I recently had a great conversation with Dr. Liz Simons of Terra Wellness PT. This energetic mom of three boys specializes in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction in men, women and children. Her job doesn’t stop there. Liz is a Teaching Assistant for the Herman and Wallace Institute’s Pelvic Floor Series, a certified mat pilates instructor through Power Pilates in NYC and is a certified Pre and Postnatal Coach though the Coaching and Training Women Academy. She understands how pregnancy and postpartum musculoskeletal and emotional changes and challenges can be left unaddressed by health care professionals and how often women struggle through these phases of their life with little guidance. Liz is dedicated to changing this standard of care and bridging the gap by informing and educating women through this time so that they can feel strong, empowered and less anxious about the wonderful, but often difficult journey inherent in motherhood. She frequently hosts workshops, so check out her website and signup for her newsletter!
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I grew up in Oyster Bay. After living in Manhattan and Brooklyn for 13 years, we moved out to Port Washington in 2015.
Children and Ages?
I have three boys – Eddie is 6 ½, James is 3, and Hank is 13 months!
What has helped you the most through parenthood?
Therapy and Meditation! Like many, I have not found the journey through motherhood easy. There are a lot of things I have had to work through in order to be able to accept and love this phase of my life, and be at peace with myself and feel like I am being the best parent that I can be. Therapy gives me an outlet to organize and frame my issues/concerns/ personal conflict and gives me the space to work on myself. I have not always prioritized this during these mothering years, but when I do, it is when I feel my best.
Dr. Liz Simons received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York University and a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College. For nearly a decade, Liz has specialized in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction in men, women, and children, and has extensive training in pelvic floor issues related to urinary and bowel urgency, frequency and incontinence, chronic constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, dyspareunia, and coccyx pain, as well as pre and postnatal pain, dysfunction, and recovery. Liz is also skilled in treatment of spinal, hip and sacroiliac pain and dysfunction, especially as it relates to pelvic pain.
Liz is a manual based physical therapist, and employs a functional and integrative approach to treatment of the whole body with an emphasis on identifying involved soft tissue structures and diagnosing movement dysfunction as well as helping to guide the patient on their path to promote overall wellness of the mind and body. Liz has studied visceral manipulation through the Barral Institute, and is able to address internal fascial, ligamentous, and organ adhesions to help improve and balance the functioning of the body. In addition to the hands on manual treatment Liz’s patients receive, the patient is an active participant in their journey to recovery through education on the source(s) of their dysfunction and movement awareness training under Liz’s guidance, to promote overall wellness and prevent recurrence of injury and pain.
To make an appointment with Liz, her email is: Liz@terrawellnesspt.com and phone: 516.319.0502.