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Learn about exceptional achievements in pelvic health as we shine the spotlight on our dedicated members, sharing their experiences, expertise, and passion to empower and educate the public about the benefits of physical therapy. If you are an Academy member, share your story with us!

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Meet Rita Gillan, DPT, JWHPT Digital Media Coordinator
Meet Rita Gillan, DPT, JWHPT Digital Media Coordinator

My goal is to improve the quality of women’s healthcare globally by bridging the gap between evidence and practice. Promoting research and supporting efforts like the JWHPT Journal club help to do just that. Getting involved with the Academy and the Journal has been a wonderful way to collaborate wi Continue Reading

Date posted07/9/2020


Meet Rebecca Reisch, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, JWPHPT Associate Editor
Meet Rebecca Reisch, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, JWPHPT Associate Editor

Introducing the people behind #JWHPT. Meet Rebecca Reisch, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, one of our esteemed associate editors for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (Based in Portland, OR).  Continue Reading

Postedby Rebecca A. Reisch
Date posted07/8/2020


Meet Patricia Nelson, PT, ScD, FNAP, OCS, Associate Editor
Meet Patricia Nelson, PT, ScD, FNAP, OCS, Associate Editor

Moving abruptly to online teaching in a profession where performing physical exam skills is routine was certainly a challenge. One from which I, and my students, have learned a great deal. Zoom fatigue is a real thing- as I’m sure others have found. Continue Reading

Postedby Patricia R. Nelson
Date posted07/8/2020


Meet Cynthia M. Chiarello, PT, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
Meet Cynthia M. Chiarello, PT, PhD, Editor-in-Chief

I began my academic career by first teaching labs and moving on to full time teaching research, therapeutic exercise and orthopedics at Long Island University as well as coordinating the student research program. I have been Columbia University for over 30 years primarily teaching kinesiology... Continue Reading

Postedby Cynthia Michelle Chiarello
Date posted07/8/2020


Meet Lindsay Durand, SPT, JWHPT Digital Committee Member
Meet Lindsay Durand, SPT, JWHPT Digital Committee Member

As a student, I wanted to get involved in the Academy (Section of Women’s Health at the time), but I also wanted to learn more about the current research in Women’s Health. Since a lot of programs have limited information on women’s health and how to treat patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, I s Continue Reading

Postedby Lindsay Durand Massumi
Date posted07/7/2020


Meet Ellen Meisner, PT, Social Media Committee Member
Meet Ellen Meisner, PT, Social Media Committee Member

Introducing the people behind #JWHPT. Meet Ellen Meisner, one of our social media committee contributors (Based in New Richmond, WI). Continue Reading

Date posted07/7/2020


Meet Theresa M. Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS, Associate Editor
Meet Theresa M. Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS, Associate Editor

I believe the science of Women’s Health Physical Therapy needs to continue to grow and be recognized at a higher level in the medical community. I believe physical therapists should be the ones designing and doing research on physical therapy, not medical teams who do not have a full understanding o Continue Reading

Postedby Theresa Monaco Spitznagle
Date posted07/7/2020


Meet Karen Abraham, PhD, PT, Associate Editor
Meet Karen Abraham, PhD, PT, Associate Editor

I have been a physical therapist for 30 years. I began my career as an orthopedic clinical specialist but have spent the past 20 years focusing on the care of women and men with pelvic floor dysfunction and also pre- and post-partum care. Continue Reading

Postedby Karen Elizabeth Abraham
Date posted07/6/2020


Sustaining Help for Nepalese Children Suffering from Cerebral Palsy
Sustaining Help for Nepalese Children Suffering from Cerebral Palsy

Thank you all for submitting questions pertaining to our recent blog post: Biofeedback and Dry Needling Code Update. Below are answers to many of your asked questions. if you have any additional questions, please do reach out to the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy’s Director of Practice. Continue Reading

Postedby Dawn Sandalcidi
Date posted01/15/2020


Meet Snigdha Mehta
Meet Snigdha Mehta

Meet Snigdha Mehta, Chief Physiotherapist, at Snigdha Mehta’s Physiotherapy Centre in Mumbai, India. I’ve been working as a Physical Therapist (PT) for the last 30 years in a private practice with a focus on orthopedics and women’s health in Mumbai, India. Continue Reading

Postedby Snigdha Mehta
Date posted11/19/2019


Bringing Independence and Joy Back Into Our Patients’ Lives
Bringing Independence and Joy Back Into Our Patients’ Lives

Every year, a group of graduating physical therapy students from Creighton University travel to the Dominican Republic (DR) to provide physical therapy services through the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) in a variety of clinical settings, like hospitals, outpatient facilities, an orphan Continue Reading

Postedby Jenna Elizabeth Iberle
Date posted10/25/2019


Meet Early-Professional, Carolyn Yates, DPT
Meet Early-Professional, Carolyn Yates, DPT

My name is Carolyn Yates. I pursued a career in physical therapy because I thoroughly enjoy helping other people. I consider myself a natural caregiver and physical therapy was an easy decision. Continue Reading

Date posted10/25/2019