Pelvic, Abdominal, and Pediatric Physical Therapist

Whitney Sippl, DPT, WCS

Owner and Founder

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Whitney is passionate about pre/postnatal care and believes physical therapy services during pregnancy and after delivery should be standard of care in the US, like it is in other countries.   She is devoted to promoting awareness, well being, and healing of her patients with a goal of empowering women during the prenatal and postnatal periods to address any of their discomforts or concerns.  Many women are told that symptoms such as incontinence, painful intercourse, scar pain, pelvic girdle/back pain, or abdominal separation are normal after having a baby; however, although these conditions may be common, they are not “normal” and there are many techniques available to address these concerns. 

 

She loves teaching women simple ways to take care of themselves while their bodies are changing during pregnancy and enjoys helping women heal and get their bodies back after their journey through pregnancy and childbirth.  She got to experience first hand how the body changes during pregnancy and after birth as she welcomed her daughter in April 2014 and son in June 2017.

 

She currently teaches a free "Prenatal & Postpartum Physical Health & Recovery Class" at various locations around Orange County every month, has two online courses available from the Prenatal & Postnatal Classes link and speaks regularly for moms groups in Orange County.

Whitney is board certified as a women’s clinical specialist.  Originally from Wisconsin, she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and went on to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, graduating at the top of the class with a 4.0 GPA.

In her free time she enjoys playing beach volleyball, hiking, and traveling with her husband and two kids.

 Pelvic & Abdominal Physical Therapist

 Ultrasound, Laser & Manual Physical Therapist for Clogged Ducts

Sherine Aubert, PT, DPT, PRPC

Hi Mama

I believe pelvic floor physical therapy is one of the best secrets in the mommy community and I am honored to be a part of this one of a kind team, offering in home pelvic floor physical therapy and clogged milk duct treatments.  I have dedicated my undergraduate, graduate and professional career to the pelvis- as a pelvic rehabilitation specialist supporting mothers in pregnancy and post partum times.  Treating a variety of diagnoses including clogged milk ducts, prolapse, incontinence, pelvic pain, birth preparation, c section/perineal scar care, dyspareunia (pain with intercourse), diastasis recti rehabilitation (abdominal splitting) and more.

 

I use a shared responsibility model when working with mamas using behavioral and lifestyle modifications, education, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and provide individualize care.  I have taught and assisted pelvic floor education classes locally, nationally, internationally and in the academic setting. Published in APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) and LA times.

 

I always feel like I am sharing the BEST tools with mothers to optimize bedroom, bathroom, birthing and more. A career goal is to make pelvic physical therapy and rehabilitation the gold standard treatment during pregnancy and following childbirth- I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “I wish I knew about this earlier” when working with moms. 

 

I spend most work days empowering pelvises and talking about pelvic pain, pee, poop, penetration, pregnancy, prolapse, pleasure, perineums, periods, penises and anything else pelvic related, finding joy in de sensitizing sometimes sensitive topics. In my free time I enjoy exploring the outdoors, spending time in a hammock, yoga and exfoliating. (never really been big into leg shaving)

Hand Therapist/Occupational Therapist

Nicole Reaves, MS, OTR/L, CHT

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Nicole enjoys working with women during pregnancy and postpartum to address all the common hand and wrist complaints that come during this phase of life including carpal tunnel, "Mommy Thumb", and any hand or wrist pain, tingling, weakness, or numbness.

 

Nicole is an occupational therapist who specializes in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. After attending the University of California, Santa Barbara for her undergraduate degree in 2008, she decided to pursue her masters in science of occupational therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Upon entering graduate school, Nicole knew she wanted to specialize in hand therapy, thus, she has practiced in this specialty since graduating OT school. Nicole is a certified hand therapist (CHT), which is the highest hand rehabilitation designation attainable, requiring three years clinical experience and over 4,000 hours of direct hand therapy experience prior to sitting for the board exam. Additionally, Nicole is a Graston Technique Specialist and is highly experienced in Kinesio-taping and custom thermoplastic orthoses.

 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, traveling, disc golfing, hiking and jogging.

 Pelvic & Abdominal Physical Therapist

 Ultrasound, Laser & Manual Physical Therapist for Clogged Ducts

Analise Richtsmeier, DPT

Analise is a pelvic health physical therapist. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and in 2019 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She initially worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting upon graduating from physical therapy school. After completing the necessary continuing education she started a pelvic health program at her clinic in Augusta, Georgia and discovered what a needed and important specialty this was.

She believes that all women deserve to be taken care of, supported and empowered. Her goal is to be someone who can help them achieve all of these things and give them the tools necessary to be their best and happiest selves. Analise also has experience teaching fitness classes at Pure Barre and feels that every woman should feel strong, beautiful and confident in their own skin. Pelvic floor physical therapy can be a sensitive topic and intimidating for many but with the right provider can be something that can help with so many things including but not limited to incontinence, pain with intercourse, pain during pregnancy/ postpartum and musculoskeletal pain and/ or injuries resulting from any of the aforementioned issues

Analise makes all patients feel welcome to discuss and receive treatment for all pelvic floor conditions. Please feel free to reach out to her about with any questions about how she can help in each experience.

 Pelvic & Abdominal Physical Therapist

 Ultrasound, Laser & Manual Physical Therapist for Clogged Ducts

Crystal Heath, PTLA

Crystal believes women should feel empowered by the miracles of their bodies and that all mamas should have the access to the care that they need prior to and following birth. She is passionate about bringing more awareness to the medical community (and general population) that pelvic floor physical therapy should be standard of care for moms, just like physical therapy is standard of care following a knee surgery! Crystal offers in home pelvic floor physical therapy, clogged milk duct treatments and infant physical therapy. She offers services in both South OC and North San Diego County.

 

From the day she was introduce to pelvic floor physical therapy as an undergraduate, she instantly felt hugely passionate and called to the career. She graduated from Northwestern University as magna cum laude and dedicated much of her time there to her passion for pelvic floor physical therapy. She took a pelvic floor elective course and began her Herman & Wallace series while still in her graduate program. She interned with Sherine Aubert, treating prolapse, incontinence, infertility, c-section/perineal scar tissue, birth prep, diastasis recti, painful sex and more. She has also spent many hours shadowing our wonderful leader, Whitney Sippl.

 

Crystal is hopeful to eventually teach and mentor future PT’s that want to join this fulfilling career. Women need more of us!

 

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing soccer, pottery, traveling and spending time with her new golden retriever pup, Luna!