- Every pelvis deserves treatment. Male, female, intersex. Some pelvic PT’s only treat a subset – only women for example. The way we look at it at KPP – if you have a pelvis, then we are here for you. Of course there are differences (for which I’ve done extensive training) but there are more commonalities than differences.
- Full body integration. It’s true that the pelvis deserves some special attention – it’s the crossing point for the upper and lower body. There are some strong psychological and emotional ties to all-things-pelvic – sexual, bowel and bladder – that always must be considered. But let’s not forget the rest of the body is attached! Good pelvic therapy looks beyond the pelvic floor. We treat head-to-toe. We must integrate the whole body into every treatment.
- Individualized care. Your care is specific to you, not your diagnosis code. You are not the same as the last client who came to us with similar issues. And more importantly, you are not your diagnosis. Although you have symptoms and diagnoses that others share, how you got there involves the rest of you. And how you get out of there (and keep it from returning) should consider all of that too. We spend time getting to know all the things about you that may have contributed to why you sought PT in the first place.
- Clarity for path forward. Many come in wondering “is this how it has to be? Do I just need to learn to live with it?”. The answer is often complicated, but not impossible to define. We provide a clear plan toward your goals. That requires extensive knowledge and skills – current and evidence-based – to help you find the answers you’re looking for. Our pledge is that we will provide honest, clear guidance on what to expect now and in the future. And if we don’t know it, we vow to find out or get you to someone who can.
- Advocacy. Too often health care is practiced in a silo. We pledge to be a team member, recognizing the need for communication – between you, us and all of those on your care team.
About Elizabeth B. Kemper & Team
We all need a tribe….For over 20 years I have created relationships with many 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.
“Really, PT for THAT?” I know it may seem odd at first. But it actually makes a lot of sense! The pelvis is the connecting point – the center of the body – and PT for this region really can be fun! Who says PT has to hurt or be boring? Let me show you how strong, secure and yes, normal you can feel again!
We are all so different…Every person has a different history with whatever ‘pelvic’ issue they are experiencing. Pelvic PT should combine truly individualized, patient-specific goals that includes a variety of PT skills and training. 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. Beware of anyone who tells you differently!
My path so far….How on Earth did you get into this? I hear that question at least once a week. C’mon…the abdominal and pelvic region is fascinating!! Right? My passion for treating pelvic stuff started in the early in my PT career and quickly became a focus. I started by treating OB and incontinence issues in the late 90’s, then progressed into treating those with more complex pelvic and abdominal pain issues for all genders. Within 2 years of starting this journey, I’d secured pelvic rehab as my primary area of interest, started my own practice and devoted myself to making things better – at first for women and now for all genders! Over 20 years later, I am excited to continue learning, teaching and spreading the word of pelvic health PT!
Been there, done that….I went through my own pregnancies, miscarriage and deliveries. I progressed into an early perimenopause and have been maneuvering through menopause (some days better than others!). Over the years, I have had pain, peed during running, learned how to live well and exercise (despite prolapse), managed constipation, and discovered the importance of nutrition. I’ve shared with and taught my family and friends how to do the same. I’ve seen thousands of clients through the same processes. Through all of that, I have become even more dedicated to this form of therapy that is so very under-represented!
My vow to you….I learn from my highly-motivated and educated patients daily, from dedicated researchers, clinicians and body-workers every chance I get, and from a variety of research/evidence-based sources, books, articles, blogs and websites as often as possible. In exchange, I offer the most caring, effective, educated and intuitive treatment of which I am able for relief of whatever brings you through my door.
- 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 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.
- Over twenty years of clinical experience, including emphasis on pelvic health for all genders.
- Extensive Post-Graduate continuing education with emphasis on manual therapeutic interventions, Redcord Neurac method and pelvic rehabilitation. Manual training includes osteopathic, craniosacral, myofascial release, integrative manual therapy, scar tissue mobilization, visceral mobilization, and joint mobilization.
- BCB-PMD (former) – Certification in pelvic muscle dysfunction biofeedback through Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. I held this certification for 20 years. I still have the skills, but decided not to pay another group to verify it for me anymore.
- Member of multiple professional organizations including Ehlers-Danlos Society, International Pelvic Pain Society, American Physical Therapy Association – Academy of Pelvic Health, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual 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.
- National Director of Pelvic Health for Activcore (previous) – developed an innovative approach to pelvic rehabilitation that includes using Redcord / Neurac programming for more holistic recovery of function.
- Contributor to MD newsletters, blogs, magazine/journal articles.
- Instructor in pelvic dysfunction – mentorship for new pelvic PT’s, courses for Family Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapy graduate students, Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nurses and Physician Assistants.
- Teacher Assistant for Herman & Wallace Pelvic Courses.
- Co-founder and former owner of private outpatient clinic in Asheville, NC.
- Mother, wife, runner, hiker, friend, dancer.
If you would like to geek out over the list of post-graduate training I’ve completed over the years…
- Pre (Meno) Matters. Litos & Snowden, Online.
- Neurac 2 Lower Body / RedCord. Atlanta, GA.
- Low Pressure Fitness / Hypopressives. Pelvic Guru, Orlando, FL.
- Neurac Levels 1 – 4 – Redcord Upper/Lower Body. Atlanta, GA.
- Endometriosis MasterClass, Integrative Women’s Health Institute. Online.
- Pre- and Postnatal Coaching Certification, Girls Gone Strong. Online.
- Pelvic Restoration, PRI. Atlanta, GA.
