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Section on Women’s Health to Attend the Women in PT Summit in New York City

Posted on: September 14th, 2017 by SOWHeditor No Comments

 

McLean, VA, September 18, 2017 – As a Platinum Level Sponsor, Section on Women’s Health-APTA is looking forward to attending the Women in Physical Therapy Summit scheduled for September 23rd, 2017 in Manhattan, New York. The Summit is a one-day event that consist of dynamic keynote speakers, panel discussions, individual talks, group brainstorming and networking opportunities.

 

The SOWH Vice President, Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, will be attending the upcoming Summit on behalf of Section on Women’s Health with the Section’s recently selected winner of the membership-wide SOWH video contest, Meg Cochran, PT, DPT. The video contest was created by the Section to give an opportunity to a selected early-career physical therapist or physical therapist assistant member to travel to New York City to network with seasoned practitioners, expose oneself to the latest discussion topics in women’s health physical therapy, and develop a connection with a mentor in the field who could share words of wisdom and guidance.

 

MegCochran (1)Meg Cochran is a recent Texas State University graduate starting a Pelvic Health Department in Oxford, Mississippi. “I feel like I am on an ‘island’ where no one else practices pelvic floor physical therapy,” says Meg. Since May of 2017, Meg has started and grown her practice by 50% and has increased awareness in her community. Meg has volunteered her time at Section on Women’s Health as the Mississippi State Representative. She has continued her efforts to reach out to multiple OBGYN offices, spent time with Oxford’s local Urology group, passed the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), spoke with different healthcare providers at Tumor Board, and continues to demonstrate her motivation to learn and grow.  Meg is always looking for ways to get more involved with the Section and meet passionate practitioners who have found success within the profession.

 

Missed Meg Cochran’s Video Contest submission? View video here.

 

We invite you to follow @womens_pt@MegCochranDPT, and @CJ_Pagliano to join the Twitter conversation and watch Meg’s experience unfold at Women in PT Summit this weekend! We also invite you to read the Press Release below from Women in Physical Therapy Summit to learn more about this event.

 

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When: 6:00 – 9:00PM EST, Friday, September 22, 2017

Where: The Green Room, 156 E 23rd St, New York, New York 10010 (View on Google Maps)

Raffle prizes and silent auction to benefit Global Women’s Health Initiative.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM WOMEN IN PT SUMMIT

Second Annual Conference Promises To Be Even More

“Engaging, Thought-Provoking and Inspirational” With Over a Dozen VIP Speakers

NEW YORK, NY (September 11, 2017) – Thanks to an overwhelming response during its inaugural year, the Women in Physical Therapy Summit will return to Midtown Manhattan (location to be disclosed upon registration) onSaturday, September 23. And according to event organizers, Dr. Karen Litzy, Dr. Sandy Hilton and Erica Meloe, this year’s conference promises to be even more ground breaking than last with over a dozen of the industry’s most exceptional professionals leading important discussions on issues and trends that affect the PT practice.

To ensure that the one-day conference is as interactive, lively and as cutting edge as possible, the event has been broken down into several areas: keynote speakers, panel discussions and power talks (a version of TED Talks). The keynote speakers this year include Dr. Sharon Dunn, the president of the American Physical Therapy Association, and Lolly Daskal, executive leadership coach and best-selling author of the Leadership Gap.

The panel discussions, which are one of the most engaging portions of the conference, will feature a cross section of inspiring women from the PT profession who will lead discussions on a variety of issues facing females in the workplace today. Rounding out the day’s event is the Women in PT Power Talks. Designed much like TED Talks, these panels feature some of the most accomplished women and men in the physical therapy world.

“Our goal is to amplify our collective voices to break down the traditional female archetypes in physical therapy and show that women in the profession are, and can be, meaningful leaders in their clinics, universities, communities and beyond”, said Litzy. “Our attendees are just as important as the speakers at this conference. That’s why we encourage open questions and dialogue throughout the day. It is often during these times that the best ideas and conversation happen”.

For those who are unable to attend in person, The Women in PT Summit will, once again, be available via live video access that users can access from anywhere in the world.

The Women in Physical Therapy Summit will start at 7:30 AM and run until 4:30 PM. Breakfast and lunch are included. For more information and/or to sign up, visit http://www.womeninptsummit.com/.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

Dr. Karen Litzy is a physical therapist, entrepreneur and the host of the successful podcast “Healthy, Wealthy & Smart.” She has over 18 years of experience as a physical therapist and is the owner of Karen Litzy Physical Therapy, PLLC, a concierge home health practice in NYC.

