I’m a pelvic health and orthopedic physical therapist with special interest in LGBTQI+ care and chronic pain conditions. I’m a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and trained in pelvic health through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
I’m passionate about the field of physical therapy and I’ve given the following professional presentations:
- Philadelphia Transgender Wellness Conference General Track and Professional Track 2018 and 2019: “Pelvic Health Physical Therapy for the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community”
- Yale School of Nursing 2018, 2019, 2020: “Gender Affirming Surgeries from a Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Perspective”
- Tufts Medical Center 2019: “Trans Health: What Providers Should Know About Non-Operative Healthcare of Transgender Patients”
I provide gender affirming care for individuals with bladder dysfunctions, bowel dysfunctions, sexual dysfunctions, orthopedic dysfunctions, and pelvic pain. Common reasons my patients seek physical therapy are: preparing for and recovering from surgery, pelvic floor hypertonicity, postural changes and pain from binding or tucking, pain with sex, and pelvic floor and musculoskeletal changes with hormones.
I was referred to Julia in 2019 for chronic pelvic pain I had been experiencing since I was a child. I had worked with another physical therapist previously, but working with Julia took my recovery to the next level! Julia is an incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate physical therapist committed to providing the highest quality care. She has extensive experience treating patients of all genders with pelvic pain, and is especially skilled at addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ+ patients. Julia listened to me attentively, designed a treatment plan, and patiently guided me through weeks of physical therapy.
Despite the fact that pelvic pain often has a disproportionate impact on patients sex lives, this topic is often neglected in PT further increasing patients’ feelings of distress and isolation. Julia provided an inclusive and affirming environment for me to bring up my concerns around sex and pelvic pain as a queer individual. She approached this topic with sensitivity, care, and candor. Her gentle yet firm approach allowed me to finally work through my fear of using dilators which proved a huge step in my recovery.
Julia helped me reclaim my life and sexuality from chronic pain. It has been a year since physical therapy, and I’m happy to report I no longer suffer debilitating muscle spasms, and am able to have a healthy sex life, something I thought would be impossible for me. It’s not an understatement to say my PT experience with Julia changed my life, and I can’t recommend her enough!