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Angela Silva, DPT

Angela Silva, DPT

Angela Silva, DPT, is the scholarship recipient of the Pelvic Health physical Therapy Level 1 in Novi, Michigan June 8-10, 2018. This scholarship is funded by Section on Women’s Health-APTA and was established to recognize outstanding full-time students enrolled in a physical therapy program. Angela has recently graduated from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, and is going to join 30 other PTs and SPTs in this weekend’s course to further her education and skills in pelvic floor physical therapy.

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How My Personal Reproductive Health Journey Steered Me to a Career in Physical Therapy

At the age of 17, I was diagnosed with a congenital uterine anomaly leading to a long and winding path involving various medical practitioners, testing procedures, and surgeries in order to gain control over my own reproductive health. This on-going experience has provided me with a unique understanding of women’s health and pelvic floor issues as well as their effects on the physical and psychological well-being of those who experience them. Moreover, embarking on my own reproductive health journey at such a young age has taught me how any healthcare provider can have a deep and lasting impact on her patients’ perceptions of themselves, their gender roles, and their sexuality – whether that impact be positive or negative.

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