WHWD 2019

Third Annual Women’s Health and Wellness Day

Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 8:30-4:30pm. This event has passed.

Women’s Health and Wellness Day is a celebration of women’s bodies and an opportunity for education and empowerment. The event will include presentation-style learning opportunities as well as experiential classes. Our third annual WHWD will consist of three tracks: General Wellness Track, Movement Track and a Post-Partum Track. This event will cover a wide range of wellness topics, finding your voice, including nutrition, meditation, yoga, post-partum management and pelvic health.

The mission of WHWD, a project of ITR Physical Therapy, is to empower women through education. By the time we are in our 80’s over 50% of women will have some sort of pelvic floor disorder. Currently, shame and isolation is a mainstay when women deal with types of pelvic and post partum issues. WHWD aims to reduce the isolation women feel, help us all claim our power, honor our selves all while learning and growing in a safe like-minded supportive community of women and truly caring health care providers.

Discovery Sessions

In order to further personalize your experience at WHWD, this year’s event will include FREE 15-minute private discovery sessions with ITR Physical Therapy, PostPartum Wellness, and HD Psychology, and Nayo Wills, MD from the Kaplan Clinic. Please Sign up using the button below, using the same contact information you provided upon registration!

You deserve to take this time to learn and experience what our team has to teach you. Come and enjoy this day where we, as women, come together to take care of each other and our health in a sacred atmosphere of support, love and honoring every part of ourselves.

What you can look forward to during WHWD 2019



Karen Durana

"Full Body Presence"


Come open the day of Women’s Health by understanding your role in today’s world as well as how you can go about reclaiming your power and yourself – so you can make a positive difference in the world, walking the soul path you came here to walk. You were born at this time in history for a reason – perhaps because of the role we are meant to play in the healing of the planet and that starts with each one of us. Karen will share her “how to” skills for being fully present so you can enjoy this day to the fullest and leave it with a full inner energy reservoir as well as a lot more information about living in a healthy, thriving life

Learn More about Karen Durana at Healing From The Core! and Phoenix Rising-Physical and Massage Therapy LLC


Rita Moran, PT

"Reclaim Your Life: Mindfulness and Mindful Movement for Healing and Recovery"


Join Master Healer, Yoga Teacher, and Lymphatic Physical Therapist, Rita Naomi in her talk on how to use the principles of Mindfulness and Mindful Ease Based Movement to self regulate the physical body and mind. Participants will leave with a handout and a short experiential exercise on how to facilitate greater calm and ease in everyday life. This class will require audiovisuals and chairs – we will be sitting for the class.

More about Rita at ritanaomi.com


Nayo Wills, MD  

"Demysitifying Detox"  


If you have been tempted to detox, or you have tried with less than optimal results, join Dr Nayo to discuss the ABCs of detoxing, its pitfalls and its benefits when done right.


  • To help attendees to understand some of the signs and symptoms that indicate a detoxification program might be helpful
  • To help attendees understand how to introduce some safe and simple detoxifying foods and supplements into their regime
  • To help attendees understand why working with a Functional Medicine Physician may be beneficial to leverage all the health benefits for vitality and wellness
  • To help attendees  to be aware of the pitfalls of doing a detoxification program without a comprehensive assessment


Susan MooreSusan Moore, MS, RD

"Functional Medicine: How To Make This Work For You"


Susan Moore's work is to deeply listen to you. In this workshop we will explore your challenges around food and problem-solve to help you take charge of your eating. Together we will lay the foundation for you to develop a personalized plan that gives your body what it needs to thrive.

More about Susan at SusanMooreRD.com


Joan Loveland, MD

"Women’s Health Across The Ages: Striving To Thrive"


What daily practices maximize health & optimize wellness?  Learn the current medical recommendations that can help guide your preventative health habits. Book more sessions at BloomObGyn.com


Urologist Rachel RubinRachel Rubin, MD

"Below the Beltway: Having Great Sex At Any Age "


Sexual health is an important aspect of general health. Learn how hormones, muscles, and brain chemistry can affect sexual function and how we treat various sexual problems in both men and women. 

More about Rachel at intimmedicine.com


womens health and wellness eventOlya Walker, LFMT

"Finding Our Voices: Healing from Sexual Harassment and Harm" 


Women are constantly bombarded with messages about how they should or should not express their sexuality and should or should not respond to sexual harassment and harm.  We are even given conflicting messages by families and society about what actually constitutes sexual harassment, yet all of us know when we feel violated, uncomfortable or hurt.  In this workshop, we will talk about ways to embrace the wide range of feelings we have when either ourselves or someone we love have been harassed or harmed with the hope of healing and restoring our power.

