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CMC/DHK Physical Therapist Earns Certification in Women's Health Physical Therapy

August 01, 2012
Keene, NH

Janet Chamberlin

Janet Chamberlin, PT, WCS recently passed a national certification exam in Women's Health Physical Therapy. To become certified in Women's Health Physical Therapy, Ms. Chamberlin continued her education and training beyond that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the area of women's health practice. Women's Health is the newest specialty certification from the American Physical Therapy Association. There are less than 130 therapists nationwide that have received this certification, and Ms. Chamberlin is the second in New Hampshire.

After completing a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, Ms. Chamberlin pursued her clinical practice with a focus on Women's Health. Prior to joining Farnum Rehabilitation at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) as a Physical Therapist in 1998, she worked with Advanced Physical Therapy Services, a PT owned physical therapy practice, where she started treating women with pelvic floor muscle problems.

Ms. Chamberlin is a member of the CMC/DHK Women's Continence and Pelvic Health Center Team, treating women with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction which may cause incontinence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction or coccydynia (tailbone pain). Pelvic floor problems may also contribute to the pain associated with other female menstrual and genital area disorders. Ms. Chamberlin also has a passion for caring for women during the childbearing years. She enjoys helping them to stay fit during pregnancy, manage musculoskeletal pains of pregnancy, and return to exercise after their baby is born. She also supports women through their labor as a volunteer doula.

Professional memberships include the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Women's Health Section of the APTA, the International Pelvic Pain Society and the National Vulvodynia Association.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation's healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Vision 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. For information, please call (603) 354-5400 or visit cheshiremed.org.

Photo Caption: Janet Chamberlin, PT, WCS

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