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Why Representation Matters - Bridging the Gap
Why Representation Matters - Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap of healthcare inequalities with pelvic health physical therapy. I had been interested in having a role in healthcare ever since I was young; as I was quick to learn about the healthcare system’s inequities and tendencies for discrimination. Continue Reading

Postedby Victoria Patton
Date posted05/31/2023


Pelvic Health: Let’s Talk About It
Pelvic Health: Let’s Talk About It

The pelvic region is very personal and the social custom – or expected behavior – of respecting this privacy is essential... Continue Reading

Postedby Diane Haumann Kottakis
Date posted05/31/2023


A Soccer Player’s Journey Into Pelvic Health
A Soccer Player’s Journey Into Pelvic Health

My pelvic health journey started with my undergraduate career as a Division I women’s soccer player... Continue Reading

Postedby Tarah Phongsavath
Date posted05/29/2023


Mysterious and Intriguing Pelvic Health World: Perspective from a Pilates Instructor
Mysterious and Intriguing Pelvic Health World: Perspective from a Pilates Instructor

I started my physical therapy journey in Taiwan, where the field of rehabilitation is slightly more complicated than in the US. Due to medical regulations, the lack of direct access and the presence of National Health Insurance, physical therapy can only be accessed as a second-line treatment after Continue Reading

Date posted05/23/2023


Learning to Love a Specialty as a Student
Learning to Love a Specialty as a Student

Loving a specialty as a student is not always easy. I found my passion for pelvic health as a 2nd year student. I stumbled into one of the many pelvic health talks at CSM and was instantly hooked. Continue Reading

Postedby Taylor Marie Seabrook
Date posted05/2/2023


My Pelvic Floor Journey
My Pelvic Floor Journey

I began working as a tech at 16 years old for a clinic in Chicago and I loved every second of it. I made the assumption that once I was a physical therapist I would end up working in orthopedics. Continue Reading

Postedby Isabel Lteif
Date posted05/1/2023


Meet the SSIG Members | Featuring Rachel Borland, SPT
Meet the SSIG Members | Featuring Rachel Borland, SPT

I am passionate about healthcare accessibility. In my hometown, the closest pelvic floor physical therapist is an hour and a half away. I knew I wanted to be able provide this valuable service to my community. Continue Reading

Postedby Rachel Kaye Borland
Date posted04/25/2023


Perspectives on Pelvic Health & Wellness through the lens of a First Generation FilAm
Perspectives on Pelvic Health & Wellness through the lens of a First Generation FilAm

My upbringing as a first-generation Filipino American comprised of a rich culture embedded in Catholicism that somehow coalesced with deeply proud LGBTQ roots. Yes, these two things can coexist, though in a hot mess type of way. For starters, my community was a safe space for freedom of bodily... Continue Reading

Postedby Marielle V. Decena
Date posted04/7/2023


Social Media Brought Me to Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
Social Media Brought Me to Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

The first time I remember hearing someone talk about their pelvic floor was when I was 7 years old in gymnastics class. The kids were teaching parents how to do basic skills on the trampoline. A few of the moms wouldn’t go on the trampoline and said if they did, they’d pee their pants. Continue Reading

Postedby Victoria Burns
Date posted04/3/2023


It was suddenly evident to Me, but even if it isn’t…
It was suddenly evident to Me, but even if it isn’t…

My physical therapy interest was first triggered when I was injured as a competitive swimmer in middle school, it sparked when I attended graduate school at Thomas Jefferson University, and it skyrocketed when I got involved with the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health as a 2nd-year DPT student. Continue Reading

Postedby Amanda Clarke
Date posted03/15/2023


A Beginner’s Insight into Pelvic Health
A Beginner’s Insight into Pelvic Health

My experience at the APTA Pelvic Health level 1 (PH1) webinar and in-person lab were both extremely valuable learning opportunities. The most notable positive experience from the level 1 coursework was the educators and presenters. Continue Reading

Postedby Morgan Martinez
Date posted03/10/2023


Hyperemesis Gravidadum: Pelvic Floor Implications
Hyperemesis Gravidadum: Pelvic Floor Implications

There is a small percentage of the pregnant population who experience severe nausea and vomiting. These individuals may be diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidadum and commonly experience dehydration, weight loss, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Continue Reading

Postedby Dionne G. Middlebrooks
Date posted03/2/2023