It is an absolute pleasure to have Jessica Nargi as part of the Pelvic Health Solutions team. Jessica is a well-rounded and passionate physiotherapist that is extremely deserving of this spotlight. She has worked very hard to be the physiotherapist that she is today, and her enthusiasm and drive are admirable.
Jessica graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto in 2008. She started practicing pelvic health since 2012 and continues to upgrade her clinical skills and knowledge through on-going education and attendance of international conferences. She has worked extremely hard to advance her knowledge in pelvic health to provide phenomenal evidenced based treatment. Combined with her orthopaedic skills, she enjoys helping both men and women who suffer from pelvic dysfunction. Jessica is also an excellent educator and speaker. She has spoken at numerous venues educating health care practitioners and the public on the role of physiotherapy in the treatment of pelvic dysfunction.
We would also like to congratulate the upcoming bride-to-be; Jessica is getting married in June 2017. Wishing you all the best on your big day, Jessica!
How long have you been practicing pelvic health physiotherapy?
I have been practicing pelvic health physiotherapy for 4 years.
What lead you into the specialty of pelvic health?
I learned of the specialty from my colleague, Lauren Campbell, who was practicing in New York at the time. Her enthusiasm was contagious!! I began looking into the specialty in Canada and, soon after, attended my Level One course. I was absolutely impressed by the passion Nelly and Carolyn displayed for the practice.
What do you love most about your profession?
First and foremost, the fact that no one day is ever the same. Otherwise, I find it to be particularly rewarding to be able to help patients deal with very personal and intimate issues. As a pelvic physiotherapist, I have the opportunity to gain a patient’s trust and confidence to help them regain basic functions. In doing so, I am always learning about the challenges of the human body with my patients, colleagues, mentors and mentees.
Which course did you enjoy the most/what course has changed your clinical practice the most?
The Level Three course – Clinical Skills for Treating Pelvic Pain. In physiotherapy school, the focus, obviously, is on tissue and muscle/functional impairment. However, when treating for persistent pain, there are normally many drivers behind the issue. The Level Three course gave light to the use of a biopsychosocial framework to assessment and treatment. It has definitely had the greatest influence on the way that I assess and treat my patients.
What has been your most rewarding experience?
I can think of many patients whose progress has left me feeling fulfilled. One that certainly stands out is the patient who travelled from afar and presented with very complex symptoms. Her primary issue was with urinary retention, requiring self-catheterization. Through hard work and determination, we were able to end her sense of helplessness. She returned home with newfound comfort and confidence!!
What advice would you provide to new physiotherapists getting started in pelvic health?
Be patient, gentle and share the goal of providing top quality care.