Dr. Sandy Hilton is the co-owner of Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness, PLLC in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL and is an international speaker published author on the treatment of pelvic pain. As the secretary of the Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain, she promotes interdisciplinary treatments and education. She is also the co-host of the Pain Science and Sensibility Podcast.

Erica Meloe is a board certified physiotherapist in private practice in NYC who specializes in treating complex patients. Her mission is to raise awareness of the physical therapy profession and has been hailed as a thought leader in the industry, helping to empower her patients and colleagues to lead and live with purpose. Meloe has been featured in Forbes, Women’s Day and Better, Homes and Gardens and is actively involved in her positive message on social media.

 

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Section on Women’s Health Appoints Lori Mize, PT, DPT, WCS to the Vice President Position 2018-2019

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by SOWHeditor No Comments
McLean, VA, August 1, 2017 – The Section on Women’s Health (SoWH), an affiliated and independent arm of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), has appointed Lora ‘Lori’ Ann Mize, PT, DPT, WCS, to the Vice President to serve from February 2018-2019.

Lori has been actively dedicating her time and efforts to Section on Women’s Health since 2010 primarily in the Section’s education component as a course lab assistant, instructor, committee member, committee assistant chair, and Director of Education. In her role as Director of Education, Lori has been a key player in the expansion of the education initiatives of the Section and the domestic and international growth of the Section’s course offerings. Lori will conclude her Director of Education term when she will take oath of office at the SOWH General Business Meeting in New Orleans, LA in February 2018.

“The SOWH is growing and changing, expanding our identity, which is advancing our collective specialty. I would love the opportunity to continue to lead the SOWH with passion, strength and excitement for it’s current growth and expansion of membership benefits, global involvement, education, practice, and research,” says Lori.

Lori is currently an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Lynchburg College in Virginia, United States, primarily instructing: Pelvic Health, Administration in Physical Therapy, Student Professional Involvement, Professional Practice, and Comprehensive Review. She manages a pro bono clinical practice in the area of women’s health/pelvic health through a grant funded at Lynchburg College. Lori has recently returned from a successful SOWH trip to Tokyo, Japan, where she and a team of SOWH instructors taught 40 Japanese physiotherapists about pelvic health, pregnancy, and postpartum physical therapy.

The Section on Women’s Health Board of Directors is pleased that Lori has accepted this appointment and know she will represent the Section well and will contribute much to our community and our mission.

About SOWH

The Section on Women’s Health, one of 25 professional and trade organizations managed by the Washington, D.C. and Brussels-based Interel + AMG, promotes and expands physical therapy’s role in the field of women’s and men’s health and wellness across the lifespan. It allows physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students sharing a common interest in the problems and concerns of women, men, and children to meet, confer, and promote these interests. Among other services, the Section develops educational resources, and practice and education standards for addressing health issues. The section also provides training and fosters research: www.womenshealthapta.org.
For all inquiries about this appointment and about future leadership opportunities, please contact Kirsten Wightman, SOWH Nominating Committee Chair, at [email protected].

 

 

 


 

 

 

Section on Women’s Health Selects Tamela Blalock, MBA, CMP, DES as Executive Director

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 by SOWHeditor No Comments

JCP_9320-Edit_opt_optMcLean, VA, June 30, 2017 – The Section on Women’s Health (SoWH), an affiliated and independent arm of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), has chosen Tamela Blalock, a goal oriented leader with an 18 year track record in strengthening associations, as its new executive director, effective July 10, 2017.

Established just over 40 years ago, SoWH is a 3,000-member professional association for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students working within and advocating for vital areas of women’s and men’s health, including pelvic floor health, sport injury recovery, and continence. The Section focuses on providing high-quality continuing education through courses, publications and outreach. Through its PT Locator, it also connects consumers to local physical therapy professionals who can address their health concerns.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to help lead the Section and its wonderful volunteer leaders, especially at such a critical time in both the national health care conversation and within SoWH,” said Tamela Blalock. “The members and board are clearly passionate, accomplished PT professionals, and we will be focused in the near future on implementing our rebranding and on achieving the goals and objectives in our strategic plan – I can’t wait to get started!”

