I’m so glad you are here! My Name Is Dr. Jacqueline York PT, DPT, WCS, but I prefer to go by Jaci (pronounced exactly like “Jackie”).
I am the founder and owner of Flourish Physical Therapy, a mobile, concierge, home health physical therapy company that specializes in pelvic health physical therapy (PHPT) . I created this company due to a major need I saw in my community. Pelvic health is a very underserved area of health care. Many people, even doctors and other healthcare workers, do not know this specialty exists. I cannot tell you how many healthcare workers I have personally treated that had no idea PHPT existed before being referred to me, let alone the impact it can have in helping their patient populations. On top the gap in knowledge of the specialty, there are also just not enough trained pelvic health physical therapists out there.
One major disconnect in healthcare is in the pregnancy and postpartum world. I became intimately aware of this while going through both of my pregnancies. I feel so fortunate that I had the knowledge base and resources to advocate for myself during this time in my life. However, it honestly hurts my heart to think of how many women are navigating that same journey without knowledge of resources or support. I firmly believe that knowledge is power. Having the education and resources available to make informed choices and manage your health to the best of your ability is a vital part of healing
Many women suffer with pain and discomfort during their pregnancy that does not always “just go away” after baby arrives. Additionally, the 6-week postpartum checkup is often not enough to ensure you are healing optimally and ready for full return to daily activities. Every woman should at least be offered the opportunity to have a full musculoskeletal exam to screen for things like diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA), pelvic floor and overall core function. Common things that can linger after a pregnancy either right away or at times even months or years down the line are leaky bowl or bladder, DRA, back pain, hip pain, pain with intimacy, dysfunction with intimacy and more. Anyone that tells you this is just a "normal" part of having a baby isn’t necessarily wrong. These issues are very common after the major changes your body goes through with growing and birthing a human. However, there is help for these issues, and I know that women deserve more! I’m determined to help redefine the standard of pregnancy and postpartum care. Whether you are 3 months or 30 years postpartum, pelvic health physical therapy CAN help you.
I have been passionate about pelvic health, women’s health and health advocacy for as long as I can remember. Before becoming a physical therapist, I started my career as a certified health education specialist in community health. During that time, I focused my efforts on education and resources for people to live healthy lifestyles and specifically for women to have healthier pregnancies and babies. This stage of my career was short lived, but I took my passion for education and everything I learned in that time with me as I transitioned to becoming a physical therapist.
I attended the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Before entering the program, I knew I wanted to specialize in pelvic health. I was so fortunate to have multiple learning experiences in pelvic health during that time while on clinical rotations with Georgetown University Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before graduating, I took my first pelvic course with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. After graduating, I relocated to Jacksonville, FL to start working in my first physical therapy position focused on Pelvic Health with Brooks Rehabilitation. This is where I continued my postdoctoral training in pelvic health and orthopedics with the Brooks Institute of higher learning.
I have continued to pursue additional trainings throughout my career to sharpen my skill set. I have attended advanced courses through the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health, Brooks Institute of higher Learning, The Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and The Barral Institute. After a lot of hard work and dedication, I received my Women’s Health Clinic Specialist board certification in 2016 from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In addition to coursework, I remain active in the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health, International Continence Society, Global Pelvic Health Alliance and International Pelvic Health Journal Club.
Personal Pelvic Physical Therapy Experience
I am a busy mom of two kiddos, and I know how hard it is to get to an appointment when you have a lot going on. That is one part of what inspired me to create Flourish PT. Bringing the services you need into your own home takes part of the hassle out of making it to an appointment.
Not only am a provider of pelvic health physical therapy, but I am also a patient. I have experienced pelvic pain off and on since my teen years, and dyspareunia (pain with sex) throughout my young adulthood. I unfortunately did not know about pelvic health physical therapy until later in my young adulthood. I became a patient after my first child. Fortunately, I was already practicing at that time and knew the signs of what to look for in someone that may benefit from PHPT services. I was a prime candidate.
I received PHPT after each of my children and for very different reasons. After my firstborn, I had severe coccyx (tailbone) pain from a traumatic, vacuum assisted delivery which was unrelenting for several months. PHPT resolved my pain by at least 80% by the time we were done with sessions. I was finally able to sit on the floor with my baby without pain! It was wonderful. After my second child, I had a diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) and mild leakage of urine which were fully resolved. I knew from my professional experience that these things could be resolved or at least improved with PHPT, but to experience it first-hand was honestly life changing. These experiences further fueled my passion to help women with their pelvic health needs, allowing them to flourish.