Kathleen Sedivec , PT, DPT
Women’s Health Specialist
SPECIALTIES: Pelvic floor, post-mastectomy care, urinary dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, pregnancy/post-partum education, and dance medicine.
Kathleen grew up in the Chicago area and spent her childhood studying and competing in ballet. At 14, she sustained an injury, and her recovery process sparked her first interest in physical therapy. She received her Bachelors in Movement Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and went on to work in several gyms in both Chicago and Portland, Oregon while continuing to study dance. She moved to New York City in 2009 to study at the ADAM (Analysis of Dance and Movement) in Brooklyn, NY, as part of Long Island University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Her senior year she moved to Los Angeles, CA to work at Cedar Sinai Medical Center as part of her education. There she trained dancers and Hollywood celebrities in the Dance Medicine Program affiliated with the University of Southern California. Her final senior affiliation took her back to Chicago to work in pediatric and neonatal intensive care units at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital. After earning her doctorate, she returned to and accepted a position in California to start the first Women’s Health PT program at a local outpatient clinic. Once that program was up and running, she began working with a travel therapy agency and worked at several large hospitals in northern and southern California. While living on the beach in San Diego, she was offered a permanent position working with a total joint replacement program in the area focusing on early rehab for hips and knees. She responded with “Give me a few months- I need to check out Alaska first.” She started the drive north with her dog, and along the way, somewhere in Canada, she accepted a three-month contract over the phone to work in Wasilla. She’s now lived and worked in the Matsu Valley since 2016 and has decided to put down roots, and started her housing search. While she misses the surf and sand, she believes that skiing in Hatchers Pass, biking across glaciers, and watching the aurora from her backyard have been worth the trade. She recently joined Empower Physical Therapy as the pelvic floor specialist and looks forward to expanding the program to serve the many women’s health needs of the Matsu-Valley.