Social stigma and lack of information often cause pelvic floor patients to endure prolonged pain or spend years searching for a viable treatment. When she was a newly minted physical therapist, Stephanie White saw a desperately underserved population and an important place to focus her energy.
With great vigor, Stephanie launched her career at two private practices: one specializing in orthopedic care and the other in pelvic floor dysfunction. Here, she gained extensive hands-on experience as a manual therapist and met mentor, and 5 Point Physical Therapy founder, Stacey Futterman.
Stephanie is passionate about empowering her patients through their healing process. Partnering closely with patients provides Stephanie the opportunity to understand each person’s goals, to provide thorough clinical assessments, and to tailor education for optimal outcomes. A skilled listener, Stephanie believes in the power of communication and information exchange as part of the rehab process. While each person’s pelvic floor physical therapy is individualized, Stephanie develops her rehabilitation programs by incorporating hands-on therapy, therapeutic exercises, postural alignment techniques and breathwork retraining programs. Among her specialties are bladder and bowel retraining, postpartum care, and core stabilization. For so many patients, the results of therapy are life changing.
Stephanie’s passion and curiosity drive her to follow the current research and attend continuing education coursework in the specialty. Through Herman & Wallace Institute, Stephanie has completed courses on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pregnancy and Postpartum Rehabilitation, Urogynecologic Pelvic Floor Conditions, and Colorectal Pelvic Floor Conditions. She recently completed a specialization in Postpartum Corrective Exercise. Stephanie is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Women’s Health Section and the International Pelvic Pain Society.
Part of the inaugural staff at 5 Point Physical Therapy, Stephanie joins the NJ office after a few years spent focusing on her family. As a mom herself, Stephanie has experienced first-hand the challenges of balancing motherhood and self-care. Along with relief from pain, Stephanie acknowledges that working with the pelvic floor is vulnerable in many ways and this work is connected to other aspects of a person’s experience, be it physical, mental, or emotional. She offers her patients the guidance to see their time in pelvic floor physical therapy as an opportunity to find balance inside their bodies and inside their lives.
When she’s not busy baking, crafting with her daughters, or shuttling them to activities, Stephanie enjoys curling up with a good book, meditation and digging in her garden. She stays active through her yoga practice, hiking with her family, and Zumba.
Degrees & Certifications
BA, Bachelor of Arts Biology (University of Delaware)
DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, (Thomas Jefferson University)
PCES, Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist (Core Exercise Solutions)