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Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.

Courses Instructed by Kristina Koch

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    Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Berrien Springs, MI - June 7-9, 2020 (Rescheduled)

    Update 4/15/2020: As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, this course has been postponed. Once we have a new date confirmed, we will update our website and make the event available for registration. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. Please practice good hygiene, and be safe!

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    BerrienSprings
    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is comprised of 7 hours and 45 minutes of prerecorded lectures followed by two-days of in-person learning, and was designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

    This course was reworked in 2020 to cut down the in-person meeting time to two days, in order to cut expenses and time out of the clinic and away from home for our particiants. For more questions about the changes to this course, please see our Frequently Asked Questions about PF1 in 2020.

    Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course

    1. Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Function (45 minutes)
    2. Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Examination (1.5 hours)
    3. Managing Movement (1 hour)
    4. Awareness of Trauma in Pelvic Rehab (1 hour)
    5. Urinary Incontinence (1.5 hours)
    6. Introduction to Pelvic Pain (1 hour)
    7. General Treatment of Pelvic Pain (1 hour)

    Day One:

    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introduction, goals, objectives, questions
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Evaluation
    9:15 Lab 1: PF Exam Techniques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    11:00 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions Part II
    1:45 Lab 3: Bladder Diary Activity
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Lab 4: Screening of Breathing & Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    3:30 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    4:00 Lab 5: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications
    5:00 Questions
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:

    7:30 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    7:45 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    8:45 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:15 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    1:45 Final Lab Preparation
    2:00 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Andrews University

    8515 East Campus Circle Dr
    Berrien Springs, MI 49104
    Recommended Lodging

    Andrews Guest Rooms
    (269)-471-3360

    Andrews University
    Berrien Springs, MI
    Nearest Airport

    South Bend International Airport
    Airport Code: SBN

    4477 Progress Dr,
    South Bend, IN 46628

     

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

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

    Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.


    Jennafer Vande Vegte, MSPT, BCB-PMD, PRPC

    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.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Chicago, IL - November 14-15, 2020

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    Chicago
    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is comprised of 7 hours and 45 minutes of prerecorded lectures followed by two-days of in-person learning, and was designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

    This course was reworked in 2020 to cut down the in-person meeting time to two days, in order to cut expenses and time out of the clinic and away from home for our particiants. For more questions about the changes to this course, please see our Frequently Asked Questions about PF1 in 2020.

    Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course

    1. Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Function (45 minutes)
    2. Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Examination (1.5 hours)
    3. Managing Movement (1 hour)
    4. Awareness of Trauma in Pelvic Rehab (1 hour)
    5. Urinary Incontinence (1.5 hours)
    6. Introduction to Pelvic Pain (1 hour)
    7. General Treatment of Pelvic Pain (1 hour)

    Day One:

    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introduction, goals, objectives, questions
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Evaluation
    9:15 Lab 1: PF Exam Techniques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    11:00 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions Part II
    1:45 Lab 3: Bladder Diary Activity
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Lab 4: Screening of Breathing & Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    3:30 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    4:00 Lab 5: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications
    5:00 Questions
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:

    7:30 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    7:45 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    8:45 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:15 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    1:45 Final Lab Preparation
    2:00 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Athletico Physical Therapy Oak Brook

    2122 York Road
    Oak Brook, IL 60523
    Recommended Lodging

    Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center
    (630)-368-9900

    2100 Spring Rd
    Oak Brook, IL 60523
    Nearest Airport

    Chicago Midway International Airport
    Airport Code:MDW

    5700 S Cicero Ave
    Chicago, IL 60638

     

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

    Instructor - Koch

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

    Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.


    Christine Stewart, PT, CMPT

    Christine Stewart

    Christine graduated from Kansas State University in 1992 and went on to pursue her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center graduating in 1994. She began her career specializing in orthopedics and manual therapy. She became interested in women’s health after the birth of her second child developing a women’s health practice in Ottawa Kansas with a focus on urinary incontinence and prolapse. She left the practice in 2010 to work at Olathe Medical Center to further focus on women’s health and obtain her CMPT from the North American Institute of Manual Therapy. She will begin pursuing a certification with Diane Lee in the fall.
    Christine’s passion is empowering her patients to join in their treatment through education and self-awareness.
    She has been a lab instructor with the institute since early 2017 and was asked to join the faculty in July. She is an avid runner who loves to hike through National parks with her husband and two children.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Colorado Springs
    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is comprised of 7 hours and 45 minutes of prerecorded lectures followed by two-days of in-person learning, and was designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

    This course was reworked in 2020 to cut down the in-person meeting time to two days, in order to cut expenses and time out of the clinic and away from home for our particiants. For more questions about the changes to this course, please see our Frequently Asked Questions about PF1 in 2020.

    Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course

    1. Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Function (45 minutes)
    2. Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Examination (1.5 hours)
    3. Managing Movement (1 hour)
    4. Awareness of Trauma in Pelvic Rehab (1 hour)
    5. Urinary Incontinence (1.5 hours)
    6. Introduction to Pelvic Pain (1 hour)
    7. General Treatment of Pelvic Pain (1 hour)

    Day One:

    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introduction, goals, objectives, questions
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Evaluation
    9:15 Lab 1: PF Exam Techniques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    11:00 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions Part II
    1:45 Lab 3: Bladder Diary Activity
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Lab 4: Screening of Breathing & Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    3:30 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    4:00 Lab 5: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications
    5:00 Questions
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:

    7:30 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    7:45 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    8:45 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:15 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    1:45 Final Lab Preparation
    2:00 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    St Francis Medical Center

    6001 E Woodmen Rd
    Colorado Springs, CO 80923
    Recommended Lodging

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Colorado Springs First & Main, Colorado Springs
    (719)-596-6000

    3431 Cinema Point
    Colorado Springs, CO, 80922
    Nearest Airport

    Colorado Springs Airport
    Airport Code: COS

    7770 Milton E Proby Pkwy
    Colorado Springs, CO 80916

     

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

    Tara Sullivan, PT, DPT, PRPC, WCS, IF

    Tara Sullivan, PT, DPT, PRPC, WCS, IF

    Tara Sullivan, PT, DPT, PRPC, WCS, IF started in the healthcare field as a massage therapist, practicing over ten years including three years of teaching massage and anatomy and physiology. During that time she attended college at Oregon State University earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science, and continuing on to earn her Masters of Science in Human Movement and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University. Tara has specialized exclusively in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction treating bowel, bladder, sexual dysfunctions and pelvic pain since 2012. She has studied through Herman and Wallace and earned her PRPC, as well as becoming a board certified clinical specialist in women’s health (WCS) through APTA and a fellow of the International Society for the study of Women Sexual Health (IF)

    Tara established the pelvic health program at HonorHealth in Scottsdale and recently expanded the practice to 2 other locations across the valley. She continues to treat patients with her hands-on individualized approach, taking the time to listen and educate her patients, empowering them to return to a healthy and improved quality of life. She is adjunct faculty speaking at the annual conference for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and teaches an elective course at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Franklin Pierce University on Pelvic Health. Tara is very passionate about creating awareness on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and recently launched her website pelvicfloorspecialist.com to continue educating the public and other healthcare professionals.


    Instructor - Koch

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

    Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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  • Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Colorado Springs, CO - August 15-16, 2020 (SOLD OUT)
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    Grand Junction
    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is comprised of 7 hours and 45 minutes of prerecorded lectures followed by two-days of in-person learning, and was designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

    This course was reworked in 2020 to cut down the in-person meeting time to two days, in order to cut expenses and time out of the clinic and away from home for our particiants. For more questions about the changes to this course, please see our Frequently Asked Questions about PF1 in 2020.

    Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course

    1. Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Function (45 minutes)
    2. Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Examination (1.5 hours)
    3. Managing Movement (1 hour)
    4. Awareness of Trauma in Pelvic Rehab (1 hour)
    5. Urinary Incontinence (1.5 hours)
    6. Introduction to Pelvic Pain (1 hour)
    7. General Treatment of Pelvic Pain (1 hour)

    Day One:

    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introduction, goals, objectives, questions
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Evaluation
    9:15 Lab 1: PF Exam Techniques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    11:00 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions Part II
    1:45 Lab 3: Bladder Diary Activity
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Lab 4: Screening of Breathing & Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    3:30 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    4:00 Lab 5: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications
    5:00 Questions
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:

    7:30 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    7:45 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    8:45 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:15 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    1:45 Final Lab Preparation
    2:00 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Urological Associates of Western CO

    2351 G Road
    Community Hospital
    Grand Junction, CO 81505 USA
    Recommended Lodging

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Junction
    (970) 245-8164

    625 Rae Lynn St
    Grand Junction, Colorado 81505 USA
    Nearest Airport

    Grand Junction Regional Airport
    Airport Code:GJT

    2828 Walker Field Dr
    Grand Junction, CO 81506, USA

     

    Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: Click here if map is not shown below.

