, surfing, Mediterranean and Asian cooking, nature and architectural photography, the family continues to go on adventures as their time allows.