“The Section on Women’s Health has a growing membership and menu of services and educational opportunities that need the right type of member-centric executive director to work with our board and volunteers,” stated SoWH President Patricia Wolfe, PT, MS. “We are confident that Tamela’s drive, energy and experiences will prove valuable as we move ahead, and we welcome her to the profession of physical therapy and the SoWH.”

Blalock will begin her tenure with two July scheduled volunteer leader retreats, the SoWH’s CAPP Education Committee as well as the summer retreat and planning session for the SoWH Board of Directors.

 

About SoWH

The Section on Women’s Health, one of 25 professional and trade organizations managed by the Washington, D.C. and Brussels-based Interel + AMG, promotes and expands physical therapy’s role in the field of women’s and men’s health and wellness across the lifespan. It allows physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students sharing a common interest in the problems and concerns of women, men, and children to meet, confer, and promote these interests. Among other services, the Section develops educational resources, and practice and education standards for addressing health issues. The section also provides training and fosters research: www.womenshealthapta.org.

 

About INTEREL + AMG

Newly merged Interel + AMG (Association Management Group), is dedicated to staffing and managing nonprofits of all types, and to provide government relations and public affairs to clients served. It provides unsurpassed management expertise to empower organizations to meet their objectives and achieve success. With offices in the major world capitals, Interel + AMG is the leading Washington, D.C.-based Association Management Company (AMC), and is accredited by the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI). This prestigious accreditation indicates highest-quality management practices and procedures, as well as optimal delivery of services to AMG client organizations. Learn more about Interel + AMG: www.amg-inc.com

 

 

 


 

 

 

$10,000 SOWH Grant Awarded for Pelvic Health and Incontinence Research 

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2017

CONTACT: SOWH Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, [email protected]

McLean, VA: The Section on Women’s Health has awarded a $10,000 grant to support the research of Erin Hartigan, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, ATC, an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England. Affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association, SOWH is a professional association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists who specialize in women’s, men’s, and pelvic health.

The one-year grant will underwrite Hartigan’s study, “Pelvic floor muscle function and hip profiles in women with and without stress urinary incontinence.” Results will be published in SOWH’s Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy after the study is completed, tentatively scheduled for July 2018.

Assisting Hartigan with the project as investigators will be Adrienne McAuley, PT, DPT, MEd, OCS, FAAOMPT; Michael Lawrence, MS; and Mary De Silva, ScD.

The annual SOWH Research Grant program aims to encourage the scientific study of topics that support the SOWH mission.

2017 research grant winners

 

 

“The Section on Women’s Health is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and supporting research has always been core to its mission and vision,” says SOWH Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, PT, PhD. “Awarding grants, disseminating evidence-based research through multiple channels, and integrating leading-edge practical applications of research into practice are all ways that we are pushing forward the specialty profession of women’s, men’s, and pelvic and abdominal health physical therapy.”

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Founded in 1977, the Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association is a professional membership association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists treating patients across the life span and around the globe. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone, including LGBTQ populations, young athletes, childbearing women, peri-menopausal mothers, and men with pelvic health complications. In addition to providing top-quality continuing education, the Section provides networking opportunities, access to peer-reviewed research, inclusion in a PT Locator directory, and more. Learn about SOWH’s many other benefits at www.womenshealthapta.org.

 

 

 


 

 

 

2017 Section on Women’s Health-APTA Election Results

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by SOWHeditor No Comments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2017

CONTACTS: Kirsten Wightman, Nominating Committee chair, [email protected]

 McLean, Va. The Section on Women’s Health–a professional association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists devoted to improving women’s and men’s health globally–has elected the following five volunteers to serve three-year terms from 2018 to 2021:

President: Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, WCS, OCS, MTC

Treasurer: Uchenna Ossai, PT, DPT, CLT, WCS

Director of Education: Jennifer Davia, PT, DPT, WCS

Director of Resesarch: Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, PhD

Nominating Committee Member: Cheryl Wisinski, PT, DPT, WCS

“We are thrilled we had such a competitive slate of outstanding candidates dedicated to serving the Section,” says SOWH President Patricia Wolfe, PT.  “We thank the Nominating Committee, as well as the nominees, for their hard work. The Section is fortunate to have a cadre of such high-level volunteers to tap for other key leadership opportunities.”

