10/09/2020 by Patty Bomarito, PT, DPT and Hollie Neujahr, PT, DPT, CLT, CMTPT, MBA
Virtual Talks with the Docs: Dr. Bomarito, Pediatric and Postpartum Specialist
Dr. Bomarito, or Patty, is one of N2 Physical Therapy’s talented physical therapists. Starting her career as a Master of Engineering and quickly growing her specialized pelvic services to advanced focus on pediatric and postpartum clientele, Patty has brought her innovative, fun, scientifically based and effective physical therapy approach to N2 Physical Therapy’s Capitol Hill location.
Patty’s interview for our Provider of the Week expose reveals a passionate, intelligent, and ever committed provider.
Dr. Bomarito's Virtual Talk with the Docs was conducted and designed in Question and Answer format to untap her passion for pregnancy and post partum, as well as to learn more about Patty personally. Below outlines her questions, answers, and teaches us more about Dr. Bomarito as a talented Doctor of Physical Therapist dedicated to and growing the post partum and pediatric program for N2 Physical Therapy at Capitol Hill.
Please see Patty's Questions and Answers below, where questions are in bold and answers are in normal font.
Patty, thank you for your time today! First, how did your path in life lead you to physical therapy?
I have an unusual background for a physical therapist. I actually started my career in public health as an environmental engineer, and worked exclusively with water quality engineering for several years. My passion for physical therapy emerged through a combination of my personal physical pursuits as well as my love for problem-solving and educating others.
Once your passion for physical therapy emerged, and you began your new career, what drove your specialization to treating pelvic health?
When I originally entered my doctorate program to become a physical therapist, I was planning on specializing in rehabilitation for individuals with amputations in order to apply my engineering background to gait, biomechanics, and prosthetics/orthotics. During my doctorate, when I had the opportunity to speak with a pelvic physical therapist, I was utterly amazed at the form, function, and integral role the pelvic floor had for all movement and activities. Interested to learn more about the pelvic floor, I networked with fellow pelvic physical therapists to gain a deeper understanding of their practice and decided to pursue the speciality upon completing my doctoral degree.
I am also able to bring my own a unique, personal experience to my patient treatment sessions and empathize on a deeper level with my postpartum patients. As a mom of 2 children, whom I delivered by emergency C-section and with a VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section), I have a personal understanding of the pelvic floor symptoms during pregnancy as well as postpartum.
Being able to bring your own experiences, and empathise with our clientele is so beneficial to your patient treatments. That said, based on your experiences personally and as a provider, what are a few of your favorite diagnoses to treat?
My favorite diagnoses to treat focus on pregnancy and postpartum conditions including urinary incontinence/leakage, diastasis recti, and dyspareunia (pain with intercourse). The transition into motherhood is anything but smooth, and I have enjoyed guiding postpartum patients into building confidence with their new identities.
Given your own experiences, how do you help mothers learn about their bodies during pregnancy?
Patient education is an integral component to my treatment approach. Due to the vast amount of information readily accessible on the internet and social media, particularly focused on pregnancy norms, it can be difficult to differentiate fact from fiction. At every session, I ensure that patients not only learn about their own bodies as they navigate through the stages of pregnancy, but I also provide them with knowledge regarding preparation for postpartum recovery, methods in which their families/partners can support them during pregnancy and labor/delivery. Additionally, I provide telehealth physical therapy services so that mothers can more easily access pelvic physical therapy care without worry of having to wait weeks and weeks to have their questions answered.
What is your favorite part about pelvic PT?
My absolute favorite part about pelvic PT is taking part in the growth of my patients as they learn more about their own bodies and improve their quality of life. To literally change the lives of my patients is my ultimate goal and makes me feel like a superhero!
I feel that one of the aspects of your personal and professional experiences are being able to address both mom and child. It seems that you have a deeper understanding of some of the frustrations experienced in potty training. How are you able to help kids with potty training?
Potty training is rarely a one-weekend process. My treatment plan with kids is individualized to the family and child’s needs. I bring my constant creativity to make treatment sessions exciting and fun, because boredom is the archnemesis of potty training. I have even had telehealth sessions with parents and their kids so that we can participate in potty training in the comfort of their own home.
Knowing our clientele at N2 Physical therapy enjoys knowing each of their providers on a more personal level, would you tell us a little more about where you are from?
Absolutely! I grew up in North Carolina and spent most of my life in the south. I have also lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, upstate New York, and Berlin, Germany. I am proud to call Colorado my home and plan to stay here for good!
I originally started my education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I received my B.S. in Mathematics and B.S. in Environmental Engineering. I continued with graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for my Masters in Engineering degree in Environmental and Water Quality Engineering. I worked as an environmental engineer for several years before attending Virginia Commonwealth University for my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
One part of your interview is telling me how much your family inspires your career, and your treatment approach. Would you tell us more about your them?
Absolutely! I have a toddler and an infant at home. The biggest skill I have acquired as a parent is learning how to effectively communicate with children. Children are not just “little adults,” and have unique communication needs. My family life has also allowed me to develop methods to make PT exciting and new at each visit for kids. I will often try out my physical therapy ideas at home with my toddler - he is a great guinea pig!
What do you like to do in your down time?
I enjoy running, rock climbing, hiking, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy varied cuisine and will often be attempting new recipes in the kitchen. My inner nerd also enjoys board games and reading (either fiction or non-fiction about pelvic floor physical therapy!)
If you only had 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
Dedicated, kind, and open-minded
As a colleague to Dr. Bomarito, I would like to add to those three words and describe her as ambitious, intelligent, and humble. Thank you Patty for your time and interview for our Provider of the Week blog!
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“Virtual Talks with the Doc” are a series at N2 Physical Therapy summarizing interviews and information about our treating providers. Within the specialty of pelvic health, there are further specializations and our physical therapists have developed their own passions and niches.