More about Olya at  Olyawalkertherapy.com


Women's Wellness Day Reston presenterLaura Purcell Verdun, M.A., CCC/SLP

"Your Voice: Find It & Use It!"


Powerful speaking skills are a valuable tool in a woman's professional and personal life. Tips will be introduced to make you a more impactful speaker. Features of speaking which interfere with impact, as well as purposeful features which will ensure you and your message are received as intended, will be addressed. You, too, can find your voice!

More about Laura at voicetrainer.com





Nicolette Horbach, MD

"Childbirth and the Pelvic Floor: What they didn't tell you to expect from expecting "


Every pregnant woman has devoured the well-known guide "What to Expect from Expecting" and anticipates childbirth as a wonderfully miraculous experience.  But for some women, childbirth can alter the function of muscles, nerves and ligaments in the pelvis causing problems with urinary and/or bowel function, prolapsed organs and/or impaired sexual function.  Women who experience these adverse effects must learn to cope with their symptoms and are often frustrated or angry because they never knew about the potential impact of childbirth on their bodies.  This talk will address the following questions: 1) how does childbirth and delivery affect our pelvic structures and what problems can occur; 2) who is more likely to experience these adverse outcomes; 3) can women do anything to avoid these problems; 4) do future pregnancies make the problems worse; and 4) what treatment options can eliminate these problems if they occur? 

More about Nicolette  http://www.urogyndocs.com


Pelvic Floor PTJennifer Chu, MS, PT, WCS co-presenting with Ellicia Jacobs, PT, DPT

"After The Baby: What They Didn’t Tell You About Expecting Part 2:  What To Do About It"


Having a baby is truly a miraculous event. Along with the addition of our little one to our family, we also are left dealing with the physical effects of both the pregnancy and the delivery. This talk will offer you some tools to facilitate healing for effects of both c-sections and vaginal deliveries. Come and learn how to help your body find its way to a full physical recovery. 

More about Jennifer at ITRPhysicalTherapy.com



Tina Sito, PT

"Post Partum Exercise Class"


Whether you are newly postpartum or years down the road, this class is for you. This class will be helpful if you are struggling with diastasis, incontinence, or prolapse. This will also be of interest if you are someone who just wants to learn how to safely return to daily activity or resume an exercise routine. The instruction will help you train your abdominals to become more functional and you will learn proper posture, body mechanics and breathing. Education will be provided on how to relax a tight pelvic floor and strengthen a weakened one.

More about Tina at ITRPhysicalTherapy



 Amy Heard, PhD

"Relationships, Intimacy & Sexuality:  Staying Connected As Your Family (& Body) Grows" 


Relationship experts recognize that having a child is one of the most impactful changes that couples experience. This talk will discuss how couples can use well-founded principles and techniques to stay connected in this time of personal and couple transition. 

More about Amy at hdpsychology.com



Photo of Postpartum Wellness - McLean, VA, United States. Rosalie Zuniga, LICSW, LCSW Rosalia Zuniga, LICSW, LCSW, PMH-C and Elena Terminiello, LICSW, LCSW

"After the Baby Arrives: Now What!?" 


All too often we spend so much time preparing for and looking after our new babies, that we as parents start to feel drained. Come learn ways you cannot just survive the postpartum time, but really thrive in it! Our presentation, "What to *REALLY* Expect When You Are... Postpartum," could be a lifesaver. Find out about things to consider when in recovery and healing after childbirth. We also discuss postpartum anxiety and depression.  Receive resources and tips, and guidance in creating a functional postpartum plan! You may have a birth plan, but your postpartum plan is also invaluable. This class covers:

  • Motherhood and your changing identity
  • Postpartum Blues: What's normal and what's not
  • The developing attachment relationship between you and your baby
  • Mobilizing resources for support
  • The necessity for self-care
  • Creating the basics of a schedule with a newborn


Claire Sandberg

"Postnatal Yoga Class"


Our practice will be focused on rehabilitating and strengthening the postpartum core muscles, stretching out tension in the chest, shoulders and back from nursing and holding baby, and restorative postures to support the body through this intense time. You will learn how to use mindfulness to help with the anxieties of caring for young children and make your parenting more joyful. A safe space for Mamas to relax and renew… come and take some time for that much needed self-care.

