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.
This is some really weird, um, stuff….I know it may seem like a really strange thing at first – “really, PT for THAT?” But it actually makes a lot of sense! It’s 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…Would you deadlift 300 pounds if you just had surgery? Would you run a marathon if you have had knee pain for a year? NO! Every person has a different history with whatever ‘pelvic’ issue they are experiencing. Pelvic PT should combine truly individualized, patient-specific goals that includes all types of PT 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. 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 (soon spreading into online offerings)!
Been there, done that….I went through my own pregnancies, miscarriage and deliveries. I progressed into and through an early peri-menopause. I have been maneuvering through menopause (some days better than others!). 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 gender-specific (men’s and women’s) health issues for most of them.
- National Director of Pelvic Health for Activcore – developing an innovative approach to pelvic rehabilitation that includes using Redcord / Neurac programming for more holistic recovery of function.
- Extensive post-graduate Continuing Education with emphasis on manual therapeutic interventions, Redcord Neurac method 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, 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.
- 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.
- 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…
- Neurac 2 Lower Body / RedCord. Atlanta, GA. May, 2019.
- ISSWSH / ISSM Annual Meeting. March 2019.
- Low Pressure Fitness / Hypopressives. Pelvic Guru, Orlando, FL. March 2019.
- Neurac 2 Upper Body / RedCord. Atlanta, GA. December 2018.
- Endometriosis MasterClass, Integrative Women’s Health Institute. Online. March – April 2018.
- Pre- and Postnatal Coaching Certification, Girls Gone Strong. Online. February – March 2018.
- Neurac 1 / RedCord. Atlanta, GA. October 2017.
- International Pelvic Pain Society Scientific Meeting / 3rd Annual World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain, October 2017.
- Pelvic Restoration, PRI. Atlanta, GA. September 2017.
- Male Pelvic Health, Allied Education, Online. March 2017.
- Female Athlete: Bulletproof Your Core, Sher Pelvic / Antony Lo, Atlanta, GA. March 2017.
- Vestibulodynia, Alcove Education, Atlanta, GA. February 2017.
- Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Prague Institute, Atlanta, GA. December 2016.
- Advanced Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum, Section of Women’s Health, APTA, Atlanta, GA. October 2016.
- SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment), Sovereign Rehab, Atlanta, GA. August 2016.
- IASTM, Advanced CEU, Online. August 2016.
- Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy and Postpartum, Section of Women’s Health, APTA, Atlanta, GA. April 2016.
- Menopause Rehabilitation and System Management, Herman and Wallace, Atlanta, GA. March 2016.
- Myokinematic Restoration, PRI, Atlanta, GA. January 2016.
- Cervico-Thoracic Effect on the Pelvic Diaphragm, Atlanta, GA. November 2015.
- Ethics and Jurisprudence, Atlanta, GA. September 2015.
- Pelvic Floor 3, Herman and Wallace, Atlanta, GA. April 2015.
- APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. February 2015.
- Male Pelvic Floor Assessment and Treatment, Tampa, FL. October 2014.
- Sex and Sexuality in the Physical Therapy Practice, Parts A and B, Medbridge / Online, Oct – Dec 2014.
- Pudendal Neuralgia Assessment and Treatment, Atlanta, GA. August 2013.
- Functional Application in Pelvic Rehabilitation – Part B, Medbridge / Online. August 2013.
- Ethics and Jurisprudence, Atlanta, GA. June 2013.
- Chronic Pain and the Challenging Patient, Medbridge / Online. April 2013.
- Differential Diagnosis in Chronic Pelvic Pain. Herman and Wallace. Houston, TX. October 2012.
- Breathing and Postural Control, Mary Massery, CSM, Chicago, IL. February 2012.
- APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, IL. February 2012.
- Hip Dysfunction, Dr. Hyman, Atlanta, GA. November 2011.
- Ethics and Jurisprudence, Atlanta, GA. June 2011.
- Restoration of the Abdominal Wall in Post-Partum Women. Dianne Lee, CSM, New Orleans, LA. February 2011.
- APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA. February 2011.
- Women’s Health Update. Atlanta, GA. September 2010.
- Visceral Mobilization. Herman and Wallace, Durham, NC. June 2010.
- Mobilization of the Nervous System, NOI. Atlanta, GA. October 2009.
