Tiffany Ellsworth Lee
MA, OTR, BCB-PMD
I am truly passionate about the work I am doing. It is fulfilling and extremely rewarding to help change peoples’ lives. I became involved in working with patients with incontinence and pelvic floor disorders because of many opportunities along my career path. I have been an Occupational Therapist since 1994. My parents are also OTs, so I think I was born to do this! In 1996, after marrying my husband Lane, we moved to Orlando Florida for his family practice residency. A biofeedback therapy job opened at Florida Hospital, and I decided to apply. I was blessed to be trained by the late Dr. Bernard Brucker in Miami. He was an amazing biofeedback rehabilitation practitioner. He taught me how to restore function in patients with neuromuscular disorders (CVA, TBI, SCI, and CP). I witnessed many miracles, and could offer patients with debilitating disorders HOPE. After 3 wonderful years in Orlando, we relocated to Central Texas to open my husband’s medical practice. My former boss Janet Walden called me one day. She had relocated to Missouri. She told me I HAD to start using biofeedback to treat incontinence patients. My first reaction was, “NO WAY!” But, I decided to visit her clinic anyway to see what all the “fuss” was about. I listened to her patients tell me their stories of how incontinence made them feel embarrassed, depressed, unlovable, and decreased their intimacy with their husbands. Since starting therapy they all reported a renewed sense of joy and hope because of the quick results each one experienced. They had me hooked! So, in 2004 I started a Biofeedback Program at Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos. I contacted the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (www.bcia.org) to work towards my pelvic floor board certification. I went to Louise Mark’s (an OT) course to start the process. I love to teach, and have always dreamed of teaching other health care practitioners how to successfully treat the pelvic floor population. Louise was my mentor, and decided to retire in 2008. She gave me an amazing gift of passing on her course materials to allow me to start teaching. Along the way, I met a wonderful woman named Jane Kaufman at a SUNA (Society for Urologic Nurses and Associates- www.suna.org) conference. She also had a desire to teach. In 2009, we taught our first course in Jane’s home town in South Burlington, Vermont. We fell in love with our course attendees, and became even more passionate about treating patients with pelvic floor disorders. I can not imagine doing anything else. My patients inspire me on a daily basis. I love celebrating with my patients when they: throw away their pads, can go to church or work without the fear of leaking, can jump on the trampoline with their kids without leaking, can go dancing again, can be intimate with their partners without pain, and enjoy life again! I hope you consider treating patients with pelvic floor disorders. You will love it!
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