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In this episode, Dr. Elana interviews a special guest, Lauren Mallari-Snyder. Lauren is doctor of physical therapy with a special focus on women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction. This episode is all about SEX after baby! Yummy!  Well, not so yummy at times after baby. Dr. Elana and Lauren explore why sex can be so painful after having a baby, what we can do to prevent painful sex and therapies we have access to help heal and rejuvenate so we can get it back on!

Enjoy the listen!


Topics Discussed:

  • Lauren’s story and how she got so interested in this field.
  • What pelvic floor physical therapists do and why getting checked is important.
  • Causes of painful sex.
  • How to prevent painful sex.
  • How to seek out help.

This episode's guest

Lauren started her career as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2012 in San Clemente, CA in an Orthopedic setting and began including a focus on Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor issues for both women and men, a few months after. She then practiced in Chicago, IL for three years before moving back home to San Diego two years ago, helping to open up the only Body Gears Physical Therapy clinic in California and is the women’s health specialist there. She’s studied Innate Postpartum Traditions and is working on her certification to become a postpartum doula this year!  She is a member of the San Diego Birth Network and has taken numerous continuing education courses on Functional Manual Therapy through the Institute of Physical Art, Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor courses through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and Strain-Counterstrain courses through the Jones Institute.
With these varying specialties, she loves finding ways to meld them all together to provide the best treatment for her patients. She lives in Mission Hills with her fellow Physical Therapist husband and their ridiculously cute French Bulldog. She’s danced her whole life has been getting more and more in to yoga.