2020 Elections Candidate

EPSIG Director (2021-2022)
Positions Available: 2

Alexandria Burch, PT, DPT

Copley, Ohio

Personal Statement

Through my experiences in PT school as a Board of Directors member for the student-run clinic, and then my first job out of PT school where I started the pelvic floor program and built it from the ground up, I believe I have gained valuable experience to serve as a leader and help guide others within the EPSIG. I am particularly interested in leading the SIG in creating a more interactive and comprehensive website of research, guidelines, and mentorship opportunities to help new PTs navigate the world of pelvic health.

As the only and first ever pelvic PT at my first job, I leaned on my mentor from PT school, and my Facebook group, Pelvic Floor Therapists, for guidance on complicated or new-to-me conditions. The academy is well on its way to making the website more user friendly, which is imperative in the digital age we live in. I would like to see more virtual live courses offered, to allow clinicians with pelvic 1 already under their belt to further their education and clinical skills, and maintain an interactive learning process, while preventing the high costs of travel and lodging that is frequently a barrier to new graduates with entry-level incomes and high student loan debts.

I believe one of the strongest attributes of pelvic floor physical therapists is our ability to support and encourage each other. I want to help build on that even more to ensure everyone is able to feel the support of our community that I did as an early professional.”

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, The University of Akron, 2014
  • DPT in Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University, 2018

 

Current Practice

I work in a clinical practice at a non-profit hospital-based outpatient facility. I treat men, women, and transgender patients, 75% pelvic floor and 25% orthopedic.

Certifications

 I am in the process of achieving the Certificate of Achievement of Obstetric Physical Therapy from the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.

Industry Involvement & Accomplishments

  • I am in the process of completing two case studies; a postpartum case for CAPP-OB, and a male pelvic pain case with aspirations to present a poster at CSM.
  • I attended several sessions and meetings at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (2017, 2018)
  • I am the current key contact for political advocacy. I attended the APTA Federal Advocacy Forum in 2018 and met with my local congressmen to lobby on behalf of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
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