Elisa graduated as a PTA in 2003. In her first 5 years of practice, she worked in a variety of settings: inpatient, outpatient, and skilled nursing. After moving to the Chicago area for a time, she became more interested in women's health and pelvic floor PT. Through happenstance, she was able to shadow a few wonderful pelvic floor therapists and begin teaching prenatal exercise classes. As time went on, and her interest grew, Elisa began taking more pelvic floor- centered courses with Herman and Wallace. She experienced some push-back at times, being a PTA. Most therapists were supportive, though. Upon moving back to her hometown of Peoria, IL, Elisa started a Pelvic Floor program with a locally-owned rehab company where she mentored 3 different PT's through the years. In that time, Elisa also taught as an adjunct with the local PTA program. Currently, Elisa works part-time for a privately, PT-owned women's health clinic: McKenna Physical Therapy. As a mom of three young boys, and spouse to a busy bi-vocational husband, Elisa sees her work as a way of pursuing her passions. Her deeply held passions include seeing women healed and restored from the emotional and physical pains that come with pelvic dysfunction, but also empowering them to be confident and educated in knowing their bodies.
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.
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.
Rachel Kilgore, DPT, COMT, OCS, graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in exercise science and a minor in nutrition in 2004 where she also captained the collegiate soccer team. Rachel completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at University of Washington in 2007. She furthered her physical therapy training earning Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) and Physical Therapy Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS). She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Section of Orthopedics and Section of Women’s Health, and the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA).
Currently Rachel practices in Seattle at Olympic Physical Therapy. Her patient care focuses on orthopedics, female athletes, and women’s health conditions for bladder & bowel dysfunctions, pelvic, pain, pregnancy and post-partum issues. In her free time Rachel enjoys cheering on her local Seattle sports teams the Seahawks, the Sounders, and the Husky Football team with her friends and family. She loves living in the Northwest and enjoying all it has to offer outdoors with hiking, running, cycling, and playing soccer.
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!