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Hidden Gems: Meet Katie Hunter of The Pelvic Practice Physical Therapy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Hunter.

Hi Katie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started specializing in pelvic health physical therapy (PT) in my last year of PT school. Upon receiving my Doctor of Physical Therapy, I worked for a large organization specializing in pelvic health in Orange County. I gained experience working with a variety of pelvic floor dysfunctions and decided I wanted to explore the small business world. I accepted a position with a small business in West LA who worked with a challenging part of this patient population. I gained invaluable knowledge and skills working with many mentors along the way. After seven years working in the field of pelvic health and motivation through the COVID-19 pandemic, I finally started my own private practice in Ventura County where I was born and raised. I fulfilled my dream of bringing pelvic floor PT to my community.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Becoming a business owner and starting a small business during a global pandemic definitely comes with its struggles. I am fortunate that this journey turned out the way it did.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the country were challenged in a way that many never prepared for or expected. I was immediately furloughed by my employer as we strategized how to safely work one-on-one, face-to-face with our patients. The desire to start my own business had been growing for many years before the pandemic and the realization that I needed to take control of my future pushed me to venture out on my own.

Ordering supplies (PPE!), signing a rental agreement, and scheduling virtual meetings and phone calls to get my business off the ground were more challenging than ever. I also found out I was pregnant with my first child three weeks after I made this monumental decision and two weeks before I was scheduled to take my first patient. It was a difficult yet very exciting time!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about The Pelvic Practice Physical Therapy?
The Pelvic Practice offers individualized pelvic health physical therapy for those suffering from bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunctions. We specialize in treating pelvic floor dysfunctions and pelvic girdle pain syndromes throughout the lifespan.

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions and related symptoms are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and mistreated because they are so common but not well understood in the broader medical community. The symptoms range from incontinence to chronic pelvic pain and can occur in anyone because everyone has a pelvic floor.

We treat a population of people who often see 3+ providers with minimal relief of their symptoms and feel lost in their treatment plan. Our goal is to help each individual find the root cause of their symptoms and receive the proper treatment. If our treatments are not the answer, we will help them find the treatment they need.

We believe that everyone deserves optimal bladder, bowel, and sexual function.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is visiting Catalina Island every summer with my family. My uncle is a priest and we stayed in the guest rectory on the island. Living a simple life relaxing on the beach, walking everywhere, and unplugging for a few days was the best reset.

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