Karen Brandon, DSc, PT, WCS
Kaiser Permanente, OBGYN Department | Fontana, California
After completing her Bachelors in Experimental Psychology and Masters in Physical Therapy, Karen Brandon pursued her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University to further her interest in research and academics. She was part of freshman cohort of Board-Certified Women’s Health PT Specialists in 2009. She is an adjunct professor at Loma Linda University in Women’s and Men’s Health Studies, and Orthopedics as well working at Kaiser Permanente Southern California as Regional Clinical Practice Lead and KP SBC Clinical Supervisor for Pelvic Rehabilitation covering program development, and professional training. She also travels internationally to train for Post-professional PT programs with LLU and University Of Southern California from Brazil to China.
She enjoys maintaining quality in the PT profession by serving as an executive board member of the IPPS serving as Treasurer this year. She is the chairwoman for the diversity inclusion equity committee of the ISSWSH, and at APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Director at Large and she is a board member for the PT Board of California. She is journal reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine and was an edition editor for the journal ”Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: Sex in the Second Half.” She has also authored chapters in 3 textbooks on pelvic pain and female sexual function.
Charles Butrick, MD, FPMRS
Urogynecology of Kansas City | Overland Park, Kansas
Charles “Chip” Butrick is a practicing, board-certified urogynecologist in Kansas City. His original exposure to urogynecology started during his OB GYN residency at Washington University, St. Louis in 1980. His urogynecology training has involved multiple preceptorships with both urogynecologists and urologists from around the country and continues to this day. He trained with the inventor of mid-urethral slings and has performed 1000s of slings for treatment of urinary incontinence. His area of special interest involves neuro-urology, especially as it applies to various pain disorders. He trained with the inventor of sacral nerve neuromodulation and has performed that procedure longer than anyone in the Midwest. His skills and experience have earned his practice the designation as a Center of Excellence in Neuromodulation.
Approximately 50% of his practice involves chronic pelvic pain management and he was a founder of the International Pelvic Pain Society. He has been actively involved in education of providers in the evaluation and management of patients with various pelvic pain disorders for the last 25 years. Dr. Butrick has earned the respect of his peers, as they have repeatedly awarded him with “Top Doctor” -consecutively for the last 10 years. He helps patients from around the world with persistent post-operative pain, interstitial cystitis, dyspareunia and vulvodynia. He has authored many articles and chapters and is a reviewer for at least 7 peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Urology, the Journal of Sexual Medicine and most journals involved in urogynecology, neuromodulation and OB/GYN. While practicing part time he is also the Chief Medical Officer of UroShape, LLC. This company has developed SoLá Pelvic Therapy, the newest FDA cleared therapy for pelvic pain. He is also the founder of Pelvic Answers, a telehealth-based business that provides patient education and consultative services for patients outside the Kansas City area.
Sarah Fox, MD, FACOG
Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology | Providence, Rhode Island
Sarah Fox, MD, FACOG, is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Pelvic Pain Program. A clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Fox received a medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Brunswick, NJ, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Allegheny General Hospital-Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.
She completed a fellowship in urogynecology and pelvic floor dysfunction at St. George’s Hospital at the University of London in England. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is a member of the board of directors and past president of the International Pelvic Pain Society and has been treating pelvic pain since 2000. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the department of gender studies at Brown University and teaches an undergraduate course: "Reproductive Health: Science and Politics."
Dr. Fox cares for gynecology patients and patients in the Pelvic Pain Program and Menopause Consultation Program.
Her clinical interests include chronic pelvic pain, LGBTQ health, menopause, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), sexual dysfunction, and general gynecology.
Alexandra Milspaw, PhD, MEd, LPC
Dr. Alexandra Milspaw | Kempton, Pennsylvania
Dr. Alexandra Milspaw is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania, an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist, and Board Certified Hypnotist. She is the author of Hello Down There: A Guide to Healing Pelvic and Sexual Pain. Dr. Milspaw serves as the National Director of Behavioral Health Services for Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, a nationally-known physiatry practice specializing in chronic pelvic pain. Dr. Milspaw serves on the Executive Board of the International Pelvic Pain Society and has been the Director of their Clinical Foundations Training Course since 2018. Dr. Milspaw specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and sexual health. Her life's work and passion is aimed towards bridging the gap between the medical and psychological worlds, hoping to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in improving the lives of both patient and practitioner. More information can be found at www.dralexmilspaw.com and www.pelvicrehabilitation.com.
Amy Stein, DPT, BCB-PMD, IF
Beyond Basics Physical Therapy | New York, New York
Premier physical therapist, founder, and pioneer – Amy is at the forefront of treating pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain, specializing in functional manual therapy for all people, including children.
In addition to being the founder of Beyond Basics, Amy has served as the President – and is currently on the advisory board – of the International Pelvic Pain Society. Amy also lectures internationally, has been featured in documentaries, and interviewed on critically-acclaimed TV shows like Dr. Oz, ABC’s 20/20, and Good Morning La La Land.
As an award-winning author, Amy has written books on pelvic pain (Heal Pelvic Pain) and endometriosis (Beating Endo: How to reclaim your life from Endometriosis) and created a video on pelvic pain (Healing Pelvic Pain and Abdominal Pain). Amy is also a co-editor of Healing in Urology as well as a featured author in many medical textbooks, including Pelvic Pain Management, Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management, Management of Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women, and The Overactive Pelvic Floor.
Her award-winning books and videos help people heal from pain, improve function, and take back their lives. She is a tireless educator and advocate, working closely with patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers everywhere to raise access and awareness, so more people get the care they need.
Amy recently founded her own line of healing CBD products, Wellness x Nature, that aims to further assist and inspire those on their mission to good health and healing.
- Describe how chronic pelvic pain is different from acute pain
- Explain the role the nervous system plays in the pain experience
- List the areas that pelvic pain practitioners can address in their assessment and treatment
- Outline the self-management tools that show the best outcome for improving function
Introduction and Definition of Pelvic Pain
The Impact of Chronic Pain
What is CP and why do I have it?
Risk Factors for CPP
Pain in the Brain? Heal the Hardware, Update the Software
Q & A, Mindfulness and Breathing
Types of Pain or Pain Generators
Q & A
Break or Experiential Practice Opportunity
|1:45 p.m.||Types of Pain or Pain Generators|
IC/bladder pain syndrome (male, female); Diagnosis and treatment - C. Butrick
Functional GI Conditions
Setting Up a Lifestyle for Making Progress
Final Q & A, Self Stretching and Self Muscle release
|2:45 p.m.||Final Take-away and Summary |
Summary of concepts; Resources/Demo of how to get on IPPS website; Steps to get better, Exit survey - K. Brandon