Elizabeth B. Kemper
This is an exciting time…sometimes things need to shake up a bit in order to move forward. I am moving to a new company for the first time in nine years. During those years I have created relationships with many other caregivers – both locally and nationally – to build a solid network of caring, enthusiastic and knowledgeable providers in the pelvic health field. I have developed a comprehensive approach to treating a variety of abdominal, pelvic and gender-specific conditions.
Part of providing the best care includes collaboration with other top-notch providers. The team at Functionize is just that – dedicated, stellar, committed, innovative. I look forward to joining you in your return to health and function along with this amazing team!
Treatment of pelvic conditions involves combining patient-specific goals with all parts of my training – orthopedic, neurologic, visceral and musculoskeletal elements. My treatment approach is eclectic. I use multiple forms of therapy, not just one particular discipline. I think it is important for a therapist to be able to draw from a variety of resources since not all people respond to the same program. I offer this explanation of how I got to this point in my career so that you will better know the approach I use. Here are some of the basic stats, though (in other words….what do all of those letters mean?):
- One of only eight therapists world-wide with dual certification by APTA Board and by Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute
- WCS – Board Certified in Women’s Health. Certification from the American Physical Therapist Association as a physical therapist who has extensive clinical experience in the treatment of female-specific therapy issues as well as completion of case study and board examination.
- PRPC – Pelvic Rehab Practitioner Certification – Specialist certification through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Institute: “This certification is intended to distinguish professionals with expertise in treating men and women with pelvic floor dysfunction throughout the life-cycle, inclusive of bladder, bowel, gynecologic, orthopedic, sexual and obstetric topics.”
- MPT – Master of Physical Therapy – Emory University in Atlanta, GA
- Bachelor of Science – Biology/Chemistry Double Major, Magna Cum Laude from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC
- Twenty years of clinical experience, including emphasis on gender-specific (men’s and women’s) health issues for most of them
- Extensive post-graduate Continuing Education with emphasis on manual therapeutic interventions and pelvic rehabilitation
- BCB-PMD – Certification in pelvic muscle dysfunction biofeedback through Biofeedback Certification Institute of America
- Member of multiple professional organizations including International Pelvic Pain Society, American Physical Therapy Association – Section on Women’s Health, National Vulvodynia Association, Interstitial Cystitis Association, International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, American Urogynecologic Association.
- Adjunct member of Emory University Hospital Multidisciplinary Team – active in interdisciplinary monthly meetings for patient care review and mutual education regarding treatments with physicians from Emory University Urogynecology, Gastrointestinal, Colorectal, Urology, and Radiology departments.
- Contributor to MD newsletters, blogs, magazine/journal articles
- Instructor in pelvic dysfunction – courses for Family Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapy graduate students, Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nurses and Physician Assistants
- Co-founder and former owner of private outpatient clinic in Asheville, NC
- Mother, wife, runner, hiker, friend, dancer.
My passion for treating pelvic dysfunction started in the early in my PT career and quickly became a focus. Like many of us in the “women’s health physical therapy” arena, I started by treating obstetrical and incontinence issues. Shortly after, I progressed into treating those with more complex pelvic and abdominal pain issues for both men and women, securing pelvic rehab as my primary area of interest. Following my own pregnancies and deliveries, and now progression into peri-menopause, I have become even more dedicated to this form of therapy that is so very under-represented!
Comments about Elizabeth Kemper
“Women with urgency, frequency and incontinence, most quite skeptical of PT, always return with a report of some improvement over their baseline and are grateful for the experience. Women with dyspareunia [pain with penetration] and levator muscle spasticity [pelvic spasm and pain] have experienced great relief and a return to normal function in their day-to-day lives.”
“The education and feedback that Beth provides reinforces what I can teach in the office and empowers patients to continue to work to improve themselves on their own.”
Obstetrical/Gynecologic Physician (specializing in vulvodynia)
“Beth…stands out as a leader in treating pelvic floor muscle dysfunction…I trust her diagnostic skills and her therapy recommendations.”
“I cannot thank you enough for all the work you’ve done with me. I am thrilled with how much I can functionally do; I never imagined this kind of improvement and I feel that you truly gave me the tools and treatment that made all the difference. Thank you so much.”
“I (and my husband) will be forever grateful to you! You are the best resource I know for sexual dysfunction and I am letting my colleagues know about you! Thank you so much!”
“Excellent teacher and communicator”
“The quality of the hands-on work was excellent – Beth was very present.”