Robert Echenberg, M.D.
Dr. Echenberg did his undergraduate work at Brown University, medical training at Jefferson Medical College, and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He began private practice in Bethlehem, PA in the early 1970’s, became board certified, and soon realized that much of what he needed to know concerning women’s health had not been taught in those otherwise excellent programs. He feels now that much of what he subsequently needed to know had to be searched for and learned on his own.
Along with aiding women through more than 2500 pregnancies and deliveries, doing the usual gynecologic medical and surgical care on thousands of others, he became the first regional physician to become the medical advisor for LaMaze child birth classes, helped start the first integrated course in human sexuality at Lehigh University, and worked diligently to advocate for women’s reproductive rights and child birthing options in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton).
Dr. Echenberg’s passion for integrative care in women’s health now continues with his creation of one of the first privately owned multi-disciplinary practices specializing in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic, genital and sexual pain disorders. He feels that his collaboration with Susan Bilheimer, a sufferer of CPP, in the writing of “Secret Suffering: How Women’s Sexual and Pelvic Pain Affects Their Relationships”, and the creation of his website
www.instituteforwomeninpain.org, all continue his career choices in helping “women in pain”. In 2010 and 2011, he had also been on the board of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS –www.pelvicpain.org)
Dr. Echenberg has more recently, in 2012, been working on several other projects regarding pelvic and genital pain disorders. Together with 4 other professionals he has established a new entity called the “Alliance for Pelvic Pain” -www.allianceforpelvicpain.com. This group has already carried out the first national weekend retreat for patients and their partners in Bethlehem, PA in the Spring of 2013.
Co-author, “Secret Suffering: How Women’s Sexual and Pelvic Pain Affects their Relationships”
Karen Liberi, MS, MPT, WCS
Karen has been practicing as a physical therapist since 1996 after graduating from the University of Delaware. Immediately after graduation, an opportunity arose for her to help start the physical therapy component of the Washington Continence Center working closely with a urogynecologist, urologists and colo-rectal surgeons to help their patients with a variety of pelvic floor dysfunctions. This is where her passion grew to treat women’s and men’s health patients with bladder control and pelvic pain issues.
Karen moved to Maine in 2003 and worked for Holistic Physical Therapy, the largest outpatient women’s health clinic in New England from 2004-2009. In 2009, Karen was board certified through the APTA as a Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS).
Karen’s family moved to the midwest in 2009 and she was fortunate enough to team up with Dr Croak, a urogynecologist in Maumee, OH and has created the NWO Center for Pelvic Rehabilitation and Wellness. Her focus is on improving the health and quality of life of her patients presenting with pelvic pain, incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction.
She provides a caring environment which she feels is important in effectively treat her patients. The one on one treatment sessions are essential to allow her patients optimal time and opportunity to begin the healing process and aid with improving their quality of life by minimizing their symptoms. Through her ability to integrate her manual skills, knowledge of the spine, knowledge of pelvic floor dysfunction , core strengthening through Pilates, and pain science education, she is able to customize patient care and improve their function. She is committed to her patients and will work closely with the doctors and other healthcare professionals to ensure a team approach for optimal outcomes.
Karen has lectured nationally about Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions and also has guest lectured at University of New England, University of Michigan and Trine University DPT programs. She also co- produced the sexual and genital pain resource, Healing the Pain “Down There” A Guide for Females with Persistent Genital and Sexual Pain along with Stephanie Yeager, Dr. Echenberg and Alexandra Milspaw.
Alexandra Milspaw,PhD, LPC
Alex received her master's degree in counseling psychology and human services from Lehigh University and doctorate degree in human sexuality from Widener University. Alex is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania. Alex is certified as a Master Practitioner of NeuroLinguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Trainer. She has been working with patients suffering from chronic pelvic and sexual pain, focussing on the counseling, education, and mind/body relaxation for stress and pain management. Alex has been running workshops for women for over 9 years. Her private counseling practice specializes in chronic pelvic and genital pain, trauma and sexual health. Alex is the creator and producer of the audio CD, Guided Meditations for Mindful Living located on iTunes, Amazon.com, and on our product page.
Stephanie has personally experienced chronic pelvic pain. After her own road of misdiagnosis, confusion, frustration, and near hopelessness she and a team of professionals created this educational DVD specifically for those suffering from genital, sexual, and pelvic pain. She is passionate about spreading the word of hope and healing for those like her, influencing a paradigm shift in the medical community toward greater understanding of these disorders, and prevention initiatives that may protect young women before onset can occur.