- Movement System Approach to Musculoskeletal Pelvic Pain: Hip and Pelvic Girdle. Herman and Wallace, MSA2. Columbus, OH. October 2009.
- Ethics and Jurisprudence, Atlanta, GA. June 2009.
- Foundations of Trigger Point Release. MyoPain Seminars/Jan Dommerholt. Atlanta, GA. October 2008.
- Colorectal Dysfunction, Coccyx Treatments, and the Male Pelvic Floor. Herman and Wallace, PF2A. Columbus, OH. September 2008.
- Dynamic Stabilization – Pelvic and Abdominal Training. Paul Hodges. CSM, Las Vegas, NV. February 2008.
- APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. February 2008.
- Continence Treatments – Primary Care Providers. Atlanta, GA. November 2007.
- Advances in Pelvic Surgery – Emory University/NAFC. Atlanta, GA. November 2007.
- Evaluation and Treatment of LBP and SIJ Dysfunctions. Atlanta, GA. September 2007.
- Treatment of Bowel, Bladder and Pelvic Floor Disorders. Marquette University. June 2007.
- Manually Managing Pain: Simple Contact for Neural Tension and Chronic Pain. Cross Country Seminars. November 2006.
- MLD/CDT Intro Course. Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. December 2005.
- Adaptive and Therapeutic Yoga for Rehabilitation Professionals. Cross Country Seminars. October 2005.
- IPPS Annual Scientific Meeting on Chronic Pelvic Pain. October 2005.
- Postural Reflexes, TMJ, Cranial Series, Center IMT. November 2004.
- Effective Marketing Strategies for Rehab and Therapy. Cross Country Seminars. August 2004.
- Dizzy Patient Management – Vestibular Rehab, Univ of Penn. April 2004.
- Urogynecology Conference. Johns Hopkins University. February 2004.
- Microsoft Excel. Fred Pryor Seminars. December 2003.
- Functional Orthopedics I, Institute of Physical Art. November 2003.
- Bone and Joint Disease, MED2000. November 2003.
- Cervical-Thoracic Integration, Institute of Physical Art. October-November 2003.
- Accounting for Non-Accountants, SCORE. October 2003.
- Evaluation and Treatment of the TMJ, Motivations, Inc. September 2003.
- Spanish for Healthcare Providers, MAHEC. September-November 2003.
- New Tax Law Update, Hendersonville Chamber. September 2003.
- Manual Physical Therapy: Research to Practice. Cross Country Seminars. August 2003.
- Myofascial Release: Fascial-Pelvis, Barnes. August 2003.
- Bones and Balance – Therapy for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment, North American Seminars. May-June 2003.
- Healthcare Human Resource Hot Spots, Mountain Area Health Education Center. May 2003.
- Shoulder Complex Assessment and Intervention, Mountain Area Health Education Center. May 2003.
- Bone Bruise Seminar, Center for Integrative Manual Therapy. April 2003.
- Lumbo-Pelvic Integration, Institute of Physical Art. March 2003.
- Integrative Manual Therapy – Double Crush Syndrome, Dialogues in Contemporary Rehabilitation. December 2002.
- Myofascial Release I, Barnes MFR Course. August 2002.
- Athletic Injuries of the Shoulder and Elbow, The Miller Clinic. January 2002.
- Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Professionals, Fred Pryor Seminars. September 2001.
- Coding and Billing for Therapy and Rehab, Cross Country University. September 2001.
- Visceral and Urogenital Manipulation, APTA – Women’s Health Section. July 2001.
- Principles of Manual Medicine, Michigan State University. December 2000.
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, APTA Women’s Health Section. November 2000.
- CranioSacral Therapy II, Upledger Institue. October 2000.
- Myofascial Mapping and Release, Dialogues in Contemporary Rehabilitation. September 2000.
- Finance for Non-Business Managers, Fred Pryor Seminars. September 2000.
- How to Start a Small Business, Mountain Microenterprises, Inc. August-October 2000.
- Literature Review with Related Anatomy Dissection, Western Carolina University. April 2000.
- Strain/Counterstrain, Dialogues in Contempory Rehabilitation. March 2000.
- Traumatic Ankle Injuries and Rehabilitation, The Miller Clinic. January 2000.
- CranioSacral Therapy I, Upledger Institute. November 1999.
- Total Joint Rehabilitation, Total Joint Rehab Seminars, Inc. October 1998.
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.”