Stephanie Prendergast is accepting new patients in Pasadena!

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, Pelvic Health, Uncategorized by Stephanie Prendergast

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles

Dear Patients and Colleagues,

Change is a constant part of life, and after ten rewarding years in West LA I have made the decision to transition to PHRC’s Pasadena location. I started to fall in love with Pasadena when I opened this location in 2022, though I never imagined we would move here! My husband and I decided it was time for a change, so we packed up our two dogs and moved from Playa Vista to a historic home in Pasadena in March.

While I am excited about this change I also feel sadness as I transition from our West LA office. In 2014, I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to open PHRC West LA, and for the past 10 years West LA has been home. During this time I had the pleasure of treating hundreds of patients, forming strong and valued relationships in the medical community, and growing our PHRC West LA team. I love being a pelvic floor physical therapist, a trusted medical colleague, and a mentor to PHRC staff. It is exciting to watch our West LA branch continue to grow and expand! While I am no longer treating patients in that location, I know the office is in good hands with Amanda Stuart, Jillian Ferran, and Sabrina Dickerson. Please be assured we are currently accepting new patients in West LA!

 

I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has been a part of my journey at PHRC West LA. Your support, friendship, and encouragement have meant the world to me, and I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this incredible community. 

 

Starting this week I am accepting patients with pelvic pain disorders in Pasadena. I am excited to work alongside Alexa Savtiz, PT, DPT!

 

Now is a good time to share a little more about my interest in pelvic pain syndromes and why I hope you chose to come to PHRC Pasadena for your care.

 

Here is a little about me: 

 

I am co-founder of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center (PHRC), which I established in San Francisco in 2006 alongside Liz Akinicilar. Together, we have expanded PHRC’s footprint to encompass 11 locations, including SF, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Los Gatos, West Los Angeles, Westlake Village, Encinitas, Pasadena, CA; Columbus, OH; Lexington, MA; and Merrimack, NH. 

Liz and I pioneered the first continuing education course focused on Pudendal Neuralgia, delivering the two-day program 37 times from 2006 to 2013. I was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Pelvic Pain Society in 2002, in 2013 I was honored to be elected as the first physical therapist to assume the presidency of the Society. 

I am also an author, with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. I enjoy lecturing at medical conferences and within the community on numerous pelvic health-related topics. As you can imagine, I have a LOT to say about pelvic pain and constantly advocate for our patients and pelvic floor physical therapists. Therefore,  Liz and I co-authored a book, “Pelvic Pain Explained,” in 2016. In 2019, we introduced a second continuing education course, “Advanced Management of Pelvic Pain Syndromes which we are proud to teach. Physical therapy schools do not include pelvic floor dysfunction in their curricula, it is part of our mission to help newer physical therapists acquire the needed knowledge to help this patient population. Within PHRC we have trained over 50 physical therapists and are very proud of our formalized training program! The therapists of PHRC undergo weeks of manual and didactic training, following the formal training program everyone here continues with 2.5 hours of weekly mentoring with our senior leadership team. As knowledge of pelvic floor disorders evolves we pride ourselves on staying current to offer our patients the highest quality of care. 

In response to the evolving landscape of healthcare, me and Liz unveiled a groundbreaking virtual health/telehealth platform in 2020, extending our services globally to individuals seeking pelvic health consultations and mentoring for professionals in the field. In addition to clinical practice and teaching, I am proud to serve as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine and I am currently faculty for the International Association for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.

I am an advocate for individuals suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction. I am honored to become faculty for the Tight Lipped patient advocacy group, we are working to bring pelvic pain education into OBGYN residency programs. Similar to lack of pelvic floor knowledge in PT schools, OBGYNS are also not trained in pelvic pain syndromes in medical school. We will continue to help in any way we can! Recently we published an e-book “Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia, and Vaginismus,” alongside Jandra Mueller and Liz. PHRC continues to make waves with its award-winning blog, “As The Pelvis Turns,” published every Thursday. Please connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Facebook!

 

                           

I am looking forward to serving the Pasadena community and continuing to advocate for this field!

 

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Check out our recently published e-book titled “Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia, and Vaginismus,” designed to empower and inform individuals on their journey towards healing and understanding.

We are excited to announce our physical therapist, Molly, is now located in our 11th location in Columbus, OH. Now scheduling new patients- call (510) 922-9836 to book! 

Are you unable to come see us in person in the Bay Area, Southern California or New England?  We offer virtual physical therapy appointments too!

Virtual sessions are available with PHRC pelvic floor physical therapists via our video platform, Zoom, or via phone. For more information and to schedule, please visit our digital healthcare page.

Melissa Patrick is a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher and is also available virtually to help, for more information please visit our therapeutic yoga page

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