Spurred on by our desire to make a difference in the arena of pelvic floor physical therapy, we opened the doors to the first location of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center (PHRC) in San Francisco in July 2006. Today, PHRC has five locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Gatos, Los Angeles and Lexington, MA.
What makes PHRC Unique?
One of the things that makes our clinic unique is that as physical therapists we focus solely on the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle muscles. The benefit of our focus is that it has allowed us to establish a deep well of experience that we are able to draw from when treating this complex part of the anatomy.
Another thing that sets us apart is the multidisciplinary treatment approach we embrace. Gynecologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, orthopedists, pain management specialists, psychologists, acupuncturists, among others, are all specialists that have a role to play in treating the pelvic floor. So when developing a treatment plan for a patient, our therapists draw from all appropriate medical disciplines.
Through the years we have worked hard at PHRC to foster relationships with providers throughout the country who treat pelvic floor dysfunction. As a result, when developing a treatment plan for our patients, we are able to include these providers.
Once a patient’s treatment team is in place, we embrace the role of “CEO” of the team. In this role, we communicate and coordinate with the other members of the team. The reason we take on this role is that we believe that in order for a multidisciplinary treatment plan to be successful, there must be one provider at the helm of the ship. And since we are the provider who will spend the most time with the patient, it makes sense for us to tackle the job!
Spreading the Word about Pelvic Floor Health
At PHRC we are committed to educating the medical community and the public about pelvic health. Toward that end, Liz, Stephanie and Marcy are frequent speakers on the topic of pelvic floor physical therapy at different events around the globe.
In addition, for her part, Stephanie has taken on leadership roles within three important pelvic pain non-profit organizations. One of these organizations is the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS). The IPPS is a non-profit organization established in 1995 whose members are committed to a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of pelvic pain. Members include gynecologists, urologists, physical therapists, psychologists and other health professionals.
For years, Stephanie has been active in the IPPS as both a board member and as the scientific program chair of the organization’s 2012 Conference in Chicago. And in 2013, for the first time in its 18-year history, the IPPS elected Stephanie as the first PT to serve as its president.
In addition to her work with the IPPS, Stephanie has worked to organize the first World Congress on Pelvic and Abdominal Pain, which took place in Amsterdam in May of 2013; and is a member of the Global Society for Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain and Surgeons (GSEPS), an organization that works to educate the medical community in China about the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain/dysfunction.
For her part, Liz is heavily involved in community outreach. Toward that end, she hosts regular events throughout the year in the Bay area to bring awareness to a wide range of important topics including pre-and postpartum pelvic floor rehab, safe exercise during pregnancy, and sexual pain.
In addition to their regular speaking engagements, organizational activities and community outreach, the PHRC staff writes an award-winning, weekly blog where they tackle a variety of issues related to pelvic health and rehab.