Physical Therapist/Clinical Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy Clinic
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy
Professional Yoga Therapy Certification (training in progress)
What Attracted Me to Physical Therapy:
After I went back to undergrad to get a second bachelor’s in health promotion, a professor saw how much I enjoyed his Anatomy for Human Movement class (Thank you Robin Lund!) and suggested I look into physical therapy. I was literally sick the day I cancelled my health promotion classes and signed up for chemistry, biology and physics, but it was probably the best decision of my life!
I love working with women throughout the lifespan, but especially during pregnancy and post-partum (even 30 years post-partum!). There are a special set of circumstances that involve women during these years that does not happen to men, and I believe this group of women is grossly underserved in regaining strength, function and their sense of self. Along with this, I work a lot with pelvic dysfunction in both men and women, treating bowel and bladder issues as well as pain.
Conditions I Treat:
- Pelvic pain
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Urinary urgency/frequency
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Hip pain
- Neck pain
- Any other musculoskeletal condition that comes up!
How I Spend My Free Time:
I love yoga, walking, clean eating, keeping my two- and four-year-olds busy, planning trips and home improvements with my talented husband and generally learning new things. My current learning involves essential oils and backyard chickens:-).
Health Advice to Live By:
Health and vitality do not come in a pill. Health is something we all have to work on every day through constant physical activity, a diet consisting of whole, unprocessed food, emotional well being and spiritual awareness. Good medicine is slow medicine.