Broward/Palm Beach County

Beatriz Lizaso, PT, MSPT

Hello, my name is Beatriz Lizaso and I am a Women’s Health Physical Therapist with Painless Pregnancy. I have been blessed with two wonderful pregnancies and two beautiful daughters. I specialize in pregnancy and postpartum care, pelvic floor dysfunctions, breast cancer rehabilitation, osteoporosis and scoliosis. I have 20 years of experience as a licensed Physical Therapist doing what I love. I graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1998 and completed a Master of Science in Physical Therapy Degree in 2001 with a focus on the musculoskeletal dysfunctions associated with pregnancy.I completed my formal training in Pelvic Rehabilitation with The Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute in 2009. I am a certified Pilates Therapist and Pilates Instructor. I completed a classical Pilates certification program with Romana’s Pilates in 2009 where I had the privilege of training with a first generation Pilates instructor, Romana Kryzanowska. I was so inspired by the Pilates principles that I went on to complete a comprehensive Pilates for rehabilitation program with Brent Anderson at Polestar Pilates. At Polestar I was given the opportunity to work alongside and mentor with elite physical therapists specializing in Pilates-Rehabilitation, Women’s Health and Myofascial Release. Most recently, I completed the Low Pressure Fitness (LPF) Level 1 course and trained in the effects of hypopressive exercise on women’s health issues with Dr. Tamara Rial (2019).

 

I believe in a holistic approach to Women’s Health Physical Therapy. I am passionate about sharing the knowledge I have acquired throughout my career to empower women to be the best version of themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Gisela, PT, DPT

My name is Gisela and I am honored to be a part of the Painless Pregnancy team. I graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy in 2007. I have served a great number of patients experiencing musculoskeletal, orthopedic, neurological, cardiopulmonary and oncological conditions. I completed her Women’s Health specialty training from The American Physical Therapy Association, which has greatly enhanced my skills when treating patients with pelvic dysfunction in the non-pregnant, pregnant and postpartum population. I am a strong believer in treating physical therapy conditions with a multi system approach to optimize patient outcomes.

Cindy Zimmerman, PT, MSPT

Hi mommies! My name is Cindy and I am thrilled to be included with the other elite therapists of Painless Pregnancy. I graduated from the one and only University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and earned my Masters of Physical Therapy from Florida International University. Over the last two decades I have acquired extensive experience through specialty courses in manual orthopedic techniques, and have been a sports community educator for the treatment and prevention of low back pain. In the last few years I have focused my career on scoliosis and Women’s Health. I am currently working towards becoming certified by the Institute for Birth Healing, and am honored by the number of women who have allowed me to help them heal more completely after birth. I look forward to serving you.

​​Esther Bichachi, PT, DPT

Hi! My name is Esther Bichachi and I’m ecstatic to be a part of the Painless Pregnancy team. I graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences in 2008. After working with a physical therapist and falling in love with the profession, I made the decision to go to graduate school and obtain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from University of Miami. Since graduating in 2014, I have worked with virtually all patient populations, including adults, geriatrics, and pediatrics. While at UM, I completed an internship in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and was immediately interested in serving this particular group of people. After having my own two babies (boy mom here!), and experiencing the difficulties many mothers face in the medical community, I found my passion for serving pregnant and postpartum women. In fact, I was 7.5 months pregnant when I reached out to Painless Pregnancy because I felt like I could truly empathize with their patients. Thanks to the wonderful advice from Dr. Vigo, my second delivery went much easier and I was even able to help treat my diastasis and pelvic pain while in my third trimester—I was shocked and amazed that it was so treatable that late in my pregnancy! After experiencing some of Dr. Vigo’s treatments firsthand, and having a recent pregnancy/postpartum experience, I am well equipped to serve all you momma’s. I’m currently working to complete my Certificate of Achievement in Obstetric Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. I’ve also taken coursework with Herman & Wallace and Lynn Schulte from Institute of Birth Healing. Coupled with my experience in orthopedic and neurological disorders in various patient populations, I’m ready to bring my own set of skills to Painless Pregnancy to best serve mothers and mom’s-to-be in South Florida. I can’t wait to work with all of you!