- Male Pelvic Health, Allied Education, Online.
- Female Athlete: Bulletproof Your Core, Sher Pelvic / Antony Lo, Atlanta, GA.
- Vestibulodynia, Alcove Education, Atlanta, GA.
- Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Prague Institute, Atlanta, GA.
- Advanced Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum, Section of Women’s Health, APTA, Atlanta, GA.
- SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment), Sovereign Rehab, Atlanta, GA.
- IASTM, Advanced CEU, Online.
- Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum, Section of Women’s Health, APTA, Atlanta, GA.
- Menopause Rehabilitation and System Management, Herman and Wallace, Atlanta, GA.
- Myokinematic Restoration, PRI, Atlanta, GA.
- Cervico-Thoracic Effect on the Pelvic Diaphragm, Atlanta, GA.
- Pelvic Floor 3, Herman and Wallace, Atlanta, GA.
- Male Pelvic Floor Assessment and Treatment, Tampa, FL.
- Sex and Sexuality in the Physical Therapy Practice, Parts A and B, Medbridge / Online.
- Pudendal Neuralgia Assessment and Treatment, Atlanta, GA.
- Functional Application in Pelvic Rehabilitation – Part B, Medbridge / Online.
- Chronic Pain and the Challenging Patient, Medbridge / Online.
- Differential Diagnosis in Chronic Pelvic Pain. Herman and Wallace. Houston, TX.
- Breathing and Postural Control, Mary Massery, CSM, Chicago, IL.
- Hip Dysfunction, Dr. Hyman, Atlanta, GA.
- Restoration of the Abdominal Wall in Post-Partum Women. Dianne Lee, CSM, New Orleans, LA.
- Women’s Health Update. Atlanta, GA.
- Visceral Mobilization. Herman and Wallace, Durham, NC.
- Mobilization of the Nervous System, NOI. Atlanta, GA.
- Movement System Approach to Musculoskeletal Pelvic Pain: Hip and Pelvic Girdle. Herman and Wallace, MSA2. Columbus, OH.
- Foundations of Trigger Point Release. MyoPain Seminars/Jan Dommerholt. Atlanta, GA.
- Colorectal Dysfunction, Coccyx Treatments, and the Male Pelvic Floor. Herman and Wallace, PF2A. Columbus, OH.
- Dynamic Stabilization – Pelvic and Abdominal Training. Paul Hodges. CSM, Las Vegas, NV.
- Continence Treatments – Primary Care Providers. Atlanta, GA.
- Advances in Pelvic Surgery – Emory University/NAFC. Atlanta, GA.
- Evaluation and Treatment of LBP and SIJ Dysfunctions. Atlanta, GA.
- Treatment of Bowel, Bladder and Pelvic Floor Disorders. Marquette University.
- Manually Managing Pain: Simple Contact for Neural Tension and Chronic Pain. Cross Country Seminars.
- MLD/CDT Intro Course. Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.
- Adaptive and Therapeutic Yoga for Rehabilitation Professionals. Cross Country Seminars.
- Postural Reflexes, TMJ, Cranial Series, Center IMT.
- Dizzy Patient Management – Vestibular Rehab, Univ of Penn.
- Functional Orthopedics I, Institute of Physical Art.
- Bone and Joint Disease, MED2000.
- Cervical-Thoracic Integration, Institute of Physical Art.
- Evaluation and Treatment of the TMJ, Motivations, Inc.
- Manual Physical Therapy: Research to Practice. Cross Country Seminars.
- Myofascial Release: Fascial-Pelvis, Barnes.
- Bones and Balance – Therapy for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment, North American Seminars.
- Shoulder Complex Assessment and Intervention, Mountain Area Health Education Center.
- Bone Bruise Seminar, Center for Integrative Manual Therapy.
- Lumbo-Pelvic Integration, Institute of Physical Art.
- Integrative Manual Therapy – Double Crush Syndrome, Dialogues in Contemporary Rehabilitation.
- Myofascial Release I, Barnes MFR Course.
- Athletic Injuries of the Shoulder and Elbow, The Miller Clinic.
- Visceral and Urogenital Manipulation, APTA – Women’s Health Section.
- Principles of Manual Medicine, Michigan State University.
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, APTA Women’s Health Section.
- CranioSacral Therapy II, Upledger Institue.
- Myofascial Mapping and Release, Dialogues in Contemporary Rehabilitation.
- Literature Review with Related Anatomy Dissection, Western Carolina University.
- Strain/Counterstrain, Dialogues in Contempory Rehabilitation.
- Traumatic Ankle Injuries and Rehabilitation, The Miller Clinic.
- CranioSacral Therapy I, Upledger Institute.
- Total Joint Rehabilitation, Total Joint Rehab Seminars, Inc.
- Endo Summit, Online.
- North American Menopause Society Summit, Online.
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome / Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (ECHO) Summit, Online.
- ISSWSH / ISSM Joint Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
- International Pelvic Pain Society Scientific Meeting / 3rd Annual World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain.
- APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Indianapolis, IN.
- IPPS Annual Scientific Meeting on Chronic Pelvic Pain.
- Urogynecology Conference. Johns Hopkins University.
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.”
““Beth has been my rock through the finale of what has been a very long journey of digestive and colorectal problems. She has been readily available whenever I send an email, no matter how trivial or desperate. She has been fantastic about talking me down from freak outs, and really listened to my concerns. She would address questions I asked, and did not need to be reminded the details of my diagnosis or details of my struggle. She is approachable and I feel she genuinely cares.”