     

    Instructor - Koch

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

    Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.


    Lila Abbate, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, PRPC

    Lila Abbate, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, PRPCLila Abbate graduated from Touro College in Dix Hills, NY with a Bachelors of Science (BS) in Health Sciences and a Masters of Arts (MA) in Physical Therapy in 1997. Lila completed her Advanced Masters in Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy (MS) at Touro College, Bayshore, NY in 2003 and continued to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2005. Currently, Dr. Abbate is pursuing her PhD at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and plans to conduct research in Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health. Dr. Abbate is also a Physical Therapy Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) deemed by the American Physical Therapy Association in 2004.

    Dr. Abbate has been faculty at Touro College (2003 – 2006), Manhattan Campus, teaching the biomechanical approach to orthopedic dysfunction, therapeutic exercise as well as massage/soft tissues work that highlighted trigger point work, scar management and myofascial release.

    Currently, Dr. Abbate currently owns a private practice in Manhasset, NY specializing in complex orthopedic conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Indianapolis, IN - May 1-3, 2020 (Rescheduled)

    Update 3/19/2020: As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, this course has been postponed. Once we have a new date confirmed, we will update our website and make the event available for registration. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. Please practice good hygiene, and be safe!

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    Indianapolis
    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is comprised of 7 hours and 45 minutes of prerecorded lectures followed by two-days of in-person learning, and was designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

    This course was reworked in 2020 to cut down the in-person meeting time to two days, in order to cut expenses and time out of the clinic and away from home for our particiants. For more questions about the changes to this course, please see our Frequently Asked Questions about PF1 in 2020.

    Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course

    1. Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Function (45 minutes)
    2. Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Examination (1.5 hours)
    3. Managing Movement (1 hour)
    4. Awareness of Trauma in Pelvic Rehab (1 hour)
    5. Urinary Incontinence (1.5 hours)
    6. Introduction to Pelvic Pain (1 hour)
    7. General Treatment of Pelvic Pain (1 hour)

    Day One:

    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introduction, goals, objectives, questions
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Evaluation
    9:15 Lab 1: PF Exam Techniques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    11:00 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions Part II
    1:45 Lab 3: Bladder Diary Activity
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Lab 4: Screening of Breathing & Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    3:30 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    4:00 Lab 5: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications
    5:00 Questions
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:

    7:30 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    7:45 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    8:45 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:15 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    1:45 Final Lab Preparation
    2:00 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

      Name Street Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Community Health Network

    6922 Hillsdale Ct
    Indianapolis, IN 4625
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    Recommended Lodging

    Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis Northeast
    (317)-849-8900

    8180 Shadeland Ave
    Indianapolis, IN 46250
    Nearest Airport

    Indianapolis International Airport
    Airport Code: IND

    6900 Airport Blvd
    Indianapolis, IN 46241

     

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

    Instructor - Koch

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

    Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.


    Christine Stewart, PT, CMPT

    Christine Stewart

    Christine graduated from Kansas State University in 1992 and went on to pursue her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center graduating in 1994. She began her career specializing in orthopedics and manual therapy. She became interested in women’s health after the birth of her second child developing a women’s health practice in Ottawa Kansas with a focus on urinary incontinence and prolapse. She left the practice in 2010 to work at Olathe Medical Center to further focus on women’s health and obtain her CMPT from the North American Institute of Manual Therapy. She will begin pursuing a certification with Diane Lee in the fall.
    Christine’s passion is empowering her patients to join in their treatment through education and self-awareness.
    She has been a lab instructor with the institute since early 2017 and was asked to join the faculty in July. She is an avid runner who loves to hike through National parks with her husband and two children.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is comprised of 7 hours and 45 minutes of prerecorded lectures followed by two-days of in-person learning, and was designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

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    This course was reworked in 2020 to cut down the in-person meeting time to two days, in order to cut expenses and time out of the clinic and away from home for our particiants. For more questions about the changes to this course, please see our Frequently Asked Questions about PF1 in 2020.

    Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course

    1. Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Function (45 minutes)
    2. Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Examination (1.5 hours)
    3. Managing Movement (1 hour)
    4. Awareness of Trauma in Pelvic Rehab (1 hour)
    5. Urinary Incontinence (1.5 hours)
    6. Introduction to Pelvic Pain (1 hour)
    7. General Treatment of Pelvic Pain (1 hour)

    Day One:

    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introduction, goals, objectives, questions
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Evaluation
    9:15 Lab 1: PF Exam Techniques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    11:00 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions Part II
    1:45 Lab 3: Bladder Diary Activity
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Lab 4: Screening of Breathing & Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    3:30 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    4:00 Lab 5: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications
    5:00 Questions
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:

    7:30 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    7:45 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    8:45 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:15 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    1:45 Final Lab Preparation
    2:00 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Loyola University Health System

    2160 S 1st Ave
    Maywood, IL 60625
    Recommended Lodging

    Residence Inn Oakbrook
    (630)568-2342

    790 Jorie Boulevard
    Oak Brook, IL 60523
    Nearest Airport

    Chicago Midway International Airport
    Airport Code: MCO

    5700 S Cicero Ave
    Chicago, IL 60638

     

    Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: Click here if map is not shown below.

     

    Instructor - Koch

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

    Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.


    Teri Elliott-Burke, PT, MHS, BCB-PMD

    Teri Elliott-Burke

    Teri Elliott-Burke, PT, MHS has been practicing physical therapy since 1978. She received a Masters in Health Science from the University of Indianapolis, a certificate in physical therapy from Northwestern University Medical School and a BA in biology and psychology from North Central College. She is the co-owner of Women’s Physical Therapy Institute, in Lake Zurich, IL specializing in orthopedics and pelvic dysfunction for men, women, and children. She is an adjunct faculty member of Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL where she co-teaches Management in Physical Therapy Systems, Applied Management Skills in Physical Therapy Systems, and lectures on women’s health and pelvic dysfunction. She is a member of the APTA Section on Women’s Health, the Private Practice Section, the International Pelvic Pain Society, American Urogynecologic Society, and the Chicagoland Pelvic Floor Research Consortium. Teri also speaks frequently to community and professional groups on topics related to pelvic dysfunction for men and women. She strives to maintain a balance between work, her family (1 husband, 2 sons), her church and community.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Salida
    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location Lodging

    • Instructor

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is comprised of 7 hours and 45 minutes of prerecorded lectures followed by two-days of in-person learning, and was designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

    Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

    This course was reworked in 2020 to cut down the in-person meeting time to two days, in order to cut expenses and time out of the clinic and away from home for our particiants. For more questions about the changes to this course, please see our Frequently Asked Questions about PF1 in 2020.

    Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.

     

    Special Considerations:
    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.

     

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

     

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times.

     

    This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Assignments

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

    1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
    2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
    3. Patient History Form
    4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation

     

    Required Readings

    1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
    2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
    4. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
    5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
    6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.

     

    Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course

    1. Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Function (45 minutes)
    2. Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Examination (1.5 hours)
    3. Managing Movement (1 hour)
    4. Awareness of Trauma in Pelvic Rehab (1 hour)
    5. Urinary Incontinence (1.5 hours)
    6. Introduction to Pelvic Pain (1 hour)
    7. General Treatment of Pelvic Pain (1 hour)

    Day One:

    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introduction, goals, objectives, questions
    8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Evaluation
    9:15 Lab 1: PF Exam Techniques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
    11:00 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions Part II
    1:45 Lab 3: Bladder Diary Activity
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Lab 4: Screening of Breathing & Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
    3:30 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
    4:00 Lab 5: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications
    5:00 Questions
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:

    7:30 Questions, Post-test Day 2
    7:45 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    8:45 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
    11:15 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
    1:45 Final Lab Preparation
    2:00 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Case Studies
    4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
    4:15 Adjourn

     

    Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
    2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
    3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
    4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
    5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
    6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
    7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
    8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
    9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
    10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center

    1000 Rush Drive
    Salida, CO 81201
    Recommended Lodging

    The Gateway Inn and Suites
    (719)-539-2895

    1310 East US Hwy 50,
    Salida, CO 81201
    Nearest Airport

    Denver International Airport
    Airport Code: DEN

    8500 Pena Blvd
    Denver, CO 80249

     

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

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

    Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.


    Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

    jessica reale

    Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.

     

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Pelvic Floor Level 2A - Glenwood Springs, CO - July 25-26, 2020

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    Glenwood Springs
    • Description

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    • Location/Lodging

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    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This continuing education course is a three-day (8 hours of online content, followed by a 2-day in-person course) intermediate-level seminar designed as a next step in completing the clinicians’ ability to more comprehensively evaluate and treat the female and male pelvic floor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about two common bowel dysfunctions, fecal incontinence and constipation, and how the pelvic rehabilitation provider can play a crucial role in overcoming these issues that affect quality of life so dramatically. In the US, adult estimates of fecal incontinence is over 8%, and greater than 15% in people over age 70. (Whitehead, 2010) According to the National Institutes of Health, constipation affects up to 15% of people, and is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints that affects 42 million people. (Constipation, 2013) Pelvic rehabilitation providers are able to teach patients how to significantly improve quality of life through simple behavioral techniques and approaches that optimize abdominopelvic health.

    Participants will learn how to evaluate the patient who presents with bowel dysfunction including fecal incontinence and constipation, and also with defecation disorders such as paroxysmal puborectalis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fecal urgency. Knowledge of pelvic anatomy expands into the gastrointestinal system with detailed instruction about the rectum and anal canal, anal sphincters, and with instruction in important physiologic principles such as the gastrocolic reflex, sampling response, and intrinsic defecation reflex. There are other conditions that can cause pain or bleeding such as hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, and proctalgia fugax; the clinician will learn how to apply skills of external and internal pelvic muscle assessment (via the anorectal canal) for these conditions.

    Many pelvic rehabilitation providers attend this course to learn clinical skills for coccyx pain and for pudendal neuralgia, two conditions that are included on Day 2 of this continuing education course. As either condition can contribute to chronic pelvic pain, this course provides significant lab time so that participants will have the opportunity to practice any new skills. Day 3 of the course introduces the participant to pelvic rehabilitation of the male patient with an emphasis on topics of male pelvic anatomy, urinary incontinence, prostatectomy, and male pelvic pain. The content in this course prepares the therapist to work with male pelvic conditions by reinforcing what is common to the care of both men and women, as well as teaching that which is unique for the male patient.Current medical evaluation (with tests such as defecography, manometry), medical management (for anorectal pain and for colorectal conditions), and evidence-informed clinical interventions will be instructed.

     

    Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.

     

    Special Considerations:

    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Rectal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.

     

    Audience:

    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.

     

    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Required Readings:

    1. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Handout on Fecal Incontinence
    2. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Article on Constipation
    3. The International Pelvic Pain Society Article on Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE)
    4. The European Urology Association'sGuidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain
    5. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website electrotherapy.org
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.

     

    Additional Helpful Resources:

    1. Male Pelvic Pain - go to malepelvicfloor.com
    2. Many participants also find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum


    References

    Constipation. (2013) National Institutes of Health. Retrieved January 22, 2014 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation
    Whitehead, W. E., Borrud, L., Gode, P. S., Meikle, S., Mueller, E. R., Tuteja, A.,...Ye, W. (2009). Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterology, (137)2, 512-517

    Recorded Lecture: Watch Before the In-Person Component of the Course

    1. Colorectal Anatomy & Physiology (75 Min)

    2. Medical Testing & Rehab Examination (45 Min.)

    3. Fecal Incontinence (60 Min.)

    4. Constipation (60 Min.)

    5. Anatomy: Pelvic Floor, Penis, Scrotum & Contents (60 Min.)

    6. Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction (45 Min.)

