Dedicated to Improving Pelvic and Abdominal Health Globally

Kristie Serrano

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Kristie SerranoNominated for Position: SSIG – Vice President
 
Education:
BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders at University of Florida (August 2008 – May 2012)

BS in Psychology at University of Florida (August 2008 – May 2012)

Doctor of Physical Therapy Department at Florida International University
(August 2016 – Present; Expected graduation: August 2019)

Certifications:
Certificate of completion for Pelvic Health Level 1 and Pelvic Health Level 2 with specification on Bowel Dysfunction (2018)
 
Professional Awards and Contributions: 
Planned a National Advocacy Dinner (May 2018) at Florida International University and was one of the speakers. Coordinated Tad Fisher, FPTA CEO, to speak at FIU to speak with the incoming class about state involvement and spoke about my experience.
 
Previous Involvement in SoWH: 
Volunteered at SoWH booth at CSM in New Orleans in February 2018.
 
Previous Involvement in the APTA or State Chapter or other Sections: 
APTASA Global Outreach Project Committee Chair, APTASA Core Ambassador of Florida, FPTA Student SIG secretary, Session Chair volunteer at NEXT for 4 sessions, FPTA Student Assembly Representative at FPTA Annual Conference, FPTA Usher at the Assembly of Representatives, Oxford Debate volunteer twice at the FPTA Student Conclave and FPTA Annual Conference.
 
Personal Statement:
My personal vision for the Section is to continue to make women’s health more approachable by reaching out to students and professionals not in the field to learn what referral questions to ask and the variety of conditions women’s health therapists can treat. I believe building these relationships and developing programing towards the non-pelvic PT would be beneficial since the current educational system does not adequately cover this area and could lead to an increase in membership or interest just by providing the exposure. My leadership style is collaborative. I look forward to working with a team to explore new programming ideas, deciding what projects to focus on and connecting with other students to increase membership. I believe Section is heading towards being more inclusive towards men and the transgender population. This is accomplished so far by going through the name change to be more general as well as the programing and education that focuses on how to treat a patient that are going through gender affirmation surgery. I look forward to seeing other ways the Section will work on changing public perception, and developing more competent professionals.

 

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