Hello and welcome!
I’m so glad you stopped by to get to know me. Let me introduce myself.
Dr. Ginger Garner PT, DPT, ATC/L is a clinician, author, educator, and longtime advocate for improving access to physical therapy services, especially pelvic health.
She is the founder and CEO of Living Well Institute, where she has been certifying therapists and doctors in Medical Therapeutic Yoga & Integrative Lifestyle Medicine since 2000 and offering public classes in MTY and ILM.
She owns and practices at Garner Pelvic Health, in Greensboro NC, which offers telehealth and in-person wellness and therapy services.
Ginger is the author of multiple textbooks and book chapters, including Medical Therapeutic Yoga, which is published in multiple languages. She has also presented at over 20 conferences worldwide over 6 continents across a range of topics impacting the pelvic girdle, health promotion, and integrative practices.
Learn about Courses & Classes at www.integrativelifestylemed.com
Latest Book Chapter – Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan
Latest Book – Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine in Physical Therapy – https://www.optp.com/Integrative-and-Lifestyle-Medicine-in-Physical-Therapy
EDUCATION & TRAINING
- The University of North Carolina at Wilmington 1995 – Licensed Athletic Trainer (BA, ATC/LAT)
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1998 – Master of Physical Therapy (PT, MPT) – Go Heels!
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2016 – Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
- Certifications & Specialty Training – Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine (DipACLM) Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT), Pilates, Ayurvedic Practitioner, YACEP, ERYT500, Dry Needling (CIDN), Visceral Mobilization, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & Sexual Dysfunction, Prenatal & Postpartum, Incontinence, Rectal & Bowel Dysfunction, Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, Integrative Manual Therapy, Women’s Health, Mindfulness, MBSR, Trauma-Informed Care, Chronic Pain Care, Lumbopelvic Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging, Vocal Performance, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, & Pessary Fitting
Dr. Ginger Garner is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, National Athletic Trainers Association, International Pelvic Pain Society, and Yoga Alliance. She has served as secretary and board member for the US National Committee for UN Women NC Chapter, and is currently the Legislative Chair for the American Physical Therapy Association NC Chapter (APTANC), Congressional Key contact for the APTA Private Practice Section, and a member of the Academy of Pelvic Health Prenatal & 4th TrimesterTask Force. She is a former Charter School member of IAYT and founder of the first international yoga therapy school for medical providers.
What I Do
Patient Care – Garner Pelvic Health is located in Greensboro, NC inside the historic Revolution Mill. I offer pelvic and orthopaedic therapy services in-person and virtually, where I focus on delivering therapy through an integrative, whole-person lens. Click here to learn about the conditions I treat.
Education & Classes – Living Well Institute – In 2001 I founded Living Well Institute and created the Professional Yoga Therapist Certification, Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate, & the Medical Therapeutic Yoga Method in order to help transform healthcare delivery through Integrative Therapies. LWI offers continuing education and certification in Integrative Therapies (Yoga, Lifestyle, & Functional Medicine) for PT, OT, and ATC’s, as well as online classes for the public in Medical Therapeutic Yoga, Pilates, and related healthcare topics.
“I’ve been using Yoga & Pilates, combined with physical therapy, since the 1990’s, long before it was cool or trendy. It’s just a far more effective combination. I began to document my methods on this integrated approach, which ultimately gave birth to two things: my textbook, Medical Therapeutic Yoga, and creation of the first yoga certification for licensed healthcare professionals in 2001, the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute,® which in 2020 became Living Well Institute.”
“Cultural conditioning has taught us to inadvertently misuse the word “work” by reserving it for activity that only happens outside the home. That marginalizes the great work of caregiving, whether for the young or old. The truth is…I’ve never really stopped working, so telling my “return to work” story means acknowledging a bigger societal issue: After a woman gives birth, using the phrase “return to work” implies that she wasn’t working when she grew that new human being and birthed him or her– and that devalues the work of mothering and hurts us all.”