Elaine Wilder, PT, PhD, C/NDT | Candidate for Chief Delegate (2022-2025)

Based in Lebanon, Oregon.

My affiliation and continued membership in the the Academy since its founding in 1977 as a charter member of the Section of OB-GYN, and including service for more than 16 years has given me the unique opportunity to watch the now Academy grow, flourish, and change with the times. Starting as a new graduate physical therapist, teacher and childbirth education, my passion on the behalf of women and children has focused on the Childbearing Year.  With the pandemic, we, individually, as an Academy, and as members of APTA have been challenged to continue our exceptional care of clients across the lifespan as well as education and mentoring of students, colleagues, and members of the world at large through creative options e.g., telehealth, zoom and simulations.  Our focus is, and will always be pelvic health. Therefore, we must expand our own education and educational opportunities in pelvic health care to include the breadth of communities we must serve including men, the LGBTQ community and individuals who identify as non-binary.  Additionally, we must be supportive of and welcoming to male/other practitioners. We will then be known as inclusive in our practice as Academy of Pelvic Health members, educators and practitioners.


  • B.S. and Certificate in Physical Therapy, UNC-CH, 1970;
  • MACT (Focus in Maternal and Child Health Physical Therapy), UNC-CH, 1974;
  • PhD, Educational Leadership and Higher Education, Saint Louis University, 2008


  • C/NDT- Dual Certified in Pediatric and Adult Care from NDTA (Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association.
  • Certified Childbirth Educator- ICEA


  • Bureau of Health Manpower, Maternal and Child Health- Scholarship for Master’s Program at UNC-CH

Current Practice

Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Education, Western University of Health Sciences – Oregon Campus. Recent move to Oregon to help with Curriculum development for new DPT program which opens July 6, 2021 with 60 students. I will be teaching in the areas of Women’s Health Care, Human Development and care of children and adults with developmental and/or neurological disorders. I will oversee community service projects for students throughout their 3-year program in Lebanon, OR, an underserved/at-risk community to include development of one or more pro bono programs to educate and support pregnant teens and at-risk mothers/infants.

Awards and Accomplishments


  • SOWH Elizabeth Noble Award, 2010;
  • APTA Lucy Blair Service Award, 2006;
  • Missouri Chapter Service to the Profession Award;
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society, Saint Louis Univ.


  • SOWH, (Ed and Author) The Gynecologic Manual, 1 & 2, ’83,’88;
  • (Ed) Obstetric and Gynecologic Physical Therapy, Churchill Livingstone, ’88;
  • Toby Long Research Article Award, APTA Pediatric Journal, 2008.
  • Numerous book chapters and journal articles on Women’s Health, Pediatrics and Student Development.

Involvement in the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy:

  • Charter member of Section on Obstetrics & Gynecology (now Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and previous Section on Women’s Health-SOWH) and continued participation through the Academy.
  • Officer for 16 years including Member/Chair Nominating Committee;
  • Member and Director of Education;
  • President, SOWH, 7 years;
  • SOWH Delegate to APTA House of Delegates, 7 years;
  • Associate Ed, JOWH Physical Therapy 2003-7;
  • Member, International Organization of Women’s Health;
  • Headed the amazing SOWH Task Force that brought the successful proposal for WH Specialization to the APTA House of Delegates.

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

  • More than 30 invited presentations primarily to APTA’s Annual Conference, CSM and the Student Conclave, most focused on The Childbearing Year;
  • Site coordinator and/or assistant for SOWH Pelvic Floor courses;
  • Site Coordinator, Section of Pediatrics SOPAC, 2014;
  • Chapter delegate for Georgia and Missouri Chapters, APTA