Become a Member

Join our member-led, collaborative, nonprofit community!

We are committed to education, research and promotion of personalized care in abdominal and pelvic physical therapy. The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy is a professional association offering membership and education to 3,000 physical therapists who treat patients across the life span, from young athletes and childbearing women to elderly men and peri-menopausal women.

Advance your skills.

Advance your knowledge and built new skills in pelvic health physical therapy, male pelvic pain, transgender health physical therapy, pregnancy & postpartum physical therapy, gynecologic visceral manipulation, pediatric pelvic health, male pelvic health, menopause, urogenital and breast cancer rehabilitation.

Course Discounts

Save money toward your CEUs. When you are a member, you become automatically eligible for member-only discounts on in-person and online courses.

Conference Discounts

As a U.S. member, you receive discounted rates on conferences such as the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, APTA Next Conference & Expo and the APTA National Student Conclave.

Join a Special Interest Group.

Special Interest Group (SIG) is a community within the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy with a shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge or learning where members cooperate to affect or to produce solutions within their particular field, and may communicate, meet, and organize events or develop new content for fellow members. Members can connect through the academy’s Social Link community, a virtual forum where they can meet and converse. 

Network and build new connections

Conferences & Courses

Our academy members attend a variety of conferences and regional courses in the physical therapy industry. Build your nation-wide network while expanding your knowledge by attending unique and cutting-edge lectures. Connect with some of the physical therapy profession’s leaders, make new friends, learn a few things, and jump start or advance your career to the next level!

Volunteering & Leadership

Volunteering with the academy is a great way to learn, grow, and make a difference in your association. Our academy a variety of ways to serve and make a difference for your profession. Join our 100+ volunteers from board-appointed volunteer groups and task forces to running for national office or choosing solo volunteer positions, we can match you or guide you to an opportunity based on your skills and interests! If you are already a member of our academy, please proceed to complete your volunteer profile.

Socials & Local Meetups

Our academy members attend a variety of social networking events, from PT Pub Nights across the country to the academy’s signature events that include our annual Board at the Bar social, WCS Breakfast and the General Business Meeting. “Board at the Bar” is a casual get-together and networking event attended by our members, Board members and volunteers. Stay in touch with members in your state via our Social Link virtual community where members can connect and make plans to meet up in their cities.

Meet some of our members

The Academy is the professional organization that unites pelvic health therapists across the country. It provides educational platforms, specialization certification and advocacy for our profession. ALL pelvic health therapists that want to see our field advance should join the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.

Ramona C. Horton PT, MPT

Member

The Academy is a community of compassionate therapists who care about their profession and the impact they make in their patients’ lives. The resources available through the Academy for education, research and general communication among therapists is amazing. The courses and instructors are the best I’ve encountered in my career. The opportunities for involvement in making a difference in our profession is boundless. The Academy has brought a whole new path to my career and a new depth to my interest and involvement in the APTA. I am thrilled to be a part of this group!

 

Kristi Kliebert, MPT, DPT

Member and Volunteer

Most cultures hold a taboo attitude to the discussion of various topics regarding bladder control, pain with sex or while menstruating, or proper usage of supplies during a woman’s period. Christina Vivit, SPT, in the class of 2019 at Saint Louis University, is passionate about reversing cultural taboos about feminine health. Christina hopes to empower women to feel more comfortable and autonomous with their bodies.

Sarah believes that success in the profession revolves around high-integrity relationships and building trust to create buy-in and educate others. A strong believer in the value of education and research, Sarah strives to make pelvic floor issues less of a taboo. While in school, Sarah coordinated the UConn DPT student involvement at the Migrant Farm Worker Clinics, where PT students assisted with medical and physical therapy screenings and taught therapeutic exercise interventions to a vulnerable and medically underserved population.

Sarah Deacon, SPT

Years spent as a yoga instructor led Anietie to a career focused on pelvic health. “Having gone through my own trials with my own pelvic floor from miscarriages to surgery and pregnancy to birth, this region of the body continued to be a mystery even then despite all of that ‘stuff’ that I had happening down there.” As a CSM Student Scholarship Recipient, Anietie has invested heavily in education on pelvic health, started her own podcast about women’s health, self care and pelvic floor health called ‘The Masterful Art of Self-Care’ and hopes to open her own clinic dedicated to treating pelvic floor dysfunction. 

Anietie Ukpe-Wallace, SPT

Loni is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the recipient of the 2018 Women in PT Summit Scholarship. She’s not afraid to do a little (or a lot) of research and has made a point to use her past personal experiences to inform how she serves patients today. She’s on a mission to keep the “normal” symptoms of sexual abuse as far from the norm as possible. 

Loni Cooper, PT, DPT

Jane spent her years in the field forging services to populations in need and selling them to administrations who were not aware they were needed. Her association with SoWH over the years revealed opportunities to serve underserved populations like antenatal, high risk pregnancy, postpartum pelvic instability, bowel and bladder control populations and more. She believes the definition of success is the act of introducing new or unheard of ideas and solutions to her field.

Jane Frahm, BS, PT

Theresa attributes her trailblazing success to evoking sustainable change across aspects in her career including education, practice and philanthropy. She’s developed a legacy of game-changing WH PT’s by building a training program in the form of a WH residency and has taken her gifts to a global scale by engaging in education for sustainable change with low-resourced regions. She believes in giving back for the greater good while allowing her passion to be her compass.

Theresa M. Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS

List your practice in our directory.

Promote your private or clinical practice on PT Locator, our online Physical Therapist Directory accessible to potential employers, fellow professionals and patients! It’s the most trusted physical therapy resource for patients and general physicians to find you based on your specialties and geographic location.

  • Women’s Pelvic Health
  • Male Pelvic Health
  • Transgender Pelvic Health
  • Pediatric Pelvic Health
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Oncology
  • Lymphedema
  • Orthopedics
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pelvic Oncology
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Fibromyalgia

Access Research & Practice Resources.

The academy runs the Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT), a research journal that is dedicated to presenting state-of-the-art evidence in support of physical therapists and other healthcare professionals practicing in women’s health and abdominal pelvic care. We also publish clinical practice guidelines and position statements.

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