Every year, the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy highlights and recognizes Academy members and industry partners at the APTA Pelvic Health General Business Meeting, an annual event that occurs toward the end of the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Members are invited to nominate fellow Academy members to recognize their brilliance in research, education, practice, volunteerism, leadership and dedication to the physical therapy profession in our industry. Ever since 1977, our members continue to advance our profession, research, practice guidelines and patient care to new levels.
Elizabeth Noble was the founder of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, (then called the Section on Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section on Women’s Health) and served as its first Chairman. She was a driving force behind the development of the field of obstetric and gynecological physical therapy in the United States. She was the author of multiple books for both the lay public and the professional. The Elizabeth Noble Award is the Academy’s highest honor, and is given to a member in good standing, providing extraordinary and exemplary service to the field of physical therapy for women, or to the Academy. This year, the Academy recognized Ramona C. Horton, PT, MPT as the 2020 recipient of this high honor. Ramona was nominated by her colleagues in the industry and was presented with the award by Karen Brandon, PT. Stay tuned for Karen Brandon’s award presentation speech! Karen’s heartfelt words of respect and gratitude about Ramona echoed through the room. The room became filled with laughter, singing and tears as Karen described Ramona’s passion and accomplishments (scroll down for the video).
Ramona earned her Masters in Physical Therapy from the US Army–Baylor University Program in Physical Therapy and served as a physical therapist in the US Army exiting at the rank of captain, currently pursuing a post-professional doctorate in physical therapy. Her current practice consists of 100% pelvic health treating men, women, and children with urological, gynecological and colorectal issues with an emphasis on visceral and fascial based treatment. She has published material on the efficacy of visceral mobilization as a treatment for pelvic dysfunction and physical therapy interventions for chronic testicular pain. Ramona presented lectures at national and international venues on manual therapy treatment techniques for patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.
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