Women's Health Physical Therapy Providers

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Christy Ciesla, PT, DPT, PRPC
Clinical Coordinator

Christy Ciesla, PT, DPT, PRPC, 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 certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic dysfunctions for men and women throughout the life cycle.

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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. Her clinical interests are constipation, urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction as they relate to the pelvic floor and pelvis.

Kristina Fitzgerald, LATC, MSPT, DPT, PRPC
Therapist

Kristina Fitzgerald, LATC, MSPT, DPT, PRPC, 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 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. She is a certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner, skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic dysfunctions for men and women throughout the life cycle.

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

Julia Milner, BS, DPT, MTC, Cert. DN
Therapist

Julia Milner, BS, DPT, MTC, Cert. DN, graduated with her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Mary Washington and completed her physical therapy doctorate at the University of St. Augustine for the Health Sciences. Milner has trained at 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, and orthopedic and musculoskeletal related dysfunction. She is a certified manual therapist and dry needling specialist. 

Melissa Nassaney, PT, MS, DPT, WCS
Therapist

Melissa Nassaney, PT, MS, DPT, WCS, earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in 1993, a master’s degree from URI in 2004, and doctorate of physical therapy degree from Massachusetts General Hospital in 2007. A clinical coordinator and physical therapist, she received the women’s health clinical specialist (WCS) certification by ABPTS. She sees patients in Lifespan’s East Greenwich facility on South County Trail and her clinical focus is pelvic floor disorders. She is one of only two ABPTS board-certified women’s health clinical specialists in Rhode Island. 

Jennifer Reynolds, DPT
Therapist

Jennifer Reynolds, DPT, graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and completed her doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Illinois. Reynolds has a certified in dry needling. Her areas of clinical expertise include women’s health, pregnancy, orthopedics, neurological and post-surgical rehabilitation, spinal rehabilitation, and pelvic floor rehabilitation.

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She is a member of the Special Interest Group of Rhode Island in women’s and men’s health.

Elisa Virgilio, DPT

Elisa 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, and sacroiliac and pelvic girdle dysfunction across the male and female lifespan.