2020 Elections Candidate

Director of Research (2021-2024)
Positions Available: 1

Laurel Proulx, PT, DPT, OCS, PhD (c)


Personal Statement

“In my 7 years as a physical therapist I have transitioned between orthopedic and pelvic health practice, working solely in research and teaching, and starting my own practice which quickly transitioned to telehealth in response to an international move. My varied professional experiences are not a story of indecision, but instead adaptability. Through frequent geographical moves I have remained steadfast in my vision to provide quality care and education informed by evidence, not only to my patients, but also to improve accessibility of pelvic health services. I believe expectations of the modern physical therapist are being redefined to include adaptability and advocacy.

As research director, I hope to reflect the needs of modern clinicians while also meeting the mission of the academy. Doing so through the facilitation of research funding and dissemination of evidence that takes pelvic health out of a silo and integrates this specialty more fully into mainstream physical therapy knowledge and treatment.

Through collaboration and advocacy, two pillars that I have built my career upon, I believe the section can raise the bar on the level of research conducted to prioritize our patients’ needs. I would like to play a leadership role in promoting collaborative research between facilities that have the means, with institutions that are serving underrepresented populations in pelvic health research; people of color, the LGBTQ community, and the un- or underinsured.”


  • B.S. in Exercise Science at the University of Kansas, 2009
  • DPT Regis University, 2013;
  • Current Ph.D Candidate, ABD Texas Woman’s University



  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, 2016
  • Certified Applied Functional Science, 2015
  • Prenatal Yoga Instructor, 2016


Current Practice

  • Physical Therapy Researcher, The Geneva Foundation
  • Owner of and practicing at FEM Physical Therapy in pelvic health, primarily telehealth services
  • Adjunct faculty Baylor University

Industry Involvement & Accomplishments

  • Author and associate investigator of 2 grant funded studies through the Army Advanced Medical Technology Initiative summing over $500,000. One study has completed data collection with manuscript writing underway and the other is at the initiation of data collection. Authorship, “Characterization of tissue stiffness of the infraspinatus, erector spinae, and gastrocnemius muscle using ultrasound shear wave elastography and super cial mechanical deformation.” And “Lumbar muscle stiffness is different in individuals with low back pain than asymptomatic controls and is associated with pain and disability, but not common physical examination findings.” Previous project manager of 4 grant funded studies. Service to community education: teaching of prenatal and postpartum exercise at local gyms, social support groups for first time mothers overseas and through online community platforms. Speaker on multiple podcasts discussing the importance of peripartum care.
  • Member of Texas, Tennessee and Oregon Physical Therapy Associations.
  • Member of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.