Hi, I’m Jess
Wife to an amazing husband
Golden Retriever Mom
Intuitive Eating Counselor
Lover of Running & Being Outside
I am occupational therapist who specializes in pelvic health and vaginismus recovery. I graduated with my Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in 2014. Since then, I have loved getting to partner alongside dozens of men and women in their battles to overcome set-backs, fears, and mental & physical limitations. One of my greatest joys is getting to see someone finally participate and enjoy something that has personal meaning.
In 2011 I got married to the best man in the world. Our honeymoon was fantastic, but sex was a challenge. It took 4 years of dismissive doctors before I finally received the diagnosis of Vaginismus.
Various healthcare professionals offered less-than-ideal advice, probably similar to the advice you’ve heard- “Drink a glass of wine” “Just try harder” “Watch p*rn together”. This advice left me confused and angry. I was left feeling like there had to be a better way.
I spent the next several years struggling through my vaginismus recovery. Despite being diligent with dilating and doing all of my breathing & exercises, I “failed out” of pelvic floor therapy 4 times (which is embarrassing given I’m an occupational therapist). I was told numerous times “There’s not much else we can do, it’s probably more a psychological thing at this point”. So I saw sex therapists and counselors (most of whom I had to educate on what vaginismus is), none of which really helped.
After 8 years of battling vaginismus I was fed up and decided to take charge of my recovery. I figured, maybe I didn’t fail out of the traditional vaginismus treatments, maybe these treatments failed me?
Using the holistic science of my background as a neuro-science informed occupational therapist, I applied a Mind-Body Neuromodulation approach and I was able to finally recover from vaginismus and enjoy pain-free intimacy (and no, I don’t do any maintenance dilating!).
After talking with other women with vaginismus (particularly Christian women), I realized my story was not unique. Many women are dismissed and provided with questionable treatment options. Many women face a long, slow, and frustrating journey of endless dilating and pelvic floor therapy while feeling hopeless and discouraged. I was determined to change this. I decided to inspire others and help them adopt a proven approach. So I developed my strategy into a comprehensive guided & researched-based program to help other women break free of the pain-cycle of vaginismus to enjoy fun, pain-free sex, without having to question their morals. And that is my plan for you!