McKensie Galusha, SPT | Candidate for SSIG Director (2021-2022)

Based in Ithaca, New York.

I hope to continue to build on the foundation that has been laid by the previous SSIG directors. My personal vision is to not only to grow the Pelvic Health community of students, but expand the community outwards. I strongly believe that more people need to know about what a Pelvic Health PT can do, what conditions and impairments they treat, and how drastically they can improve one’s quality of life. I especially believe there is a need for these services in underrepresented populations due to how our society has been systemically built to create discrimination and unequal access. It is our responsibility to break these societal constructs and I envision the SSIG being part of the change.

I hope to lead this position by continuing to set up workshops, Q&A sessions, webinars, and even encourage student members to volunteer in their community to make our group known, as well as pass along information, resources, and contacts. I think this would be a great way to get more students actively involved in the pelvic health SSIG and make connections.

Another initiative I would love to take with this group would be to have speakers involved in advancing the literature and incorporating evidence based practice into their career. I believe it is important to inform students about what the best evidence-supported practices and interventions are in this field, as well as how to stay informed on the most up to date literature. Not only will this advance the profession by educating future PTs/PTAs about how they can provide their patients with the best services, but will also improve our credibility. Overall, I see this SSIG group doing so much more to inform, educate, and volunteer while creating lasting change in our society.

Education

  • B.S. in Clinical Health Studies Ithaca College 2019
  • Current 2nd year DPT student – Ithaca College, expected graduation 2022

Current Extracurricular Activities/Aspirations

  • As a student, some of my current aspirations involve either doing a residency in Women’s Health or going on to get my PhD to get involved with academia. As a teacher’s assistant for my DPT program’s Human Anatomy Cadaver Dissection course as well as for our Applied Biomechanics course, my commitment and passion to helping student’s grow has strengthened. I hope to build on this passion and bring a new perspective to a DPT program in the future, as well as to the Pelvic Health SSIG. Additionally, I aspire to build on current curriculums present in DPT programs. After discussing with various Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists and students interested in the Pelvic Health field, it seems some curriculums do not cover material specifically related to Pelvic Health. I hope to change this and integrate more learning experiences related to this incredible field.
  • I have also been involved in volunteer work at local nursing homes to help with bed mobility, positioning, transfers, and gait training.
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