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The 5th Pelvic Health Solution’s Symposium will give you an exceptional conference experience, and will enrich your theoretical and practical knowledge of pelvic health.
If your patient has a pelvis, you will benefit from this conference! You don’t have to be a practicing internal pelvic health therapist in order to profit 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 great programming and educational opportunities, conferences are where new friendships 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.
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Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jessica Drummond, DCN, CCN, PT, Founder and CEO of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute
Taking A Root Cause Approach To Common Pelvic Pain Conditions – Dr. Jessica Drummond
Dr. Jessica Drummond will discuss how optimizing digestive function, nutrient dense nutrition, stress management, and optimal sleep can support clients to reach their pain relief goals in an empowered way. We will discuss how the collaboration between a functional nutrition approach and a physical therapy approach is optimal for women with pelvic pain conditions including endometriosis, interstitial cystitis (IC), vulvodynia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and constipation.
Women’s Health Physiotherapy: Babies, Breasts, and Brains – Mercedes Eustergerling
Mercedes will provide a summary of Pelvic Health Solution’s recent course on the lactating breast. She will also describe her journey to becoming a lactation consultant and how this informs her practice as a women’s health physiotherapist. Participants will learn about the unique physiotherapy needs of breastfeeding dyads and how to apply existing assessment and treatment techniques to this population.
Living With Prolapse: A Personal And Professional Perspective – Marie-Josée Lord
An estimated 40% of women who have been treated for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) with mesh implants suffer severe side effects. The Canadian Society of Pelvic Medicine states that mesh implant is the gold standard for the treatment of POP. Why are physicians still using this surgical treatment method even with this high complication rate? Are patients properly informed before deciding on surgery?
MJ will take you through her personal journey of living with POP for many years and how she came to the decision of having her own mesh surgery. Did her knowledge as a pelvic health physiotherapist help her after surgery? What is your role as pelvic health physiotherapists for these patients with pelvic organ prolapse? MJ will review the different treatment options available for these patients affected by this condition and how we, as pelvic health physiotherapists, should advise them.
The Medical And Surgical Management Of Vulvodynia – Dr. Yonah Krakowsky
Dr. Yonah Krakowsky will explore the diagnostic workup and medical/surgical management of patients with vulvodynia.
Physiotherapy In The Management Of Childhood Encopresis: When Constipation Leads To Incontinence
It is estimated that up to 3% of children below the age of 10 suffer from encopresis, a form of anal incontinence that is related to constipation. The ideal approach to this condition is interdisciplinary, and, although it is not yet well-known, the physiotherapist has a key role to play in the management team. This conference will provide a brief overview of the anatomy and physiology of the ano-rectum, and describe the causes and nature of childhood encopresis. A description of the team approach will be given, with an emphasis on management from the physiotherapist’s perspective. The audience should leave with a clear impression of the ways in which physiotherapy can help to improve the quality of life for children with encopresis.
Surgical Update, Lasers and More for Bladder Conditions
Dr. Dean Elterman will review the latest in non-invasive and surgical treatments for common bladder conditions, such as stress urinary incontinence and overactive bladder.
Jessica Drummond, DCN, CCN, PT, Founder and CEO of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s and pelvic health conditions. She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians in confidently and safely using integrative tools to transform women’s and pelvic healthcare.
Having two decades of experience in women’s and pelvic health as a physical therapist and functional nutritionist, plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice, gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management, hormone balance, preconception and fertility support, postpartum recovery, and chronic pain and fatigue management. She regularly lectures on topics such as integrative pelvic pain management, natural fertility options, optimal hormone health, and functional and integrative nutrition for rehabilitation, nutrition, wellness, fitness, and medical professionals. Dr. Drummond was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Duke Integrative Medicine, and Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Mercedes received her BKinfrom the University of Calgary and her MPT from the University of Western Ontario. She has completed a Certificate in Pain Management from the University of Alberta and will be receiving a Master in Health Management from McMaster University in 2018.
With a strong background in orthopaedicsand sport physiotherapy, Mercedes is drawn to chronic and complex conditions. She is the owner of Vida Health & Wellness in Calgary, Alberta and primarily works in women’s health. Mercedes is a registered physiotherapist and a lactation consultant at Vida. She also volunteers at the Riley Park Breastfeeding Clinic in Calgary.
Marie-Josée received her B.Sc.P.T. at McGill University in 1984. She is a clinical physiotherapist who has been treating a variety of pelvic floor disorders for over 25 years.
Marie-Josée lectures nationally and internationally on the topic of pelvic floor rehabilitation, has written several articles for the scientific and the lay audience, has been interviewed on television and for lay publications, and has participated in several research projects related to this field. Marie-Josée has a long history of being involved with the Canadian physiotherapy Association and the Women’s Health division. She was Chair of the division (2014-2016) and has served as the newsletter editor of the division for 4 years. In 2009, she received the prestigious mentorship award for her contribution in this field of physiotherapy.
Marie-Josée is co-owner of Uro-Santé, a teaching company for postgraduate pelvic floor courses for physiotherapists as well as a network of clinics in the greater Montreal area focussing on the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. Marie-Josée is also currently working in an interdisciplinary setting at Clinique A, rue McGill and Ville-Marie Medical in Montreal. Both these clinics offer a very unique concept of pelvic floor dysfunction evaluation, where the patient consults with the physician and physiotherapist as a team.
Dr. Yonah Krakowsky
Yonah Krakowsky, MD, FRCSC completed his medical school and urology residency at the University of Toronto. Following the he completed a fellowship in sexual medicine and surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is currently on staff at Mount Sinai Hospital and Women’s College focusing on male and female sexual dysfunction.
Claudia received both her BScPT and her Master’s degree at McGill University. She is a clinical physiotherapist who has been treating a variety of pelvic floor disorders for over 25 years.
A member of McGill University’s faculty of Medicine, Claudia is responsible for a three-credit complimentary course for Masters-level students on the physiotherapy approach for female urinary incontinence, as well as for various lectures for undergrad and Masters physiotherapy students on pelvic floor physiotherapy.
Claudia lectures nationally and internationally on the topic of pelvic floor physiotherapy, having educated physiotherapists in Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Holland, Norway, Switzerland and the U.S. She has written several articles for the scientific and the lay audience, has been interviewed on television and for lay publications, and has participated in several research projects related to this field.
Claudia is the owner and manager of Physiothérapie Polyclinique Cabrini in Montreal and La Clinique de Physiothérapie Concorde in Laval. She is also co-owner and instructor at PhysioUroSanté, providing continuing education in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy across Canada as well as pelvic floor physiotherapy services in a network treatment sites in the Greater Montreal area.
Dr. Dean Elterman
Dean S. Elterman completed his medical degree followed by residency in urologic surgery at the University of Toronto. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2011. Dr. Elterman completed a two-year fellowship in Voiding Dysfunction, Neuro-Urology, Female Urology and Pelvic Reconstruction at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
Elterman has worked in the areas of men’s health and survivorship at the Iris Cantor Men’s Health Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and at the University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director of the Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Centre.
He completed his Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.
Elterman is a member of several professional societies including the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction, the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, the International Neuromodulation Society, and the International Society of Men’s Health.
8:30am-4:00pm. Registration begins at 8:00am