Nicole is a Fort Wayne native and 1991 graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School. Graduating magna cum laude with a BS in Biology in 1995 from the College of Mount Saint Joseph, she was a dual-sport athlete (basketball and fast-pitch softball) all 4 years. She earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2001 from Andrews University, and her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist designation (CSCS) shortly after. In 2002 a desire to be closer to her family, led Nicole back to the Fort Wayne her first employment opportunity. Early in her career, in addition to working full-time as a Physical Therapist, Nicole spent her free time volunteering as a Firefighter/EMT for New Haven Adams Township EMS.
Nicole invested her first seven years of practice in an outpatient orthopedic setting, treating general musculoskeletal conditions. A lifelong learner, Nicole continued to study and hone her manual therapy skills, becoming a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT).
In 2009, a close friend’s traumatic tailbone injury ignited Nicole’s interest in pelvic physical therapy and her eventual specialization in this area. Nicole later began post-graduate coursework in pelvic physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), eventually earning her Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health (CAPP). Nicole then earned her Women’s Health Clinical Specialist certification (WCS) in 2012, the highest certification a pelvic physical therapist can achieve. Awarded “Best in Patient Care” through the American Health Council in 2018, Nicole is among the most accomplished physical therapists in the country.
Today Nicole continues to work in the pelvic rehabilitative realm with women who struggle with chronic pain disorders such as pelvic pain, painful intimacy, urinary incontinence, urinary frequency/urgency, chronic constipation, and pelvic organ prolapse. Nicole treats patients who have unresolved low back or hip pain after failed prior treatments, often finding the root cause in treatable pelvic floor-related conditions. Nicole works with pregnant patients who are struggling with back, hip, sacroiliac, and pelvic discomfort during and after their pregnancies. She also treats a multitude of post-surgical patients, helping women recover from cesarean birth, urogynecological and colorectal surgeries (hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgeries, pelvic organ prolapse repairs, hemorrhoid surgeries, colostomy reversals, etc.). In addition, Nicole treats male patients with pelvic issues, especially those who are having groin pain, anal pain, genital pain, urinary incontinence, urinary urgency/frequency, and pre- and post-prostatectomy rehabilitation.
Using a neuroscience (mind-brain-body-spirit) approach, Nicole is passionate about educating her patients and the community regarding how the pelvic floor functions in relationship to the whole body. She has been a guest lecturer for the Fellowship of Christian Counselors, NorthEastern group, WBCL, and several area churches. She is extremely excited to begin offering evening seminars on a host of topics involving the core, the pelvic floor, and so much more!
Currently serving on the leadership and music ministry teams for Cursillo in the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese, Nicole is an active parishioner at St Vincent DePaul Catholic Church. Her love of music is evident as she sings and plays guitar for the “In His Service” praise/worship team for healing services at Our Lady of Good Hope Parish. With a heart towards service, she is the Volunteer Coordinator of the Physical Therapy department at Fort Wayne’s Matthew 25, a Medical/Dental clinic for low-income, uninsured patients.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys reading, bible study, golf, walking/riding her bike along the river, and especially, quality time with friends and family. And we at FMCC couldn’t be happier that Nicole decided to join our team, allowing us to offer her decades of experience to our patients.