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Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency

The Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency aims to provide educational and clinical experiences that foster the development of patient-centered clinicians and educators who utilize evidence-based practice and sound clinical and inter-professional communication to deliver outstanding care in women's health physical therapy. In this way, we are committed to increasing the number of highly skilled women's health physical therapy clinicians for the community, quality educators and mentors for the physical therapy profession and clinicians who are involved in scholarly activity and research within the field of women's health.

Duration: 13 months
Accreditation: ABPTRFE Accredited
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Application deadline: December 30, 2022
Interview decision: January 6, 2023
Interview: January 27, 2023
Program start: July 17, 2023
Clinic locations: Green Spring Station and The George Washington University (non-clinical site; teaching experience)
Prerequisites: Applicant must be a graduate from an accredited physical therapy program, hold a valid Maryland physical therapist license or be eligible to obtain one. Please note the FSBPT licensure exam must be taken in April 2020 to be able to enter the 2020/2021 cohort.
Number of graduates: 4
First-time specialty exam pass rate: 100%


Please click the pay application link to pay the supplementary $50 application fee. Application will not be processed until the fee is received and application is complete. All fees are non-refundable.

Program Features

The residency will provide exposure to various pelvic floor dysfunctions and treatment methods among several patient populations, including women, men, transgender individuals, pregnancy/postpartum patients, as well as oncology, neurology, and sports medicine/orthopaedic patient populations. Learning and professional development opportunities include:

  • Receiving more than 150 hours of one-on-one clinical mentorship with board-certified clinicians.
  • Obtaining 1,500 hours of clinical practice.
  • Attending the Academy of Pelvic Health Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) series that will be held at Johns Hopkins to enable submission for CAPP-Pelvic certification prior to completion of residency.
  • Attending orthopaedic continuing education modules offered at Johns Hopkins with focus on evaluation and manual treatment skills of the lumbar spine, pelvic girdle and hip.
  • Integrating with the Johns Hopkins orthopaedic and sports residency programs, including dedicated time with an orthopaedic residency mentor during the first trimester.
  • Training with lymphedema therapists.
  • Shadowing various procedures and surgeries with referring providers in urogynecology, gastroenterology, transgender clinics, etc.
  • Participating in research activities and clinical practice guideline development.
  • Serving as an instructor and lab assistant in an entry-level physical therapy program program and physical therapy assistant program.
  • Attending the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting.
  • Participating in community and interdepartmental engagement through journal clubs and in-service presentations.

Residency Program Director

Mary Austin, PT, DPT, WCS

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Current Residents | Class of 2022

  • Sarah Cline, PT, DPT

    Undergraduate school and degree: University of California, Berkeley, bachelor’s in integrative biology with a minor in anthropology
    Graduate school and degree: Franklin Pierce University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Los Gatos, California
    Professional interests: pelvic health, canine physical therapy, equity in health care
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose this program because of the opportunities to participate in treatment, research and education. Johns Hopkins has the ability to provide residents with incredible mentorship, which was what I was looking for after graduate school. Finally, I love the emphasis on developing a strong orthopedic background and being an expert at the basics.
    What I like about Baltimore: Baltimore offers delicious food, beautiful views and some of the loveliest people. I have loved learning about the area, while also having so much proximity to other fantastic cities!
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  • Kellie Davis, PT, DPT

    Undergraduate school and degree: University of Georgia, bachelor’s in health and physical education
    Graduate school and degree: Emory University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Leesburg, Georgia
    Professional interests: sexual dysfunction, postpartum return to activity, yoga
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of the variety of mentorship and the people. After meeting everyone during the interview, I knew I would be inspired and learn so much from the people here.
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Program Alumni

  • Madeline Urban, PT, DPT | Class of 2021

    She/her pronouns

    Undergraduate school and degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, bachelor’s in psychology
    Graduate school and degree: Washington University in St. Louis, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois
    Professional interests: postpartum return to activity, bowel health/constipation, dyspareunia
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose this program because of the mentorship offered from a variety of clinicians specializing in different areas.
    What I like about Baltimore: I love being able to run outside along the Inner Harbor.

    portrait of Madeline Urban
  • L. Teasley, PT, DPT | Class of 2020

    They/their/them pronouns

    Undergraduate school and degree: University of California, Los Angeles, bachelor’s in physiological sciences, French and Francophone studies
    Graduate school and degree: University of Southern California, doctorate in physical therapy
    Professional interests: The interaction of visceral disorders with pelvic floor function; sexual dysfunction; informed care for the transgender population
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins is an innovator in the world of health care. I aspire to capitalize on the unique resources available through Johns Hopkins to advance pelvic floor therapy research and promote best practices for treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. In particular, I hope to grow the body of knowledge for informed care for the transgender population, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health.
    What I like about Baltimore: Baltimore is endearingly strange, delightfully spooky, and heavy on art and kitsch. It is also a city that desperately needs dedicated practitioners who want to settle down and really invest in its growth. I am drawn to making a difference here in Charm City.

    portrait of L. Teasley
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