Pelvic Health Solutions 2017 Symposium

This course imparted by Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) contains the recorded lectures from the 4th Pelvic Health Symposium. This course will challenge your theoretical and practical knowledge of pelvic health. Listen to their knowledge, and deepen your understanding of pelvic health and all of the factors that will make you a top-notch, excellent practitioner.


  1. Strategies for Healthcare Professionals to Screen for Sexual Function, Karen Brandon
  2. Bridging the Gap, Marie-Josée Forget
  3. What About My Swollen Leg? Practical Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Lymphedema - Tania Obljubek
  4. Hormonal Options for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Kathryn Flanigan,
  5. Shame, Pain and Substance Use – Melissa Payne
  6. A Urogynecologists' Approach to Chronic Pelvic Pain, Dr Colleen McDermott

What do you get in this course?

  • Slides to each lecture
  • Indefinite Access: You can come back to this course at any time. If any material is updated or material is added to the course, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certification of Completion: once you've created the course you will get a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia and while some of the content, such as the workbook can be downloaded, the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed on phone, tablet and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants (such as The Allied Health Professional Development Fund) and for tax purposes.
  • Bite sized information: all of the content is broken down into bite sized chunks so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch or for a few minutes at night.
  • You will receive a Special Coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!

Audience: Rehab Professionals (PT, PTA, OT, OTA, AT, ET, Kin, etc), movement specialists, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and those interested in learning more about pelvic floor health and wellness.

About the Instructors:

Karen Brandon, DSc PT WCS BCB-PMD 

Dr. Karen Brandon pursued her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy to further her interest in research and clinical teaching. She was part of freshman class of Board Certified Women’s Health Specialists in 2009. 

She divides her time now by teaching quarterly course work at Loma Linda University in Women’s and Men’s Health Studies, and Orthopedics as well working as a Clinical Specialist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fontana CA where she is the Regional Clinical Practice Coordinator for Pelvic Rehabilitation for 15 large hospital based clinics.

She enjoys staying connected with other professionals by serving as the Southwest Regional Representative to the American Physical Therapy Association for Women’s Health, and a site coordinator for Pelvic Floor Sexual Medicine Group of Southern California. She has presented posters and platform lectures at international interdisciplinary meetings for groups such as IPPS, ISSWSH, and national groups such as APTA, AUGS and AAGL. She served as an item writer and an exam content expert for the ABPTS Board Examiners.

Recently she co-edited a journal edition in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation focused on sexual health in seniors. She is guest lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, Riverside and Los Angeles.

Marie-Josée Forget, BScPT, Cert. MDT,

She has 18 years of clinical experience as a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1995 and began pursuing post-graduate studies in Pelvic Health in Canada and the USA in 1997 (see list below).

She provides continuing education for physicians, nurse practitioners and other health practitioners and has been a regular speaker at the Physio North conference.

She was honoured when asked to join Pelvic Health Solutions as an Associate Instructor since 2011 and currently teaches the Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Floor Courses and the Level I, II, IV courses. She had the pleasure of speaking at her first International conference, in February 2015, for the Combined Section Meeting of the APTA with her teaching colleague, Carolyn Vandyken.

Marie-Josée co-owns Gateway Physiotherapy Center in North Bay and operates a satellite pelvic health clinic in New Liskeard.

Tania Obljubek,  BScPT , MLD

Tania is extremely deserving of our PHS Spotlight. She is by far one of the most modest people I have ever met. She is a brilliant individual with a wealth of knowledge in many areas.

She graduated with a BSc from Lakehead University and a physical therapist degree (BScPT) from the University of Western Ontario. She also holds a clinical lecturer position at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. 

Tania has worked at Women’s College Hospital for 19 years. She started the pelvic health physiotherapy program at the hospital. When the program closed after returning from maternity leave, Tania moved o to Women’s cancers, specifically breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and lymphedema and seniors health. She has worked in many areas of the hospital including pre and post natal, osteoporosis, PCOS, chronic disease management and wound care. Tania also has a faculty position at the University of Toronto and lecturer both at the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario.  She has been working in the area of geriatrics for 10 years.

Kathryn Flanigan, NP-PHC, BScN MN

Kathryn works as a nurse practitioner at Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team in Kitchener Ontario. She has Level 1 certification for physical therapy rehabilitation for men and women with urinary incontinence. She also facilitates a group for men and women over age 75 called “Gotta Go: But Only When You Want To”, that teaches behaviour modification and pelvic floor exercises to seniors.

Melissa Pyne Melissa Pyne, BA, MSW, RSW 

Melissa is a registered social worker with over 10 years experience in the field of mental health and addiction. Currently, she works full time in the adult outpatient Mental Health and Addiction Program at Grand River Hospital delivering group and individual therapy to adults in acute mental health crisis. In addition to her work at the hospital, Melissa works at Qualia Counselling Services, a full service counselling agency specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  She also provides field supervision to Laurier's MSW students. 

Melissa holds an BA (hons.) in Psychology from York University and a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is certified in Concurrent Disorders and is credentialed through the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. In order to help people unlock their full potential, Melissa has certified in the Daring Way, a highly experiential methodology in developing shame resiliency based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

Dr Colleen McDermott, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Dr McDermott is full-time medical staff in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Mount Sinai and Women’s College Hospitals (re-located January 2017 from her full-time position in the Division of FPMRS at St Michael’s Hospital that she has held since 2008).

She completed medical school at the University of Toronto and FPMRS Fellowship training at Indiana University. She has two Masters degrees: Pathology (McGill University) and in Clinical Research (Indiana University). Her Research interests are primarily in clinical research related to surgical and quality of life outcomes in pelvic floor disorders.

Instructor Name Pelvic Health Solutions
Cost CA$99.00
Run Time 4:42:46
Access Duration Indefinite access after purchase