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.
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.
Dr. Susane (Susie) Mukdad is the founder of Healing Hands Physical Therapy, Inc. In 2010, she received her Doctor in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL graduating top 3 of her class peers. Since then, she has extensively focused her career’s passion to specialize in Pelvic Rehabilitation and Visceral Manipulation. In 2014, Dr. Susie successfully earned the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
Dr. Susie uses a unique, individualized approach to treating her patients. She believes in an Integrated Systems Model approach using advanced manual therapy techniques that address the articular, neural, visceral, and myofascial systems. She is also passionate about teaching her patients about the importance of nutrition and diet to optimize their health and wellness potential. She is a firm believer that with the right tools and approach, the body can heal itself.
Dr. Susie is a devoted and life-long learner who spends one-on-one time educating her patients about their health. She listens to her patients and collaborates with them to determine the root cause of their symptoms. Dr. Susie extensively trains under the Barral Institute Curriculum to keep her skills up-to-date with the most recent advances in manual therapy. In 2014, she was accepted as a Qualified Barral Institute Teaching Assistant where she can continue to share her love and passion for teaching visceral manipulation.
In addition, Dr. Susie partakes in monthly Functional Medicine Forum meetings where she joins together with other integrative and holistic practitioners to learn about the latest health news and functional medicine research.
Her areas of expertise include digestive disorders, women’s health, men’s health, pediatric voiding dysfunctions, chronic pain, nutrition and wellness coaching.
When she is not caring for her patients, Dr. Susie loves spending time with her husband, Luke, and two dogs, Landon and Sammy. They enjoy traveling, biking, hiking, cooking, and most importantly living life to the fullest!