 

Jessica Azzinaro, PT, DPT

Hello, my name is Jessica Azzinaro and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in pelvic floor rehab. I am honored to be a part of the Painless Pregnancy team.I specialize in pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, incontinence and pregnancy and postpartum care. My mission is to treat and educate women with bladder and bowel problems, prolapse, pelvic pain and orthopedic problems associated with pregnancy and postpartum.I graduated fromUniversity of Miami’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2010. While in physical therapy school I found my passion for pelvic floor dysfunction and this became my specialty. I have continued my pursuit of knowledge with courses in pelvic floor and obstetric physical therapy with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and Institute of Birth Healing.In 2014 I became a certified pelvic floor physical therapist through the APTA. I am published in the Translational Andrology and Urology Journal, have written a book chapter on physical therapy after pelvic floor surgery and have been a guest speaker and lecturer on the benefits of pelvic floor physical therapy. My goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable care to women.I look forward to treating you as part of the Painless Pregnancy team.

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Natalie Sterner, PT, DPT

Hello! My name is Natalie and I am very excited to be a part of the Painless Pregnancy team. I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 2013. I started out of school working in early intervention with infants 1-3 years old in home and group settings. I was able to begin to understand the challenges that mothers went through in those first few years and became more interested in pelvic health after transitioning to an outpatient orthopedic setting. I have completed several courses through Herman & Wallace and am in the process of furthering my pregnancy and post-partum expertise with courses from the Institute of Birth Healing. I have been working with patients focusing in orthopedic and pelvic health rehabilitation for the past 5 years. I am looking forward to working with all the mothers out there in the South Florida area to achieve your goals!

Sabrina Baxter, DPT, PT

Hi! My name is Sabrina 🙂 I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. After graduating I quickly moved to the Sunshine State and made Fort Lauderdale my home. I feel very lucky to have found and become a part of the Painless Pregnancy team. Growing up, I was always the friend who openly discussed any and everything regarding bladder, bowel, sexual and vaginal health. I love to empower women to be comfortable and confident in their body, in all stages of life. I take a holistic, whole-body approach when treating my patients. I received pelvic floor therapy education through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation and am always staying up to date on the newest evidence-based research available.

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Svetlana Mehlman PT, DPT

My name is Svetlana and I am a PelvicHealth Physical Therapist with Painless Pregnancy. I graduated from the Cornell University with a Bachelor’s in Human Development and went on to earn my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York University. My passion for pelvic floor physical therapy started when I was working in Western Massachusetts and realized there were little to no resources for pregnant and post-partum patients that were suffering from pain and pelvic floor dysfunctions. I received my training from Herman and Wallace, APTA, and Postural Restoration Institute. I specialize in pregnancy, post-partum care, urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic girdle pain, and prolapse. I am fortunate to be a mom to two beautiful girls. Each pregnancy and delivery was very different; one was a vaginal delivery and the other was an emergency c section. I learned that there are physical challenges associated with each mode of delivery, and how important it is to truly heal your body. I am excited to be part of your healing journey.

Cara Hoffer, DPT, PT

Hello, my name is Cara Hoffer. I am so happy and blessed to be a part of the amazing team at Painless Pregnancy! I am a Physical Therapist specializing in treatment of various orthopedic and women’s health conditions. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Physiology from San Francisco State University and went on to receive my Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2014. After spending many years in the traditional outpatient physical therapy setting, I have developed a great passion for Women’s Health/Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. As a mom of two young girls, I have found my niche in serving pregnant and post-partum clients in our community through this specialty. I believe in a comprehensive approach to care, blending orthopedic knowledge and a strong manual therapy skill set with knowlege for specific pregnancy and postpartum conditions. I have completced coursework through the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Pelvic Health and Institute for Birth Healing. I am interested in becoming an educator of Physical Therapy students in both the clinical and academic setting. I am excited to continue to learn and grow in my ability to serve our clients here in South Florida through various treatment approaches. I am proud to be a part of the tribe at Painless Pregnancy. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and working with all of you!

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