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The Section on Women’s Health is a membership and educational organization of more than 3,000 physical therapists who treat patients across the life span, from young athletes and childbearing women to elderly men and peri-menopausal women. The SoWH offers access to the Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy, education courses, lab training by leading physical therapists and a PT Locator virtual director for patients seeking local PTs.


Our mission is to advance global excellence in abdominal and pelvic health through evidence-based practice, innovative education, research and social responsibility.


As a global authority in abdominal and pelvic health, we transform society by empowering professionals and people everywhere.


Join our member-led, collaborative, nonprofit community! We are committed to education, research and promotion of personalized care in abdominal and pelvic physical therapy. Learn more about member benefits.

We are a community of trailblazers.

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The following document contains the policies and procedures of the Section on Women’s Health (SoWH). The documents within will be reviewed annually for additions and modifications.

SoWH Policies & Procedures

An Annual Report of SoWH Performance and Progress

2017 State of the Section Presentation

Six Goals of the 2016-2019+ Strategic Plan:

  1. Provide multi-level professional education that is excellent, relevant and diverse.
  2. Conduct effective branding that is supported by timely, clear marketing and communications.
  3. Build community through professional and social networking and create opportunities for the next generation of leaders.
  4. Promote best practices through practice guidelines.
  5. Develop and implement a rigorous research strategy.
  6. Review our governance structure and practices to become a more strategic board.



Elizabeth Noble founded the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1977 under the original name of the Section on Obstetrics and Gynecology. The professional association served as a resource for continuing education and knowledge needed by physical therapists interested in healthcare of women before, during and after pregnancy.

Today, however, the scope of practice for more than 3,000 SoWH members has widened to include myriad health abdominal and pelvic concerns of women, men and children: incontinence, pelvic/vaginal pain, prenatal and postpartum musculoskeletal pain, osteoporosis, rehabilitation following breast surgery, lower back pain, lymphedema, conditions specific to the female athlete, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, wellness and exercise.

Members voted to change the Section name in 1995 to Section on Women’s Health to mark the specialized education required to address women’s physical therapy needs. In 2011, the organization updated its mission and vision statements to recognize SoWH members who also treat males affected by incontinence, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.

The Section on Women’s Health continues to focus on its role as a vital resource for physical therapists interested in continuing education, research and lab training from leading physical therapists. Members also receive the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, networking opportunities, a voice in advocating for physical therapy patients and the profession, specialized sessions at APTA conferences and more.

Section on Women’s Health Leadership & Committees

Section on Women’s Health Office Staff

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Tamela Blalock, MBA, CMP, DES
Executive Director
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Patient Education & Programs (4)

Aika Barzhaxynova
Marketing and Business Development
[email protected]


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Teresa Chou 
Education Specialist
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Kalkidan Gizaw
Manager, Finance and Member Experiences
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Office Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Mailing Address: ATTN: Section on Women’s Health-APTA, 1420 New York Ave, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005
Telephone: 202-868-6909
Fax: 202-747-2948
Frequently Asked Questions – SoWH Courses


Interel USA (the association management company for SoWH) is moving from the McLean, VA location to Washington, DC. The transition is scheduled to occur during the month of September 2018 and the new office location is set to be fully operational on Monday, October 1, 2018.

As you can imagine there are several updates that we will be reporting on soon. In the interim, we want to make sure that our SoWH COMMUNITY is aware of this upcoming change and we will continue to share updates as we receive them in this newsletter section.

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