Nominated for Position: PPSIG – Vice Chair
Education: UC Berkeley: B.S. Environmental Sciences & Minor in Spanish Literature 2006 Pacific University: DPT 2016
Certifications: N/A I have completed the CAPP OBF and CAPP OBA papers and passed the examinations but need to submit my final paper
Current Practice: Outpatient orthopedics and pelvic health
Professional Awards & Contributions: Regular presentations about physical therapy post partum care to the breastfeeding support group at Providence Medical Center and Alma Birthing Center
Previous Involvement in SoWH: SOWH member since 2017 Involved at a volunteer level with the PPSIG beginning April 2018
Previous Involvement if APTA or State Chapter/Other Sections: I am not involved in any other sections
My personal vision for the section is two fold: (1) to empower all physical therapists interested in pre and post partum care to feel as though they have all of the tools they need (literature updates, best practices, marketing information, patient handouts, etc.) to successfully practice and deliver the highest quality care and (2) to reach out to physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, OBs and gynecologists as well as the general public to educate them on pre and post partum care and why PTs play a key role in caring for the pregnant and post partum population. I am particularly interested in creating marketing materials or pamphlets for health care providers (HCPs) that address the preventative aspect of PT care that can be implemented during pregnancy to prevent various post partum complications to increase the referral rates to PTs. I feel that the section needs to move in the direction of some sort of public health campaign for HCPs as well as women to reduce not only maternal death rates but also post partum complications such as incontinence and pelvic pain which are often overlooked and dismissed but can be debilitating for mothers. I envision that the best way for me to lead this group would be to help produce (in collaboration) the informational materials and pamphlets (including social media posts and blog discussions) that would be distributed to PTs, clients, and HCPs as well as identify gaps in the literature and facilitate how we as clinicians can best navigate these gaps and provide quality care.