Alexandra Thomason, SPT | Candidate for SSIG Director (2021-2022)

Based in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

I am a second year Doctor of Physical Therapy Student who has been involved in the topic of pelvic health in many different realms. I was a member of the Pelvic Floor Research Group at the University of Michigan Medicine prior to graduate school, where we collected data on individuals with pelvic floor prolapse, urinary incontinence, and studied outcomes of vaginal birth after cesarean section. In addition to research, I attended the PIPER level 1 physical therapy pelvic floor certification to deepen my knowledge of diagnosis and intervention for pelvic floor conditions. As Student Special Interest Group Director I would strive to model integrity and accountability in order to lead by example and creating the most meaningful experience for new and existing members. My vision for the APTA Pelvic Health SSIG is to continue growing, not only on a virtual level but to start developing more in-person relationships within the community through local mentorship programs. I believe there is room for increased student collaboration through quarterly journal clubs, focusing on the most current evidence in pelvic floor research. My goal for this organization will be to expand its reach. Pelvic floor neuro-musculoskeletal conditions are notoriously underserved and neglected, despite the importance of function in this region. This organization has the potential to draw interest to this practice area, expand the research field, and bring this form of therapy into a more generalized practice. I am a passionate, industrious, detail-oriented individual who plans to work collaboratively with the co-directors and members to drive the SSIG forward.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Minor in Creative Writing from University of Michigan 2016
  • Current: Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Regis University 2022

Certifications

  • PIPER Leve 1 Certification 2021

Scholarships

  • University of Michigan D1 Student-Athlete Scholarship 2012-2016

Current Extracurricular Activities

  • Currently involved in a Pelvic Floor Journal Club associated with Regis University.
  • Working on a narrative review of treatment for female athletes experiencing stress urinary incontinence.

Professional Awards and Contributions

  • Triebwasser JE, Thomason AC, Langen ES, et al. Hospital contribution to variation in rates of vaginal birth after cesarean. J Perinatol. 2019;39(7):904-910. doi:10.1038/s41372-019-0373-2.

Involvement in the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

  • Attended APTA Pelvic Health webinars, a journal club and the election meeting.

Involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association and/or chapter(s)

  • Attended Colorado State Chapter events in 2019
  • Attended APTA CSM in 2020
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