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You Are Not Alone

At Summit Rehab, we have 2 Pelvic Floor Dysfunction specialists that have earned doctoral degrees and work exclusively with patients experiencing pelvic floor disorders. If you are experiencing bladder leakage or Urinary Incontinence you are not alone. Incontinence affects one in 10 people (both women and men) and one in 5 women over the age of 40. Many will wait years before talking with a healthcare provider about the problem or seeking treatment for it. We are here for you and anyone afflicted with these conditions. There is no need to feel embarrassed about this condition. This is not a problem that you just have to “learn to live with,” as there are many treatment options available.

Types of Incontinence

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Physical Therapy Treatment for Incontinence

At Summit Rehab, your physical therapy is a non-invasive treatment for bladder leakage. It focuses on behavioral techniques to retrain the bladder muscle and strengthen the pelvic muscles. Your therapist will evaluate your bladder habits with a bladder diary and extensive history. You will learn techniques for putting the urge off so you will no longer have to run to the bathroom. They will test the strength of your pelvic muscles to determine an individualized strength program for these muscles; and educate you in how to use the pelvic muscles using biofeedback. You will feel empowered with the knowledge to get well and stay healthy and put incontinence behind you for good!

Further reading: www.incontinence.org

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain can be felt in many areas in and around the pelvis. Some common terms are dypareunia, vulvodynia, vaginismus, vestibulitis, Prostatodynia, Prostatitis, Proctalgia Fugax, Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrom (CPPS), etc. If you have pain with intercourse, pain near the vaginal area, tail-bone pain, deep pain in the pelvic area, erectile dysfunction, or decreased libido, Summit Rehab can help you. Please call us or Click here to email, speak with your doctor or visit some of the links provided to find out more about physical therapy treatment for pelvic pain.

Pregnancy and Post-Partum

Many women suffer from back, hip, sacro-iliac joint or pubic pain during pregnancy. Some women also have problems with incontinence and pelvic pain. At Summit Rehab, our women’s health physical therapists have helped many pregnant women to decrease pain and symptoms of incontinence.

Let us help you to enjoy your pregnancy and feel better post-partum.  Your therapist will help you develop an individualized strength program to maintain pelvic and low back stability throughout each trimester; and, teach you pain management techniques and comfort positions to manage symptoms yourself.

Child Bowel and Bladder Difficulties

Did you know 20% of pediatrician visits for for children’s incontinence problems, or that 15% of gastrointestinal doctors visits are for bowel dysfunction? Many children suffer from embarrassing bowel and bladder difficulties, ranging from urine leakage, constipation, or bowel leakage. These can lead to behavioral changes in the child, leaving them feeling isolate and embarrassed. Parents become frustrated with endless doctors appointments and excessive laundry.

Here at Summit Rehab & Wellness, we can treat these challenges both the child and parent are facing? Pediatric pelvic physical therapy can help educate the child and their parents on how the muscles might be too weak, too tight, or simply poor bowel/bladder habits. Physical therapy is non-invasive and can help the child overcome fears and embarrassment of their conditions.

Our trained pelvic physical therapist at Summit Rehab & Wellness can help kids and parents with:

  • Nighttime bedwetting of bowel and bladder
  • Daytime wetting of bowel and bladder
  • Stress incontinence
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Urinary frequency/urgency
  • Bowel frequency/urgency
  • Vesicoureteral reflux
  • Constipation

Morgan Clark, PT, DPT

Morgan graduated from University of Missouri with both a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2014 as well as earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017. Her professional interests include pelvic health and orthopedics. While completing her doctorate, she developed an interest in working with the pelvic floor population. She received extensive training through elective continuing education courses regarding this specialty as well as completing a pelvic health clinical rotation.

In the pelvic floor physical therapy program, Morgan works with patients who have incontinence, pelvic pain, post-surgical abdominal/pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, vulvodynia, urinary urgency/frequency, constipation, painful intercourse, pain with pregnancy, post-partum difficulty, and additional conditions. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, eating ice cream, traveling, and running. Morgan grew up in Lee’s Summit but now lives on the plaza with her husband.

Jeremy Skeens, PT, DPT

Growing up an athlete, Jeremy found himself in and out of physical therapy and athletic training environments due to injuries. Combining his love for sports with his passion for patient care, Jeremy graduated from Rockhurst University in 2012 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Stressing “Cura Personalis,” or care for the whole person, he strives to individualize each plan of care.

Clinically, Jeremy specializes on improving human movement from a biomechanical perspective. Breaking down simple movements can reveal underlying deficits that ultimately lead to chronic inflammatory conditions. Learning how to create proper movement patterns can improve joint and muscular discomfort, which leads to improved function.

In his free time Jeremy enjoys running and still actively participates in track and field meets. He also owns and operates a photography and graphic design company. He lives near Liberty with his wife and dog.

Warren Frevert, PT, DPT

Warren grew up in Lee’s Summit, MO and graduated with his bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College in 2014. He earned his doctorate of physical therapy degree from Southwest Baptist University in 2017 and immediately joined the Summit Rehab team. Warren has been passionate about sports since he was old enough to kick a ball and even played both football and tennis in college. His passions have inspired his professional interests which include sports rehab, general orthopedics, and injury prevention. In his spare time Warren enjoys playing basketball, flag football, disc golf, and video games. Warren now resides in Lee’s Summit with his wife, Shannon, and their cat and dog.

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A combination of urge and stress incontinence

Urge Incontinence may also be called overactive bladder or detrusor instability.  This occurs because the bladder muscle becomes irritated and signals the brain with an urge to urinate, even when the bladder is not full.  The bladder contracts before the pelvic muscles can prevent leakage.  Most people with urge incontinence experience “triggers” such as the key hitting the lock or running water.  Urinary frequency and urinating several times at night are both common complaints with this condition.

