The Global Women’s Health Initiative was formed by caring thought leaders in the world of physical therapy and message media.
The idea formed because of a desire to cause systemic change in women’s health. By understanding these urgent health issues, physical therapy education and programs can make a transformative difference in the lives of women in need.
We have formed this exciting new partnership to bring together the top creative storytelling professionals who are going to shine a light on the heartfelt stories of how innovative world-class physical therapists and their innovative programs are causing systemic change by improving the health of women, which makes for flourishing communities.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
REBECCA G. STEPHENSON
PT, DPT, MS, CLT, WCS
Rebecca is a board-certified women’s health physical therapist and Coordinator of Women’s Health Physical Therapy at Newton-Wellesley Ambulatory Care Center in Newton, Massachusetts. She teaches nationally and internationally on topics of women’s health physical therapy and specializes in obstetrics and pelvic floor disorders.
SUSAN C. CLINTON
PT, DSCPT, OCS, WCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
Susan is a dual board-certified specialist in women’s health and orthopedic physical therapy. She specializes in pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunctions and sports injuries, and post-surgical and persistent pain diagnoses. She is an international instructor of post-professional education in women’s health and orthopedic manual therapy.
THERESA (TRACY) SPITZNAGLE
PT, DPT, MHS, WCS
Tracy is a Professor and Women’s Health Residency Coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She lectures nationally and internationally on women’s health physical therapy. She is a board member of the World Wide Fistula Fund.
PT, MBA, MA
Erica Meloe is a physical therapist in private practice and co-owner of Velocity Physiotherapy in NYC. Erica is also a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and certified orthopedic manual specialist, with her main focus on working with complex and challenging patient cases. Her mission is to raise awareness of the physical therapy profession to a level like no other!
Lauren is a recent college graduate who earned her BA in Education and BA in History from Webster University in 2022. Originally from Peoria, Illinois, she now resides in St. Louis where she works as an Administrative Coordinator for both GWHI and an independent elementary school. She approaches all aspects of any job with a positive, hard-working mindset, and is passionate about helping find solutions to any challenges.
LINDSAY DURAND – SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING COORDINATOR
SPT, BS, NASM-CPT
Lindsay is a physical therapy student at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a passion for women’s health, pelvic floor physical therapy, and research. She graduated from Creighton University with a BS in exercise science and minors in mathematics and Spanish. Lindsay is also passionate about service and advocating for the physical therapy profession and its patients. She currently serves on the digital media committee for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, is a Director for the Academy of Pelvic Health, Student Special Interest Group (SSIG), and serves at the APTA Student Assembly Director of Communications.
DANIEL NEVILLE – SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING TEAM
Video Production and Editing
Daniel is a professional videographer from St. Louis, Missouri. Ever since Daniel was gifted his first camcorder, he has grown a passion for film and video content. That’s why he decided to move towards a career in creativity. He graduated from STLCC with an AFA in Graphic Communications in 2017 and went on to earn a BA in Film, Television, and Video Production from Webster University in 2019. Now, he takes on various film and video projects to hone his craft and deliver top-notch creative content to the world.
JUSTIN KLOS – SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING TEAM
Video Production and Editing
Justin Klos is a student at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri completing a BA in media communications and film, tv, & video production. He is passionate about global civics, cultural diversity, online media, and entertainment. He serves as a video producer and editor for Global Women’s Health Initiative while also managing the organization’s YouTube channel.
JOYCE LAFONTAIN – ADVISOR
Joyce LaFontain is a corporate attorney for a Fortune 200 telecommunications company. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and supports the local arts community through pro bono service with the organization Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts. She also serves on the event planning committee of Dignity Period, an organization that seeks to remove the taboo surrounding the topic of menstruation in Ethiopia.