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Mieke’s Story

I have 20 years of experience working as a physical therapist. Born and raised in Belgium, I graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven as a Physical Therapist in 2001. Afterwards, I pursued a 2 year program at the University of Ghent to become an Orthopedic Manual Therapist.


With a strong desire to discover the world and travel, my first work experiences as a physical therapist were in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Turkey. Eventually my journey led to New York City, where I worked for 5 years in an Orthopedic Practice on the Upper East Side, always working on improving my skills and knowledge with continuing education in Maitland Techniques, Manual Therapy at University of St Augustine, Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Kinesiotaping Institute.


Becoming a mom in 2010, I became more acutely aware of the need for pelvic rehab in the US compared to Europe. I decided to expand my practice and become a Pelvic Health Specialist.  I have done extensive continuing education through Herman and Wallace, the APTA Women’s Health Section, Pelvic Guru, and others.

I take pride in staying up to date in the emerging field of pelvic rehab and women’s health physical therapy with extensive continuing education, literature, and books.


I feel extremely passionate about providing the best possible care to all people experiencing challenges with their pelvic health. Being able to help people achieve their goals and highest potential is my biggest reward.


Being active and healthy myself, is something I greatly value.  My husband and I are avid cyclists and quite involved in the local cycling community.  We love hiking and backpacking with our kids, Mila and Raffa, and our Golden Retriever, Sage. Being in the outdoors is our greatest joy!

As a business owner, I strive to foster a climate of purposeful inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, and cared for. At Pelvic Shanti, we cherish the diversity of humanity, a diversity which includes differences in sex, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, and political perspective.

 

Community Connections

Member of APTA for 16+ years

Member of Pelvic Health APTA

Pelvic Guru Member

CVIM Volunteer

Volunteer Ski Patroller

State College Borough Transportation Commission

SCASD LGBTQ+ and Gender Equity Workgroup

PT Proud Advocacy Task Force