I decided to study physical therapy because I loved the therapeutic relationship that develops between a PT and her patients. Spending time with someone, learning about their goals and history, and helping them along the road to recovery is an honor and a privilege. I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with my Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002 and completed my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Temple University in 2010.
I hold a rare specialty in pelvic floor rehabilitation and women’s health issues. Therapists who desire to work with this population must complete extensive post-doctorate training. A PT I worked under while completing my clinical affiliations who treated individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction told me, “You have no idea how many people suffer in silence with these issues, and how many people’s lives you could change by helping them with their pelvic pain or bowel and bladder issues.” I was hooked, and took my first course to work with this challenging and rewarding population my first year in practice.
I have received training for treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Pelvic Guru, and the Institute for Birth Healing. The conditions I treat include pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic girdle pain, pelvic organ prolapse, pain during intercourse, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, endometriosis, IBS, hip and lower back pain, visceral adhesions, breast cancer rehabilitation, problems related to hysterectomy or menopause, and pregnancy and postpartum related issues such as diastasis rectus abdominus. My passion is restoring function and quality of life to women throughout their lifespan. Women with these conditions are often underserved and minimized, and my goal is to empower and educate patients as I help them on the path to healing. I also have extensive experience treating various orthopedic conditions and previously worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting prior to starting Catalyze. I continue to see patients with a variety of orthopedic diagnoses such as balance and gait dysfunction, tendonitis, and joint pain.
Additionally, I became a Pilates instructor (mat and reformer) in 2016 through Balanced Body after seeing the benefits of Pilates-based exercises professionally and personally, and I see clients privately post-rehab for private, bespoke Pilates sessions.