Ginger Garner

Clinic Founder, Therapist


  • Voice to Pelvic Floor Care for Performing Artists & Athletes
  • Complex Hip Issues: Hip Dysplasia, Joint Hypermobility, Hip Arthroscopy & Hip Labral Tears & Impingement
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain: Endometriosis & Interstitial Cystitis, Dyspareunia/Painful Intercourse
  • Spine (Neck/Jaw to Tailbone) & Shoulder Pain
  • Perimenopause & Menopause
  • Preconception/Infertility, Birth Coaching Classes, Prenatal & Postpartum
  • Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention via Functional & Integrative Medicine
  • Advanced Lumbopelvic Ultrasound Imaging for Performing Artists & Pelvic Health
  • Advanced Incontinence, Prolapse Management & Pessary Fitting
  • Advanced Dry Needling & Manual Therapy for Pelvic Floor, Orofacial, & Spine
  • Medical Therapeutic Yoga (author of the book of the same name)
  • Integrative Lifestyle Medicine (co-editor of the book of the same name)

I have over a quarter of a century’s experience in complex, tough-to-treat voice to pelvic health issues. I focus on six main areas:

1. Helping people *fully* recover from hip arthroscopy and be functional when you have hip dysplasia, labral tear, impingement, or pelvic pain. Current research excludes a critical link in recovery – pelvic health – and too many orthopedic and pelvic health PT’s and surgeons do not understand how to bridge the gap or even how to recognize the problems. As a result, too many people with hip pain get medically gaslit. Patient from around the world come to me to find relief, and it’s an honor and privilege to help them.*

2. As a vocalist, I love helping fellow artists and athletes sustain their phrase and perform better – to work smarter, not harder. I use advanced technology in ultrasound imaging to bridge the gap between the voice and pelvic floor connection, which is too often overlooked, and leaves vocalists, musical theatre, instrumentalists, and athletes without a path to full recovery. I also focus on advanced dry needling techniques from the voice to pelvic floor.*

3. Endometriosis and interstitial cystitis – Advanced training and experience in this area (see education below) has helped me use FILM (Functional, Integrative, and Lifestyle Medicine) to offer unique services to those who have suffered for too long without comprehensive pelvic health care.

4. Birth Coaching, Preconception to Birth Preparation and Postpartum Care, which includes treating pelvic organ prolapse and incontinenceAdvanced training in pessary fitting, ultrasound imaging, and incontinence, as well as decades of experience helping women through prenatal and postpartum struggles (and overcoming them myself as a mom of 3) gives me great empathy and understanding to help other women. Note: Men also suffer from incontinence too and can find great relief with pelvic PT.

5. Athletes who have neck, jaw, diaphragm, shoulder, spine, hip, or knee issues and have been told that their pain in these areas are not connected. The body has 3 diaphragms, not one, and they are connected through fascial and neural networks that make the voice to pelvic floor method (also called the Three Diaphragms) of treatment critical to finding long-lasting relief.

6. Perimenopause, Menopause, Postmenopause – Too many women are medically gaslighted and told there is nothing they can do about their symptoms. That is wrong. There is plenty of help that pelvic health can provide, especially from a functional, integrative, and lifestyle medicine perspective.

Ginger Garner is a doctor of physical therapy, licensed athletic trainer, board certified in Lifestyle Medicine, founder of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, author of multiple books and book chapters, longtime educator on trauma-informed, biopsychosocial FILM (functional, integrative, and lifestyle medicine) PT and OT practice.

Dr. Garner has presented at over 24 conferences worldwide and actively mentors peers in lumbopelvic rehab ultrasound imaging, post hip arthroscopy rehab, hip dysplasia, hypermobility, and voice to pelvic floor (three diaphragm) care and dry needling. She is also a vocalist and serves the performing arts community as an artist and as a therapist, specifically in prevention and injury management for artists.

She owns Garner Pelvic Health and Living Well Institute and is an active volunteer in her community, where she advocates for and helps enact legislation that increases access to pelvic health services.

If you are a therapist wanting to do a better job at bridging the pelvic/ortho gap with hip issues, I created this online CE course.
If you are a therapist interested in learning Voice to Pelvic Floor treatment from me – this is a starter course: online CE course.
If you are therapist interesting in learning Functional, Integrative, and Lifestyle Medicine from me – please visit the Institute link above.

Education & Training

  • The University of North Carolina at Wilmington 1995 – Licensed Athletic Trainer (BA, ATC-Ret)
  • 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

Community Involvement

  • North American Menopause Society (The Menopause Society) – Member
  • American Physical Therapy Association – Member
  • American Physical Therapy Association NC Chapter (APTANC) – Legislative Chair
  • APTA Private Practice Section & Academy of Pelvic Health  – Congressional Key Contact
  • APTA Academy of Pelvic Health – Prenatal & 4th TrimesterTask Force Member
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine – Member and Founding MIG PT/OT Member and Co-Chair
  • National Athletic Trainers Association – Retired Member
  • International Pelvic Pain Society – Member
  • Yoga Alliance – Member, Certified YACEP, ERYT500
  • Volunteer – Vocalist, locally, regionally, and internationally
  • US National Committee for UN Women NC Chapter – Past Board Member & Secretary
  • IAYT – Former Charter School member of & founder of the first international yoga therapy school for medical providers

Book an appointment with Ginger Garner today!