The Global Women's Health Initiative was formed by caring thought leaders in the world of physical therapy and message media.
The idea formed because of a desire to cause systemic change in women's health. By understanding these urgent health issues, physical therapy education and programs can make a transformative difference in the lives of women in need.
We have formed this exciting new partnership to bring together the top creative storytelling professionals who are going to shine a light on the heartfelt stories of how innovative world-class physical therapists and their innovative programs are causing systemic change by improving the health of women, which makes for flourishing communities.
REBECCA G. STEPHENSON
PT, DPT, MS, CLT, WCS
Rebecca is a board certified women’s health physical therapy and Coordinator Women’s Health Physical Therapy at Newton-Wellesley Ambulatory Care Center in Newton, Massachusetts. She teaches nationally and internationally on topics of women’s health physical therapy and specializes in obstetrics and pelvic floor disorders.
SUSAN C. CLINTON
PT, DSCPT, OCS, WCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
Susan is a dual board certified specialist in women’s health and orthopedic physical therapy. She specializes in pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunctions and sports injuries, post-surgical and persistent pain diagnoses. She is an international instructor of post professional education in women’s health and orthopedic manual therapy.
theresa (Tracy) spitznagle
PT, DPT, MHS, WCS
Tracy is an Professor and Women’s Health Residency Coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She lectures nationally and internationally on women’s health physical therapy. She is a board member of the World Wide Fistula Fund.
Terry L. Benedict
Founder/CEO, Shae Foundation
Terry's a veteran filmmaker who's worked as a producer on the Mel Gibson movie, "Hacksaw Ridge." He's also sponsored message media films about Human Trafficking in Nepal and the plight of Native American children getting an education.
An honors graduate of Pepperdine University, Terry is often found on the speaking circuit. His passion to inspire students to be accountable for the art and media they produce led him to form the Shae organization. He continues working as a filmmaker, mentor, and loves exploring the world with his family.
Olivia Stanzer - Social Media Coordinator
PT, DPT, RYT-200, WHNC
Olivia is a pelvic floor physical therapist working privately with women's health patients in addition to working as a supervising physical therapist in an orthopedic outpatient clinic in Colorado. She also teaches pelvic floor, postpartum, and prenatal workshops incorporating physical therapy, yoga and nutrition coaching.
Joyce LaFontain - Advisor
Joyce LaFontain is a corporate attorney for a Fortune 200 telecommunications company. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri and supports the local arts community through pro bono service with the organization Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts. She also serves on the event planning committee of Dignity Period, an organization that seeks to remove the taboo surrounding the topic of menstruation in Ethiopia.