Meet Kasia Gondek
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Kasia Gondek, PT, DPT, CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Kasia (she/ her/ hers) earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Mount Saint Mary’s University, and her Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Santa Cruz. She has established herself as a compassionate, effective, and respected clinician treating pelvic floor and women's health, orthopedic, neurological, and sports-related injuries and conditions.
Kasia utilizes a whole-body, whole-person treatment approach that is unique to each patient and is focused not only on improving pain and difficulty with activities, but also getting them back to doing what they love. She empowers her patients to become an integral part of their recovery and healing process through providing education, self-care, meaningful goal setting, and incorporating activities that they love into their treatment plan.
She combines functional movement, therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, yoga, Pilates, and manual therapies (myofascial decompression also known as cupping, trigger point release, joint mobilizations) to improve pain, mobility, strength, coordination, and kinetic chain function.
Kasia has completed specialized training in pelvic floor rehabilitation through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute (courses 1, 2a, and 2b), and has taken many continuing education courses on prenatal and postpartum exercise and physical therapy treatment. She is currently pursuing her Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties. She most recently co-created an online prenatal and postpartum subscription-based online fitness program focused on effective, trimester-specific exercise and education in response to the loss of community access to many gyms/ specialty services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kasia treats males and females with pelvic floor dysfunction and pain including but not limited to: urinary and bowel incontinence, neurogenic bladder, painful bladder syndrome, male pelvic pain/ chronic prostatitis, vestibulodynia, pelvic pain, endometriosis, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse), pubalgia (pubic bone pain), constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pelvic organ prolapse, coccydynia (tailbone pain), prenatal physical therapy (postural control/strength, hip and core strength, flexibility, body mechanics), postpartum rehabilitation (bowel/bladder sexual function, diastasis rectus abdominus, scar tissue care, safe return to activity/sport).
She also treats patients with orthopedic injuries such as low back pain, radiculopathy, sciatica, disc herniations, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, laminectomy, spinal fusion, knee, hip, foot, and ankle pain, post-operative rehab, neck pain, headaches, tendinopathies, labral tears, and adhesive capsulitis.
As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), competitive runner for 20 years, yoga practitioner, and skier, Kasia understands the impact that pain and injury can have on daily life and performance. After struggling personally with IBS and pelvic pain as a runner, she found that pelvic floor physical therapy addressed not only her pain and minimized flare-ups, but also improved her competitive performance. Kasia has since become a passionate advocate for pelvic health and for raising awareness among healthcare practitioners of the necessity for pelvic floor rehabilitation.
Kasia is accepting patients in our Sherman Oaks and Montrose locations.