Experience Level: Advanced
Contact Hours: 15
This three-day, advanced-level remote course is intended for the therapist who is experienced in treating the pelvic floor patient, has a strong understanding of pelvic anatomy including muscles and nerves, and strong pelvic floor palpation skills. This course will offered remotely via Zoom, which is free to download.
This course is designed to build on the skills learned in Pelvic Floor Levels 1, 2A, and 2B and covers advanced topics in women’s health including endometriosis, infertility, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Day one lecture includes discussions on the endocrine system and , as well as gynecological cancers. Day two lecture topics include an advanced discussion on pelvic anatomy, focusing on connective tissues (organ ligamentous support and the endopelvic fascia) surgery complications as well as the role of nutrition in pelvic health/pelvic pain. On day three, lecture topics include pharmacology and vulvar skin. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss case studies and complex patients with the instructors on the final day of the course.
This course is meant to be taken in tandem with the in-person lab offering of Capstone, currently being rescheduled due to COVID19.
This course will be offered as a live, interactive remore course on Zoom, taught by three instructors who will teach introductory didactic lectures and answer questions.
This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.
This advanced-level course assumes a working knowledge and anatomical understanding of material presented in Pelvic Floor Levels 1, 2A, and 2B, and it will build from that knowledge. Please take time to review those course manuals before attending.
12:00 Intro Slides and welcome
12:00 Sign in and Questions from Day 1
11:45 Questions from Day 2
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the connective tissue of the pelvic floor (organ ligamentous supports and fascia-scarpa’s, camper’s, endopelvic fascia)
2. Describe the common vulvar skin and connective tissue dysfunctions
3. List the common female pelvic surgery complications
4. List the female gynecologic oncology conditions
5. Describe the hormonal dysfunction considerations throughout the life cycle
6. Describe the role of pharmacology and nutrition in pelvic health/ pelvic pain
7. Describe nutritional approaches to decrease inflammation
Remote courses require Zoom video conferencing software. You can create an account and download the software to your computer at https://zoom.us/
We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our start and end times. Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.
A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.
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Nari Clemons, PT, PRPC
Nari Clemons was born and raised in the midwest before recently moving to Portland, Oregon. At Herman Wallace, Nari teaches the pelvic series (PF1, 2A, 2B, and PF Capstone) as well as the MPP (Meditation for Patients and Providers Course). She was one of three co-authors for the new final course in the pelvic series, PF Capstone, as well as the author for the meditation course. Her passion is taking difficult concepts and techniques and simplifying them, so that participants can leave courses with confidence, enthusiasm, and feeling empowered in their clinical practice.
Nari graduated from the Medical College of Ohio in consortium with the University of Toledo , with a degree in physical therapy. She owns a private practice, Portland Pelvic Therapy, where she focuses on pelvic, abdominal, and neural issues. Nari has studied visceral and neural manipulation extensively, traveling as far as France to take courses from Jean Pierre Barral. She is also a registered yoga teacher, having trained at the Yoga Center of Seattle and It’s Yoga. Additionally, she has accumulated months of time at intensive meditation retreats. Nari’s approach to the body is holistic and eclectic, while being well rooted in research.
Jennafer Vande Vegte, MSPT, BCB-PMD, PRPC
After graduating from Ithaca College, Jennafer began her career as a physical therapist at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI. Since 2002 Jen has focused her professional attention on treating women, men and children with pelvic health disorders. She is energized through education and enjoys her position as adjunct faculty at Grand Valley University, speaking at community events, organizing a regional pelvic floor mentorship and study group, and didn’t necessarily enjoy but survived part time home schooling her two daughters. She has been faculty for Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute since 2009 and loves to inspire other rehab professionals treating pelvic floor dysfunction. She is an author of the chapter, “Manual Therapy for the Pelvic Floor” which was published in the book, “Healing in Urology.” Jen was a contributing writer for the Pelvic Floor Capstone curriculum and also co-authored the continuing education course, “Boundaries, Self-Care and Meditation” with Nari Clemons. She is certified in pelvic floor rehabilitation and biofeedback for pelvic floor disorders. Outside of teaching and treating patients, Jen loves to spend time with family and friends, run, cook, travel, do yoga and snuggle with her doggo.
Allison Ariail, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, BCB-PMD, PRPC
Allison Ariail, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, BCB-PMD has been a physical therapist since 1999. She graduated with a BS in physical therapy from the University of Florida and earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2007. Also in 2007, Dr. Ariail qualified as a Certified Lymphatic Therapist. She became board certified by the Lymphology Association of North America in 2011, and board certified in Biofeedback Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in 2012. In 2014, Allison earned her board certification as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Allison specializes in treatment of the pelvic ring and back using manual therapy and ultrasound imaging for instruction in a stabilization program. She also specializes in women’s and men’s health including conditions of chronic pelvic pain, bowel and bladder disorders, and coccyx pain. Lastly, Allison has a passion to help oncology patients, particularly gynecological, urological, and head and neck cancer patients.
In 2009, Allison collaborated with the Primal Pictures team for the release of the Pelvic Floor DVD program. Allison publications include: “The Use of Transabdominal Ultrasound Imaging in Retraining the Pelvic-Floor Muscles of a Woman Postpartum.” Physical Therapy. Vol. 88, No. 10, October 2008, pp 1208-1217. (PMID: 18772276), “Beyond the Abstract” for Urotoday.com in October 2008, “Posters to Go” from APTA combined section meeting poster presentation in February 2009and 2013. She co-authored a chapter Healing in Urology: Clinical Guidebook to Herbal and Alternative Therapies.
Allison works in the Denver metro area in her practice, Inspire Physical Therapy and Wellness, where she works in a more holistic setting than traditional therapy clinics. In addition to instructing for Herman and Wallace on pelvic floor related topics, Allison lectures nationally on lymphedema, cancer related changes to the pelvic floor, and the sacroiliac joint. Allison serves as a consultant to medical companies, and physicians.
Outside of work, Allison enjoys cooking, reading, exercising and most importantly of all, being a mom! She lives in the Denver metro area with her family.