Physical Therapy Care of Trans/Gender Diverse Patients - Uro Sante

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course objectives - entry level Female Urinary Incontinence
Day 1 : 10:00 - 17:00 Live-online learning (Montreal Time)
Day 2 : 10:00 - 17:00 Live-online learning (Montreal Time)
course schedule

Your Instructors:

Kristina Fitzgerald, LATC, MSPT, DPT, PRPC, (she/her)¬†is a Doctor of Physical Therapy in the department of pelvic rehabilitation at Miriam Hospital.¬† She graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Rhode Island.¬† Kristina Completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.¬† She is a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner.¬† She is currently a clinical specialist physical therapist at Miriam Hospital and staff physical therapist at a skilled nursing facility in Rhode Island.¬† Kristina co-authored a continuing education course on physical therapy care of patients who are transgender and gender diverse.¬† She is Contributing Faculty at URI’s Doctor of Therapy Program.¬† She was a guest speaker at the WPATH’s 2020 Surgeon’s Day to discuss how physical therapy plays a critical role in patient care before and after gender affirming surgeries.


Kristina Fitzgerald

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Alex Papale PT, DPT (they/them)¬†is a pelvic health physical therapist and sex educator based¬† in Boston, MA.¬† They treat patients at Flourish Physical Therapy, as well as develop and teach trainings and continuing education courses on sexual and pelvic health, BDSM, and LGBTQ+ healthcare.¬† Alex began their professional career as an inclusivity consultant for a major medical institution in Boston, while co-creating and teaching one of the first national con-ed courses on pelvic health PT for the trans and gender non-conforming population.¬† Since then, they’ve lead over 20 workshops and trainings to audiences ranging from a handful of people to national conferences on sex toys, kink, pelvic health, and gender, and they continue to expand their specialized training as a sex educator.


Alex Papale

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Christy Ciesla, PT, DPT, PRPC (she/her)¬†manages Pelvic Rehabilitation Services for The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI.¬† Ciesla graduated from Syracuse University in 1998 with a degree in physical therapy and later received her doctorate from Utica College.¬† Dr. Ciesla is a board-certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner, skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic dysfunction.¬† She is a member of the APTA, IPPS, and WPATH, and has served as both chair and vice chair of the Rhode Island Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Special Interest Group.¬† Ciesla is a credentialed clinical instructor and mentors other physical therapists, medical students and residents interested in her area of expertise¬† She serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Rhode Island and as a guest lecturer at Brown University.¬† Dr. Ciesla has a co-authored a continuing education course for trans/gender diverse patients, both before and after gender affirming surgeries and procedures, and also served as a guest speaker at the 2020 WPATH Surgeon’s Day to discuss the role physical therapy plays before and after gender affirming care.


Christy C. Ciesla

Doctor of Physical Therapy