New board leaders will be sworn into their positions at the 2018 SOWH Business Meeting in February in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Section is affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association.

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The Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SOWH) is a professional membership association of 3,000+ physical therapists treating patients across the life span and around the globe. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone from young athletes and childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers and men with pelvic health complications. In addition to a major focus on providing top-quality continuing education, the Section provides networking opportunities, access to peer-reviewed research, inclusion in a popular PT Locator directory, and lab training in women’s health instructed by leading physical therapists nationwide. Learn more at http://www.womenshealthapta.org.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Section on Women’s Health and SmartBrief Launch News Service

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2017

CONTACTS: Carly Chomer, SmartBrief, 202-407-7864, [email protected]

Meryl Alappattu, PT, PhD, [email protected]

 

WASHINGTON, DC – SmartBrief announced today the launch of a bi-weekly news service in partnership with the Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association to keep its members  on top of the essential news shaping their industry.

SOWH uPdaTe SmartBrief provides a comprehensive summary of the latest research and news related to practice, nutrition, wellness, emerging health care trends and SOWH—all uniquely relevant to these specialized health professionals.

“We have launched uPdaTe SmartBrief in direct response to overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from the 2016 Membership Survey,” says SOWH President Patricia Wolfe, PT, MS. “The profession of physical therapy is changing rapidly, and our members are committed lifelong learners who want the best evidence-based research and information they can put into practice with their patients. Time constraints and the sheer scale of health information worldwide meant we needed a partner who could handle the rapid-delivery operations and information our members deserve.”

“Research and education have been at the heart of the Section on Women’s Health since its birth 40 years ago,” says Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, DPT, PhD, who led development of the content strategy and is an ongoing curator for the publication. “We are in the early stages of executing our new strategic plan under a more-focused mission and vision of serving as a global authority for pelvic and abdominal health. Getting the latest evidence-based research and news into the hands of both our members and any interested physical therapist, physical therapist assistant and student worldwide is imperative. Our patients need us to have the latest knowledge so we can help them recover from their diverse, often complex conditions.”

To learn more or sign up for SOWH uPdaTe SmartBrief, visit www.smartbrief.com/SOWH.

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Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SOWH) is a professional association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists treating patients with pelvic and abdominal health issues worldwide. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone from childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers, young athletes to men with incontinence or other pelvic complications. In addition to continuing education, certifications, and Clinical Practice Guidelines, SOWH members receive the Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy, a PT Locator directory listing, conference discounts, and career resources.

Serving nearly 6 million senior executives, thought leaders and industry professionals, SmartBrief is the leading digital media publisher of targeted business news and information by industry. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief filters thousands of sources daily to deliver the most relevant industry news in partnership with leading trade associations, professional societies, nonprofits and corporate entities.

 

 


 

 

 

Section on Women’s Health Honors Outstanding Volunteers for 2017

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2017

 CONTACT: Carrie Pagliano, SOWH Vice President, [email protected]

 Kristin Clarke, SOWH/AMG Account Executive, 571-344-5422, [email protected]

 MCLEAN, VA: The Section on Women’s Health has presented awards to nearly a dozen volunteers for outstanding performance in the areas of leadership, research and longtime service. The honorees received their awards February 18 at the 2017 SOWH Annual Business Meeting during the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

“We are fortunate to have so many hard-working volunteers committed to the Section on Women’s Health and to the profession of pelvic and abdominal physical therapy, as well as to people’s health at all life stages,” says SOWH Vice President Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, who oversees the awards process. “These winners each have inspired and changed us with their generous gifts of knowledge, volunteerism, and time throughout the years.”

Below are the winners:

2017 Elizabeth Noble Award

Goal: SOWH Founder Elizabeth Noble was a driving force behind the development of the field of obstetric and gynecological physical therapy in the United States. This award in her name is SOWH’s highest honor, and it is given to a member in good standing who has provided extraordinary service to SOWH or the field of physical therapy for women.

  • Winner: Nancy Donovan, PT, PhD, who served as editor-in-chief of SOWH’s top-rated membership benefit–the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy–for more than a decade

2017 Friend of the Section Awards

Goal: This award recognizes anyone or any company that went above and beyond to help SOWH in the past year.

