I joined the Activcore team in Atlanta, GA in October 2021. I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) who specializes in pelvic health, women's health, running analysis and general orthopedics. I help women address their pain, weakness, and dysfunction in their pelvic floor muscles so that they can engage in all activities they love to do without pain, urinary leakage, or any pelvic discomfort.
I graduated with an honors degree in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Then I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University, ranked among the top 10 PT schools in the nation.
I became interested in specializing in the burgeoning field of pelvic health after experiencing pelvic pain first-hand myself, and witnessing my stepmom cope with pelvic and musculoskeletal complications during her postpartum recovery.
I am passionate about educating and treating women with pelvic floor dysfunction so they feel confident and empowered to manage their symptoms. I want to see my clients feel free to return to the lifestyle they had before experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction.
A Unique Approach that Blends PT and Performance
My style of treatment and training is centered around a biopsychosocial approach where the focus is on the individual as a whole being, rather than a specific body part. I have been trained in evidence-based practice to decipher and tease out the nuances behind pain/injury to help my patients achieve their goals.
Having a highly specialized performance team on board at Activcore has been an incredible asset to get my clients to reach their physical therapy goals quickly and safely. I have seen that integrated performance training helps the results from physical therapy stick, leading to fewer reinjuries. I attribute this to the performance team’s ability to understand how to integrate safe, efficient, and quality movements appropriate for an individual client’s treatment plan into an exercise session. The combination of physical therapy and performance creates a successful formula where clients can have a highly trained team on their side to maximize their recovery and long-term function.
What is a Pelvic PT Assessment?
A pelvic floor physical therapy assessment involves both an external evaluation of the body and an internal assessment of the pelvic region. The external examination portion examines functional movement patterns, strength and flexibility of the trunk, pelvis, hips and Legs. The internal assessment, upon patient consent, evaluates the strength, length, and quality of the pelvic floor muscles.
The exam differs from an obstetrics and gynecological exam—there is no speculum or stirrups. Instead, the therapist uses a single digit to check for tension in and strength of pelvic floor muscles. Both an internal and external examination are significant in evaluating the whole person rather than isolating just the pelvic floor muscles. Once the examination is complete, clients have a full understanding of where their weaknesses and balances lie.
Some common conditions that I treat
• Abdominal pain
• Bladder and bowel issues
• Diastasis recti
• Dyspareunia/Pain with sex
• Gastrointestinal (GI) issues
• Interstitial cystitis/Painful bladder syndrome
• Low back pain / tailbone pain
• Overactive bladder syndrome
• Pelvic floor dysfunction
• Pelvic organ prolapse
• Prenatal / Pregnancy
• Pudendal neuralgia
• Sexual dysfunction
• Surgery (abdominal/pelvic)
• Urinary frequency
• Urinary incontinence
• Weak core muscles
Outside of treating patients, I enjoy doing Yoga, running or hiking on trails with my dog ("Bear"), strength training in the gym, and experiencing the outdoors as much as I possibly can.
To book an evaluation with me in our Atlanta location, please call us at (404) 817-0900 or submit an inquiry here.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.