We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Britnie Hornsby and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Britnie, how does your business help the community?
I’ve been a physical therapist for 7 years. I really enjoyed seeing the growth and increased quality of life with my patients, it was good work that I was proud to be a part of. But it wasn’t until I became pregnant in 2018 with my first son, Wesley, that I found my passion. Both Wesley and The Pelvic Docs were born that year.

Getting pregnant is a pretty good way to start receiving unsolicited advice. The first sight of my baby bump had relatives pulling me aside after holiday meals, friends pausing The Bachelor conversations, and strangers stopping me in the grocery store to share words of “wisdom”. While I so appreciated the support and camaraderie I felt when this would happen, some of the “advice” shared didn’t sit well with me. I quickly learned there were A LOT of misconceptions surrounding physical activity and postpartum expectations.

Anecdotes about peeing yourself when you sneeze or exercise as a normal part of motherhood, forever dealing with pain during intercourse, or things never being the same down thereafter baby, was shared often. My work as a physical therapist taught me those things weren’t necessarily true, but the accessible resources for actual research-based conversations on these topics were nowhere to be found. So I transitioned from an orthopedic specialist to a pelvic health specialist and I created those resources myself. I started the Pelvic Docs Instagram page as a way to educate women on how pelvic health and physical therapy could help with common pelvic floor dysfunctions like incontinence, urinary urgency, pelvic organ prolapse, and general pelvic pain. That there were options to help alleviate those concerns so that they didn’t just have to “deal with them” as a part of being a woman or a mom.

The Pelvic Docs has grown since those Instagram days (though we’re still active there, give us a follow @ThePelvicDoc) and now offers seminars at local businesses throughout the valley and specialized physical therapy in The Pelvic Docs clinics (inside One Accord Physical Therapy in Phoenix) helping hundreds of women in our community. When someone learns that most of the “common” changes that happen during childbirth and aging are treatable, it brings hope. I’ve treated women that had stopped exercising or being active because of years of urinary incontinence. I’ve brought confidence to women with pelvic organ prolapse, and I’ve changed the lives of those that have settled in life because of pelvic pain and dysfunction.

The Pelvic Docs and The Pelvic Docs community is a strong one, and I know it’ll only get stronger! It will continue to evolve and strive to embody the personality statement I wrote years ago. The Pelvic Docs are the friends you didn’t know you needed. We live life in an approachable and friendly way, and you’ll always leave empowered and hopeful for tomorrow. We want to champion you to your full potential, to live a life beyond the limitations of common pelvic floor dysfunction

What should our readers know about your business?
I know the only way for The Pelvic Docs vision to materialize, is for me to collaborate with like-minded healthcare and fitness professionals who specialize in managing the health and wellness of the women in our community.

My goal over time is to build a comprehensive specialty network of providers from all realms of healthcare and wellness, including physical therapists, naturopaths, OB/GYNs, primary care physicians, nutritionists, trainers, and mental health practitioners. Together we can bring the vision of The Pelvic Docs to life.

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.
Phoenix has so much to offer! Being outside makes me happy, and the desert views out here are like none other. We’d go on a couple of hikes throughout the Valley: Camelback, Lookout Mountain, and Piestewa Peak. We’d go early to beat the heat, so post-hike coffee is a must from some of my favorites, Press Coffee, 32 Shea, or Crew Coffee truck.

We’d split the week doing some of my other favorite things! Touring local breweries like OHSO, Arizona Wilderness, Cider Corps, or State 48 and hanging by the pool at The Princess or Arizona Grand. And we can’t miss shopping in Old Town Scottsdale or Scottsdale Fashion Square! Tons of options for the kiddos too – the Phoenix Zoo, Botanical Gardens, or the Phoenix Children’s Museum.

Lastly, we’d have to head up North to my hometown of Prescott. Nothing beats the beauty (and cooler temps) of Northern Arizona. Much like the Phoenix area, there are a number of amazing hikes and places to eat and drink. My personal favorite place to get lost is within the boulders of the Dells. Finishing the night with a beer at The Founding Fathers makes the perfect wrap-up to a great week experiencing Arizona!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
One anecdote that really rings true is that “it takes a village.” My family has been nothing but encouraging and supporting this new passion and mission of mine. The bond of women and motherhood is so strong, and I’m so grateful to be a part of the empowering community. And lastly, thank you to the women that have gone on this journey with me! To the patients that have trusted me, the mentors and collages who have built me up, I couldn’t have done it without you.

Website: www.thepelvicdocs.net

Instagram: The Pelvic Doc

Linkedin: Britnie Hornsby

Facebook: The Pelvic Docs

Youtube: The Pelvic Docs

Image Credits
Brlynn Photography (1, 2. and 6) Yellow Room Photography (3 and 4) Chris Deford Photorgraphy 5

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