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4th Pelvic Health Symposium

April 23, 2017
Registration Information
  • Register before
    March 12th, 2017
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after March 12th, 2017

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

The 4th Pelvic Health Symposium will give you an exceptional conference experience, which will challenge your theoretical and practical knowledge of pelvic health.  Listen to their knowledge, and deepen your understanding of pelvic health and all of the factors that will make you a top-notch, excellent clinician.

If your patients have a pelvis, you will benefit from this conference! You don’t have to be a practicing internal pelvic health therapist in order to benefit from this one-day conference.

Learn the science, critical reasoning and inter-disciplinary approaches needed to fully understand the direction that pelvic health is taking in your community, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Besides some great programming and educational opportunities, conferences are where new relationships are made and new business gets developed. It is a place to build new connections with a multi-disciplinary community in a different way than a weekend class does.


Keynote Speaker – Karen Brandon, DSc PT WCS BCB-PMD



Sex: Asking the Hard Questions – Dr. Karen Brandon

Beginning the discussion of sexual function with patients can be a challenge for the pelvic health clinician. Not only can it affect the therapeutic relationship, but also it can determine our understanding of the goals of the patient and therefore the outcome of our intervention. Dr Brandon (Karen) will outline the important aspects of the sexual health interview, highlighting clinical tips for covering potentially sensitive but necessary topics, and assuring that your intake creates a basis for addressing the patient-centered concerns.

Bridging The Gap: A Clinician’s Journey Into The World Of Research – MJ Forget

A clinician at heart, MJ will share her recent venture into the world of clinical research. This talk hopes to ignite a conversation about the important roles clinicians can play by participating in research projects that aims to advance practical and useful knowledge in the field of pelvic health.

“What About My Swollen Leg”:  Practical Assessment And Treatment Strategies For Lymphedema – Tania Obljubek

The presentation will be an overview of the assessment and treatment of secondary lower leg lymphedema.  Lymphedema is swelling caused by the abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid in tissue spaces due to damage to the lymphatic system after gynecological surgery and radiation treatments.  After cancer treatments, lymphedema is the most common complication affecting up to 49% of people.  The anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system, clinical presentation of lymphedema and differential diagnosis will be discussed in this presentation.  Also, practical tools will be taught for the pelvic health therapist to identify, assess and provide treatment for the swelling.  Evidence will be presented to support interventions where applicable, and a discussion on resources available for clinicians will be shared.

Relief By The Drop: Evidence For And How To Integrate Essential Oils Safely Into Clinical Practice – Janice Taylor

In this talk we will explore evidence on essential oils for various conditions including: insomnia, stress, pain and inflammation, women’s health and immune support.  We will discuss how to safely use essential oils and how you can integrate them into your clinical practice in order to enhance patient care.

The Use Of Hormonal Contraception For Management Of Dysmenorrhea And PCOS In Primary Care – Kathryn Flanigan

Using a case-based approach, primary and secondary dysmenorrhea and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome will be reviewed. The use of hormonal contraception for the management of the conditions in a primary care setting will also be explored.

Shame, Pain and Substance Misuse – Melissa Pyne

Ever wonder why one person can use a substance and become addicted where someone else might not? Join me for a discussion that expands our understanding of substance misuse and the role that it plays in the lives of clients in pain. Together we will explore how our clients’ beliefs about pain, substances and themselves are greater predictors of adjustment than any other variable. Walk away with concrete strategies you can start using with your clients immediately

A Gynecologist’s Approach To Chronic Pelvic Pain – Dr. Colleen McDermott

This talk will outline pertinent parts of the history and physical exam, lab and radiological tests used to work up chronic pelvic pain in woman. Differential diagnoses will be reviewed as well as treatment outlines for various conditions including painful bladder syndrome, myofascial pelvic pain syndrome, vulvodynia, and endometriosis



Karen Brandon, DSc PT WCS BCB-PMD

After completing her Bachelors in Experimental Psychology and Masters in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Loma Linda University, Dr. Karen Brandon pursued her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy to further her interest in research and clinical teaching. She was part of freshman class of Board Certified Women’s Health Specialists in 2009. In addition to varied models of private practice experience, she has also been an administrator for physical therapy department where she served on the institution-wide utilization review boards.

She divides her time now by teaching quarterly course work at Loma Linda University in Women’s and Men’s Health Studies, and Orthopedics as well working as a Clinical Specialist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fontana CA where she is the Regional Clinical Practice Coordinator for Pelvic Rehabilitation for 15 large hospital based clinics.

She enjoys staying connected with other professionals by serving as the Southwest Regional Representative to the American Physical Therapy Association for Women’s Health, and a site coordinator for Pelvic Floor Sexual Medicine Group of Southern California. She has presented posters and platform lectures at international interdisciplinary meetings for groups such as IPPS, ISSWSH, and national groups such as APTA, AUGS and AAGL. She served as an item writer and an exam content expert for the ABPTS Board Examiners.

