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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 Aika Barzhaxynova 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.


Join us at PT PUB NIGHT in New York City!

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.





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


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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