We had the good fortune of connecting with Whitney Sippl, DPT, WCS and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Whitney, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m originally from a small town in Wisconsin and my upbringing has had a huge impact on who I am today. One thing that’s pretty consistent about Midwesterners is we have very strong work ethic and we value kindness, respect, and helping others. I’ve always had a strong drive to work hard to achieve my goals. This started in school with putting in the hard work to get straight A’s all the way through my doctorate program. Once I started my career as a pelvic floor physical therapist I put in so much time before and after my workday to become an expert in my field and to learn everything I could to help as many moms, expecting moms, and kiddos with pelvic issues. After a few years many moms reached out to me to be able to see them in their homes, so I decided to take my career to the next level and start my own business being able to see patients for home visits. Now I’ve been a pelvic PT for 10 years, have had my own business for 6 years, and two kids of my own, and I continue to put in just as much effort to help every patient I see while also homeschooling my daughter and being a mom. I feel so lucky to be able to love what I do and to have a profession that is all about helping others while also having the flexibility to have quality family time, which was one of the biggest values that was emphasized growing up in WI.
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?
I provide in-home concierge physical therapy specializing in treating women during the prenatal and postnatal periods and kids with pelvic floor issues. Many women are told that symptoms such as incontinence, painful intercourse, scar pain, pelvic girdle/back pain, or abdominal separation are normal during pregnancy or after having a baby; however, although these conditions may be common, they are NOT “normal” and there are many techniques available to address these concerns. I help new, expecting, and even experienced or “veteran” moms address any of their physical concerns and I use a variety of manual skills and tools to help them meet their goals and teach them how they can treat themselves too. For pediatrics I help kiddos with constipation, difficulty potty training (or even just counseling parents before they start potty training), urinary urgency/frequency, bedwetting, abdominal or pelvic pains, and bowel issues like leaking. I was the first one in OC to really specialize and address the concerns of the prenatal and postpartum periods and I have extensive training and experience with this population, achieving my WCS (women’s clinical specialist) in 2013, which is the highest board specialization for this field in PT. I am also the only pelvic physical therapist that treats kids for pelvic floor, urinary, and bowel issues. My business is different than anyone else in this field, as I go to my patient’s homes, instead of them having to go to a clinic, the sessions are one-on-one for an hour+, and I’m used to babies and kiddos being with us during our appointments too! I also offer in-clinic hours one day a week for my patients from outside of Orange County I also provide some very unique portable technology in our PT sessions too. I provide “Labor prep” sessions with my expecting mamas around week 34-36 of their pregnancy, which includes the use of a biofeedback device for their pelvic floor to see which birthing positions their pelvic floor is most relaxed, which in turn can lead to less tearing. I also teach the mom and/or their partner how to do “perineal massage” in prep for labor. Another very cool cutting edge technology that has been more recently introduced into the physical therapy realm is real-time ultrasound for lumbopelvic rehab. This has been an awesome tool to use, especially for my new moms and kids, since we can actually see all of the core muscles and pelvic floor muscles and how they are activating to get the correct activation of the muscles, which can help to strengthen the core.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am definitely a beach girl and love to be active, so I would start in Huntington Beach and play some beach volleyball at the pier and then ride our bikes down to Newport Beach for some sushi at Sakae Sushi. If we had a couple days I would also take them to Laguna Beach to walk around, check out Heisler Park, and eat at Urth Cafe and then maybe do a hike at the Top of the World. My other favorite place to take people is Crystal Cove for a good hike at Moro Canyon, followed by a beach walk to The Beachcomber for food on the beach. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband deserves so much credit for his role in my success. He has supported me all the way through undergrad and grad school by helping me study and quizzing me before all of my tests. After I graduated he supported me through my clinic days in NYC, throughout our move to southern California, starting at a new clinic, and eventually starting my own business. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have him.
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