    7. Topics in Inclusive Care (60 Min.)

    8. Colorectal Conditions (45 Min.) 

    Day One:

    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Introduction, Goals, Objectives
    8:30 Colorectal Anatomy and Physiology Review, Anorectal Examination
    9:15 LAB 1: Anorectal Evaluation: Sidelying Anorectal Examination & Muscle Mapping
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Fecal Incontinence, Case Study
    11:15 Constipation, Case Study
    12:00 Lunch
    1:00 Pelvic Pain: Prostatitis, Scrotal Pain
    2:00 Coccyx Dysfunction
    3:00 Break
    3:15 LAB 2: External Palpation & Intervention Posterior Pelvis
    4:15 Prostatectomy Part I
    5:15 Questions
    5:30 Adjourn

    Day Two:

    7:45 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
    8:00 Prostatectomy Part II
    8:45 Pudendal
    9:45 Break
    10:00 LAB 3: Internal Interventions for Coccyx, Pudendal and Pelvic Pain
    11:15 LAB 4: Inclusive Language
    12:00 Lunch
    12:45 Colorectal Conditions
    2:00 Break
    2:15 LAB 5: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
    3:30 Questions
    4:00 Adjourn

     

    Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

    1.   Describe anatomy of the colorectal region.
    2.   Explain physiology of the gastrointestinal system including pathophysiology pertaining to bowel dysfunction.
    3.   Perform examination and evaluation of pelvic floor function related to anorectal structures.
    4.   Recognize types of fecal incontinence and develop plans of care for intervention including behavioral training and education.
    5.   Recognize and treat constipation, name the signs, symptoms, and interventions for hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and other common colorectal conditions.
    6.   Identify specific pelvic floor muscles and key bony landmarks within the anorectal canal.
    7.   Perform external and internal rectal myofascial treatment techniques such as Thiele’s massage and trigger point release.
    8.   Perform patient education and behavioral training for constipation, fecal incontinence and pelvic pain syndromes.
    9.   Describe and teach three SEMG downtraining (relaxation) strategies for the overactive pelvic floor.
    10. Describe and demonstrate coccyx evaluation and treatment using internal and external coccyx mobilizations.
    11. Describe male urogenital and pelvic floor anatomy, identify signs and symptoms of prostatodynia
    12. List key medical diagnostic procedures for colorectal conditions.

      Name Street Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    Valley View Hospital

    1906 Blake Avenue
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
    Recommended Lodging

    The Hotel Denver
    (800)826-8820

    402 7TH STREET
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
    Nearest Airport

    Eagle County Regional Airport
    Airport Code: EGE

    217 Eldon Wilson Rd
    Gypsum, CO 81637

     

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    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

    Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.



    Allison Ariail, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, BCB-PMD, PRPC

    Allison Ariail

    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.

    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Pelvic Floor Level 2B - East Greenwich, RI - April 17-19, 2020 (Rescheduled)

    Update 3/19/2020: As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, this course has been postponed. Once we have a new date confirmed, we will update our website and make the event available for registration. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. Please practice good hygiene, and be safe!

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    East Greenwich
    • Description

    • Schedule

    • Objectives

    • Location/Lodging

    • Instructors

    • Discounts

    Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Contact Hours: 22.5

    This three day (8 hours of online content, plus 2-days of in-person learning) intermediate-level continuing education course further defines skills and knowledge learned in the foundational Pelvic Floor Level One course. Specific, advanced examination techniques such as pelvic muscle mapping and interventions including downtraining of overactive muscles is instructed. With a specific focus on urogynecologic conditions including prolapse and pelvic organ descent, various pelvic pain diagnoses, and abdominal wall rehabilitation, the participant will be able to learn specific skills to treat these conditions that have a significant negative impact on a woman's health. Evidence-based references and case studies will be presented for thorough understanding of current medical evaluation and management of each condition.

    Instruction in female urogynecologic anatomy occurs throughout this continuing education course, along with education in current terminology and clinical models related to trunk and pelvic control. Detailed internal vaginal and external perineal examinations are included in the practical lab activities, during which the participant will have two instructors and several experienced lab assistants as guides. An entire lecture is dedicated to the management of prolapse and pelvic organ descent so that the pelvic rehabilitation provider will be able to develop clinical and home program strategies for the patient who presents with conditions such  rectocele, cystocele, or uterine prolapse.

