For the past 10 years, I have focused my Physical Therapy career in the area of Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. I came into this field as I had some medical concerns myself and needed help. After having 2 children and over 25 years of sports and impact activities I found myself with urinary incontinence at the age of 38. I was embarrassed and did not know what to do or where to go – I exercised, I was healthy and felt strong, so what was wrong with me? Through specialized therapy and mentorship from one of the leading Women’s Health therapists in the country, I came to realize how important these services are and how many women need therapy for various medical conditions related to the urogenital system. Some diagnoses in this area of medicine can be embarrassing to talk about, but there are many non-medical options now available that are effective in treating these conditions. I work with referrals from many health practitioners including primary care physicians, OBGYNs, gastro-intestinal MDs, colorectal surgeons, and urologists.
Over the years in my clinical practice, the women who came to see me had many things in common, one of which was poor gut health. I started to see a correlation with the GI system and pelvic disorders and when my patients could change their diet and get their guts healthier, their outcomes improve by 90% or better. I returned to school to learn more about the role of nutrition. I earned my Master of Science from the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Clinical Nutrition. What I have learned has helped me bring even more knowledge and better care to my patients. More and more studies are starting to link diet to many diagnoses in the area of women’s health: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, uterine fibroids/ovarian cysts, dysmenorrhea, constipation, pelvic pain.
Women’s Health Services
- Dietary changes for symptoms management
- Pregnancy and postpartum-physiotherapy and dietary counseling
- Pelvic pain – physiotherapy and dietary counseling