Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Kalisiak.
Hi Brooke, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Dr. Brooke Kalisiak is a Board-Certified Women’s Health Physical Therapist. She opened Legacy Physical Therapy in January 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri to offer specialized pelvic rehabilitation services to the public. She has a passion for helping people enjoy healthy active lifestyles, restoring dignity and confidence in bladder, bowel, pelvic and sexual function without relying on pain medicines or surgery. Her mission is to educate the public about the importance of pelvic health.
Over the last 12 years, she has grown the practice from just herself, to now 8 staff focused on providing excellent care to help patients overcome pelvic health issues. In addition to pelvic physical therapy, Legacy Physical Therapy has expanded to provide both online and in-person prenatal and postpartum fitness options for our clients. We have 4 dedicated pelvic health therapists now who enjoy working with all different types of pelvic health patients across the spectrum of life.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The biggest struggle to growing a pelvic health physical therapy practice has been creating community awareness that pelvic physical therapy is a treatment option. Pelvic health issues such as bladder leakage, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain are common but they are not normal. Unfortunately, many individuals are unaware that pelvic physical therapy is an option that can help them overcome their pelvic health issues. Often when patients bring up these symptoms with their medical providers, they are told that these symptoms are normal because they have had kids, and when they get bad enough, they can try medication or surgery. Pelvic physical therapy is not brought up as an effective conservative treatment option. Because of this, I have found that we have had to spend much time marketing to the general public as well as talking to potential medical referral sources about the benefits of pelvic physical therapy.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a pelvic physical therapist who created St. Louis’s only exclusive pelvic health physical therapy practice. I love helping people overcome pelvic health issues, such as pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapses, and bladder issues. I am passionate about getting more community awareness for pelvic health issues. Too many people think that bladder leakage as we age is normal or that painful sex after having a baby is normal. These issues are common but not normal. There are many conservative things that people can do to take control of their pelvic health and it is my goal to help educate people that they don’t just have to live with these problems and that there are other treatment options than just medications or surgery.
I am so proud of the team of people we have created at Legacy Physical Therapy who all are equally as passionate as I am to help people overcome pelvic issues. I love coming to work every day and getting to collaborate with my staff to come up with new ways to help or patients and the bring more awareness to pelvic health issues.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
My advice to those just starting out in business is to get a team in place. You cannot do everything yourself. Before I even had my doors open, I already had talked with a lawyer, and accountant, an architect, a banker, a loan officer, and a builder. Once my doors opened, I very quickly needed to bring on a front desk person to be able to answer the phones while I was treating. It is important to keep thinking ahead and planning for growth versus just where you are.
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