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Debby Dy

Debbie Dy, PT, DPT

Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Director of Clinical Education

Debbie (she/her/hers) earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in Miami FL, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Upon graduating with her DPT, she was accepted into the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at the University of Miami where she began working towards becoming a specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. Debbie received her distinction as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in June 2022, a distinguished honor that is shared by less than 10% of licensed physical therapists in the United States.

During her residency, Debbie was immersed in the world of orthopedic physical therapy, becoming an expert in the treatment in a variety of pathologies, including but not limited to

  • spinal pain (cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
  • sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • degenerative disc disease
  • spinal stenosis (headaches)
  • shoulder pain (rotator cuff dysfunction, adhesive capsulitis, post-operative rehab)
  • hip and knee pain (FAI, arthritis, labral tears, patellar tendinopathy, ligament sprains)
  • ankle/foot pain (Achilles tendinopathy, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis)
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • chronic pain conditions (fibromyalgia, arthritic pain, hypermobility syndromes)
  • Debbie also has a depth of knowledge and experience in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction and has taken coursework through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and the American Physical
  • Therapy Association’s Section on Pelvic Health.

Debbie has a special interest in pelvic pain disorders, including vaginismus, vestibulodynia and dyspareunia. Debbie also has extensive experience in treating pregnancy and postpartum conditions including:

  • symphysis pubis dysfunction
  • low back pain
  • sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • diastasis rectus abdominis
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • returning to running/sport postpartum

Debbie is also a trained Pilates instructor, trained through Polestar Pilates and often utilizes Pilates principles and equipment during her treatment sessions. Debbie uses her strong orthopedic background to help her prioritize a whole-body approach when evaluating her patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. She loves helping people feel strong and capable.

Debbie is passionate about providing high quality, evidence based care and wants to instill these values to the next generation of pelvic health physical therapists. Along with her clinical responsibilities, she also serves as Director of Clinical Education at Femina Physical Therapy.

When she is not treating patients, you can find her hiking and camping all over California, throwing clay on a pottery wheel, and at the dog park with her miniature schnauzer, Patterson.

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Months after giving birth, it was difficult for me to go from a sitting or lying position up to a full standing position without feeling that I had to remain hunched over until a bit of time had passed to get fully upright. However, after taking Heather’s course, I learned exercises to get my body back to normal. She also showed me correct ways to lift and carry my son as well as put him in/take him out of the carseat and stroller. This class was really beneficial and Heather is a wonderful teacher who made me feel very comfortable.

-- A.M.

Testimonial by S.S., age 54

Heather is the best! I saw her today for terrible hip/groin pain. I was so impressed with the safety measures in place and felt completely safe . Thanks for the healing hands.

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Testimonial by M.M.

My husband and I were married for 5 years and unable to have intercourse, but I never knew why. After numerous awful experiences at doctor’s offices (where many doctors told me I “just needed to relax”), a surgery that didn’t fix the problem, and a year of owning dilators that didn’t get me anywhere, someone finally referred me to Heather for Physical Therapy. I finally had answers and information from someone who knew exactly what I was dealing with!

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Testimonial by Alexandra B.

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-- Alexandra B., 5/20/2015 via Yelp!

Testimonial by M.N., age 28

A personal journey and testimonial from one of my patients:

I was diagnosed with vaginismus 4 years ago. I never heard of such medical condition until after I got married. At first my husband and I didn't know what to do, we didn't know what the issues were or how to overcome it. Being born and raised in Armenia and being Christian I wasn't that open about talking to sex with others and so it wasn't easy to seek help. But eventually I went to an Ob-Gyn and luckily she knew about the medical condition (not many doctors know). She referred me to a physical therapist and I couldn't believe it and thought it's something I can handle myself. I ordered a kit from vaginismus.com and started practicing with dilators. There was some small progress but wasn't much helpful.

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Testimonial by M.M.

My husband and I were married for 5 years and unable to have intercourse, but I never knew why. After numerous awful experiences at doctor’s offices (where many doctors told me I “just needed to relax”), a surgery that didn’t fix the problem, and a year of owning dilators that didn’t get me anywhere, someone finally referred me to Heather for Physical Therapy. I finally had answers and information from someone who knew exactly what I was dealing with!

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