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    Ciesla, ChristyChristy Ciesla, PT, DPT, is a doctor of physical therapy at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and coordinates women’s health physical therapy services at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Ciesla graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in physical therapy and received her doctorate from Utica College in New York. 

    She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the International Cesarean Awareness Network and the Rhode Island Birth Network, and serves as vice chair of the Rhode Island Women’s and Men’s Health Physical Therapy Special Interest Group. 

    Ciesla is a credentialed clinical instructor and mentors other physical therapists and medical students interested in her area of expertise. Ciesla lectures to colleagues and the community. Her clinical interests are constipation, urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction as they relate to the pelvic floor and pelvis.

    Therapist

    Melissa Nassaney, MS, DPT, graduated with her master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and completed her doctorate at the MGH Institute for Health Professions. Nassaney has trained with the American Physical Therapy Association’s section of Women’s Health and received her certificate of achievement in pelvic floor physical therapy. 

    She has practiced pelvic floor and women’s health rehabilitation for eight years, four of which she spent working exclusively with women during high risk pregnancies, pre- and post-urogynecologic and oncology surgery, and pelvic pain. She lectures annually at the University of Rhode Island’s physical therapy program on “Orthopedic Approach to the Obstetric Client;” and is a credentialed clinical instructor. 

    Nassaney has developed a yoga-based platform for managing pelvic pain called the “healing power of balance” which is based on demystifying female anatomy and function and illuminating the mind-pelvic floor-body awareness for coordination and relaxation of all three areas. Her areas of clinical interest are pelvic pain, the female athlete, gastrointestinal and colorectal issues involving pelvic floor dysfunction, urogynecologic dysfunction and musculoskeletal issues related to pregnancy.



    Kristina Fitzgerald, LATC, MSPT, DPT, is a doctor of physical therapy at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and earned a master of science degree in physical therapy at the University of Rhode Island. 

    Fitzgerald completed her doctorate of physical therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, where her comprehensive case study was focused on the most recent evidence-based research regarding the evaluation and treatment of female urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and diastasis recti assessment and treatment. She is certified as a prenatal and postpartum physical therapy practitioner. 

    Fitzgerald has ten years of experience as a physical therapist, with a focus in women’s health.