DR. BRENDA BECKMANN GAJOWSKI, PT, DPT
I own a hedgehog (and a cat)
I love hiking and just being in nature in general.
I am barefoot as often as I can be, even outside in my neighborhood.
I’m a body nerd and read physical therapy / medical books for fun, and you will find foam rolls, massage balls, and those types of tools all over my house.
I love being active with my kids and join what they are doing - currently it’s rock climbing and karate, and we just finished ninja warrior - I’m not a superstar at any of them but it’s just a fun way to move with my kids
For regular exercise I love to run, do yoga, and do Pilates or barre.
I love to read and do puzzles.
I am a doctor of physical therapy who takes an orthopedic approach to pelvic health and your body as a whole, with an integrative and holistic mindset, and I have a special love of guiding healing and return to activity in the postpartum period. I have 15+ years of experience in orthopedics, sports therapy, and perinatal health and am a mom who loves working with moms.
My special passion of working with women in the postpartum period, and throughout the journey of motherhood, began when I had my third baby in 2015 and wound up with diastasis recti (split of the abdominal muscles). My experience showed me the gap of support and education the traditional model gives to women during the amazing, and often chaotic, transition through pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. A time in a woman's life when learning alignment, muscle control, stability, and optimal healing principles are so important to prevent pain and dysfunction in the future! I want to be a part of changing the way we look at postpartum health and the return to activity, sports, and life.
I understand the challenges that can arise for a woman trying to prioritize her health, so I started my own practice in 2017 to have a way to treat you with the care, attention, and time that optimizes outcomes and gives you the understanding to continue to move forward into a vibrant and active life. I also collaborate in the community as a Simple Wellness Coach and a co-founder of the non-profit Mind Body Baby.
ABOUT SHE THRIVES
My mission is to make an impact on the world by guiding and inspiring others into more vibrant health and a deeper understanding of their body's capabilities and healing power.
I guide my clients out of pain and injury with a deeper understanding of function and re-connection with their body. I open conversations about things that are sometimes whispered about, help women to never be afraid of a diagnosis or of movement, deliver practical solutions, and restore power over health.
I help women find and connect with their root and core, which is not only the pelvis and muscles that surround it, but the power of the body as a whole. Understanding balance and function in the body leads to improved alignment, stability, and strength. Open conversation gives hope. Information gives power.
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