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Meet Natalie Padveen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Padveen.

Hi Natalie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a pelvic floor physical therapist, the Founder of Pelacore, a mom, a wife, and a student. I was born and raised in Montreal Canada, where I graduated from McGill University as a Physical Therapist at the age of 23. My husband and I moved to the US where both our boys were born. For most of my career, I practiced outpatient physical therapy in South Florida. Since I have always been passionate about working out, I have also taught spin and barre classes. Having no immediate family in Florida but wanting our two sons to be closer to family, we decided to move to Los Angeles to be near my sister-in-law as well as my uncle’s family. At the time our two dogs, Fletcher and Duke also made the trek cross country with us. I am definitely outnumbered by the males in my family. As my boys got older and needed me less, I decided to throw myself back into my career and switched from orthopedics to pelvic floor PT.

It was also around this time that Pelacore was founded. Pelacore is a pelvic core strengthening program that fuses the science of physical therapy with core techniques from Pilates, yoga, and barre. I created it as an instructional course to teach other personal trainers and fitness instructors to more safely and effectively work with their clients. It’s accredited with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. And as if all that wasn’t enough, I am back in school completing my doctorate in Physical Therapy. When both my boys headed off to college, I thought, why not. I’ll be done in six months, but who’s counting? Currently, as is the rest of the world, I am home social distancing from everyone, but it’s not all doom and gloom. The best thing to come out of 2020 is our new puppy Charlie, a Golden Pyrenees husky mix who has captured all our hearts. Yes, another male.

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?
What’s a smooth road? Never heard of such a thing. Well actually, I really can’t complain. My family is healthy, we have work and we have each other. What more does anyone really need? My younger son was going to college in Toronto Canada, but with COVID is back home doing school remotely. He’s not thrilled that he has to wake up for a 6am class (9am on the east coast), but we couldn’t be happier having the whole family together under one roof, and with social distancing, both boys are home so much more! Not really a struggle. I have learned to see patients via telehealth, which surprisingly worked out quite well, even for pelvic floor patients as there is so much education involved. And where I used to give full-day Pelacore Instructor Training classes, they are now online. All has been figured out!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a pelvic floor physical therapist. I work with 10 OB gynecologists and one urogynecologist at Complete Women Care, with offices in Long Beach and Manhattan Beach. They have other locations, but I only work at those two locations. I mostly see women who complain of incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, or pelvic pain and women prenatally and postpartum. I love what I do and feel as though I have found my calling. What fulfills me is when I get a card or note from a patient thanking me for helping them and affecting their lives. It is the most rewarding. With respect to Pelacore, it has been a labor of love too. It’s so rewarding when instructors who have taken my course send me pictures and testimonials from their clients thanking them for helping them to strengthen their core significantly improving lower back pain and reducing ongoing issues with incontinence. I have instructors in different parts of the world from the east and west coasts of the United States to the UK and Canada. My instructors are a special and caring crew.

What are your plans for the future?
At this time, I don’t have time for more than I’m doing. So, I guess my plan is to complete my doctorate in PT in August 2021, to continue treating my patients, continue to spread the word about Pelacore and to enjoy my time with family and our four-legged children.

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