Evolve Physical Therapy of Rochester was born from a desire to devote more 1:1 time with our patients. We strive to be a clinic where all people feel safe and supported; where challenging issues like incontinence, pain and trauma can be addressed with a patient-centered approach. We aim to empower our patients to understand their bodies, feel heard and respected, and learn effective strategies for healing.
We expand the footprint of pelvic health physical therapy services in the Greater Rochester area, and we hope to impact the world of pelvic health for adults and children for years to come.
One of the biggest and most fulfilling parts of my job as a physical therapist is helping people understand their body and how it functions. Many of us don’t pay a lot of attention to our body unless there’s a problem, and issues involving pelvic health can drastically alter someone’s day to day or recreational life. I love helping guide patients on their journey to recovery, watching them take steps to achieve their goals and then step back into life as they want it to be.
I grew up in a small town in the foothills of the Adirondacks and completed my education at the State University of New York at Albany and my Bachelors degree at SUNY Buffalo. Since moving to Rochester over 22 years ago I have concentrated on orthopedics, including aquatic physical therapy. The past several years I’ve focused on pelvic health, myofascial release, chronic pain science/education and biopsychosocial integration. I strongly believe that understanding our mind-body connections are essential to achieving full recovery from injury and dysfunction.
I am now lucky to live with my husband and kitties in the Perinton area, enjoy running, hiking, antiques and all the natural beauty our area has to offer.
One of the greatest aspects about my job is watching the joy in people’s faces when they achieve their goals. I have been working as a physical therapist for over 18 years, and it never gets old. I love the high-fives I get when a mom can finally run/jump/exercise/chase her kids around the yard without any urinary incontinence or the cards my pediatric patients create for me when they are finally able to poop without pain (we call it a “potty party” in case you were wondering). And the smile I get when someone tells me, “I didn’t believe this therapy would actually work, but you changed my life.” Priceless.
After I graduated from Ithaca College with a Master of Physical Therapy and SUNY Brockport with a second Bachelor of Science with a major in physical education and concentration in Athletic Training, I started my career in sports medicine/ orthopedics while in Boston, MA. I had the pleasure to work with everyone from the high school athletes to weekend warriors to professional players. I dabbled in triathlon training myself, and I’m proud to say I am an Ironman Finisher! Somewhere along the line I started to learn just how important the pelvic floor and “the core” was to … everyone. I dove into the world of pelvic health. I completed my pelvic and obstetric CAPP coursework. I took every pediatric pelvic health course I could find. I found some amazing mentors and helped mentee passionate PT students. Long story short, our profession has come A LONG WAY in terms of how we integrate our knowledge of body systems and biomechanics into every day life, but we still have a ways to go, and I am so grateful that I get to be a part of it.
As much as I love my career, I love my family more. I hope to teach my two girls how to be strong, brave, kind, and compassionate as they grow. I also hope that one day I will beat them in the game of Memory (but today is not that day). And I’m sure their hope for me is that one day I will stop asking them about their bowel movements.