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Heather Jeffcoat, DPT
Position:
Owner & Founder
Address
13425 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 200
Sherman Oaks
California
91423
Phone
(818) 864-6732
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Heather (she/her/hers) is the author of Sex Without Pain: A Self-Treatment Guide To The Sex Life You Deserve and a recognized expert in the field of Women's Health Physical Therapy. She has been a featured guest on Loveline with Mike and Dr. Drew, Livestrong, Mom.me, Estrella TV with Adriana Ruggiero, L.A. Parent Magazine, ICA Update and the International Childbirth Education Association Journal, where she hosted the long-running quarterly column entitled "Perinatal Wellness".

She has also been a guest blogger multiple times for the Womens Health Foundation. After receiving many emails from people around world, she noticed there was a gap in access to quality pelvic floor physical therapy providers, and women deserved answers and a treatment plan for the painful sex they were experiencing. She developed her book as a way to get her proven techniques to all who needed it.


Heather received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University and her BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego. Additionally, she received her Comprehensive Teacher Training Certification in Pilates from BASI and is a Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist through the Stretch to Win Institute.

Heather specializes in treating Orthopaedic and other diagnoses that respond to physical therapy throughout a woman's lifespan, as well as developing personalized Perinatal Fitness programs. Heather has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to how best to treat:

  • pelvic pain (vaginismus, vulvar vestibulitis, levator ani syndrome, pudendal neuralgia, interstitial cystitis (IC)/painful bladder syndrome (PBS))
  • voiding dysfunction
  • sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunctions
  • pregnancy and post-partum related disorders (sexual pain, incontinence, back/hip pain, diastasis recti, incisional/scar tissue pain and burning post C-section, vaginal scar tissue pain, hysterectomy or laparoscopic surgery)
  • persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD)/persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS)
  • painful orgasm, anorgasmia (no orgasm), diminished orgasms
  • coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, etc.
  • neck pain, tension headaches, low back pain, hip pain, and shoulder pain and dysfunction (adhesive capsulitis, rotator cuff impingement, bursitis, etc).

To stay current with the newest research and treatment techniques, Heather is regularly attending continuing education covering various topics in the field of Women’s Health and Orthopaedics. She works with physicians and sex therapists both at the Southern California Pelvic Pain Center and in the community.

She is very involved with the International Pelvic Pain Society and currently sits on their Board of Directors and is their current Social Media Committee Chair.

She is also active in the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Women’s Health Section on Women’s Health, and has written and edited numerous documents that are currently distributed around the country.

She opened Fusion Wellness & Physical Therapy Physical Therapy in 2009, owing to the changing healthcare climate at the time that emphasized the quantity of patient care over it's quality. Working in a situation where she had to see two patients per hour, often with complex pain conditions, incontinence, or all of the above, she knew that these patients deserved to be provided with actual care, not just the idea of care.

With 60-120 minute sessions available in any of her multiple Los Angeles area offices, she and her staff are able to provide the hands-on treatment, skilled corrective exercises and other interventions by specialized and licensed physical therapists. Let us start putting your pain and discomfort behind you.

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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 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 J.H.

My last appointment with Heather was over 6 years ago but I still think of her every day. I don’t take for granted that I can easily get out of bed, care for my two active and busy young boys, run, play tennis, clean my house, or sit at a desk for several hours at a time. None of these tasks were easy for me before meeting Heather. Eight years ago my car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer that was estimated to have been speeding. I spent 3 years working with different PTs and Drs trying to heal and move on with my life. When I became pregnant and the hormone relaxin that “relaxes” all the joints of the body and the additional weight gain erased all my progress and I was suddenly in a lot of pain again. My OB sent me to Heather for one last try.

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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!

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Testimonial by T.C.

While pregnant with my twins, Heather took care with keeping me on my feet and pain free. She saved my back, my sanity and the holidays! I would recommend her to every “mom” looking to stay on her feet during pregnancy and post-partum.

-- T.C.

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!

Y.L. (mom of 2)

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