I first became interested in pelvic health physical therapy while working with military service members, veterans, and their families. As a military spouse myself, I was afforded the opportunity of shadowing and later completing my clinical rotations through VA and military hospitals. During these experiences, I saw the immense impact pelvic health plays in improving the overall well being of this community. One of the most rewarding experiences of my physical therapy experience thus far has been to incorporate and apply the material and skills I gained from Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 into my personal care of patients at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. From this experience I knew that I wanted to continue growing my abilities through completion of the CAPP program and return these skills to the military family I have come to know and love. Ultimately, I would additionally like to contribute to both the patient and clinical community by furthering Pelvic Health PT research.
I have been a member of the Section of Women’s Health for almost a year now and, in this short amount of time, the SoWH has already had a profound influence on my career and calling as a Physical Therapist. I have attended the Level 1 course and from this have decided to make Pelvic Health my focused career choice. Every time I receive the latest SoWH Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT), I pour through the articles and brainstorm ways to incorporate the material into my own practice. I will be taking multiple online courses once I complete PT boards this April including “Female Athlete: Ready for Impact and High Intensity?” and “Introduction to Male Pelvic Health” and plan to register for additional in-person classes as well. In these ways and so many more, I sincerely look forward to continuing my involvement with the SoWH and becoming an active member in the community.