Experts in pelvic health physical therapy.
We are the experts in pelvic health throughout Northeast Florida and beyond. Trust your care to the ground-breakers in women’s health, home to physical therapists with a combined 95 years of pelvic health care knowledge and experience. Our distinctive, hands-on approach and our discrete, respectful patient experience sets us apart from other physical therapists.
With state-of-the-art pelvic health equipment, such as Perineal Biofeedback, we are able to help address and treat uncomfortable symptoms, reeducate, coordinate and strengthen muscles, and recover from embarrassing physical limitations – something many people don’t know is possible! Enjoying a full life of laughter, running and sexual health requires strong and healthy pelvic muscles. Smart Body Physical Therapy believes each one of us can overcome current body limitations.
If one’s limitations are removed, at Smart Body Physical Therapy, life can be savored again…or perhaps
for the first time ever.
Our physical therapists begin with an evaluation that may include a series of tests to determine range of motion, muscle strength, postural alignment and abnormalities in movement patterns.
Pre & Post
Physical Therapy is frequently prescribed after surgery to address concerns about pain, mobility, flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Beginning the process prior to surgery can help expedite your recovery.
Manual therapy is a hands-on style of physical therapy that involves evaluating and treating the musculoskeletal system for soft tissue and joint restrictions.
Cancer changes everyone’s life. Start your physical therapy regimen before starting chemo and/or radiation, then continue after your cancer treatments are final for optimal results to get you back to your best you.
It was so great to have the option to continue my physical therapy at home! The online platform was easy to use and communication was great. I have a plan and feel empowered that I will grow stronger during these next few weeks of PT. The assessment, guidance and training is essential to me functioning at full health. I am looking forward to continuing my physical therapy at home via telehealth and am thankful that Laura and her staff are offering this service!
I love this place! I was referred here after my surgery from The Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine and wow! I did not understand Physical therapy and what it could do for me. My therapist is so down to earth and amazing. I am recovering well and I am healthier and stronger than before. She even gives me home work and helps me to use my body and lift properly with my daily life. Especially with my special needs child. Thank you all! You have been a huge blessing!
I love this place and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I needed PT and had dreaded each time I had to go because of the pain but they helped me tremendously with special exercises and stimulation there at Smart Body.
I just want to say I was very Skeptical about going to PT for my issues but these people are Amazing! I was Embarrassed by my problems they made me feel so comfortable and relax to where i could understand how they would help me I’m still a working progress but I can see big difference! I tip my hat to all of the professional and staff there! Very friendly too!
She first earned her Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She earned her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from another private university, the University of St. Augustine, in January 1999. Furthering her manual therapy skills (or hands on treatment of soft tissue and joint mobilization), she received her Manual Therapy Certification (MTC), just a couple of years later.
Laura has specialized in the area of pelvic health, women’s and men’s health and spine since 1999. Her love for helping people suffering in these areas comes out of an unwillingness to accept the status quo and she often finds herself treating people with impairments they never thought possible to improve. Her approach to her clinical practice makes it obvious that she believes our bodies are brimming with life and potential. According to Laura, “There’s nothing that makes me happier than getting to see someone truly savor their life. It’s not just a tag line for our patients and our staff, it gets me out of the bed every morning to press forward helping those around me flourish into the best versions of themselves.”
Laura is doing her best to get the most out of her own life! When she’s not at the office treating patients, she loves to spend her time with her 3 children, exercising, fishing or outdoors.
Melissa attended The University of Kansas, and is a graduate of The University of Kansas Medical Center where she earned her Bachelor of Science (1989) and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2010) degrees. She holds a post-graduate certificate as a pelvic health specialist from Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital’s Institute for Higher Learning (2013). Additionally, in her continuance of life-long learning, she earned a Therapeutic Pain Specialist designation from Evidence in Motion and Purdue University (2021).
Melissa joined Smart Body in 2021. The focus of her practice is pelvic rehabilitation, and Melissa has experience treating urinary and fecal incontinence, acute and persistent abdominal/genital/pelvic pain, female athlete triad, pregnancy and post-partum care, chronic constipation and obstructed defecation, post-mastectomy, pre/post-GYN cancer care, sexual dysfunction-dyspareunia, vaginismus, transgender/nonbinary musculoskeletal care, pre/post-prostatectomy recovery, pelvic organ prolapse, menopause, fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.
Her past clinical experience includes: extensive experience in out-patient orthopedics including sports performance analysis in performing artists-musicians, conductors, dancers, runners, golfers, throwers, in-patient rehabilitation/general acute care, return-to-work programming, pain management clinics, school-based pediatric physical therapy, and wound care. Melissa is an APTA-credentialed Clinical Instructor, and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health, International Continence Society, National Association for Continence, and Pelvic Physical Therapy Journal Club. She has served as an adjunct instructor for several physical therapy assistant, physical therapy and fine arts/dance performance programs.
She became interested in pelvic health not long after graduation, and decided to dive further into this specialty through mentorship and continuing education courses. Sara is passionate about teaching others about their body and guiding them to achieve their goals. She feels no one should suffer in silence, and that there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the relief on a patient’s face when they realize there is hope. She has been with Smart Body Physical Therapy since 2021.
In her spare time, Sara likes to take her dog to the park or swimming around in the pool. She loves being outside as much as possible, whether it be riding bikes, hunting for shark teeth, or out on the boat.
Kayla fell in love with pelvic floor therapy because of how much it touches peoples’ lives on a personal level. She feels honored to help people through personal and delicate issues that they often don’t realize they can even change, and then witness the growth that happens with their enhanced ability to fully enjoy life again. It is her goal to help her patients be able to participate in the activities they most enjoy and, in fact, “savor life,” as our motto says.
In their spare time, Kayla and her husband enjoy fitness, bowling and softball.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida, where she also completed five half-marathons. She then pursued her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of North Florida, identifying her personal and professional mission of delivering the highest level of compassionate care. Shortly after graduation, Kaitie discovered her passion for pelvic health, having realized the profound impact pelvic health rehabilitation has on an individual’s quality of life. As an active member of professional associations and multiple academies, Kaitie uses these platforms to educate the community on treatment options they often don’t know exist, and advocates for the individual to receive the care that they deserve. Kaitie is planning to further her pelvic health knowledge through clinical experience and continuing education with a long term goal of qualifying and testing for the WCS certification.
Realizing the importance of nutrition and gut health in treating this population, she furthered her education with a master’s in clinical nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Her professional goal is to put her comprehensive expertise together to help patients and communities achieve optimum health. She feels that everyone can achieve a higher level of wellness and quality of life with the correct guidance. Catherine believes that when we are not feeling well, it’s never just one thing that has gone wrong; it is multifactorial. Having education in all areas of wellness allows her to focus on a holistic approach to healing: mind, body and spirit.