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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.

Susan Clinton

Susan C. Clinton PT DScPT OCS WCS FAAOMPT

Email: susan@embody-pt.com

Phone: 412-259-5342

Location: Sewickley, PA

 

We are extremely honoured and thrilled to introduce our Physiotherapist Spotlight this month, Ms. Susan Clinton. Susan is an American colleague that has both inspired and challenged our growth as clinicians, and we are thrilled to call Susan our friend. Susan was honoured with the highest award in the Section of Women’s Health in the American Physical Therapy Association in 2016 with the bestowment of the Elizabeth Noble Award. A very deserving recipient, we are incredibly blessed to have Susan as a key part of our teaching team, including Gastrointestinal Disorders and the Pelvic Floor and The Pelvis and the Pelvic Floor: Assessing and Managing Connections From the Upper Cervical Spine to the Diaphragm. In the latter course, Susan takes all of the great work that Mary Massery has done and integrated it with her amazing orthopaedic skills as a FAAOMPT therapist to teach an amazing course that has challenged my practice and taught me to look at the whole system as it affects the pelvic floor. Congratulations Susan!! Thank you for all that you do.

– Carolyn and Nelly

 

How long have you been practicing pelvic health physiotherapy?

I have been practicing as a Physical Therapy for 36 years and I began working in the specialty of Pelvic Health for the last 21 years.

 

What lead you into the specialty of pelvic health?

I began my journey with Dr. Louis Wall – whom is the author of the modern day Urogynecology book. He brought me into his practice to teach me the medical side of his clinical work and then sent me out into the world to begin to understand the Physical Therapy side of pelvic health. In those days, there were very few classes and few articles, so much of my work began with textbooks, anatomy books and my clients.

 

What do you love most about your profession?

I absolutely have a passion for empowering individuals to learn to set and achieve their goals – whether it is continence or pain, everyone deserves the space and freedom to change and grow in their own lives. The ability to facilitate changes within the movement system is essential for changes in physiology to improve the quality of life.

 

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

My practice is centered around the entire movement system and its effects on pelvic health – the clinical practice has evolved over the years and has been most impacted by Mary Massery and her course – If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function. Breathing is primal to the human system and changing breathing patterns can be essential to improved pelvic health.

 

What has been your most rewarding experience?

Recognition by my peers for the 2016 Elizabeth Noble award for my service to the profession. I was very honoured to be the recipient of this award.

 

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

The field of pelvic health PT is growing by leaps and bounds and it is an exciting world that is acquiring its own body of knowledge and skilled practitioners. My advice to anyone beginning to work within this field is to gain access to a mentor either in person or by phone/skype. The ability to work through clinical reasoning and interventions is essential to improve and feel confident with this population.

 



1st Pain UnConference

Do you want to know what to do with patients who have highly disabling pain and difficult psychosocial issues? Internationally renowned keynote speakers Adriaan Louw and Bronnie Lennox-Thompson will guide us in the CPA Pain Science Division’s 1st Pain UnConference to more effective interventions when psychosocial factors hinder progress. There will also be engaging facilitated roundtable discussions based on questions/case studies that you provide.

 

This UnConference will also be streamed live so you can register and watch online if not able to attend in person!  

 

Practice explaining pain and learn how to help your patient develop the skills needed to improve function and quality of life at the 1st Pain UnConference on October 29th in Toronto! Find out more at www.painunconference.com


Research Study: Call for Participants

 

Have you been unable to have sexual intercourse in your current relationship? Please share your story. I am looking for women and men in heterosexual relationships who have been unable to have sexual intercourse despite a desire to do so (not due to personal or religious values). Participants will take part in a one-time interview to discuss their experience. Participants will receive an Amazon gift card for $25 Canadian or $20 US as reimbursement for their time.

 

This is research for my graduate degree at Widener University. What you share will help other men and women with similar experiences when the study results are published. Your name will be kept private. Participation in the study is voluntary. Recruitment of participants has been approved by the Widener University Institutional Review Board (IRB).

 

If you are interested, please contact me at ambairstow@mail.widener.edu or 416-545-9908.

 

Thank you in advance for your interest!

Adrienne Bairstow


Invitation To Contribute To A Book Of Women’s Writing On Generalized Vulvodynia & Provoked Vestibulodynia

Expressing our thoughts and feelings in writing can be therapeutic when we are dealing with difficult life circumstances like having Vulvodynia. Reading other women’s stories can also provide support. I am inviting women to join with me in writing a book containing women’s writings about their experiences with Generalized Vulvodynia or Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD).

 

There are no rules — I’m interested in any writing as long or short as you like: ranging from factual accounts to sketches, stories, anecdotes, diary entries, poems or any other writing in which you express your feelings or your experiences with vulvodynia. You can spend as little as 20 minutes on writing, or take longer if you wish. If you are interested in contributing your writing and would like more information, please contact me at writing.as.therapy@ubc.ca.

 

The value of the book will be determined by women who are prepared to share their writing with me, so I’d like to invite you to contribute any of your own writing to help me form what I hope will become a collection of our voices about vulvodynia and how it affected us and the people we love.

 

Thank you for taking the time to consider contributing your writing. I look forward to your response!

 

Dr. Ina Biermann

Department of English

University of British Columbia


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