Speaking Engagements

Women’s Health and Wellness Day


Date & Time:
September 30
9am – 1pm

Location: Reston Association’s Conference Room 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191

Purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-health-and-wellness-day-tickets-37052299425  

Please join us for a day devoted to Women’s Health and Wellness. Bring your mothers, sisters, cousins, daughters and friends and learn about your body.  You deserve to know and understand all about your body, your pelvic floor and how you can help yourself with some common problems associated with these areas.

We have an amazing group of health care providers ready to teach you about your body and your health.
Choose which talks and/or classes you want to attend.  We’ll have lectures on one side and active classes on the other.   Take part in our free raffle for free items or sessions such as:

A Free Physical Therapy Evaluation or Treatment Session from ITR Physical Therapy
doTERRA Essential Oils from Jessica Claire Haney and ITR Physical Therapy
Rodan Fields Products from ITR Physical Therapy
Yoga Mat from Rita Moran
Free One on One Pilates Equipment Pilates Session from LMV Pilates
Book:  Discovering your Couple Sexual Style: Sharing Desire, Pleasure and Satisfaction  from Amy Heard
Card Deck:  Daily Meditations for Healing and Happiness from Amy Heard
A Free Acupuncture Session from Melissa Delgado

Must be present to win.

This event will include the following talks and classes:


9:05 – 9:40  Your Pelvic Floor and You 

Walter von Pechmann, MD 

9:45 – 10:20 Chronic Pelvic Pain and Your Gut 

Jennifer Chu, MS, PT, WCS
ITR Physical Therapy
If you are dealing with a chronic pain issue, then you may have noticed that when your pain is exacerbated, you may also be experiencing digestive issues.  Often digestive issues such as gas, bloating or constipation can be a precursor to pain.  In this talk you will learn how your gut can affect your pain and ways you can work on healing your gut to help your pain. 

10:25 – 11:00   Teamwork and Intimacy: A Winning Combination when Sex Hurts 

Amy Heard, PhD Clinical Psychologist

Sexuality in long-term relationships can contribute to satisfaction and connection, but when something goes wrong, it can leave both partners feeling distressed, confused, and lonely.  Couples can achieve sexual satisfaction and connection regardless of what challenges they face when function as an intimate team.  This talk will introduce strategies to help women and couples cope with pelvic floor dysfunction or any health issue impacting their sexual relationship. 

11:05 – 11:40   Be Strong:  Building Strength From the Inside Out 

Jennifer Chu, MS, PT, WCS 
ITR Physical Therapy

You may have heard of your pelvic floor muscles in relation to your core muscle strength, but do you really know how to strengthen them?  Research has shown that up to 40% of people trying to contract their pelvic floor muscles do so wrong.  In this talk you will learn all about the pelvic floor muscles, how to strengthen them, how they can affect your bladder function and how to incorporate them into your daily life. 

11:45 – 12:20    Interstitial Cystitis- What I Need to Know 

Melissa Delgado, MD
Gynecology and Wellness Center

Did you know IC is a syndrome that affects women with chronic pelvic pain?  Did you know symptoms are similar to urinary tract infection – urinary urgency, frequency, burning, pain?  Did you know 3.2 to 7.9 million women (2.7 to 6.5% of all women) have symptoms if Interstitial Cystitis or Painful Bladder Syndrome?  Did you know you can get help and this can be treated?  Come learn about IC and what you can do if you think you or someone you know experience bladder pain or bladder related issues. 

12:25 -12:55  Mood Up, Stress Down: Essential Oils 101 

Jessica Claire Haney 

Essential oils are simple, natural remedies that can be used in so many ways and combinations to lift mood and reduce stress. Come learn about and play with these terrific game-changers! Find out which oils are calming & relaxing, which can promote restful sleep, which are good for positive, uplifted mood, and which are invigorating with an energy boost. Everyone is different; this is your chance to find out what you love! We’ll sample lots of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils geared toward mood and stress and discuss how to use them topically and to diffuse them aromatically. 

Active Class

9:05 – 9:40  Embodied Presence:  Coming Home to Ourselves 

Gabrielle Czaja, PT

Being comfortable in ourselves and our bodies is our birthright.  Trusted healer, physical therapist and Alexander Technique Gabrielle Czaja will guide us to a deeper “felt sense” of our inner strength with a simple, yet profound movement and breathing practice.  You will leave with an easy activity you can do on your own to continue building on this experience. 

9:45 – 10:20 Pilates Mat Class for the Pelvic Floor 

Lorena Montero
This Pilates Class will focus on taking exercises from the Pilates Mat repertoire to bring balance, strength, and length in the musculature pelvic area in combination to proper breathing and core function. 

10:25 – 11:00  Your Body, Post-Partum: What to Expect 

Allie Demers, PT, DPT
ITR Physical Therapy
So you had a baby?… by definition you are now officially a rockstar. This is tough work and your body has been through A LOT. Our society claims that 6 wks post-partum you are healed and should be back to your old self. I have personally and professionally found that this is not often the case. This talk explores the most common post-partum issues we see among our patients and some basic things you can do to help improve your quality of life.  

11:05 – 11:40  Mindfulness Meditation: Benefits and Guided Practice 

Amy Heard, PhD Clinical Psychologist
Scientific research and clinical experience are now pointing to the importance of mindful meditation to help ease the stresses of daily life.  Regular mindfulness practice provides a powerful tool for balancing the nervous system and feeling less reactive to daily stresses. Join us to practice a guided, breath-focused mindfulness exercise and take home some simple strategies for bringing mindful presence into your daily routine. 

11:45 – 12:20  Lymphatic Drainage Therapy and Healthy Breasts 

Rita Moran, MPT 

The breast and the surrounding tissue of the neck, diaphragm and shoulders are vital areas that help the body to detoxify and stay healthy. Whether you have had breast cancer, are nursing a baby, or are just wanting to stay healthy, come learn how to move your lymphatic system with a gentle hand on techniques called Lymphatic Drainage Therapy.  

12:25 – 12:55 Yoga for the Pelvic Floor 

Rita Moran, MPT 

In this experiential class, we will gently move, breathe, and become aware of how the pelvic floor is an integral part of our daily life and vitality.