Recently she co-edited a journal edition in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation focused on sexual health in seniors. She is guest lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, Riverside and Los Angeles.

Marie-Josée Forget, PT, MCPA

Marie-Josée (MJ) has been a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist since 1997. A proud “Gee-Gee”, MJ graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 1995.   MJ is a member of the International Continence Society, International Pelvic Pain Society and International Urogynecological Association and actively participates in their yearly meetings to stay up to date on research. Passionate about pelvic health, MJ began teaching with Pelvic Health Solutions in 2011 and is a frequent speaker on pelvic health issues in Northern Ontario. MJ is involved in mentoring clinicians and medical students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She had the pleasure of speaking on the topic of pelvic pain at the Combined Section Meeting of the APTA. MJ artistic skills led her to develop hand-drawn anatomical models of the male and female pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic health physiotherapists, urologists and gynaecologists, are now using her models internationally.

MJ has recently ventured into the world of research. She was a clinical assessor in a research project that looked at the prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunctions among women with mechanical low back pain. MJ is currently participating in a clinical research project that will determine the validity of a screening tool meant to identify pelvic floor dysfunction in individuals with common low back pain and hip complaints.

MJ was born and raised in Sudbury but has called North Bay her home for the last 20 years. She has co-owned Gateway Physiotherapy since 1997 with her work partner and friend, Charles Pépin. She also has a satellite pelvic health office in New Liskeard at Temiscaming Physiotherapy. You can find her sharing her love of all things pelvic health on twitter @gatewaypt and on the Pelvic Health Solutions Facebook group.

Tania Obljubek, BSc, BScPT, CDT, CAFCI

Tania Obljubek graduated from Lakehead University with a BSc and University of Western Ontario is 1996 in physiotherapy. Women’s Health has been her passion for over 19 years and has worked in pelvic health, geriatrics, osteoporosis and chronic disease management in women. Her current role includes geriatrics, breast cancer and lymphedema treatment. She has taken courses in breast cancer and lymphedema both here in Canada and the United States. She is also a clinical lecturer at University of Toronto and has spoken at graduate courses at University of Western Ontario and many conferences.

Janice Taylor, PT, B.Kin, B. Health Sciences in Physiotherapy

Janice Taylor graduated in physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2000. She has practiced in orthopedics, pediatrics, and for the last 5 ½ years, she has worked as a pelvic health therapist in Port Elgin, ON. She believes in a holistic approach to health. In 2014 she was introduced to essential oils. She is now an Aromatouch therapist and with ongoing mentoring and training in aromatherapy from both aromatherapists and the medical and scientific advisory boards of doTERRA, as well as countless hours of self-teaching, she is excited to share the evidence for essential oils, and how one can safely integrate them into clinical practice.

Kathryn Flanigan, Nurse Practitioner

Kathryn Flanigan graduated from University of Toronto in 1986 with her BScN. She completed her NP certificate in primary health care in 1999 from Western University then returned to complete her Master in Nursing in 2013. Kathryn was the recipient of the 2013-2014 Elizabeth Wooster Gold Medal Award for highest academic standing in the MScN program at Western. In 2016, Kathryn received the President’s Award for Innovation from Nurse Practitioner’s Association of Ontario for her work focusing on women’s health and smoking cessation with Syrian refugees. She has worked for 9 years at a Community Health Centre in Kitchener Ontario. She is currently working as a nurse practitioner at Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team. Furthermore, Kathryn works as a Clinical Advisor with eHealth Centre of Excellence in Kitchener Ontario.

Melissa Pyne, BA, MSW, RSW

Melissa is a registered social worker with over 10 years experience in the field of mental health and addiction. Currently, she works full time in the adult outpatient Mental Health and Addiction Program at Grand River Hospital delivering group and individual therapy to adults in acute mental health crisis. In addition to her work at the hospital, Melissa works at Qualia Counselling Services, a full service counselling agency specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Melissa holds an BA (hons.) in Psychology from York University and a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is certified in Concurrent Disorders and is credentialed through the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. In order to help people unlock their full potential, Melissa has certified in the Daring Way, a highly experiential methodology in developing shame resiliency based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

Dr. Colleen McDermott MSc, MD, FRCSC

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Assistant Professor at University of Toronto

Dr. Colleen McDermott completed a BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology and an MSc in Pathology at McGill University. Following this, she completed medical school and residency in Ob/Gyn at the University of Toronto. In 2010 Dr. McDermott completed a 3-year fellowship in Female Medicine, Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Indiana University as well as an MSc in Clinical Research. Dr. McDermott was on staff at St Michael’s Hospital from 2010 to 2016, but recently moved and is now on staff at Mount Sinai Hospital. She currently lives in Toronto with her husband Mark and three kids Camryn (6), Ryan (3) and Myles (1).

Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Cost (lunch included):

Early Bird price: $249 + HST ($281.37B including HST) – before 03/12/2017

Standard price: $299 + HST ($337.87 including HST) – after 03/13/2017