By: Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder
January is often the time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the future. So, in that spirit, we thought it would be fun to dedicate this post to a few top Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center events of 2018….and a peak forward to 2019. In no particular order, here’s what happened and what’s going on.
Four New Locations, Five New Clinics!
2018 was a year of geographic growth for PHRC:
- Melinda Fontaine of PHRC Berkeley opened PHRC Walnut Creek, CA in May
- PHRC Cofounder Elizabeth Akincilar opened PHRC Bedford, NH in June
- Katie Hunter of PHRC LA opened PHRC Westlake Village, CA in August
- PHRC Los Angeles moved down the hall into larger space in November
- Shannon Pacella of PHRC Lexington opened PHRC Natick, MA
With 9 clinics in 3 geographic regions, we needed more help and welcomed the following people to our team.
New Additions to the PHRC Team
- Julia Zaitsev, DPT, Lisa Thompson, DPT, Maryssa Steffan, DPT, Hien Phan, & Lisa Topete joined PHRC Berkeley!
- Kim Buonomo, DPT joined PHRC Lexington!
- Rachel Daof, DPT joined PHRC Los Angeles!
- Julia Barten, DPT joined PHRC Los Gatos!
We are thrilled with our new team members and by the way, we are hiring physical therapists in San Francisco, Los Gatos, and Los Angeles! Check out the Career Center section of our website for more information.
2018 was not just about new faces and new offices…..
Thank-you to Ben Fung and the crew at UpDoc Media for taking us on and hustling to redesign our website and our blog! Ben’s day just wouldn’t be complete without 18 messages from me via Slack, email, and text, all of which he answers patiently. We are excited about our new look and the ability to be in better touch with people viewing our website. Check it out and reach out to us at www.pelvicpainrehab.com!
In 2013, Liz and I revamped the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center blog, As The Pelvis Turns. Our goal was to publish reliable, evidence-based information about pelvic floor disorders for our patients and colleagues. As PHRC grew, As the Pelvis Turns grew with us and became a team effort. All of the physical therapists of PHRC and many of our valued colleagues contribute to our weekly blog. This year, the blog got a new look and by the end of 2018, our blogs collectively averaged 25,000 reads per week and it has grown to 7,804 of subscribers!
We knew there was a need for reliable information about pelvic health but we never imagined our little blog would generate so much interest. We are grateful to our readers for their thoughtful comments, questions, and suggestions for future posts. Please keep them coming and thank-you for your support!
Spreading the Word
The physical therapists of PHRC regularly lecture at community and professional events to help spread the word about pelvic floor dysfunction and how we can help. This year Rachel Gelman and I also contributed to webinars, lectures, articles and podcasts. In case you missed them, here they are again.
Sex Ed with DB: Vaginal Lasers with Rachel Gelman
Katie’s Crib: All About the Pelvic Floor with Stephanie Prendergast
Hard Conversations: Pelvic Pain and No Hope? You need to know this expert with Stephanie Prendergast
Webinars and Lectures
Painful Sex in Midlife with Rachel Gelman
Treating Male Pelvic Pain with Stephanie Prendergast, Jason Kutch, Joshua Gonzalez and Dan Kirages (Pelvic Pain Awareness Month event)
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Sexual Concerns with Stephanie Prendergast
May 2018 was the second annual Pelvic Pain Awareness Month, an honorary month created by the International Pelvic Pain Society. The PHRC Los Angeles teamed with Femina Physical Therapy and hosted two fundraisers for Shelby Hadden’s film about vaginismus, Tightly Wound.
2018 was a great and busy year! Here is a glimpse of new projects we are starting in 2019…
PHRC hits the road…
In 2006, Liz and I developed the first continuing education course on Pudendal Neuralgia and taught it over 40 times between 2006 and 2014. In 2014, I moved to LA to open PHRC Los Angeles and shortly thereafter Liz moved to the east coast to open PHRC Lexington, MA. We turned our focus towards the clinics and had to put teaching on hold. We loved teaching and do miss it, and we are excited to announce that we are coming back to teach an advanced course on the management of pelvic pain syndromes! Liz and the east coast PHRC team will teach the course on that half of the country while the west coast PHRC team and I will teach on the western half of the US. Stay tuned for more information!
PHRC is honored to be teaming up with a urology department here in LA to provide pelvic floor physical therapy for suffering men. We are excited about this opportunity to work on the floor with urologists and other medical providers to offer true interdisciplinary care. Stay tuned for more details!
As we kick off 2019 we are grateful to continue to help people recover from pelvic floor disorders. We are excited to start new teaching projects and collaboration within our communities. We look forward to continuing to work hard to make managing pelvic pain easier for patients and providers. We wish everyone a Happy New Year and stay in touch!