Intended for women who are 6 weeks postpartum and have been cleared to exercise by their medical team. Find her at NurtureAndNourishYoga


Sleep Consultant Kim Hawley Babywears her daughter on the Hill Kim Hawley, MA, MPH

"The Holistic Guide to Better Sleep for Babies and Toddlers"


Learn 5 key facts our culture gets wrong so that you can let go of the sleep struggle and "am I doing it wrong" anxiety. Much of our parenting advice around sleep relies on outdated ideas about how babies and toddlers should act and sleep, rather than coming from what we know is biologically normal. The emphasis tends to be on controlling behavior, disconnection, and pushing independence- something at odds with many parents' instincts. There's a better way!

You can improve sleep for your entire family while focusing on connection and what is biologically normal. If you're concerned whether you are doing enough to support your little one's sleep development and overwhelmed by all the conflicting information you hear, then you'll love this talk that bridges the art and science of age appropriate sleep. Discover calming, evidence-based information to build your confidence around nighttime parenting and improving sleep for your family.





 Jen Burns 

"Creating Community Through Movement"


Join us as we explore movement as a powerful form of communication, connection, play and healing.

Learn 3 simple skills to "listen" and communicate with others through movement, including how to create a playful connection without having to know any "moves." Touch is optional. No partner required. No dance/movement experience needed. Anticipate levels of connection and fun you may not have experienced before. 

More about Jen at Born2DanceStudio.com



Claire Sandberg

"Post Partum Yoga Class"


More about Claire at NurtureAndNourishYoga.com 



Rita Naomi Moran, PT

"Yoga For The Lymphatic System"


Join Master Healer, Yoga teacher and Lymphatic Physical Therapist, Rita Naomi in a gentle eased based yoga class. This class is designed to facilitate lymphatic flow and to reduce toxicity, stress, and unease in every day life. All levels of movement ability welcome!

More about Rita at  ritanaomi.com



Pelvic Floor PTJennifer Chu, MS, PT

"Body Mind Tools To Help You Heal and Connect To Your Inner Wisdom"


Are you dealing with chronic pain, stress and feelings of overwhelm?  Are you looking for ways to calm you body and live life in a more fun, peaceful and easy? Then this class is for you!   In this class you will be taught tools to help you reconnect with your body and tap into your inner wisdom. These tools will help you calm your upregulated nervous system and allow you feel your emotions and physical discomforts in a safe way without overwhelm, aiding your body to heal.


Amy Heard 

"Mindfulness Awareness: Awakening to Curiosity and Compassion"


This gentle guided practice is open to all who are wondering about, new to, or experienced with mindfulness. We will explore how curiosity and compassion can be an essential part of staying present to whatever arises, and will briefly discuss some of the proven benefits of a regular mindfulness practice.

More about Amy at hdpsychology.com



Margaux Craig, PT, DPT

"Beginning Pilates Mat Class"


Learn the fundamentals and principles of Pilates and how these are used to support low back and pelvic structures. Focus will be on appropriate contraction of abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles and the use of breathe through a beginner mat series. All levels of experience welcome.



Yoga for Pelvic FloorLauren Starace, PT, MSPT, PYT-c, RTY-c

"Pelvic Floor Yoga Class"


Using breath and movement, become more aware of what your pelvic floor is doing and where it is positioned.  Learn how much your breath and pelvic floor really are linked discover movement that can help you better connect to your pelvic floor.  This will be a gentle, all levels class, where you can explore within your own body, breathing and moving freely, to mindfully improve your relationship with your pelvic floor. 

More about Lauren at ITRPhysicalTherapy.com



Amy Heard, Phd, www.hdpyschology.com

Dr. Amy Heard works with individuals and couples who are facing medical issues, life transitions, relationship problems, and work-life imbalances. She seeks to empower them to develop awareness, build skills, and act with intention as they create lives of greater satisfaction and meaning. Her treatment integrates research-based strategies, including CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and Sensorimotor techniques to create an individualized, growth-oriented and skills-focused plan. Dr. Heard worked for over 20 years in a variety of medical fields and is a strong believer in collaborative care. She specializes in helping people to cope with medical issues including chronic pain, pelvic pain, migraines, neurological conditions, cancer, sexual dysfunction, and fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue.  She is passionate about helping her patients and community to find their own path to a lif eof wellness and purpose, and enjoys speaking to groups about a range of topics related to health, growth, and well-beign. 

