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Meet the SSIG Members | Featuring Kayla Koren, SPT
Meet the SSIG Members | Featuring Kayla Koren, SPT

Through being active as a member, I have connected with several students from around the country who have similar interests. At CSM this year we were able to meet up in person for the first time, and it felt like we had known each other for many years. Continue Reading

Postedby Kayla M. Koren
Date posted03/14/2022


Peezing, PH1 Webinar, and Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year
Peezing, PH1 Webinar, and Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year

Prior to the fall semester of my first year in the DPT program at UW-Madison, pelvic floor physical therapy (PT) didn’t exist to me. The most I knew about women’s issues postpartum was from the Facebook posts of my childhood neighbor... Continue Reading

Postedby Emma Rutherford
Date posted02/20/2022


Mothers deserve better. Babies deserve better. Families deserve better.
Mothers deserve better. Babies deserve better. Families deserve better.

At my OBGYN appointment, I had to advocate for myself to receive a referral to OP Pelvic Health PT.  I thought about all the mothers who didn’t know to ask.  I ended up having to pay out of pocket for the majority of my recovery expenses.  I thought about all those who couldn’t afford this necessary Continue Reading

Date posted11/12/2021


New Podcast Launched by the Early-Professional SIG & Ep 1: Many Paths to Pelvic PT
New Podcast Launched by the Early-Professional SIG & Ep 1: Many Paths to Pelvic PT

The growing profession of pelvic floor physical therapy has attracted clinicians with a wide variety of backgrounds. In today’s episode we meet with 4 pelvic floor PTs who took different avenues to join the practice. Ebony Carothers, Natalia Susul, Aimee Clements and Christine Klein discuss their un Continue Reading

Date posted10/29/2021


Meet JWPHPT’s new Associate Editor, Jennifer Bagwell PT, PhD, DPT
Meet JWPHPT’s new Associate Editor, Jennifer Bagwell PT, PhD, DPT

The JWHPT Editorial Team is thrilled to welcome Jennifer Bagwell PT, PhD, DPT, as our new Associate Editor. Jenny is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University Long Beach. Continue Reading

Postedby Cynthia Michelle Chiarello
Date posted09/14/2021


Meet Ashwini Kale, PT, PhD
Meet Ashwini Kale, PT, PhD

Pelvic Health Rehab has always been a topic which interested me ever since my rural posting in graduate school. The problems were so commonly present in women, but even talking about them was considered a taboo, let alone treatment for them. Continue Reading

Postedby Ashwini Kale
Date posted09/13/2021


In Memory of Academy Member, Kimberly Seymour
In Memory of Academy Member, Kimberly Seymour

It is with great sadness, we share of Kimberly “Kim” Seymour’s recent passing. Kim has served in various roles in the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, most notably her role in the Pregnancy & Postpartum Special Interest Group (PPSIG 2018-2021)... Continue Reading

Date posted09/8/2021


Academy $5,000 Research Grant Award Recipient Announced
Academy $5,000 Research Grant Award Recipient Announced

The Academy is delighted to announce the recipient of the 2021 $5,000 Research Grant Award, Andrea Wood, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (Fellow/Principal Investigator) and the investigative team... Continue Reading

Date posted09/7/2021


Meet Abigail Andres, PT, DPT, OCS
Meet Abigail Andres, PT, DPT, OCS

Even from a young age, I found pregnancy to be fascinating. I remember placing a hand on my sister’s pregnant belly and feeling her twin daughters move and wiggle inside. The changes the body goes through and how our bodies compensate to create life is truly a miracle. Continue Reading

Postedby Abigail Lindsay Andres
Date posted08/19/2021


Meet Shelby Landrum, SPT
Meet Shelby Landrum, SPT

I remember the 1st time my senior drill sergeant sat down and took off his hat.  A few moments before he had tossed a large metal trash can across the bay as we scrambled through the chaos of sea bags and boots that hadn’t even been broken in yet. Continue Reading

Postedby Shelby Dale Landrum
Date posted07/13/2021


Meet Kayla Harris, PT, DPT
Meet Kayla Harris, PT, DPT

Kayla grew up on a small farm in Helena, Montana, participating in almost every outdoor activity available. Kayla had many injuries, both small and large along the way, which required rehabilitation to return to them. “At the time, I did not know that I would be a physical therapist. Continue Reading

Date posted07/10/2021


Vulnerability in Physical Therapy
Vulnerability in Physical Therapy

My name is Kayla Koren, and I am a second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. I was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and I had a passion for sports physical therapy for as long as I could remember. Continue Reading

Postedby Kayla M. Koren
Date posted07/9/2021