Speaker Bios

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MJ Strauhal is a physical therapist and specialist in pelvic health at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. She has dedicated more than 25 years of practice to developing and implementing therapeutic programs for the special needs of women, and for pelvic floor dysfunction for multiple populations (men, women, and children). She coordinates a team of specialized physical therapists who deliver these services within Providence Health Systems. Her special interests include pregnancy and postpartum pelvic girdle pain, bladder and bowel incontinence, constipation and obstructed defecation, chronic pelvic pain, post-menopause health, and cancer survivorship. She is the author of “Therapeutic Exercise in Obstetrics” in Therapeutic Interventions: Moving Toward Function, a physical therapy text. In 2016, she collaborated with the non-profit organization Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBOS) to revise and update content on Pelvic Organ Prolapse. MJ teaches for the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health Certificate in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) program. She is board certified in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction (BCB-PMD). In 2002, MJ received the Section on Women’s Health Elizabeth Noble Award for her outstanding contributions to women’s health physical therapy. MJ is a nationally recognized speaker and author.    


Michelle Spicka, DPT works as an outpatient physical therapist for Husker Rehab in Lincoln, NE.  Michelle graduated from Creighton University in 2001 earning a DPT.  She completed the CAPP-Pelvic, a Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy in 2008.  Michelle has spent the majority of her 16 years in practice focusing on pelvic physical therapy with a strong interest in chronic pelvic pain.  Michelle holds a second full time job being a basketball coach’s wife and personal chauffeur for her two children and all their activities!


Meghan Swenck is a full time physical therapist at VCU Health in Richmond, a large hospital-owned outpatient facility. She has been working for 10 years in the field of Pelvic Physical Therapy. She treats primarily Orthopedic and Men’s and Women’s Pelvic Health patients. Meghan has completed the CAPP-Pelvic, a Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy and in 2013 became a board certified Women’s Health Specialist.   In 2015, she began learning and implementing connective tissue mobilization techniques as an adjunct treatment and plans to progress her knowledge in this area. Interests outside of work include yoga, synchronized swimming, spending time with family and relaxing with a glass of red wine!


Ann Dunbar received her BS in PT from UNC and her Advanced Masters and then DPT degrees from VCU.  Her 40+ years of practice have been in outpatient orthopedics with a passion and focus in pelvic and women’s health. She is adjunct faculty at VCU teaching in Gender Health.  for 29 years.  She has held elected and volunteer positions of leadership in the Section on Women’s Health as well as at VCUHealth supporting women’s health from many different platforms.


Dr. Beth Shelly, PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD, is a doctor of physical therapy and board certified in women’s health. Beth has been working in the field of pelvic physical therapy for over 30 years and has authored 9 professional chapters and multiple articles. She lectures to medical professionals all over the world and owns a private PT practice in Moline, IL were she treats outpatients with all forms of pelvic floor dysfunctions. Beth started the Pelvic PT Distance Journal Club in 2011 and coordinates and manages it each month. She has recently started a Spanish version of the Journal club and is also editor in chief of the ICS Wiki.


Jane Franczak is a board certified Women’s Health physical therapist with over 24 years of experience, focusing on orthopedics and women’s and men’s health. She is a Women’s Clinical Specialist, Board Certified CAPP-Pelvic. Myofascial Release Therapist, expert level. After graduating from Boston University in 1992, she began working in outpatient Orthopedics. While working for John Barnes at Therapy on the Rocks, Jane began her training in treatment of the pelvic floor. She continued her studies and achieved the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP). For 10 years, Jane owned a practice at Lake Tahoe, NV and treated a variety of patients including sports, orthopedics and women’s and men’s health. After closing her clinic in Lake Tahoe, she transferred to Johns Hopkins to focus on pelvic floor disorders and mentoring students and physical therapists in the field of Women’s Health. She is an Item Writer for the Specialization Academy of Content Experts. Outside of work, Jane loves to spend her time with her family and enjoys outdoor sports, dancing and traveling.


Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Neville is a certified Women’s Health Specialist (WCS) in clinical practice at SmartBody Physical Therapy in Jacksonville, Florida primarily serving women with pelvic floor disorders and musculoskeletal impairments related to pregnancy. She is Clinical Faculty member of the University of North Florida teaching classes in functional anatomy of the pelvis, and topics in women’s health physical therapy. She developed the first credentialed women’s health physical therapy residency program in the state of Florida at Brooks Rehabilitation. She has developed clinically and financially successful Women’s Health Rehabilitation Programs for private practices as well as large healthcare organizations including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville. Dr. Neville has authored and co-authored several research articles in the area of women’s health rehabilitation, most recently serving as guest editor of a special issue on Bladder Control, in the journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.


Tish Rodriguez received her tDPT from UTHSCSA following her Women’s Health clinical specialist in 2012. Tish started practicing in an orthopedic outpatient setting with a focus in women’s health for approximately 30 years. She has been a clinic director, clinical faculty, owner of a private practice and is currently employed at Brooke Army Medical Center as Pelvic Health Specialist, as well as adjunct faculty in the Army Baylor DPT program.