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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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Testimonial by Y.L. (mom of 2)

After having my second baby via C-section I searched for months to try to find help for my lower back pain and separated abdominal muscles. I finally came across Heather Jeffcoat via a mommy blog. I reached out to her via email and set my first appointment. My first appointment went amazing … she listened to what my symptoms, check my separation and explained to me in detail what the next steps would be. Not only did my abdominal separation go from 3 to about 1 -1/2 but my back has pain has significantly reduced. I’m personally recommending all my mommy friends to Heather!

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Testimonial by Fritzette H.

I went to Heather after the birth of my third child. It was lucky, really, that I was referred to her, because my doctor had referred me to a surgeon for a possible hysterectomy or pelvic wall rebuild. Thankfully, I went to Heather before undergoing either surgery, she was able to fix the problem. She has studied extensively in women's health--even written a book about it--and was able to diagnose my problem, suggest a course of treatment (6 weeks), and then follow through with said treatment. By the end, as she said, I was as good as gold. Boy, was it worth it! Though uncomfortable to talk about, much less write about, it is worth getting the word out there. If you have painful intercourse, especially after birth or other trauma, the treatment may be as simple as Physical Therapy (with Heather, of course). I highly recommend her.

-- Fritzette H., 3/24/16 via Yelp!

Testimonial by Amanda W.

Heather's unique physical therapy program literally changed my life! After years of struggling with vaginismus, a condition that made it impossible for me to have intercourse and very difficult to use tampons without pain, a gynecologist referred me to Heather. I was nervous for my first appointment, but Heather's professional and friendly demeanor put me at ease. She did a great job explaining each technique she was using to help my muscles relax. Heather uses a combination of internal and external stretches and exercises to relax the pelvic floor and build muscle strength. Her specially developed home program helped me quickly recover from an issue that seemed insurmountable before meeting Heather. She was optimistic about my progress and incredibly encouraging. Less than 6 months after my first session, I was able to have pain-free sex for the first time in my life! If you are suffering from vaginismus or any other pelvic floor issues, I highly recommend making an appointment with Heather and reading her book!

-- Amanda W., 2/15/16 via Yelp!

Testimonial by S.H., age 24

I just wanted to thank you for everything you've done for me for the past 19 months. I literally could not have reached my goals without you and your practice. You gave me the courage to keep moving forth with my treatment no matter how afraid and anxious I was. You were always there to answer questions and made this whole process so much easier than I expected it to be.

It's because of you that my marriage is on the right track, that I can get pregnant and that this part of my life is finally over. I really feel that Fusion Wellness is a team of people you can call family and are there to root for you and cheer you on until you reach your goals. There is nothing better than knowing I accomplished this with you guys by my side and as calmly and patiently as I needed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there and helping me reach my goals.

S.H., age 24

Testimonial by R.S.

I wanted to thank you so much for helping me get through something I thought I may never be able to. We have achieved pain-free intercourse and this has really solidified our marriage. We are so grateful to you for all the work you do! Thank you!!

-- R.S.

Testimonial by M.M.

A personal journey and testimonial from one of my patients:

My husband and I were married for 5 years before we were able to have intercourse due to my vaginismus. There was nothing traumatic in my past but for some reason, even though I wanted sex, I mentally avoided "that area" of my body and didn't even admit to myself that there was a problem for a long time, even though I was never able to put tampons in. Once I finally opened my eyes up to the fact that I had a problem, I had a surgery that was supposed to fix the issue.

Read more: Testimonial by M.M.

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