Course series

Transgender Health for the Rehab Professional: Social, Medical, and Chest Surgery Considerations


  • 9 hours
  • Click below for CEU specifics for each state.


  • Unlimited access to online course contents


  • Any physical rehabilitation professional, regardless of their specialty area, who has interest in better serving the people who are gender diverse.
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What to expect:

This course is appropriate for any physical rehabilitation professional, regardless of their specialty area, who has interest in better serving all people. There will be education
regarding gender affirming face and chest surgeries as well as discussion of medical interventions that people in the TGD community might choose.

Often times therapists think of genital surgeries and sexual function when contemplating work with transgender people. Therapist have far more to offer transgender patients. For providing
optimal care, knowledge of the intricacies of gender medicine is essential. We provide that overview in this course.

Topics Covered Include:
  • Societal influence on gender transition including interactions with health care providers;
  • Recognizing difference between sex, sexuality, and gender;
  • Recognize the complexities of the legal system for the person transitioning gender;
  • Health effects of hormones for gender affirmation as related to differential diagnosis in
  • rehabilitation; Supporting healing after surgery;
  • Operative procedures for face and chest
  • Fertility and pregnancy in gender diverse people.

What will you learn?

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define sex, gender, and sexuality
  • Understand societal and legal aspects of gender
  • Describe hormone related issues for people during affirmation
  • Provide safe effective care for people undergoing gender affirmation top surgeries
Be able to teach classes or work one-on-one!
Meet the instructors:

Sandra Gallagher PT, DPT, WCS

Sandi is a pelvic health physical therapist in Portland OR. Her practice includes providing evaluation and treatment of pelvic health conditions in adults and children of all gender identities. Dr. Gallagher received her primary physical therapy training in 1986 with a BS in Physical therapy from the University of Lowell in Massachusetts. She has pursued varied continuing education from manual therapy, Feldenkrais, biophysical agents, pelvic health, pregnancy. She completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in June 2020. She has served on varied committees and boards at the state and national level, most recently has the chair of the CAPP-OB Committee for the Academy of Pelvic Health of the APTA. She has presented on the role of PT in gender affirming vaginoplasty at UCSF Transgender Health Summit, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, and at the 2018 international meeting of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). She is the recipient of the 2020 Elizabeth Noble Award from the Academy of Pelvic Health.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Caitlin M. Smigelski PT, DPT

Caitlin is a pelvic floor physical therapist in Portland, OR. She focuses in the treatment of bowel and bladder dysfunction and complex pelvic pain. Caitlin specializes in transgender health and treatment of patients who are pregnant or postpartum. Caitlin values active treatment approaches and teaching individuals ways to manage and improve their symptoms. Caitlin is active with the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and serves on the CAPP-OB committee. She is also a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Caitlin and Sandi traveled to Argentina to present at the 2018 WPATH Symposium on Physical Therapy in People Undergoing Vaginoplasty. In Caitlin’s spare time, she enjoys climbing, mountaineering, and gardening.


What is the Cancelation & Refund Policy?
Individual GPHAM webinars are non-refundable. 
For other courses, the option for a full refund is available within 48 hours of purchase, however it is non-refundable upon either of these conditions:
  • You have viewed more than 50% of the course material
  • You have already claimed your CE certificate
If you need additional assistance with a refund or course concern, please email [email protected].
Will there be any part of this live course where I could be recorded?
Live participation parts of courses may be recorded live and screenshots maybe be taken by the instructor or the host. If your camera is on, your microphone is on, or you type comments in the comment section, your participation will be part of that recording. If you do not wish to be part of this recording, you will be responsible for keeping your video and audio recording OFF during any live recorded sessions. 
How can I use the handouts, videos, and course supplemental material?
You will be provided with online content and recordings of the course as well as slides and material related to the course. This material is for your personal use only.  Please do not use clips of video, screen captures, screenshots, or copying in any way, that you might be presenting it as your own (whether or not it is for financial gain). Sharing a screenshot to social media that is credited to the instructor and/or Pelvic Guru, LLC is acceptable. If you would like to use any of this content for an independent project, you need to discuss this directly with Pelvic Guru and the instructor of the course. 
Will I have to exercise or have a space to move for this course? 
Some of the Pelvic Guru Academy courses have sections in them in which you will have the option of doing movement at various levels. Understand that all physical therapy, rehabilitative, and strength training instruction and use of all facilities and equipment shall be done at you own risk, and please be physically and medically able to undertake any and all physical therapy, rehabilitative, and strength training instruction provided in the course.