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Gender Diversity and Pelvic Health - San Diego, CA - January 16-18, 2021 (Cancelled) 

UPDATE: We regret to inform you that, due to a personal matter, the instructor of this course will not be able to offer this event as planned. We are deeply disappointed, as this topic is one that is so important to the pelvic rehab community and we were very excited about this course.

San Diego
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Price: $725 (Early Registrant Price $695)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 22.5

This three-day continuing education seminar is designed to make the WPATH Standards of Care in the treatment of the gender diverse population come alive, and share groundbreaking physical therapy evaluation and treatment for BOTH trans-men and women, intersex, and non-binary patients! It is geared to any medical professional whose practice involves hands-on evaluation and treatment to the LGBTQIA community.

As gender issues are brought to the forefront more and more frequently, we as providers, struggle with the lack of exposure and training on how to communicate properly with this community, and how sensitive their body issues are. You may have questions, such as: What does it mean to identify as trans, transgender, or as a gender noncomforming individual? Is there truly a difference between gender and sex? How do I address transgender patients? Are special considerations required for their physical evaluations? How do I make sure to have a positive impact?

It can be stressful and uncomfortable, but you aren’t alone. Care for the trans population is an urgent topic for health care providers. This course confronts those uncomfortable topics in an open and supportive space, and provides you with the necessary tools to provide excellent, evidenced-based, reimbursable care. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to confidently evaluate and treat this patient demographic regardless of where they fall within their continuum of care.

Practitioners can expect engaging lectures, break-out sessions, and labs that implement multi-media to engage all learning styles. Lectures topics include; pre- and post-operative care, specific patient care questions to implement for treatment of the LGBTQIA patient, and ways to encourage optimal wellness. Additionally, attendees will receive customizable forms and patient education materials that can be immediately implemented. Presentations will include not only in-person lectures but also multimedia presentations from leading providers in the fields of surgery, endocrinology, psychology, speech pathology, sex therapy, and social work.

Labs for this course will be diverse, including: an opportunity to practice essential manual therapy techniques for this demographic, the ability to gain an understanding of how anatomy is changed and reoriented in the transition process, and daily guided yoga and meditation practices.



This course is for the pelvic rehab therapist who is desiring to treat or currently provides care to transgender, gender non-binary and intersex patients. This course is intended for practitioners who are willing or looking to expand their knowledge and skills to an underserved and often misunderstood demographic. It is applicable to any medical professional whose practice involves hands-on evaluation and treatment to this community. It will cover an introduction of concepts around medical care and understandings of the LGBTQIA community. It is important to also acknowledge that this field is growing and changing, requiring constant review and discussion as we continue to deepen our knowledge and understanding.


Prerequisites: None



Day One:

7:30 Registration
8:00 Introductions, goals, objectives
8:30 WPATH, Standards of Care, and Gender Dysphoria explained
9:30 Break
9:45 Explore and define sex, gender, and sexual orientation
11:00 Transmasculine Hormone Therapy
11:30 Lab 1: Yoga and meditation for pelvic floor integration
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Obtaining accurate verbal history/Outcome measures: Setting the stage
2:15 Lab 2: Taking a verbal history
3:15 Break
3:30 Transmasculine surgical procedures
4:15 Lab 3: Complete transmasculine surgical procedures
5:00 Journal activity
5:30 Adjourn

Day Two:

8:00 Review and questions from journal activity on day 1
8:30 Transfeminine Hormone Therapy
9:15 Voice therapy in the transgender population
10:00 Break
10:30 Transfeminine surgical procedures
11:30 Lab 4: Complete transfeminine surgery activity
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Considerations and care following transmasculine bottom surgery
2:00 Considerations and care following transfeminine bottom surgery
3:00 Break
3:15 Internal neovagina assessment
4:15 Lab 5: Internal neovaginal assessment
5:00 Journal activity
5:15 Adjourn

Day Three:

7:45 Review and questions from journal activity on day 2
8:00 Sexuality and trauma concerns
9:00 Transfeminine physical therapy treatment strategies
10:15 Break
10:30 Transmasculine physical therapy treatment strategies
11:45 Lunch 
12:30 Lab 6: Implementation of treatment strategies
2:00 Break
2:15 Lab 7: Yoga and meditation following trans surgery
3:30 Case Studies
4:15 Questions (resources, billing, marketing, etc.), Wrap-up
4:30 Adjourn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to::

1. Describe the unique societal, legal and medical barriers that patients who are transgender encounter

2. Utilize inclusive verbal and written language that is gender affirming and competent

3. Perform comprehensive physical evaluation with the ability to modify based on the unique needs of both transgender men and women

4. Complete manual techniques and treatment strategies specific to both transgender men and women

5. Discern between the variety of top and bottom surgery options for both transgender men and women and how to provide support for healing

6. Describe the hormonal treatment strategies employed, and the specific considerations these medications require, as they relate to pelvic floor function

7. Identify internal and societal biases regarding gender non-conforming individuals and their healthcare

  Name Street Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers

9610 Granite Ridge Dr
Suite C
San Diego, CA 92123
Recommended Lodging

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Central

8651 Spectrum Center Blvd
San Diego, CA 92123
Nearest Airport

San Diego International Airport
Airport Code: SAN

3225 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: (click here if no map appears below)

Laura Meihofer PT, DPT, ATC, RYT-200

Laura Meihofer


Laura has a very diverse training background that has shaped her approach to physical therapy. Her training began as she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Simpson College in Indianola Iowa in 2008. She then attended Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester MN, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. Laura was immediately offered a position working with Mayo Clinic, and focused exclusively on individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction, where she still practices today.

Throughout her years of treating patients, while taking many continuing education courses she felt she needed something more to offer to reach all patients with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. This led Laura to attain two yoga certifications: Restorative Yoga Level 1 Teacher, and 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Recently, Laura has expanded her practice online to provide information for both patients and providers via Laura Meihofer LLC: online blog, YouTube, and Instagram. The explanatory posts and videos give instruction and sample modifications for all types of patients. All of her work endeavors to demystify the pelvic floor with a well educated, holistic approach.

Working within a large institution, Laura has had many research and teaching opportunities, and is at home working within a multidisciplinary team. Laura has a rich practice that consists of a high volume of complex patients. She has consistent experience maintaining focus on successfully servicing diverse patients of all gender identities and sexual orientations who suffer from pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.

Outside of work Laura enjoys exploring nature, traveling, and cuddling with her lovable pooch.  

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2021. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2020 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".