  • Winner 1: Karen Miles, CMP, whose leadership in the Meeting Services department of SOWH’s affiliated American Physical Therapy Association has helped ensure a high-quality conference and programming experience for SOWH volunteers and attendees for many years
  • Winner 2: Heidi Gagnon of Prometheus Group, who has demonstrated deep loyalty to the Section through her work at Prometheus Group, a top financial supporter and industry partner of the Section

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Goal: To recognize any SOWH volunteer whose loyal service to SOWH has had unique and profound impact  

  • Winner: Susan Steffes, PT, CD(DONA), a longtime SOWH instructor who is so committed to SOWH education that she is donating the intellectual property for her obstetrics course to the Section

2017 APTA Emerging Leader Award

Goal: To identify and honor one physical therapist or physical therapist assistant “emerging leader” from each APTA chapter or section, who has demonstrated extraordinary service early in his or her physical therapy career. The individual should have made exceptional overall accomplishments and contributions to the American Physical Therapy Association, the Section, and the physical therapy profession to advance APTA’s vision.

  • Winner: Audra Zastrow, SPT, a young professional whose volunteerism and ongoing development of her leadership skills have demonstrated great enthusiasm for SOWH and this profession

In addition to these awards, the Section announced the winners of its 2017 Research Awards for Outstanding Poster Abstract and Outstanding Platform during a Platform Research Review Session at CSM.

2017 Top Post SubmissionCarla Franck, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Heather Moky, PT, DPT; and Alicia Emerson Kavchak, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT. “The Successful Management of Foot Drop in a Postpartum Patient with Use of Pelvic Floor and Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: A Case Report”

2017 Top Platform SubmissionCorey Simon, DPT, PhD; Nathanial Eckert, PhD; Joseph Riley III, PhD, for their abstract, “Women with Fibromyalgia Demonstrate Reduced Pain Inhibition Capacity Compared to Pain-Free Controls”

Elaine Meadows Research Scholar Award

Goal: To defray the costs of travel to attend the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), disseminate research findings and foster national networking of research colleagues. The winner must be a Section member and lead presenting author of an abstract accepted by SOWH for poster/platform presentation at CSM. The candidate is selected based on justification of need for a travel scholarship, the submitted abstract, relevance of his or her research to women’s health physical therapy, and the completed application.

  • Winner: Kelli Brizzolara, PT, PhD

2017 Combined Sections Meeting Scholarship Award

Goal: To defray registration cost for CSM for one student physical therapist interested in the women’s health field.

  • Winner: Ariana Jones, SPT

2017 Research Grant Award $10,000

Goal: To have the Grant Review Committee select a research proposal each year and fund it for either $10,000 or two $5,000 awards each year.

  • Winner: “Fascial Scar Mobilization Techniques in Treating Chronic Caesarian Section Scar Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial” Investigating Team: Jennifer Wasserman, Karen Abraham, Mary Massery, and Beth Marcoux.

Outgoing Board of Director Members

Goal: To pay tribute to the achievements of each outgoing board director and Nominating Committee chair.

  • Outgoing Board Member, Programming: Sandra Hilton, PT, who drove and successfully managed the growth of SOWH’s programming at APTA’s Combined Sections Meetings, including recruitment of international speakers
  • Outgoing Board Member, Financial Development: Sarah Haag, PT, DPT, MS, WCS, who raised tens of thousands of dollars for SOWH through industry partnerships and strategic outreach during her tenure
  • Outgoing Nominating Committee Chair: Blair Green, PT, DPT, OCS, PHC, CSCS, whose leadership and dedication led to competitive board election slates and a transition to electronic membership voting

SOWH also recognized outstanding contributors to SOWH education. For that announcement, see here.

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Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SOWH) is a professional membership association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists treating patients across the life span and around the globe. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone, including LGBTQ populations, young athletes, childbearing women, peri-menopausal mothers, and men with pelvic health complications. In addition to providing top-quality continuing education, the Section provides networking opportunities, access to peer-reviewed research, inclusion in a PT Locator directory, and lab training. Learn more at www.womenshealthapta.org.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Section on Women’s Health Announces 2017 Education Awards

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2017

CONTACTS: Lora “Lori” Ann Mize, Director of Education, [email protected]

Kristin Clarke, AMG Account Executive for SOWH, 571-344-5422, [email protected]

McLean, VA: The Section on Women’s Health, a professional association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists and students who specialize in pelvic and abdominal health, has honored seven outstanding volunteers with its inaugural education awards during the 2017 SOWH Annual Business Meeting.

