Northwest Ohio Center for Pelvic Rehabilitation and Wellness
We are pleased to announce that Karen Liberi Is back! She has begun to see patients within our building through her independent pelvic floor rehabilitation practice. She is a licensed therapist specializing in women's pelvic floor disorders and is one of less than 150 in the entire country. She will consult on and treat patients with disorders ranging from urinary incontinence to pelvic floor tension, sexual dysfunction, and vulvodynia.
Together with Amy Schnorberger, PFT and Peg Zientek, PTA, Karen's team provides a valuable resource for pelvic floor therapy. Karen has even included medical massage services provided by licensed therapist, Martha Graham. All above services have been endorsed by the American Urogynecologic Society as valuable evidence based treatments for pelvic floor disorders.
An Education: That’s what you will get when you step into Karen’s office for the first time and wonder why in the world you are being sent to a physical therapist to address your bladder concerns, bowel concerns, pelvic pain, abdominal pain or sexual dysfunction. Karen creates a safe environment for her patients and is very easy to talk to about any of these personal and delicate subjects. She has the time during your initial evaluation and individual follow up treatment sessions to listen to your full history, figure out what cascade of factors led you to the symptoms you have now and will thoughtfully determine a treatment plan for your body to restore its’ normal function again.
One of her favorite sayings is: “The best thing about the vagina/penis, bladder and bowel is that they deal with sex, pee and poop. The worst thing about the vagina/penis, bladder and bowel is that they deal with sex, pee and poop. . and no one wants to discuss this topic with friends, family or their doctors. –it’s taboo ” Karen wants to discuss these topics with you in a very caring and professional way and teach you that through simple education about how your body and organs work, you can move forward towards better health and wellness.
Pre-natal and post-partum care are also of utmost importance in setting the stage for good pelvic floor health throughout a women’s lifetime. Just as a hip or knee or back would need rehabilitation after a trauma or injury, the pelvic floor will need rehabilitation after child-birth to restore it’s normal function and help to prevent any number of pelvic floor dysfunctions later in life including bladder/bowel incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain.
Karen Liberi is one of only 150 physical therapists in the United States with the designation of Women’s Health Clinical Specialists. She is committed to educating health care providers and community members alike about the importance of addressing the often neglected area of the body between the belly button and the upper thighs.
If this type of physical therapy sounds like it makes sense to you, call the office to set up an appointment.
B.S. Biomedical Engineering: cum laude Western New England College 1992
Master’s Degree in Biomechanics: University of Delaware: 1996
Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy: University of Delaware: 1996
WCS (women’s health clinical specialist): 2009
Member: APTA Section of Women’s Health;
Programming Assistant, SOWH 2013 and 2014.
Board Member: Bridge for Pelvic Pain
Karen Liberi's Team
Amy Meier Schnorberger, MS, PT, C/NDT
Amy has been a practicing physical therapist since 1987.She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Ohio State University.Her Master’s Degree from Independence University is in Health Care Administration.Amy is also certified in Neurodevelopmental Techniques(NDT) for Adult Hemiplegia.
Her experience in treating incontinence/ pelvic pain in women and men began in 1996 when she was the Director of St. Francis Health Care Centre in Green Springs, Ohio.She has experience treating patients of all ages and enjoys the challenge of incorporating manual techniques with biofeedback with her treatment plans.
Amy has also been a past guest lecturer on the topics of incontinence/pelvic pain and NDT at Professional Skills Institute and Lourder University. She has been an instructor for multiple continuing education classes for PT and OT audiences.
Peg Zientek LPTA, CMC
CAPP trained in women's health
Peg has been practicing in the field of physical therapy since 1998 when she graduated from the Professional Skills Institute.Since that time, she has focused her specialization in the outpatient physical therapy setting treating a variety of orthopedic patients and vestibular/vertigo patients.She expanded her interest and treatment skills in the realm of women’s health physical therapy and became CAPP trained in women’s health in 2010.She treats women (and men) with pelvic floor dysfunction including incontinence, post abdomino-pelvic surgeries, pre-natal/post partum and pelvic pain.She blends her orthopedic skills with the use of biofeedback and MFR techniques and expanded her expertise manual skills by achieving a certificate in medicupping training in 2014 to allow for improving outcomes with her patient’s symptoms.Peg is a wonderful asset to our pelvic rehab team at N.W.O. Center for Pelvic Rehab &Wellness.