Amy Meehan, PT, DPT, MTC
Hi I’m Amy! I have been a physical therapist for 10 years! My personal pelvic health journey began when I was pregnant with my first daughter, Madelynn. I remember rising from my pregnancy insomnia, kissing my husband Matt good morning, and heading out the door for my morning jog. There was a large hill just outside of my little house in Brookhaven, GA, and conquering that hill was one of my main fitness goals throughout my pregnancy. The jogs quickly turned to a slow waddle as pregnancy progressed, but I could still get up that hill until the day Madelynn was born!
Fast forward 2 months, because we all know the first 2 months after baby are a blur anyway, and I was elated to finally be “cleared” to start my workouts again. I enthusiastically set out for my morning stroll. I quickly turned home feeling defeated and upset. My back was screaming, something was bulging through my vagina, and I am pretty sure my underwear were wet with urine.
Was I the only one experiencing this? If this was common surely someone would have mentioned these symptoms to me during some of my birthing classes or prenatal appointments-right? Nope. I was feeling defeated and overwhelmed. I had a good healthy pregnancy, stayed active throughout and a tolerable delivery. Why was I having these symptoms? I asked other mamas and their suggestions ranged from “take more time” to “this is just what happens after childbirth - welcome to motherhood”. I reached out to my OBGYN, who I am thankful to have a great relationship with, and together we decided it was time for me to go see a Women’s Health Physical Therapist.
With a newborn in tow, I arrived to the office which felt cold and uninviting. I sat for what seemed to be an eternity with a fussy baby and asked myself “is this worth it?” Knowing that my self care was essential, and the importance of PT I stayed. I had my apprehensions about the internal exam, but it was was brief and painless. We were able to identify my impairments and I started on my recovery journey. I vowed to myself that day I was going to make a women's physical health during pregnancy and postpartum more talked about, less taboo, and easy to access! Thats how the idea of Modern Mommy PT was born.
Today, I can proudly say I can go for my daily morning run, giggle and dance around with my two sweet girls, without my postpartum issues being issues anymore! Being able to live life without these issues has made me feel like myself again. This feeling is why I have dedicated myself to empower other mamas and mamas-to-be, not to accept these common issues as normal, and to get women back to enjoying their bodies again.
Dr. Amy Meehan, PT, DPT, MTC earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2010 in St. Augustine, FL due to its reputation in orthopedics and manual therapy training. She also has her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and minor in Biology from Georgia Southern University. Amy specializes in manual therapy and orthopedics with an emphasis in women’s health. She earned her Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) in 2011, which includes an extensive series of joint and myofascial manipulation courses. Amy has met all requirements to perform Dry Needling, and currently in the process of obtaining her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through Herman & Wallace. Amy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Section on Women’s Health (SOWH), Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG), Global Pelvic Health Alliance (GPHAM), and International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).