SOWH leaders presented the awards February 17 during the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. SOWH is an independent organization affiliated with APTA.

“High-quality, evidence-based education has been core to the Section on Women’s Health mission since our founding 40 years ago,” says Director of Education Lora Ann Mize, PT, DPT, WCS. “While we have many wonderful volunteers involved in providing education across the country, these award winners stand out for particular achievements in the past year or for longtime high-impact service.”

Honorees are below, followed by descriptions of their achievements:

Outstanding Instructor for Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic)–Mary Jane Strauhal, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD

Outstanding Instructor for Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum-Obstetrics–Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, CLT, WCS

Lab Assistant of the Year–Jennifer Davia, PT, DPT, WCS

Outstanding Education Volunteer of the Year–Karen Snowden, PT, DPT, WCS

Outstanding Education Volunteer of the Year–Karen Litos, PT, DPT, WCS

Outstanding Course Host Facility and Coordinator–Gail Zitterkopf, PT, DPT,CLT, CKTP, and Memorial Hermann in Houston

Years of Service Award–Rebecca Stephenson, PT, DPT, MS, WCS

 

Awardee Descriptions by Lori Mize:

Lab Assistant of the Year: Jenn Davia

“Jenn has been fantastic! She is so smart and fun, and she is always behind the scenes making sure all is covered, so courses and especially labs run smoothly. I always feel confident that there are no worries when she is at a course. Jenn is outstanding, warm, friendly, and is dedicated to optimal learning for course participants.”

Outstanding Course Host Facility and Coordinator: Gail Zitterkopf and Memorial Hermann in Houston

“Gail has always been willing to host whatever courses we have needed at the SOWH, even if that was not a course that her staff required. She invests so much of her personal time and energy into the Section. We are grateful to have Memorial Hermann as one of our premier partner sites, and we couldn’t do it without Gail.”

Outstanding Education Volunteer of the Year 1: Karen Snowden

“Karen has volunteered for the Section in so many ways, from chairing the CAPP-OB Case Review Committee to being a committee member and assistant chair on the CAPP-OB committee. She also has been a committee lab assistant for the SOWH courses. Karen is incredibly dedicated to the profession, our association, and to excellence!”

Outstanding Education Volunteer of the Year 2: Karen Litos

“Karen has volunteered for the Section in so many ways. Of particular note is that she edited our course and lab manuals, and has been a member of the CAPP-OB Committee.”

Outstanding Instructor for CAPP-OB: Darla Cathcart

“Darla is an excellent instructor. She knows the material and is wonderful at keeping people engaged. She is described as a dynamic, effective teacher with a true passion for pelvic health. She consistently scores extremely high in participant ratings for all courses she teaches and has set a great example for the CAPP-OB committee and instructors, developing procedures and practices that guide practice today.”

Outstanding Instructor for CAPP-Pelvic: MJ Strauhal

“MJ is an excellent instructor who invests herself in remaining current in the pelvic health literature, makes herself approachable to participants, and has a way of keeping the interest of everyone in the room. I have always enjoyed hearing MJ teach. She is extremely knowledgeable and effective. Her passion for pelvic health and course participants learning is so amazing! And if there ever was an article written regarding pelvic health, MJ not only knows its contents, authors, and date published, but she has a copy of it in her suitcase that she brings with her to every course. MJ serves not only as a mentor for pelvic instructors, but also for many pelvic health practitioners. Our field would not be where it is today without MJ.”

Years of Service Award: Rebecca Stephenson

“Rebecca has been serving in some capacity within education for as long as I have been around, and I am certain even longer. Rebecca came onto the CAPP-OB Committee in 2009. She has developed modules and course materials, lab assisted, instructed, mentored new lab assistants and instructors, done course hosting, and now is leading our international endeavors! Rebecca has done all this while also representing the SOWH as an officer (most recently, president) of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health.”

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Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SOWH) is a professional membership association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists treating patients across the life span and around the globe. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone, including LGBTQ populations, young athletes, childbearing women, peri-menopausal mothers, and men with pelvic health complications. In addition to providing top-quality continuing education, the Section provides networking opportunities, access to peer-reviewed research, inclusion in a PT Locator directory, and lab training. Learn more at www.womenshealthapta.org.

