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Professional Spotlight

The professional spotlight recognizes and features the talents of a clinician that has trained with Pelvic Health Solutions, and has excelled in their quest to become an excellent pelvic health clinician. Clinicians who have taken on a leadership role in their community, or in the larger pelvic health community will be featured in this section. They will share their journey in pelvic health and why they chose to pursue this field, along with their successes, challenges and some of their favourite courses.

Marie-Josée (MJ) Forget

City: North Bay

Phone: 705-474-4440

Email: gateway.physio@cogeco.net

Website: www.gatewayphysio.com


MJ Forget has a wealth of knowledge, clinical expertise and experience in Pelvic health.  Being one of the original “dinosaurs” in pelvic health in Ontario, MJ has been a leader and innovator in pelvic health for almost two decades.  Her experience, her teaching strength and her approachability make her a huge asset to Pelvic Health Solutions specifically, and the pelvic health community at large.  Three cheers to her French Canadian heritage and her introduction of a very special commodity in our lives – Maple Whiskey!


How long have you been practicing pelvic health physiotherapy?

I did my first course with Dianna MacDonald in Alberta back in 1997, two years after graduating from the University of Ottawa in 1995 – so I’m coming up on 20 years of practicing pelvic health.


What lead you into the specialty of pelvic health?

I was exposed to pelvic health in my fourth year of physiotherapy. Two of my classmates had done a research project on incontinence. This was fascinating to me since we really had no lectures on women’s health issues in University. I was not aware that we played a role in pelvic health. I took my first course out of curiosity and have not looked back since!


What do you love most about your profession?

I love that we can choose to have quality time with our patients allowing us time to listen to their story. This has such an impact on their recovery and gives them hope. I love to educate, educate and educate – my patients, teaching with Pelvic Health Solutions and mentoring physiotherapists and medical students!


Which course did you enjoy the most/what course has changed your clinical practice the most?

It’s hard to pick just one course since all of them have provided me with such great clinical pearls. If I really had to pick then I would say all of my pain courses – Neil Pearson’s yoga course, Debbie Patterson’s pain course and Pelvic Health Solutions level 3 course. How I talk, how I touch, how I listen has completely evolved in the last 10 years of my practice. Addressing the nervous system was never even on my radar when I started in pelvic health.


What has been your most rewarding experience?

It really is the day-to-day experiences.  Patients often come in to our offices upset, in pain for years and unsure as to why they need to come see a physiotherapist after already seeing so many other health professionals. My office staff will often approach me to tell me that the patient that I will be assessing seems on edge, worried or fearful. After the assessment, they leave with a smile, relaxed and hopeful. I always enjoy “I don’t know what you did with that patient MJ, but they were a completely different person after they saw you!” I am rewarded daily and for that I am grateful!


What advice would you provide to new physiotherapists getting started in pelvic health?

The same advice that I would give to any health professional! Take a breath. Leave your “baggage” at the door when you enter a room with a pelvic health patient. Be present. Make eye contact. Listen with intent. Let them talk and tell their story. Be empathic and acknowledge their pain, suffering, worries and fears. Do not judge. And, most of all – be kind and give them hope.


Marie-Josée Forget
Assistant Instructor

We are embarking on a journey to develop the first ever Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pelvic Pain.  The American Physical Therapy Association is sponsoring the development of these guidelines and the authors are made up of gynaecologists, psychologists and physiotherapists from US, Canada and Australia.


The first step in this process is to survey as many clinicians (gynaecologists, urologists, physiotherapists, and psychologists as possible) to see what practices are currently being utilized in the treatment of pelvic pain.  As such, a survey has been developed (which should take 5-10 minutes of your time) to assess which treatments are currently being utilized so that a thorough literature search can be done.  Essentially, a series of meta-analysis will be done on each treatment technique with the committee reviewing all of the literature that pertains to each technique to give it appropriate weight, as supported by the evidence in these clinical practice guidelines.




Thank you for taking the time to complete this!

Participants needed: Seeking physiotherapists who work with women with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain.


We are two MSc. Physiotherapy Candidates at McMaster University, Class of 2017. We are completing a research project to better understand how physiotherapists working with women with pelvic girdle pain within a private practice setting make clinical decisions about pregnancy-related strategies for pelvic girdle pain.


If you are a physiotherapist who provides care to women with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain within a private practice setting in Ontario, even if it is only on a casual basis, we would be very interested in your participation. If you would like to participate please click on the link to our survey provided below. If you would like more information, please contact Grecia Alaniz or Yazmin deGroot at alanizgl@mcmaster.ca or degrooyp@mcmaster.ca. Thank you.


Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PGP-2017

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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Incontinence & Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Persistent Pelvic Pain
Women’s Pelvic Health
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Men’s Pelvic Health