    Common conditions associated with female pelvic pain are included throughout the three days of education. Such diagnoses may include vulvar pain, vestibulitis, interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome, episiotomy, dyspareunia, lichen sclerosis, lichen simplex, or lichen planus. Both abdominal and pelvic muscle tenderness is higher in patients who have chronic pelvic pain, and increased pelvic muscle tender points have been noted to correlate with higher rates of depression, dyspareunia (pain with sexual function), and bowel dysfunction. (Montenegro et al., 2009; Montenegro et al., 2010) Assessment and treatment of pelvic and abdominal wall tender points is instructed along with abdominopelvic nerve dysfunction and relaxation training- all are strategies that the clinician can employ immediately following completion of this continuing education course. The important and sensitive topic of sexual abuse and trauma as it relates to pelvic dysfunction and to care of the patient is discussed.

    Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.

    Special Considerations:

    As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.

    The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.

    Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Participants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times. 

     

    PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. 

     

     

     

    Prerequisites:

    Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.

     

    Audience:

    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.

    Assignments:

    In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar.

    Prerequisite Skills Review

     

     

    Required Readings

    1. Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Load Transfer by Diane Lee and Linda-Joy Lee
    2. Read the articles from the National Vulvodynia Association website on vulvodynia and its diagnosis
    3. Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis by Jane M. Meijlink
    4. Review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
    5. The Standardization of Terminology of Pelvic Floor Muscle Function and Dysfunction Report from the Pelvic Floor Clinical Assessment Group of the ICS
    6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.


    References

    De Souza Montenegro, M. L. L., Mateus-Vasconcelos, E. C. L., Silva, J. C. R. E, Nogueira, A. A., Dos Reis, F. J. C.,& Poli Neto, O. B. (2010). Importance of pelvic muscle tenderness evaluation in women with chronic pelvic pain. Pain Medicine, 11(2), 224-228.
    Montenegro, M. L. L. S., Gomide, L. B., Mateus-Vasconcelos, E. L., Rosa-e-Silva, J. C., Candido-dos-Reis, F. J., 
    Nogueira, A. A., & Poli-Neto, O. B. (2009). Abdominal myofascial pain syndrome must be considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 147(1), 21-24.

     

    Similar to Pelvic Floor Level 1, this course is shifting from a 3-day in-person format, to 8 hours of online lecture and a 2-day in-person event. The total number of contact hours, and hands-on lab time will remain the same. We have not finalized the schedule for this new format yet, but we will post it here once we have done so. The new schedule will have much of the same content as the below schedule for the 3-day in-person version, but it will be re-organized to better suit this new format. We are leaving the old 3-day schedule here as a reference, but please realize that this schedule will be updated to reflect the new content and format once we have finalized the shift. To read more about this change to our Pelvic Floor Series, check out our FAQ on the subject.

    Day One:
    7:30 Registration
    8:00 Objectives, introductions, overview
    8:15 Pelvic rehab concepts, anatomy, and specific palpation
    9:15 Prolapse anatomy, evaluation and treatment
    10:00 Break 
    10:15 Prolapse anatomy, evaluation and treatment (continued)
    11:15 Lab 1: Specific layer palpation and prolapse
    12:15 Lunch
    1:15 Medical and multidisciplinary management of pelvic pain
    2:15 Examination skills pelvic pain
    3:15 Break
    3:30 Lab 2: Examination techniques for pelvic pain
    4:30 Mini prolapse & pain case discussions
    5:00 Summary and Questions, post-test
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Two:
    8:00 Questions from Day 1
    8:15 Specific conditions: vulvar pain, dyspareunia and vaginismus
    9:45 Break
    10:00 Neuromuscular relaxation training
    11:00 Lab 3: Thermistor activity & restorative practices
    11:45 Lunch
    12:45 Specific conditions: Interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, PCOS, UTI
    2:30 Break
    2:45 Pelvic pain manual skills
    3:45 Lab 4: Pelvic pain manual skills
    5:00 Summary and questions, post-test
    5:15 Adjourn

    Day Three:
    8:00 Questions
    8:15 Trauma Informed Care
    9:15
     Breathing and pressure management
    10:15 Break
    10:30 Lab 5A: Breathing and pressure management
    11:15 Abdominal neuromyofascial techniques
    12:15 Lunch
    1:00 Lab 5B: Abdominal neuromyofascial techniques
    2:15 Break 
    2:30 Case studies, treatment progressions, resources 
    3:15 Post-test, course evaluations, questions and course summary, wrap-up
    3:30 Adjourn 

    Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify anatomy/pathophysiology of the female reproductive and urologic systems with reference to vaginismus, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, pelvic organ prolapse and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.
    2. Identify specific pelvic floor muscle locations with external and internal vaginal examinations.
    3. Perform internal vaginal myofascial and soft tissue treatment techniques to the pelvic muscles.
    4. Describe and teach three neuromuscular relaxation training techniques for the pelvic muscles.
    5. Perform an SEMG pelvic floor muscle assessment and interpretation for appropriate treatment intervention.
    6. Perform external perineal examinations appropriate for vaginismus, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, pelvic organ prolapse and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.
    7. Perform patient related education and behavioral instruction pertaining to discussed urogynecologic conditions.
    8. Demonstrate muscle assessment tests to identify anterior and posterior vaginal wall relaxation (pelvic organ prolapse).
    9. Develop treatment plans for pelvic pain syndromes.
    10. Complete appropriate screening and referral as needed for patients who are healing from sexual trauma.

     NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
    Course Location

    New England Institute of Technology

    1 New England Tech Boulevard
    East Greenwich, RI 02818
    Recommended Lodging

    Comfort Suites West Warwick - Providence
    (401)-826-1800

    10 Keyes Way
    West Warwick, RI, 02893
    Nearest Airport

    T. F. Green Airport
    Airport Code: PVD

    2000 Post Rd
    Warwick, RI 02886

     

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    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

    Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.


    Instructors - Haarmann

     

    Susannah Haarmann, PT, CLT, WCS

    Susannah Haarmann

    Susannah Haarmann, PT, CLT, WCS graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2003. In 2007 she attended North Georgia College and State University obtaining a masters degree in Physical Therapy. Before focusing her attention on the practice of women’s health, Susannah became a well-rounded therapist working in various settings from acute care to outpatient manual therapy. She completed a residency in women’s health at Duke University in 2012 and currently treats the women’s health, lymphedema and orthopedic populations at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Susannah’s passion for improving quality of life in cancer thrivers shows in her dedication to oncology rehabilitation program development at Mission Hospital and sharing her knowledge with other therapists via the course ‘Rehabilitation for the Breast Cancer Patient.’ Outside of being a dedicated therapist, Susannah enjoys travelling, the arts and is an outdoorswoman.

     

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    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 2020Student. (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).

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    Pharmacologic Considerations for the Pelvic Health Provider - Remote Course - August 8, 2020 10:00am-12:30pm Pacific Time

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    • Remote Course Info

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    Price: $60
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Contact Hours: 2.5

    Pharmacologic agents are often a first line treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction. Most patients seeking treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction are prescribed one or more medications. Medication side effects can contribute to or, be the cause of genitourinary issues. It is important that health care providers are knowledgeable about the effects of medications and, how the medication itself could be contributing to the patient’s complaints.

    The results from a 2017 study by Araklitis, Thiagamoorthy, Hunter, Rantell, Robinson & Cardozo showed limited knowledge among health care providers regarding anticholinergic load which can impact cognitive functioning in the elderly. Anticholinergic medications are often prescribed for urinary dysfunction. Understanding medications used for genitourinary issues will enable the provider to educate patients about medication effects and, effectively communicate with other health care providers regarding medication choices for their patients.

    This two and a half hour remote learning course will discuss medications used for the treatment of pelvic floor and genitourinary conditions as well as common side effects of medications routinely used for pelvic floor dysfunction. This course will be taught by live instructor via Zoom.

    Schedule: 10:00am – 12:30pm Pacific Time

     

    Prerequisites:
    None

     

    Audience:

    This continuing education seminar is targeted to any licensed health care professional. 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.

     

    References:

    Araklitis, G., Thiagamoorthy, G., Hunter, J., Rantell, A., Robinson, D., & Cardozo, L. (2017). Anticholinergic prescription: are healthcare professionals the real burden? International Urogynecology Journal, 28(8), 1249–1256. https://doi-org.akin.css.edu/10.1007/s00192-016-3258-3

     

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

    1. Discuss the importance of medication review
    2. Discuss medications used for the treatment of pelvic floor and genitourinary conditions
    3. Describe the common side effects of medications routinely used for pelvic floor dysfunction
    4. Analyze the impact of medications on a patient’s current complaints
    5. Communicate effectively with referral sources and other primary care providers about medications used to treat pelvic floor and genitourinary conditions

    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.

    Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

    Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

    Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.

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