 

 


 

 

 

Section on Women’s Health Honors Two Research Scholars

Posted on: January 22nd, 2017 by SOWHeditor No Comments
Lindsey Liggan

Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, PRPC

Kelli Brizzolara

Kelli Brizzolara, PT, PhD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 12, 2017

CONTACTS: Meryl Alappattu, director of research, [email protected]

Kristin Clarke, executive director, 571-344-5422 (cell), [email protected]

McLean, VA: Section on Women’s Health, an 2,800-member association of pelvic and abdominal physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students, has announced two winners of the 2017 Elaine Meadows Research Scholar Award. Kelli Brizzolara, PT, PhD, and Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, PRPC, will each receive $1,000 to travel to San Antonio, Texas, and present their research at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting February 15-18. SOWH is a component of APTA.

“The Elaine Meadows Research Scholar Award is designed to defray the costs of travel to attend the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, disseminate research findings, and foster national networking of research colleagues,” says Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, PT, PhD. “This honor is awarded annually to two Section on Women’s Health members whose abstracts have been accepted for presentations at the Combined Sections Meeting.”

“I am so honored to receive the 2017 Elaine Meadows Research Scholar Award,” says Brizzolara. “I am excited to be able to present my study, ‘Assessment of Abdominal Muscle Thickness in Post-Partum Women Who Have Undergone Cesarean Section as Compared to Vaginal Births.’  I also look forward to opportunities to participate in educational sessions, as well as network with other researchers and clinicians to enhance my professional development. Thank you, Section on Women’s Health!”

“I am extremely thrilled and excited to be presented with this honor,” Liggan says. “Thank you so much for the consideration and the opportunity.”

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Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SOWH) is a professional membership association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists treating patients across the life span and around the globe. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone, including LGBTQ populations, young athletes, childbearing women, peri-menopausal mothers, and men with pelvic health complications. In addition to providing top-quality continuing education, the Section provides networking opportunities, access to peer-reviewed research, inclusion in a PT Locator directory, and lab training. Learn more at www.womenshealthapta.org.

 

 


 

 

 

World-Renowned Pain Expert Peter O’Sullivan to Lead SOWH 2017 Pre-CSM Course

Posted on: November 10th, 2016 by SOWHeditor No Comments

Making Sense of Lumbo-Pelvic Pain (1)

McLean, VA: Globally recognized pain expert Peter O’Sullivan is the featured speaker for the 2017 Section on Women’s Health two-day pre-conference session February 14 and 15 at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Interested CSM attendees can register at http://www.apta.org/CSM/Registration.

Primarily focused on linking research to the clinical setting, Dr. O’Sullivan, Dip Physio, Post Grad Dip Manip Ther, Ph.D., FACP, APAM, is a professor of musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. In addition to his teaching and research, he works in clinical practice as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

He is a leading clinician, researcher, and educator in the management of complex musculoskeletal pain disorders and is author of more than 100 research papers. He also has spoken at 60 national and international conferences and taught in 22 countries on the diagnosis and management of persistent pain disorders. He consults three days per week at Body Logic, where he reviews complex musculoskeletal pain disorders.

Pre-Conference Course: Making Sense of Lumbo-Pelvic Pain

This course is based on the ongoing research into contemporary management of disabling lumbo-pelvic pain disorders. It provides a theoretical framework for understanding the mechanisms underlying lumbo-pelvic pain disorders and an integrated cognitive functional approach to management.

Course Topics

  • Common pain beliefs
  • Multi-dimensional risk factors for lumbo-pelvic pain
  • Multi-dimensional risk factors for back pain disorders
  • Developing targeted cognitive functional programs
  • Case studies and a patient demonstration

Course Objectives

After this course, participants will be able to

  • Examine their own and common lumbo-pelvic pain beliefs.
  • Develop a contemporary understanding of the multi-dimensional factors that underlie lumbo-pelvic pain disorders.
  • Develop an understanding of a multi-dimensional approach to assess lumbo-pelvic pain disorders based on patho-anatomical, physical, neuro-physiological, lifestyle and psychosocial factors – using a multi-dimensional clinical reasoning framework tool.
  • Develop assessment and diagnostic skills in the application of the multi-dimensional clinical reasoning framework to patient examples – live patients and cases studies.
  • Develop skills in the designing and implementing cognitive functional interventions.
  • Over view of evidence for a cognitive functional approach to management of complex lumbo-pelvic

 

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