Julie DePaul PT, BCB-PMD, WCS and Wren Cunningham PT, DPT, WCS, MS are now board-certified clinical specialists in women’s health physical therapy. Only 154 physical therapists across the US were board certified in the women’s health specialty in 2012. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 80,000 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program in 1978. The specialization process and certification is administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.
Board certification designates an advanced level of ability that is awarded only after years of experience and continuing education. The process includes a written case presentation and 7 hour exam after 2000 hours of clinical practice in women’s health physical therapy. With this specialist certification you can be confident that your therapists have advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in the area of women’s health. The quality of care and therapy outcomes are enhanced by specialized training so that patients and referring providers notice the difference.
Both Julie and Wren pursued specialization as a personal challenge to demonstrate expertise and feel they have achieved a significant professional career goal. Specialization provides the opportunity to serve as mentors to other therapists and offer leadership in the area of women’s health physical therapy.