In our weekly feature section, Pelvic Rehab Report is proud to present this interview with newly certified practitioner Deanne Wade, PT, PRPC, BCB-PMD
WHAT MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD TO HAVE EARNED PRPC?
I am very honored to finally have the opportunity to have earned a designation that sets what I do as a pelvic therapy practitioner apart from other specialties. As with many in this area, I was known as the local “women’s health” practitioner for quite some time. In reality, I work with men, women and children. This certification provides validation of my 17 years of experience in this specialty area.
WHAT PATIENT POPULATION DO YOU FIND MOST REWARDING IN TREATING AND WHY?
As a student 24 years ago, I would have told anyone who asked that I would never want to treat patients with chronic pain. I had planned to be an acute care practitioner. Through a series of employment changes and opportunities, I began working with women with “chronic pelvic pain”. What motivated me to continue to pursue treating not only chronic pelvic pain, but any type of pelvic diagnosis was the impact I could make so quickly on quality of life. It is one thing to help a patient recover from an injury and return to everyday activity, but it was incredibly rewarding to hear a patient tell me that this treatment “changed my life.” I was provided with story after story of patients who had restored intimacy in their marriages or who were no longer embarrassed to leave the house for fear of urinary or fecal incontinence. Pelvic rehabilitation changes lives and I love being a part of that.