The most common form of leakage, stress incontinence happens during activities that place increased pressure on the bladder and pelvic muscles.  Because the pelvic muscles are weak, they are not able to control the force and leakage occurs. Most often leakage occurs with coughing, sneezing, exercise or laughter.

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Jon Hereth, PTA, CKTP

Jon graduated from MCC-Penn Valley and became licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2009. He currently treats patients and is the assistant administrator at Summit Rehab in Lee’s Summit, MO. Professionally, Jon’s interests include sports and orthopedic physical therapy, injury prevention, chronic pain, and following a movement-based approach popularized by the works of Gray Cook, Charlie Weingroff, Dr. Vladimir Janda and Dr. Stuart McGill. As a therapist and athlete, Jon enjoys looking at the mechanics of human movement in order to help patients achieve maximum performance in their own lives. An active strength athlete and highland games competitor, Jon has become one of the “go-to” rehab specialists for strength and barbell sports across the area.

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Stefanie Berry, PT, DPT, CSMT

Stefanie graduated from Avila University in 2008 with her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011 from Rockhurst University. She joined the Summit Rehab team in 2011. Her professional interests include orthopedics and manual therapy. She recently completed her Certified Spinal Manual Therapist (CSMT) certification through the International Spine and Pain Institute. In her free time, Stefanie enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, boating, water skiing, and having fun at the Lake of the Ozarks. She lives in Raymore with her husband and black lab Domino.

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Randy Herald, BS, NCTMB, LMT – Office Manager

Randy has been with Summit Rehabilitation and Wellness Center since we opened our doors in February 2005. After growing up in Independence, MO, Randy attended Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK and received a Bachelor of Science degree. He also became a National Board Certified Massage Therapist in 2003 after completing his studies at Massage Therapy Training Institute in Kansas City, MO.

Beyond being an amazing office manager, Randy and his wife Julie have been married since 1994, and they have one daughter Brooke. They stay active in their church and with Brooke’s soccer team.

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Kelsey Beach, PT, DPT

Kelsey graduated from Southwest Baptist University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. During her time at SBU, Kelsey became interested in Pelvic Physical Therapy and became the first student from her school to do a full Pelvic Physical Therapy clinical rotation. Kelsey has continued this interest in her professional development, specializing in Pelvic Physical Therapy for both men and women suffering from bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunctions. Kelsey’s special interests include dyspareunia and vaginismus in women, and is starting her education in pediatrics pelvic physical therapy. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys training and competing in triathlons and making soap. Kelsey lives in the West Plaza.

Jane Burnett, PT, MPT

Jane like Randy has been with Summit Rehab since the doors were open in 2005. She graduated from Mizzou with a BS in Exercise Science and went on to get her Masters in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University. Jane has been a physical therapist since 1992 and has worked with patients in hospitals , nursing homes , home health and in an out patient setting. She also has over a decade of experience working with pulmonary patients. She is responsible for helping with the Total Joint Program at Summit Rehab and enjoys going to St Luke’s Surgicenter for their 23 hr total joint program to see patients post surgery at the surgicenter and then see them for rehab afterwards at Summit Rehab. Jane also has a special interest in balance and vestibular disorders and enjoys working with orthopedic patients and patients with neurological issues. She lives in Lee’s Summit with her son Ben and her smooth collie Clive and cat Rascal . In her spare time Jane is working with Clive on becoming a therapy dog and she enjoys watching her son Ben run cross country and track at Lee’s Summit West. She is looking forward to watching him run at Washburn where he will attend college.

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Cory Faris, PT, MPT, CSMT

Cory is a co-owner and director of Physical Therapy at Summit Rehab and Wellness. Cory graduated from Rockhurst University with his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2006. During his time at Rockhurst, he was able to participate in a study furthering the research involving female athletes and ACL injuries and developing injury prevention strategies. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Northwest Missouri State University where he majored in Biology and Psychology. His professional interests include sports and orthopedic physical therapy, ACL and injury prevention in the female athlete, along with spinal manual therapy and chronic pain education. Cory is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist, certified through The International Spine and Pain Institute. In his free time he enjoys playing flag football, and coaching his two sons in soccer and baseball. Cory lives with his wife and two sons in Lee’s Summit, MO.

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Heather Evans, PT, DPT

Heather graduated from the University of Kansas in 2003 with a bachelor’s of science in sports science. Following graduation, she attended the University of Kansas Medical Center where she graduated in 2005 with a master’s in physical therapy and later in 2013 with a doctorate of physical therapy. Heather joined the team at Summit Rehab in 2007.

Since 2009, Heather has specialized in pelvic floor physical therapy, treating both men and women. Specialties treated include urinary and fecal incontinence, urinary urgency, urinary frequency, constipation, pelvic pain, dyspareunia, abdominal pain, pain with pregnancy, postpartum care, vulvodynia, prostatitis, endometriosis, vaginismus, and interstitial cystitis. She has attended courses through both the APTA Section on Women’s Health (completion of full series, levels 1 through 3, as well as pediatric pelvic floor) and Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute (bowel dysfunction, pregnancy/post-partum).

Heather works part-time, treating primarily pelvic floor patients, but also assisting in orthopedics and pulmonary rehab. Heather lives in Lee’s Summit with her husband and boy/girl twins. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, triathlons, and cheering on the Jayhawks. She published a book in 2017 available on Amazon entitled “Learning to Breathe” which tells the story of her twins’ journey after being born at 24 weeks gestation.

For more information on our pelvic floor program, please click here.

For a link to “Learning to Breathe,” please click here.

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