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.
- 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