Rita Naomi Moran, PT, www.ritanaomi.com

Rita Naomi is the lead teacher and founder of OneHeartPath, an Integrative Healing practice that includes nature exploration, physical therapy, and yoga. A healer for over 25 years, she manages her physical therapy practice in Maryland and Utah, and leads yoga programs in different National Parks around the United States. Her speciality is in helping women find and embody their inner wisdom through the waters of the body and movement awareness. 


Women's Wellness Day Reston presenterLaura Purcell Verdun, VoiceTrainer.com

Laura is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in VA and Washington DC, Communication Coach, and owner of Voicetrainer, LLC. She specializes in voice, motor speech, swallowing and airway disorders; and the refinement of professional communication and presentation skills for graduate/medical students, analysts, attorneys, scientists, radio and on-air talent, politicians, executives, etc. Follow her on Twitter! 



womens health and wellness eventOlya Walker,  OlyaWalkerTherapy.com

Olya is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who practices in Falls Church, VA working with adults, couples and teens.  Olya specializes in helping women protect themselves from the demands of the “needy” world around them, which can cause stress and even depression, if not properly managed. She helps women access their innate capacity to heal from the painful things so many of us go through.  Olya also helps women to improve their relationships to the level where they feel nurtured and taken care of.



Dr. Nicolette Horbach, MD, www.urogyndocs.com

 With over 30 years experience, Miss Horbach is a pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery specialist in Annandale, VA. She graduated from Washington University St Louis in 1982 Aside from pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery, she also specializes in obstetrics & gynecology.




Rachel Rubin, MD, intimmedicine.com

Dr. Rachel Rubin is a urologic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Her expertise includes erectile dysfunction, pelvic pain, penile curvature, low testosterone, low libido, sexual arousal disorders, urinary incontinence, penile implants, and menopause care.



Lauren Starace, PT, ITRphysicaltherapy.com

Lauren found her true passion in pelvic health, treating women and men with complex pelvic issues for all ages. She furthered her education at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine learning muscle energy techniques for the spine and visceral mobilization through the Barrel Institute in order to complement the skills needed to treat the lumbopelvic and abdominal region. After completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, she has started training with the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute.


Pelvic Floor specialist in Bethesda

Jennifer Chu, PT, ITRPhysicaltherapy.com

Jennifer Chu is one of the countries first Board Certified Women’s Health Specialists. She has been a physical therapist since 1997 when she started her career working with musculoskeletal injuries in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. She is committed to teaching and empowering women and men with pelvic floor dysfunctions how to help themselves



©  Ginny Filer Photography .Susan Moore, SusanMooreRD.com

Susan has been a registered dietitian, health coach and educator for many years in the DC Metro area.  Her philosophy focuses on combining mind, body and spirit in all aspects of health, especially nutrition and food.  Based on thoughtful discussions with clients about their health needs and goals, she explores challenges, past successes to help them take charge of their food and health. With Susan, clients develop a personalized plan to reach maximum health.  Her specialties include weight management and disordered eating, core imbalances, such as, inflammation, diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure disordered eating and PCOS, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and food sensitivities.



Margaux Craig, ITRPhysicalTherapy.com

Margaux has experience in orthopedics to manual therapy. In 2011 she began her journey into pelvic health utilizes her orthopedic skills to take a holistic approach to treating pelvic floor dysfunction. With further experience in craniosacral and visceral manipulation, trigger point dry needling, Margaux is also a certified Pilates instructor and utilizes Pilates as another tool in treating Women’s Health patients.  Join her in her Pilates class at WHWD2019!



Tina Sito, ITRphysicaltherapy.com

Tina started in orthopedics and sports medicine in 1981, which has included working with professional sports teams and professional dancers. In addition, she works with geriatrics in home health and with pediatrics within the school system. Her experience with pelvic floor dysfunction led to a passion of continued study and treatment of Women’s and Men’s Health.


