We had the good fortune of connecting with Katy Girlinghouse and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started The Fit Pelvis because I was seeing that patients were not able to get the care they needed and would benefit from due to insurance limitations. When I worked for a hospital based system I had patients get denied care for pain with sex or for postpartum recovery. I also wanted to practice what I teach my patients. Balancing work and family, exercise and joy improves your nervous system function, can improve sleep, anxiety and stress, help with weight loss and reduce pain levels. Working for others continuously left me feeling drained, exhausted and stressed. I wasn’t able to take care of myself and in turn I wasn’t able to give anything to my patients or my family and friends. Creating my own physical therapy clinic allowed me to create better boundaries in order to be a better person, a better wife and mom, and a better physical therapist.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Fit Pelvis is a pelvic health specialized physical therapy clinic. We set ourselves apart by welcoming all people and digging down into what is really causing your symptoms. I consider treatments a success when we get to the root of the problem and prevent the pain or symptoms from returning rather than a maintenance program where you become dependent on working with me. I want each of my patients to have the tools and understanding of their own body in order to take control of their health. The lessons I’ve learned along the way have been numerous and many that I never expected. I often find myself learning to do something that I didn’t even know existed 2 weeks prior. There are so many behind the scenes skills that keep a business running, it’s incredible. On that note, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I don’t have to be the expert in everything. I can gain a basic knowledge through free online resources and then hire someone to be an expert.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The best places to visit around McKinney are the parks. We have so many parks and the walking/biking trails are connected between several so that you can go miles before getting onto a road. It’s great to bike across town and enjoy the parks full of ducks and squirrels before heading home. Downtown Mckinney is full of fun shops, a stage theater and a delicious food. The Yard is popular restaurant but my favorite date night spot is Harvest. It’s organic, local food with a seasonal menu that always exceeds my expectations.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I decided to become a pelvic health physical therapist I looked all over for opportunities to shadow and learn in other clinics. After a couple days at a clinic in Denver, N2PT I was offered a job by Hollie Neujahr. Not only did she provide me a job but mentorship, classes and education that greatly improved by treatment skills and understanding of pelvic health.
Mattie Lewis Photography (for all photos)