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Kasia Gondek, PT, DPT, CLT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Specialist, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Kasia (she/ her/ hers) earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Mount Saint Mary’s University, and her Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Santa Cruz. She has established herself as a compassionate, effective, and respected clinician treating pelvic floor and women's health, orthopedic, neurological, and sports-related injuries and conditions.

Kasia utilizes a whole-body, whole-person treatment approach that is unique to each patient and is focused not only on improving pain and difficulty with activities, but also getting them back to doing what they love. She empowers her patients to become an integral part of their recovery and healing process through providing education, self-care, meaningful goal setting, and incorporating activities that they love into their treatment plan.

She combines functional movement, therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, yoga, Pilates, and manual therapies (myofascial decompression also known as cupping, trigger point release, joint mobilizations) to improve pain, mobility, strength, coordination, and kinetic chain function.

Kasia has completed specialized training in pelvic floor rehabilitation through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute (courses 1, 2a, and 2b), and has taken many continuing education courses on prenatal and postpartum exercise and physical therapy treatment. She has completed her training and is a Certified Lymphaedema Therapist (CLT), further specializing in lymphatic massage and complete lymphatic decongestive therapy. She is currently pursuing her Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties. She most recently co-created an online prenatal and postpartum subscription-based online fitness program focused on effective, trimester-specific exercise and education in response to the loss of community access to many gyms/ specialty services due to the COVID-19 situation.

Kasia treats males and females with pelvic floor dysfunction and pain including but not limited to: urinary and bowel incontinence, neurogenic bladder, painful bladder syndrome, male pelvic pain/chronic prostatitis, vestibulodynia, endometriosis, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse), pubalgia (pubic bone pain), constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pelvic organ prolapse, coccydynia (tailbone pain), prenatal physical therapy (postural control/strength, hip and core strength, flexibility, body mechanics), and postpartum rehabilitation (bowel/bladder sexual function, diastasis rectus abdominus, scar tissue care, safe return to activity/sport).

She also treats patients with orthopedic injuries such as low back pain, radiculopathy, sciatica, disc herniations, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, laminectomy, spinal fusion, knee, hip, foot, and ankle pain, post-operative rehab, neck pain, headaches, tendinopathies, labral tears, and adhesive capsulitis.

As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), competitive runner for 20 years, yoga practitioner, and skier, Kasia understands the impact that pain and injury can have on daily life and performance. After struggling personally with IBS and pelvic pain as a runner, she found that pelvic floor physical therapy not only reduced her pain and minimized flare-ups, but also improved her competitive performance. Kasia has since become a passionate advocate for pelvic health and for raising awareness among healthcare practitioners of the necessity for pelvic floor rehabilitation.

Kasia is accepting patients in our Sherman Oaks and Montrose locations.

What Our Patients Have to Say

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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 Jackie W.

I was in multiple car accidents a decade ago, and I have been to many physical therapists through the years without success. They found the root of my lower back pain problems and after nearly a decade of barely being able to walk I finally can again without pain. They are also the best pelvic floor pts and the only ones who found the connection between my pelvic floor and lower back problems. If you need help with physical pain, they are your answer.

-- Jackie W., 1/19/17 via Yelp!

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.

S.S., age 54

Testimonial by Mary L.

I started seeing Heather to treat my Interstitial Cystitis in November 2016. At this time, I was extremely miserable, in constant pain, and felt as though no one was listening or understood what was going on with my body. I have just finished my last appointment and I can honestly say that my life has completely changed for the better because of Heather and her team of PTs! I live almost completely pain free, and when I do have flare ups, I am able to treat them at home on my own. I am so grateful that this office was recommended to me a honestly cannot recommend them enough!

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Testimonial by A.M.

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 P.M.

I was hopeful but frankly skeptical when the doctor treating me for Interstitial Cystitis recommended that I go to Heather for physical therapy. Medication and diet helped control my IC symptoms, but I had never heard of physical therapy being used to treat IC. The education and treatment I received from Heather was a revelation. She explained that the pain I experienced with IC had helped create a cycle of muscle guarding which affected the entire pelvic area. I had no idea of the amount of tension being held there. No wonder my husband and I had not been able to have sexual intercourse for years!

Read more: Testimonial by P.M.

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