Heather is a recognized expert in the field of improving women's health through physical therapy, and she is the author of Sex Without Pain: A Self-Treatment Guide To The Sex Life You Deserve. She has been a featured guest on the award-winning Sex With Emily podcast, Livestrong, Loveline with Mike and Dr. Drew, Mom.me and Estrella TV with Adriana Ruggiero, and has been a contributor to ICA Update, L.A. Parent Magazine and the International Childbirth Education Association Journal, where she hosted a long-running quarterly column entitled "Perinatal Wellness", and she has been a guest blogger multiple times for the Women's Health Foundation.
As she began receiving numerous emails from people around world, Heather realized there was a lack of access to quality pelvic floor physical therapy providers. She believed that women deserved better answers and a treatment plan for the painful sex they were experiencing, so she created her book as a way to get her proven techniques to all who needed it.
Heather received a BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University. Additionally, she is a Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist through the Stretch to Win Institute, and received her Comprehensive Teacher Training Certification in Pilates from BASI.
Heather specializes in treating Orthopaedic and pelvic floor dysfunction diagnoses throughout womens' lifespans, and she enjoys her work with pregnant and postpartum women seeking to optimize their physical health. Her special interests are treating pregnancy and post-partum related disorders (sexual pain, incontinence, back/hip pain, diastasis recti, incisional/scar tissue pain and burning post C-section, vaginal scar tissue pain, hysterectomy or laparoscopic surgery), pelvic pain (vaginismus, vulvar vestibulitis, levator ani syndrome, pudendal neuralgia, interstitial cystitis (IC)/ painful bladder syndrome (PBS)), voiding dysfunction, sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunctions, persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD)/persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS), painful orgasm, anorgasmia (no orgasm), diminished orgasms, coccydynia (tailbone pain), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, etc), neck pain, tension headaches, low back pain, hip pain, and shoulder pain and dysfunction (adhesive capsulitis, rotator cuff impingement, bursitis, etc).
Her involvement in the International Pelvic Pain Society continues to grow, and she was recently appointed as one of their Board of Directors as well as serves as the Social Media Committee Chair. She has also been involved with the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Women’s Health, and has written and edited numerous documents for them that are currently distributed around the world.
With the changing healthcare climate at the time that emphasized the quantity of patient care over it's quality, Heather opened Fusion Wellness & Feminal Physical Therapy in 2009. Instead of a situation where she had to see two patients per hour that had complex pain conditions, incontinence, or all of the above, she knew that her patients deserved to be provided with actual care, not just the idea of care. With 60-120 minute sessions, her office is able to provide the hands-on treatment, skilled corrective exercises and other interventions by a specialized and licensed PT so they can get on the path to putting their pain or weakness behind them.
Laureen is an accomplished physical therapist with over 35 years of clinical and supervisory experience. Born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii, she received a degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Chicago and a Bachelors of Science in Health Education from California State University, Long Beach.
She has a strong clinical interest in orthopedics and neurological disorders, including men’s and women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunctions. She has worked closely for over 23 years with the Cancer Center and Colorectal Institute of Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, and is a certified lymphedema therapist. Working there she specialized in pelvic floor disorders and she was a frequent guest speaker at breast and prostate cancer support groups as well as other community education seminars.
As an occupational therapist, Nancy believes in empowering clients with the tools and confidence they need to find and maintain whole body health - whether it is a personalized yoga routine to address tight muscle groups, or a nightly relaxation routine to promote rest and pain reduction. Her clinical approach utilizes compassionate communication, active listening, respectful touch, and client collaboration throughout the treatment process.
With a background in yoga therapy, mindfulness meditation, and bodywork, Nancy is keenly aware of the mind-body connection. Clients can expect individualized treatment using modalities including functional movement training, therapeutic exercise, and manual therapy including trigger point release, soft tissue manipulation, connective tissue manipulation, myofacial release, Thai massage, and Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage.