Compassionate Care for Problems “Down There”
It’s more than just a clever rhyme: at The Pelvic PT, we believe that if you are going to entrust your amazing and incredible body to a healthcare provider, she needs to create a welcoming, safe space in which you can ask the questions you have and get the answers you need. You and your PT will collaborate on the goals that are important to you, and together will create a plan to make those goals a reality and get you on the road to better health. We believe everyone deserves to have a happy bladder, healthy bowels, enjoyable intercourse, and a strong, pain-free pelvic floor — don’t you?
- listen to what you, the patient, have to say
- teach you about your body in a way you can understand it
- collaborate with you and your healthcare team
- provide compassionate care
- deliver customized treatment
- focus on a whole body (holistic) approach to wellness
- use movement as a key to better health
- empower you to take an active role in your recovery
- give you and your body permission to heal
MEET THE DOCTORS
Judith Meer, PT, DPT, PRPC, CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
I received my B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College and went on to pursue my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at New York University (NYU). Several years after graduation, I found my passion in pelvic floor physical therapy: there is so much need and so much good to be done! I especially love helping postpartum moms navigate the world of issues “down there” by giving them the knowledge and tools they need to tackle any bowel, bladder or sex-related issues — but I enjoy treating a wide variety of pelvic health concerns that span the age and gender spectrum. Collaborative and compassionate care are the hallmarks of my practice.
I’m also a firm believer in life-long learning, and carve out time throughout the year to attend conferences, take continuing education courses, and stay up-to-date on new research in the field. In this way, I can provide the best possible care to my patients. I’ve taken extensive coursework in pelvic health topics through the renowned Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute as well as the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and assist in teaching courses as my schedule permits.
I have been a member of the APTA since 2012, am a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC) through Herman & Wallace, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). I have a background as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), an advanced outdoor guide and tallship sailor, and a self-defense (Krav Maga) instructor. I am also a proud and occasionally frazzled mother to two sweet and energetic little ones… and a cat who is convinced she’s a dog.
Melanie Llanes, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
I received undergraduate degrees in both Applied Kinesiology and in Women’s Studies from Rutgers University. After graduating, I trained as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) at Essex County College and worked for more than half a decade as a PTA in outpatient orthopedics. Several years into my chosen profession, I learned about pelvic floor physical therapy and knew I had found my true passion: I wanted to help both men and women with pelvic floor issues. I completed the PTA to Doctor of Physical Therapy program through the University of Findlay, and have been spreading my enthusiasm of pelvic floor PT ever since! With my extensive orthopedic and pelvic health knowledge, I truly believe in the whole-person approach when it comes to treating all injuries or dysfunctions. Knowing a person’s values and goals are just as important as understanding anatomy.
I have always had a passion for treating chronic pain disorders. As a mom to my rainbow baby, I am now also directing my passion toward helping mothers trying to conceive as well as women in all stages of their perinatal period.
I am constantly growing my knowledge, and have completed coursework with many highly regarded organizations, including the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Pelvic Guru, Institute of Birth Healing, and Evidence in Motion’s Pain Science Courses, among others. I am also certified to practice Dry Needling in New Jersey — this is a technique that utilizes thin monofilament needles to modulate neuromuscular activity and help reduce pain and tightness. In an outpatient hospital setting, I treat people with complex pelvic health issues, including neurological and postoperative concerns.
I am also a 200 HR and Prenatal Certified Yoga teacher, and my own exercise interests are focused on kettlebells and power lifting.
Megan-Marie Delegas, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
I received both my undergraduate degree in Rehabilitative Science and my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University in Boston. While in the renowned Boston medical hub, I was fortunate to train and work in a variety of PT settings ranging from neurologic and geriatric settings to orthopedic and outpatient sport clinics. I found my way to San Francisco in the years after graduation, where I continued to deepen my skillset and knowledge, with classes in Dry Needling, Myofascial Decompression, Running Mechanics and Selective Functional Movement Assessment. I have since resettled back on the East Coast, and have become deeply passionate about the incredible world of pelvic health after coursework with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and training with advanced practitioners in the field. I enjoy helping with people who are dealing with incontinence, constipation and pelvic pain, as well as addressing postpartum concerns regarding fitness, nutrition and pelvic health.
I am a strong advocate of empowerment for women through evidence-based education and guidance, and am particularly focused on holistic health. It’s important to me to see and understand the whole story of someone’s experience — and then move forward at a pace she is comfortable with.
I am also a Precision Nutrition Coach and an Integrative Movement and Kettlebell Coach, and am actively working towards a degree in Functional Medicine.
Clinic Coordinator & Office Manager
I am an administrative and program management professional with over 20 years of experience supporting teams with planning and logistics as we help meet and exceed clients’ expectations. While volunteering as a support group moderator for women facing infertility and pregnancy loss, I found my passion for providing non-judgmental and empathetic support for women experiencing complex and painful emotions and health challenges.
As a busy mom of three, I understand the demands on who are women juggling careers while also caring for children and helping aging loved ones. Too often we put our own needs last! I am an advocate for empowering women in seeking the supportive care they need to find their joy and live their lives to the fullest.
“Judith is a wonderful pelvic floor PT. She is incredibly bright, knowledgeable, and supportive, and she has really helped me reduce pain and increase functionality in the months I’ve worked with her. I’d absolutely recommend her for other mamas who have had difficult deliveries!” – J.L.
“Before I saw Judith, I couldn’t sit down for more than 5 minutes without being in pain. It was the worst. I had a big trip coming up for work and I was dreading it, I didn’t even know if I could go. After the first appointment, I felt probably fifty percent better. It was amazing! In a few visits I was back to my old self… all before I even left for my trip.” – D.S.
“Working with Melanie was exactly what I needed. She was kind, smart and understanding and gave me the specific guidance that I was looking for. I appreciate her expert care and she changed my outlook to be much more positive after all these years of struggling with pain and dysfunction. I can’t thank her enough!” – S.B.
“I’m so happy I met with Megan! She knows SO much, makes it easy to talk about hard topics, and has helped me get stronger in ways I didn’t even know I needed. Going to see her for postpartum pelvic PT has been a way I take care of myself, which I really didn’t do after my first baby. And I feel like I’m healing fully this time around.” – M.T.