TMTalks: Sarah Ecker, PT, DPT, PRPC with STAND: The Haiti Project, Pelvic Health Corner

Have you ever dreamed of taking your Physical Therapy skills to an underserved population and immersing yourself in the culture of the area? Justin Dunaway PT, DPT, OCS and Morgan Denny PT, DPT founded a non-profit organization that carries out this dream. STAND (Sustainable Therapy and New Development) The Haiti Project is a pro bono clinic serving over 900 patients a trip in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. They cover areas such as Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Pelvic Health, Neuro, adaptive device and prosthetic construction, general medicine and community education panels. Volunteers from across the country travel to join in on this amazing experience only to come home humbled by the resilience and gratitude of the people of Haiti.

Sarah, middle, and translator on the right!

Welcome to week 6 of #STANDSaturday covering another corner of the clinic – Pelvic Health. Sarah Ecker, PT, DPT, PRPC, traveling PT and ’11 graduate from New York University worked in the science, medicine and technology department of a publishing company in NYC when she fell in love with pelvic health. She received her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certificate (PRPC) from the Herman and Wallace Institute. In 2016, Sarah discovered STAND, eagerly volunteered for a 2-week trip, and instantly fell in love with the project, the people of Haiti, and the amazing co-founders of the organization. Immediately recognizable to Sarah on her premier trip was the lack of care surrounding the various changes across the lifespan of women, namely encompassing obstetrics and gynecological care. Join Sarah as she discusses her journey educating families and working with cultural variations (yes, this includes Voodoo!). Trust me, she will convince you to be a STAND-Lifer.

Sarah teaching a class on pelvic health

To learn more about STAND’s most recent trip (May 25th-June 10th 2018) or to join forces, visit their website and follow their story on Facebook. They can also be found on Instagram @STANDhaitiproject AND Twitter @STANDhaiti.

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