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 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 has developed many personalized Perinatal Fitness programs. 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).
Heather stays current with the newest research and treatment techniques by regularly attending continuing education covering various topics in the field of Women’s Health and Orthopaedics. She works with physicians and sex therapists both at the Southern California Pelvic Pain Center and in the community. She is very involved with the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Women’s HealthSection on Women’s Health and the International Pelvic Pain Society, and she has written and edited numerous documents 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 & 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.
An injury at a young age sparked in Lacey an interest in Physical Therapy. She saw first-hand how the impact and limitations of an injury affect many aspects of life, and how a particularly insightful physical therapist can help a patient return to meaningful activities. She began her career in hands-on health care as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University.
Lacey was the first female student physical therapist to serve in a pelvic floor clinical clerkship at the University of Southern California, where she developed a strong passion for helping both women and men with pelvic floor pain, discomfort and dysfunction. She has an ardent desire to educate the community on the often taboo subject of pelvic health and wellness.
Lacey received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California. She has completed courses through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute on topics including urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS), vulvar pain, chronic pelvic pain (CPP), and pudendal neuralgia.
Today, Lacey enjoys treating men and women with pelvic health, neurologic, and orthopedic conditions at Fusion Wellness & Physical Therapy.
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.
She is a passionate physical therapist who understands the lack of quality care for men's and women's pelvic health issues, and she has worked on developing successful programs to help with urinary dysfunctions such as urgency and frequency disorders, rectal pain, visceral pain, urinary and bowel incontinence and orthopaedic pains during pregnancy. She has completed visceral manipulation training in addition to her extensive pelvic floor and lymphatic training. Laureen is also a certified clinical education instructor with the American Physical Therapy Association and a member of the APTA Women’s Health Section.
Fusion Wellness PT are proud to have such a skilled and caring provider on our team!