Women’s Health/Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

WASHINGTON, D.C.

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(603) 769-1959 

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What is the pelvic floor? And no, it’s not just all about the “kegel.” It’s a group of important muscles that actually has multiple important jobs within our body. Its functions include organ support, maintaining continence, sexual health, muscular stability for the entire body and also helps the body to pump fluid from veins in legs to prevent fluid retention. That’s a lot of jobs for an area that often doesn’t get enough attention.

We have a team of highly dedicated and compassionate practitioners who focus on pelvic floor issues, along with pregnancy and postpartum issues. We understand this can be a sensitive area to treat, and we can keep your more at ease by treating you in the comfort of your own home.   We emphasize a very supportive relationship, with open communication between you and your therapist. Our mission is to get you back to enjoying your life the way you want.

Diagnoses we treat include:

 
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

  • Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction

  • Incontinence (urinary and fecal)

  • Painful/tight C-Section scarring

  • Bladder dysfunctions

  • Diastasis Recti Abdominis

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse

  • Painful/tight episiotomy scarring

  • Vaginisimus

  • Preparing body for labor and delivery

  • Vulvodynia/Vestibulitis

  • Dyspareunia (painful sex)

  • Constipation

  • Orthopedic issues related to PF dysfunction

  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)

  • Low back/hip pain from pregnancy/delivery

 
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Dr. Katie Bayer, Director of Women’s Health, is a therapist with a focus in manual work and functional strengthening. She has a special interest in Women’s Health, pelvic floor dysfunction and treating pregnant and postpartum women, along with visceral manipulation and dry needling.  She believes that during pregnancy, it is important to educate women on ways to manage their changing bodies, and also prepare for labor and delivery.  In postpartum (no matter how many months or YEARS you are from your last baby), she believes every woman deserves a thorough assessment and follow up care.  This may include examination of – C-section incision, pelvic floor, diastasis rectus, breathing mechanics, postures, and dysfunctional movement patterns- always with the goal to return to prior level of function and exercise.She has received training through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, the Barral Institute and the Institute of Physical Arts, among many others.

She brings a diversity of knowledge to Concierge Physical Therapists and has spent time in an array of physical therapy settings, including hospital-based PT, rehabilitation, and outpatient facilities, along with experience as a massage therapist.  This background has helped her to treat the individual as a whole, instead of just an injury.

Katie earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Mary Washington College, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Katie lives in Fall Church, VA with her husband, three energetic young daughters and dog Mack.

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Dr. Ri Sayed is a manual therapist focusing on orthopedic, pelvic floor dysfunction, visceral manipulation, integrated manual therapy, and dry needling. 

She graduated from Wroclaw Medical University in Wroclaw, Poland with Diploma in Medicine and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008. Since graduation she has received additional training from Herman Wallace, and Barral Institute, MAPS.

Ri’s philosophy of care, in her words:  “I’ve learned that not all patients will benefit from the traditional approach of physical therapy, and that you need to look beyond the symptoms and take the time to get to know the patient as a whole person.

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Dr. Julie Janes received her Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Evansville in 2006 and her Doctorate of physical therapy from Marymount University in 2009.  Julie has been practicing in an outpatient physical therapy setting for the last decade, initially working with general neurological and orthopedic conditions as well as runner rehabilitation before beginning to specialize in pelvic floor physical therapy in 2012.  Treatment of  pregnancy and postpartum diagnoses, pelvic pain, dyspareunia, urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti, pubic symphysis and sacroiliac joint dysfunction are among some of Julie’s expertise.  Julie enjoys empowering new mothers to optimize their health and wellness both when working in a one-on-one therapeutic relationship and through various community outreach programs

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Dr. Courtney Souter graduated from Virginia Tech with her B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise with a focus in Exercise Health Promotion and went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University. During her graduate studies, Courtney was awarded the K. Madison Smith Award for Clinical Excellence as nominated by her clinical instructors.

Courtney’s passion for health and wellness began during her undergrad education and her time spent teaching group exercise classes at the gym. She is a Les Mills Certified Body Pump and Body Attack instructor as well as she holds her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Certification. Courtney is committed to providing excellent quality of care to each patient and she believes the best approach is through a combination of manual therapy and functional exercise. Courtney has taken advanced courses in orthopedic manual therapy through the Virginia Orthopedic Manual Therapy Institute (VOMPTI). She has a special interest in treating both women and men with pelvic floor dysfunction and has taken courses through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys traveling, hiking, exercising and watching hockey and football.

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