Created by: Heather M. Truog, OTD, OTR/L, PYT
capstone project for post-professional doctoral program
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Passionate about improving the way we care for the women in our communities.
Heather M. Truog, OTD, OTR/L, PYT
Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, 2008, Western Michigan University
Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, 2019, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Hello, welcome, and thank you for taking the time to peruse this website's content. While the making of The Women's Health OT came to exist as a final project in the completion of a post-professional OTD program, it has evolved into a labor of love for this therapist. Sharing my passion for these topics is what this site is really all about.
More about me...
I'm an imperfect person. With a messy life. And a super busy brain. My enthusiasm for 'women's health' stems from my own life's journey navigating through the experiences of my childhood circumstance, super erratic hormones, absurd amounts of stress, an internalized pressure for "more", questionably unhealthy relationships with food and self-care, traumatic injury, years of toxic love interests, a struggle with infertility, pregnancy loss, and eventually the life altering transition of becoming a mother. I don't think these topics are rare or foreign to most women. We all know elements of such themes in our lives.
My practice specialization is largely rooted in my personal quest for learning, for growth, and for joyfulness. I believe that there is true healing power in making art, music, expressive movement, human touch, and authentic social relationships. In this regard, occupational therapy is the perfect profession for me to entrench myself. I am deeply passionate about bridging my knowledge and expertise as an occupational scientist and integrative wellness practitioner to improve the way we deliver best-practice care to the women in our communities. Pelvic health, maternal mental health, peri- and postnatal care, and health promotion to women along the life-course are just a few of the topics I emphasize in my practice specialization.
As a ravenous life-long learner, I am not quite sure that one lifetime is nearly enough to learn all of the things that are necessary to truly meet all the needs of this dynamic client population. But I am dedicated to making an effort to try.
Professional Yoga Therapist, 2016 – Professional Yoga Therapy Institute
Pelvic Health – Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute
- Mobilization of Visceral Fascia for the Treatment of Pelvic Dysfunction
- Pelvic Floor Level 1
- Trauma Awareness for the Pelvic Therapist
Myofascial Release – John F. Barnes approach
- Myofascial Release I
- Myofascial Unwinding
- Myofascial Release II
Postpartum Support International
- Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training
American Occupational Therapy Association
World Federation of Occupational Therapy
National Women's Health Network