Katelyn first became interested in pursuing pelvic health physical therapy when she was a Sophomore in college. “Like many physical therapists, I was a patient first, although there was a time that I wouldn’t dare mention my experience seeking help from a pelvic floor specialist,” Katelyn reflects. At the time, Katelyn already was enrolled in a direct-admit physical therapy program at Carroll University in Wisconsin, however she did not know exactly where she saw the career taking her. It was during this time that Katelyn realized this would be the perfect path.
“The more I learned about it, I became increasingly passionate about women’s health. I was astonished by the lack of awareness of general women’s health issues such as pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction.” Katelyn started observing pelvic floor physical therapists during school breaks and which further assured her that she was on the right track.
Katelyn started reading more about pelvic health and I became a member of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (formerly called Section on Women’s Health) as soon as she started PT school. Shortly after, Katelyn signed up for the CAPP Pelvic Health Level 1 course to ensure she could apply pelvic health knowledge to the best of her ability for upcoming clinical rotations.
Currently as a student, Katelyn’s goal is to get more people interested in pelvic health. “As a future pelvic health physical therapist, I hope to provide the same hope and validation I received when I first stepped foot in a pelvic health clinic. I want to be a diligent educator on topics surrounding pelvic health and of course, be the best advocate I can be for my future patients,” says Katelyn.
Katelyn Hickey is a first year physical therapy student at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She is a certified personal trainer and completed her Women’s Fitness Specialization certificate through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) which she uses while working within the perinatal population at a local gym.