Fiona earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Maine, in biological sciences with minor in neuroscience. Fiona earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her clinical studies included training in inpatient rehabilitation orthopedic rehabilitation at NYU Hospital for joint diseases, as well three other outpatient orthopedic rotations, including at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy! Her training in pelvic health began during her doctoral studies at Columbia. While in grad school, also completed the pediatric specialty track. She has continued her education through Beyond Basics Physical Therapy and the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Institute. She has also received advanced orthopedic and manual therapy training through the Institute of Physical Art.
Fiona expands on her passion for pelvic floor health by promoting awareness of various pelvic floor and health topics as the head of the blog here at BBPT. Her writing has also been featured in the journal, Sexology International. She has worked to improve pelvic floor awareness among medical providers, by co-authoring a chapter in the Textbook of Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment. Fiona’s passion for pelvic floor treatment applies to people of all ages. As the head of Beyond Basics’ pediatric group, she has worked to improve awareness of the benefit of pelvic floor physical therapy for children with bowel, bladder, and pain issues and has been a featured speaker for Beyond Basics Pelvic Health 101 seminar series.
Fiona came to physical therapy as a second career. Originally in the biomedical research sector, Fiona’s goal was to contribute to work to end debilitating genetic disease. During her time at the bench, she came to realize that her true passion was to enable individuals regardless of their age, diagnosis, or prognosis to live the most full and healthy lives possible in whatever time frame they have. Pelvic health rehab was a natural extension of that desire, as it is Fiona’s philosophy that functions such as continence, toileting, sexual function, amongst other everyday tasks are instrumental to leading a full and content life. As a physical therapist, it is her desire to have all of her patients leave their treatment with practical everyday tools they can use on their own to better take care of their own symptoms and overall health.
Fiona was raised in Maine, so you might not be surprised that when she is not at work she usually can be found outdoors, running, hiking, skiing (albeit very poorly), and camping. When the weather is less forgiving, she may also be found outside but with coat.
Fiona is a member International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).