Many of you may already know me however if you’ve not met me let me tell you a little bit about my journey into pediatric pelvic health.

It all started after treating many adults with urinary and fecal incontinence. I was asked by a urologist to treat a child he was seeing with vesicle ureteral reflux which is a condition where urine backs up into the kidneys and causes kidney damage. This particular child was on a kidney transplant list. I knew nothing about this diagnosis and so I took it upon myself to go to surgery with this physician and learn as much as I could to help them.

Along this journey I discovered that the children I was treating for urinary leakage during the day also became dry at night however that was not what I was treating them for. I decided to investigate this and developed a program to address daytime and nighttime wetting with children. As this progressed it became very evident that constipation played a large role in urinary leakage both daytime and nighttime. In fact, constipation was so severe in some children they had to have a colostomy bag in order to give their bowel “rest”. YIKES!!! This was shocking to me. I knew I needed to do more.

Parents are desperately looking for support, solutions and education to help their children.

I imagined what it would feel like for children to have a feeling of empowerment and control over their own bodies.  The idea of preventing the devastating social and emotional effects of urinary and/or fecal leakage and giving kiddos back the feeling of control was so powerful that I couldn’t help but pursue it. To this day I wake up every day loving what I do more than I did as a new graduate over 38 years ago!

For Professional Development

Dawn’s first level course is the pediatric introduction to bowel and bladder conditions, management, and treatment of the pediatric patient, Peds 1(prerequisite for her next level course). Her next level delves into pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders which you can’t miss!

These are her two flagship courses which, combined she has been teaching for over 27 years. She is now offering a membership in addition to private One on One mentoring. Read through the options and select which is best for you and your exciting journey working with children!

Pediatric Bowel and Bladder Disorders – A comprehensive course to evaluate and treat dysfunctional voiding, bedwetting and constipation

Pediatric Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Assessment and Management -The Pelvic Floor & Beyond

The Pelvic Floor, the Diaphragm, the Core and their Role in Postural Development in Children

Clinical Mentoring Membership

Purpose: To provide a private Facebook forum for group questions with a convenient bi-weekly Live Zoom Q&A with me for questions and answers for healthcare providers. All sessions will be recorded and uploaded for easy convenient access. Live sessions will be for newly trained practitioners and “seasoned” practitioner. Topics can include but not be limited to the following:

  • Case reviews for challenging cases
  • Questions and answers
  • Help getting started for new providers entering this specialty
  • New skills as research updates or new techniques emerge
  • Tips for complicated laxative regimens
  • Titration help
  • Keeping parents motivated
  • How to talk to a child when you’re not a pediatric therapist
  • Concepts and ideas around Interoception
  • How parents can talk to their physicians
  • Marketing ideas

1 on 1 Clinical / Business Coaching

Whether you need help with patients or with starting or growing your practice this may be the option for you. This option is personalized to you as the need arises for a private longer session to address your specific needs. The sessions are scheduled by appointment. The fee is based on an hourly rate which can be broken down into 15-minute increments. I have had facilities pay the fees or even the parents for clinical mentorship, however the relationship will only be between the treating therapists.

Such a wonderful course! I was not sure how I would like the online format compared to in person but I really liked going at my own pace, pausing, rewinding, etc. I do miss in person, but this was great! I think having the videos for manual techniques actually worked really well whereas in a classroom setting it is sometimes hard to see. I learned so much as I knew I would just like from level one. thank you, thank you Dawn for sharing your expertise!

Kristen Grandstaff

I recently attended the pediatric incontinence course and I will say it’s the best course I’ve been to by far. I have been able to take the information taught and literally apply some or all of it to all my pelvic floor patients, young and old; as well as my general orthopedic and neuro patients I see. I always say if I can get one usable nugget to apply to a portion of my patients, then the course was well worth it. I got many “nuggets” of info and interventions from your course that I was able to apply to ALL my patients, not just a portion! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

Kourtney Salter, PT

Every journey starts with the first step.