Photo of Postpartum Wellness - McLean, VA, United States. Rosalie Zuniga, LICSW, LCSWRosalia Zuniga, LCISW, LCSW, PMH-C, PostPartumWell.com

Rosalia is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in maternal mental health. She provides counseling services with clients who are currently pregnant, postpartum, or have experienced a pregnancy loss or stressful birth experience. Her therapy approach is warm, collaborative, and integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness/acceptance-based interventions. Research has shown that even positive changes can lead to an increase in stress and can negatively impact mental health. We are not meant to do it alone. Things do get easier when we share ourselves without shame or judgment. A strong therapeutic relationship empowers clients toward changes and growth! Book a session with her through PostPartumWell.com!


Sleep Consultant Kim Hawley Babywears her daughter on the Hill Kim Hawley, MA, MPH, IntuitiveParentingDC.com

Kim is a Holistic Sleep Consultant and Lactation Counselor, as well as the owner of Intuitive Parenting. Kim is passionate about helping parents confidently navigate nighttime parenting and family sleep using evidence-based information and parental intuition. Her specialty is gentle, attachment-based sleep support for breastfeeding families. Kim lives in Capitol Hill, Washington DC, with he husband, her two children, and a few animals, including her guide dog. She loves to run, read a good book, eat delicious food, and enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee. Find more at IntuitiveParentingDC.com




Jen Burns, Born2DanceStudios.com

For the past seven years of teaching dance and different forms of movement I’ve noticed how movement has become become commodified, competitive, and portrayed as a skill that people attempt to mentally master. While those are all valid in their own ways, it feels that we’ve lost touch with movement’s ability to deeply connect and heal us. Movement has been used for centuries as a form of celebration, story telling, connection, play and creating community. No matter what perceived skill you have around movement or dance, I invite you to join us. We are all learning to be more present with each other. When we see dance as a communication between each of us rather than a skill to master, powerful connection and healing can take place. Book more classes with her at Born2DanceStudios.com 

Dr. Joan Loveland, Bloom-ObGyn.com
Dr. Loveland is a board-certified OB-gyn who has been in private practice since 2002, providing skilled and comprehensive care to the women in the DC area.  During her residency, she delivered her son at 28 weeks while hiking in the Adirondacks and spent several months in the NICU in Burlington, Vermont, as he grew strong enough to come home. Her daughter joined the team right after she completed her residency and Dr. Loveland has embraced the challenge of juggling her mommy duties with her love of medicine ever since. Find her at Bloom-ObGyn.com 
Claire Sandberg, nurtureandnourishyoga.com
Claire is a perinatal yoga specialist and a qualified childbirth educator. Previously a doctor, she has shifted the focus of her work into supporting people in using yoga to explore their own mind-body connection. Claire’s classes weave modern psychology and movement science concepts with yoga. She has a passion for using the practice of yoga to prepare and support women and families through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal phase. 



Nayo Wills, M.D., KaplanClinic.com

Dr. Wills is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician who has been practicing Functional and Integrative Medicine for over 10 years. As a clinician, Dr. Nayo loves working with individuals who are interested in self-directed healing and optimization of their health. She shares her understanding that everyone can contribute to disease prevention, optimizing their weight, and regaining whole health and wellness through the implementation of proper nutrition, exercise, mastery of their thoughts, and other restorative practices like meditation. She works at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine.


Karen Durana, PHXrisingPTMT.com

Karen graduated from Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College) in 1996, with Honors.   She began her career working in subacute care where she rehabilitated patients with orthopedic, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and stroke conditions.  After her first year, she began to work in outpatient orthopaedic clinics in Maryland and Washington D.C.   She specializes in shoulder physical therapy, and also sees many patients with knee, spinal, and chronic pain issues.  In 2001, she completed her Certificate in Massage Therapy from Baltimore School of Massage.  This expanded her skills in soft tissue mobilization.

For more than 10 years, Karen has been training in complementary medicine:  Craniosacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Healing from the Core curriculums.   She is a certified presenter for Healing From the Core, and has been a teaching assistant for Craniosacral Therapy level one. Find her at PHXrisingPTMT.com   and HealingFromTheCore.com

Some vegan lunch options will be available for purchase on site, and there are several restaurants conveniently located near the District Architecture Center (DAC, 421 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004). Conveniently located in the vibrant Penn Quarter area of downtown DC just blocks away from every Metro line, DAC is within short walking distance of the Verizon Center, Walter E. Walter Convention Center, and the city's top restaurants and hotels.

Here at District Architecture Center, we can host as many as 375 attendees! The beautiful design features glass walls and floors that provide natural light throughout the space. 

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