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Debra Goldman - Featured Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner

In our weekly feature section, Pelvic Rehab Report is proud to present this interview with newly certified practitioner Debra Goldman P.T., M.A. PRPC

Debra Goldman

Describe your clinical practice:

My clinical practice includes men and women with pelvic pain, nerve entrapments, incontinence, sexual dysfunction and much more. It’s dedicated to helping men and women holistically restore their bodies’ ability to move and function without pain. My motto is, recover, restore, move forward. In other words, don’t be a lifelong patient. The whole body approach I use helps me to determine if their pelvic floor dysfunction is related to a structural problem in the back, hips or the way they exercise, just to name a few. I do a thorough examination of the spine, hips and pelvis and pelvic floor to assess joint and soft tissue restrictions, specific weaknesses and faulty movement patterns. My treatments integrate manual therapy, specific exercise and mind-body retraining.

How did you get involved in the pelvic rehabilitation field?

After many years in treating patients in sports medicine/ orthopedic settings in NYC, I opened a practice in NYC’s only freestanding, midwifery run childbirth center. I saw many of the pregnant and post-partum clients, including the midwives. Treating their back and pelvic pain, I began to recognize that I was missing a critical part of the body, which was the pelvic floor. But It was a year later after moving to Montclair, NJ that I was contacted by a urogynecologist starting his practice who encouraged me to become a pelvic floor therapist. I signed up for Pelvic Floor Level 1 and was hooked.

If you could get a message out to physical therapists about pelvic rehabilitation what would it be?

It’s really time to get over any embarrassment in screening a patient for pelvic floor dysfunction. A simple questionnaire and a follow up chat can go a long way in helping therapists identify patients who might need to be referred to a pelvic health practitioner. A basic course on bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction can really help give an orthopedic therapist a great overview and understanding.

What has been your favorite Herman & Wallace Course and why?

I have to give credit again to PF 1, because it’s really the foundation for everything that follows. I also had the opportunity to TA a few entry level classes and help new therapists start their process. I love Ramona Horton’s courses and recently repeated level 2 again. I am a lifelong learner and have been involved in studying visceral mobilization with her and others. But without my friend and “male” mentor, Stacey Futterman, I’d be lost. Her classes are outstanding and she has really helped me professionally from very early on.

What do you find is the most useful resource for your practice?

Having a community of colleagues with Herman& Wallace and elsewhere, going to conferences and continuing to study as much as I can is a great resource. But the patients themselves and their stories are the heart of my practice. I learn so much from them. Working with each person is often an opportunity for me to be a better listener, a more skillful evaluator and develop even more delicacy in my treatment approaches.

What motivated you to earn PRPC?

Throughout the years, Holly and Kathe talked about a certificate so when it came to pass, I knew I wanted to do it. Like so many I have worked really hard to achieve the level of competence in this field that I have, so I wanted to be first in line!

I also feel it gives me a special recognition that I am truly a specialist in my field.

What makes you the most proud to have earned PRPC?

For myself, that I was able to put so much into this study over the course of many years and then distinguish myself with this recognition.

I am very proud when my patients see that certificate and ask me what it means.

Learn more about Debra Goldman P.T., M.A. PRPC at her Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner bio page. You can also learn more about the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification at www.hermanwallace.com/certification.

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Pregnancy Rehabilitation - Seattle, WA (SOLD OUT)

Feb 22, 2020 - Feb 23, 2020
Location: Pacific Medical Centers

Manual Therapy Techniques for the Pelvic Rehab Therapist - Pasadena, CA

Feb 22, 2020 - Feb 23, 2020
Location: Huntington Hospital

Pelvic Floor Level 2B - Alexandria, VA (SOLD OUT)

Feb 28, 2020 - Mar 1, 2020
Location: Inova Physical Therapy Center

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Feb 28, 2020 - Mar 1, 2020
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Mar 6, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
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Mar 6, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
Location: Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center

Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Columbia, MO

Mar 6, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
Location: University of Missouri-Smiley Lane Therapy Services

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Mar 6, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
Location: Princeton Healthcare System

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Mar 6, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
Location: Ochsner Health System

Mobilization of the Myofascial layer: Pelvis and Lower Extremity- Grand Rapids, MI

Mar 6, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
Location: Spectrum Health System

Bowel Pathology and Function -Salt Lake City, UT

Mar 7, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
Location: Veterans Administration - Salt Lake City

Postpartum Rehabilitation - Washington, DC (SOLD OUT)

Mar 7, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
Location: GWUH Outpatient Rehabilitation Center

Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Virginia Beach, VA (SOLD OUT)

Mar 13, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020
Location: Sentara Therapy Center - Princess Anne

Pelvic Floor Level 2A - Philadelphia, PA (SOLD OUT)

Mar 13, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020
Location: Thomas Jefferson University

Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Manchester, NH (SOLD OUT)

Mar 13, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020
Location: Franklin Pierce University

Meeks Method for Osteoporosis - Minneapolis, MN

Mar 14, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020
Location: Park Nicollet Clinic--St. Louis Park

Pelvic Floor Level 2A - Minneapolis, MN (SOLD OUT)

Mar 20, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Location: Allina Hospitals and Clinics

Nutrition Perspectives for the Pelvic Rehab Therapist - San Diego, CA

Mar 20, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Location: Comprehensive Therapy Services

Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Birmingham, AL

Mar 20, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Location: Shelby Baptist Medical Center

Mobilization of Visceral Fascia: The Urinary System - Carlsbad, CA

Mar 20, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Location: Tri-City Medical Center

Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Bellingham, WA (SOLD OUT)

Mar 20, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Location: PeaceHealth- St. Joseph Medical Center

Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT)

Mar 20, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Location: Mount Saint Mary’s University

Breastfeeding Conditions - Phoenix, AZ

Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Location: Banner Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Breathing and the Diaphragm: Orthopedic Therapists - Sterling Heights, MI

Mar 27, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
Location: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital

Breathing and the Diaphragm: Pelvic and Orthopedic Therapists - Sterling Heights, MI

Mar 27, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
Location: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital

Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Corvallis, OR

Mar 27, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
Location: Albany Sport & Spine Physical Therapy

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation - Alexandria, VA

Mar 28, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
Location: Inova Physical Therapy Center