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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.

    Therapists

     

    Elisa VirgilioElisa Virgilio, DPT, graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Keene State College in Health Science and completed her doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Rhode Island. Virgilio has trained with the American Physical Therapy Association’s section of Women’s Health and Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute and received her certificate of achievement in pelvic floor physical therapy.

    She has a specialty in pelvic floor physical therapy focusing on women’s and men’s pelvic rehabilitation. Her areas of clinical interest are pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, constipation, post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence, sacroiliac and pelvic girdle dysfunction across the male and female lifespan.

      

    Julia Milner, BS, DPT, MTC, Cert. DN graduated with her bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Mary Washington and completed her physical therapy doctorate at the University of St. Augustine for the Health Sciences. Milner has trained with Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and received her certificate of achievement in pelvic floor physical therapy.

    She specializes in manual therapy, pelvic floor and women’s health rehabilitation. Her areas of clinical interest are pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, urogynecologic dysfunction, orthopedic and musculoskeletal related dysfunction. She is a certified manual therapist and dry needling specialist.  



    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.