The Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy Group (PPSIG) is a SoWH community of professionals having a common interest in the evaluation, treatment, and wellness of pregnant and postpartum women. The PPSIG will provide a space where this community may meet, confer, and promote these interests through education, clinical practice, and research.
Meet the PPSIG Board of Directors
Tracy A. Thomas | Chair
Tracy has 25 years of experience as physical therapist working in acute, subacute, and outpatient settings. She shifted her focus from traditional treatment settings to academia in 2008 when she earned her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in cardiovascular pharmacology and toxicology. She has since earned her DPT, and is a tenured, full professor at her alma mater, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where she teaches a variety of courses. She is on track to complete her CAPP-OB this year, along with the Women’s Health-Pelvic Floor track at Brooks Rehabilitation Center. Her current grant sponsored research project is entitled: Prevalence, Knowledge and Treatment of Lumbopelvic Postpartum Pain in African American Women. Tracy is extremely excited to be part of this inaugural PPSIG board and is looking forward to working with everyone.
Kim Seymour | Vice Chair
Kim has been working in outpatient with a focus on women’s health and pelvic health since 2016. She is CAPP-OB certified and currently working towards her Board-Certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist. She performs educational outreach as much as possible by teaching classes about what’s normal and what’s not to new moms at local hospitals and breastfeeding support groups. She is a certified running coach with the Road Runner’s Club of America (RRCA) and has a particular interest in working with runners with pelvic floor diagnoses and safe return to running following pregnancy. Presently Kim is treating patients with a variety of pelvic musculoskeletal disorders including low back, SIJ, and hip pain. Kim is so honored and excited to be a part of the SOWH community and PPSIG board so that she can better serve as an advocate for the pregnant and postpartum patient population as well as the providers that care for this population. She is dedicated to promoting awareness to the general population and other healthcare providers regarding the important role that physical therapists can play in pregnancy and postpartum preventative and rehabilitative care.
Lisa Sator | Vice President
Lisa has 10 years’ experience as a physical therapist in acute, sub-acute and outpatient settings. Lisa completed Good Shepherd Penn Partners Women’s Health Residency in 2012. She is now acting as the Residency Program Director and faculty member. Presently, Lisa is treating patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and lymphedema at GSPP Penn Therapy & Fitness Pennsylvania Hospital. Lisa is thrilled to be a part of this group for a population that she feels so very passionate about, as it permits her to partner with peers and fellow thought leaders, to drive initiatives that help better serve the pregnant and post- partum population.
Stacey Head | Secretary
Stacey has almost 20 years’ experience as a physical therapist with a focus in the outpatient setting but she has worked in all areas. Stacey moved from a Sports Medicine focus to Women’s Health in 2007. She established the Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Program at Hartford Healthcare before moving to work at Duke Health in 2016. Stacey is treating patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, lymphedema, oncology diagnosis and complex musculoskeletal diagnosis. Stacey is excited to be working with this group after being one of the founding committee members on the CAPP-OB in 2007. This population is what brought her into the realm of Women’s Health and looks forward to find ways to better serve the pregnant and post-partum population.
Looking into the Future
The PPSIG has some exciting projects planned for this upcoming year. Board members are currently collaborating with the SOWH executive board and OB committee members to launch educational handouts for that will be shared with section members. We want to hear from our members on what would you like to see more of or what areas would you help with tackling with the Pregnancy and Post-Partum population. The PPSIG encourages others to join PPSIGS groups on social media via Social Link and Facebook. Join our Facebook group!
The SoWH PPSIG recently added a NEW, free patient education handout to the SoWH’s Digital Library! This is a great tool to share with non-PT providers in your town or city that work with pregnant and postpartum patients. SoWH members, sign in here to access the handout for free: https://hubs.ly/H0lj4RL0. Not yet a member? Join today at https://hubs.ly/H0lj1M30.