Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute provides continuing education courses for medical professionals seeking to improve their practice skills for the treatment of pelvic floor/girdle dysfunction and numerous other conditions affecting patients' lives.
This blog, the Pelvic Rehab Report, is our way of sharing the latest and greatest news and information about the world of pelvic rehabilitation. Follow us for updates on research, insights from H&W faculty, interviews with leaders in the field and more!
Michelle Lyons, MISCP PT, has over twenty years of experience as a chartered physiotherapist. She has recently returned to live in Ireland after a number of years in the US.
As well as developing numerous speciality courses for Herman & Wallace (Oncology and the Female Pelvic Floor, Oncology and the Male Pelvic Floor, The Athlete & the Pelvic Floor, Menopause Rehabilitation and Symptom Management, and Special Topics: Endometriosis, Infertility & Hysterectomy), she is also a tutor on the Pelvic Floor Series and the Pregnancy/Post-partum Series. Michelle was also proud to be an item writer for the PRPC certification exam.
With additional training in nutrition therapy, herbal medicine, pilates and yoga as well as her clinical training and experience in pelvic health and oncology rehab, Michelle is a firm believer in integrative medicine and a whole body approach to health and wellness.
She is also a lecturer for the Pelvic Obstetric & Gynaecological Physiotherapy Association in the U.K. on their pregnancy/MSK courses and will be Clinical Lead on their new advanced pelvic floor course and their male pelvic health coursework. She blogs and teaches online (available late 2015) for Medbridge Education and has collaborated with the Integrative Women's Health Institute and Burrell Education on a number of live and online women’s health educational programs.
As a social media advocate, in 2013 she co-founded the Women’s Health Physiotherapy Facebook group, which now has over 3000 members from all over the world. A poster presentation looking at the role of the group/social media in promoting women’s health was presented at WCPT in 2015.
She also offers consulting/ mentoring service to clinicians internationally who wish to develop pelvic rehab, integrative health or oncology rehab programs. With a busy international teaching schedule, she also finds time to indulge her passion for reading, shopping for more books and reading some more!
Holly Tanner, PT, BCB-PMD, MA, OCS, WCS, LMP, CCI was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, and has returned to Duluth after living in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade. Holly is owner of a private practice emphasizing care for patients who have pelvic dysfunction. She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1995 with a Masters of Arts degree in Physical Therapy. In Washington state she worked for Apple Physical Therapy where she developed and directed the Women's and Men's Health programs for the company’s many clinics. She has been an Orthopedic Certified Specialist and an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor since 2005. Holly served as adjunct faculty at the University of Puget Sound where she has taught anatomy in the Physical Therapy program as well as a women’s health elective course. Along with H&W faculty Stacey Futterman she presented “Male Pelvic Pain” at the 2007 APTA National Convention in Denver. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the APTA Women’s Health and Orthopedic Sections, the International Urogynecological Society, the International Pelvic Pain Society, and the American Massage Therapy Association.
Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD
Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD specializes in orthopedic manual therapy, and pelvic muscle dysfunction (incontinence and pain) treatment. She has trained medical professionals in manual therapy since 1992 both nationally and internationally. She owns a private practice in Denver, Colorado. Dawn received her BS in physical therapy in 1982 from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. Over the next four years, she participated in extensive international postgraduate studies in manual and manipulative therapy of the spine and extremities in Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand. Over 17 years ago, Dawn became the first physical therapist to treat pelvic muscle dysfunction in the Denver area. Since then she has developed a pediatric dysfunctional voiding treatment program in which she lectures on nationally. She has further studied pediatric conditions in post graduate work at Regis University. Dawn has published articles in the Journal of Urologic Nursing, the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, and the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.
Megan Pribyl, MSPT is currently a practicing physical therapist at the Olathe Medical Center in Olathe, KS treating a diverse outpatient population in orthopedics including pelvic rehabilitation. She began her PT career in 2000 after graduating from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with her Masters of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Prior, she earned her Dual-Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (B.S. Foods & Nutrition, B.S. Kinesiology) in 1998 from Kansas State University.
Megan holds a Level II certification through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and is in the final stages of completing her CMPT designation as a Level III Certified Manual Physical Therapist. She has consistently pursued excellence in clinical reasoning and differential diagnostics which led her to the completion of Level 3 coursework through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute to find that “missing link” in her understanding of orthopedics conditions. Additionally, she identified many links between pelvic rehabilitation and nutrition and is eager to share this information with the pelvic rehab community.
Megan’s longstanding passion for both nutritional sciences and manual therapy has culminated in the pursuit of applying her background to propel understanding of human physiology as it relates to pelvic conditions, pain, healing and therapeutic response. She created this course to combine these passions for a unique experience sure to elevate your level of appreciation for the complex and fascinating nature of clinical presentations in orthopedic manual therapy and pelvic rehabilitation.
Katie graduated from Washington University in St Louis in 2005 with a doctor of physical therapy degree. She has practiced in a variety of settings including orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, pediatrics, and geriatrics. Since 2009, Katie has focused her practice on treating male and female pelvic floor dysfunctions and pregnancy/postpartum issues. She was co-owner of a private practice in Maryland until recently relocating to the Milwaukee area. Katie is committed to continuing education and has taken courses in pelvic dysfunction, pregnancy and postpartum, manual therapy techniques, visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, and Pilates. In 2014, Katie became one of the first therapists in the country to earn her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman & Wallace Institute. Katie has seen great results in her patients when combining the benefits of visceral manipulation techniques, specificity of core and pelvic exercises, and manual techniques to improve tissue mobility and function. Katie is committed to providing the best care possible to help her patients to reach their goals and improve their quality of life. Katie is excited to return to Wisconsin and join the team at Health in Balance!
Isa Herrera MSPT, CSCS is the author of 4 books, including the break-through book, Ending Female Pain, A Woman’s Manual, now in its 2nd Edition. Ms Herrera has appeared on several national TV and radios shows including on MTV True Life, The Regis and Kelly Show and NBC’s Today Show. She lectures nationally on the topic of women’s health and has been a passionate advocate about pelvic health for over 10 years.