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Deanne Wade, senior physical therapist, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, recently earned certification as a pelvic rehabilitation practitioner. Practitioners must have a minimum of two to three years of experience before they can qualify to take a comprehensive exam. Certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioners possess the knowledge and skills necessary to accurately diagnose and treat pelvic muscle dysfunctions for men and women including urinary urgency and frequency, incontinence, constipation, and post-prostatectomy incontinence.
“We are very proud of Deanne’s accomplishment,” said William Kenley, CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. “We have a talented team of medical professionals who strive to gain as much knowledge as they can about their area of medical expertise.”
Wade has over 20 years as a physical therapist, and has focused on pelvic physical therapist for the past 17 years.
The Incontinence and Pelvic Rehabilitation Program at Methodist Germantown has been in place for ten years. In its first year, the program received referrals from about 15 physicians. The program has experienced tremendous growth. By 2010, the program received referrals from over 100 physicians.
This program has become a regional referral center with patients coming from many medical centers across the country including the Vanderbilt in Nashville, University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital in Little Rock, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Florida, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.