2020 Elections Candidate

President-Elect (2021-2022)
Positions Available: 1

Heather Jeffcoat, PT, DPT

Los Angeles, CA

Personal Statement

In the course of over eighteen years in pelvic health clinical practice, my service to the Academy and profession has raised my own awareness of the crucial need for our collaboration with physicians, psychotherapists, NPs, and PAs to provide multidisciplinary care for our patients, coupled with the direct public education that empowers those patients to communicate with their providers. As a private practice owner, practicing clinician, and educator to professionals and the greater community, I intimately understand our role and responsibility to advocate for our patients. This advocacy should begin before they reach our doors. I envision a world in which patients no longer have to say on a first visit, “Why didn’t my doctor tell me to see a PT after I had a baby?”, “How can a PT help with urinary urgency?”, or “This pain really is in my pelvis, not my head?”.

I believe educating the public, not directly marketing to physicians, should be our first line effort. I have seen the dramatic difference it makes in my own practice and in the connections I’ve made with other practitioners and societies. I am prepared (and already well positioned) to utilize traditional and social media to advance the message to patients about our role in their health. This presidency would provide me with a strategic platform to promote the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy in that arena as well.

In the continuing effort to elevate our profession as a whole, the Academy needs to push toward more direct public education and outreach, positioning every member as a voice to and for patients. I hope to serve as a driving force in that effort, giving the public the language they need to speak to providers committed to working with them to create the change they deserve in their lives.”

Education

  • DPT Program at Duke University, 2002
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego,  1999

 

Certifications

  • BASI Certified Pilates Instructor
  • FST Fascial Stretch Therapy

 

Current Practice

  • Owner of multiclinic private practice Fusion Wellness & Physical Therapy and Femina Physical Therapy.
  • Founding Faculty – The International Pelvic Health Institute. Clinical practice focuses on patients with pelvic floor dysfunctions, prenatal, postpartum and general orthopaedic diagnoses.

Industry Involvement & Accomplishments

  • I have been an Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy member member for almost 20 years. Early on, I got involved by contributing to the Academy website and pamphlet content creation.
  • For the past 10 years, my work has been driven by collaboration with multidisciplinary societies, an important step in elevating the status of pelvic health physical therapists in this country.
  • Over 30 interviews on the role of physical therapy in incontinence, pelvic pain and pregnancy-related dysfunction in Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Health, Bustle, PopSugar, ABC News, Livestrong, Hello Giggles, New York Mag, and more. 3-time guest on Sirius XM’s Stars 109 (Sex With Emily).
  • Author of Sex Without Pain: A Self Treatment Guide to the Sex Life You Deserve. Teaches on female sexual dysfunction internationally and has instructed physios in orthopaedic dysfunctions for the Chinese Olympic Committee in Beijing. I created an annual event that has sold out every time with up to 90 attendees called Girls’ Night Out: Better Sexual and Pelvic Health.
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