A Pelvic Floor and Orthopedic Approach



February 20-21, 2016* (SOLD OUT)

Sullivan Physical Therapy
12411 Hymeadow Drive, Suite 3B
Austin, TX 78750

* February's digital Q&A session is with Dr. Irwin Goldstein, a pioneer in sexual dysfunction research since the 1970’s, editor-in-chief for The Journal of Sexual Medicine, co-author of When Sex Hurts, co-editor of medical textbook Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management, Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of California at San Diego, and Director of San Diego Sexual Medicine where he maintains his clinical practice.

May 13-14, 2016*

Texas Woman's University
6700 Fannin St,
Houston, TX 77030

* May's digital Q&A session is with Dr. Deborah Coady, an active member in the pelvic pain community. She lectures on pelvic pain topics for numerous organizations and she is one of the founders of the Alliance for Pelvic Pain – an annual, educational weekend retreat for people with chronic pelvic pain. She is the author of the book Healing Painful Sex and with Dr. Lee Dellon has most recently published the article "Vulvar and pelvic pain terminology: Implications for microsurgeons" in the journal Microsurgery.

Vestibulodynia is one type of pelvic pain that women experience. This is a condition that can affect all aspects of a woman's life.

The treatment for these patients can be tricky and a multimodal approach is beneficial. Incorporating orthopedics with pelvic floor treatment is a unique method to assist your patients in meeting their goals. Treating with a strictly pelvic floor approach may mask the patient's symptoms, but the primary driver of the pain may not be identified.

By creating the appropriate medical team and expanding your treatment approach, your patients will have the opportunity to see significant improvements in their symptoms.




  • • Understand the anatomy of the spine, hips, and pelvic floor as it relates to vestibulodynia.

  • • Learn all aspects of vestibulodynia: definition, causes, symptoms, psychosocial aspects, medical management options and physical therapy interventions.

    • Incorporate a pelvic floor and an orthopedic physical therapy exam and treatment into your care for the vestibulodynia patient.

    • Demonstrate proficiency in manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercise interventions to the spine, hips, and pelvic floor.

    • Create an appropriate medical team for your patient.

    • Proceed with the patient who has reached a plateau and/or the discharged patient.

(This course has been approved by the TPTA for 16 CEUs)


Participants should be licensed physical therapists or physical therapy assistants, who have at a minimum, basic experience with an internal pelvic exam. Participants will act as both the patient and physical therapist and should be prepared for external and internal work. Please contact us if you have questions regarding the appropriateness of this course for you.

Performance of lab skills is required for course completion.  It is not necessary to have all skills performed on each student, but it is required that each student perform all skills.

Pregnant women who wish to fully participate during lab time should have a written release from their physician.

Additional Information:
Attendees should bring (2) twin sheets and (1) pillow.

Continental breakfast and snacks will be served on day one and day two. Lunch is not provided but time will be allotted.

Comfortable clothing is recommended:
sports bra, t-shirt or tank top, athletic shorts or pants.

"Sara Sauder is leading this generation of pelvic health specialists. She thinks critically and continuously strives to learn. To give back to the community, she condenses what she learns and shares the information through her blog, social media, and this course. The information in this course is evidence-based and the discussions in class are engaging and thought provoking. I highly recommend this course for pelvic floor physical therapists regardless of their years of experience."

– Stephanie Prendergast MPT
Co-Founder of Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center
Co-author of Pelvic Pain Explained
Former President of the International Pelvic Pain Society


"Sara is an amazing teacher and one of the leading educators in pelvic floor physical therapy. She is super organized, a dynamic and engaging speaker and she taught me new techniques that I had never learned in my almost 20 years as a PFPT. I recommend that everyone take her classes. "

– Amy Stein PT, DPT, BCB-PMD
Found of Beyond Basics Physical Therapy
Author of Heal Pelvic Pain
Vice President of the International Pelvic Pain Society


"LOVED this class. I felt as a physical therapist who has been practicing over 10 years in pelvic floor rehabilitation that it challenged my thought and changed the way I practiced. I learned evaluation and treatment techniques that I not only used with my patients diagnosed with vestibulodynia but pelvic pain in general. I highly recommend this class if you are looking for something to bring you to the next level of your practice."

– Kimberlee Sullivan PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD


"This course was wonderful and I would definitely recommend it to other physical therapists! It truly changed my way of thinking and provided me with a new approach in treating this patient population. For me, some of the best parts of the course included: learning new pelvic floor and orthopedic manual skills that could potentially improve my patient outcomes (not only my vestibulodynia patients but my chronic pain patients in general), having the opportunity to have a FaceTime Q&A session with a well-known physician that has experience treating vestibulodynia, and the fact that the instructors took the time to answer all questions even if we started to run short on time."

– Angela Dobinsky PT, DPT, BCB-PMD



is originally from Dallas, has lived in Houston and prefers life in Austin. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University in 2010, but began practicing with her Master in Physical Therapy in 2007. She works at Sullivan Physical Therapy and specializes in pelvic pain and mentors pelvic floor physical therapists through a professional mentorship program. To focus her interests, she authors the blog, Blog About Pelvic Pain. Through this medium she voices her opinion and experiences with diagnoses and treatments for pelvic pain. She has also been a guest writer for popular blogs such as Pelvic Guru, Pregnant Chicken, Scary Mommy and Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center. Sara interviews and shadows internationally-recognized specialists alike. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Section of Women's Health (SOWH), International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) and the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH).

has lived in Austin since 1997 where she also attended the University of Texas receiving her Liberal Arts Degree in English. She then returned back to her hometown of Houston to complete her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Texas Woman's University in 2007 and completed her Doctorate in 2010 at the same program. In 2012, she became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist and completed her Manual Therapy Program at the Manual Therapy Institute to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. She is a mentor for the Institute for Athletic Regeneration, a sports and orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship program. She is currently the Clinical Director for Integrity Rehab in Copperas Cove, Texas. She works with a dynamic population and specializes in treatment for chronic pelvic pain and disorders encompassing the lumbar and sacroiliac joint.



Course Fee: $550
Early Bird Registration: $495 (Payment must be made or postmarked at least two months before course date)

Download: Registration Form
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Please mail check and registration form to:
Alcove Education
P.O. Box 82432
Austin, Texas 78708

$50 non-refundable processing fee.
(Remainder of the registration fee will be refunded if Alcove is notified of cancellation at a minimum of 14 days prior to course start date.)

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