Dr. Samantha Fazio Semar PT, DPT, PHC she/her
Founder | Physical Therapist | Pelvic Health Certified
Sam graduated from Temple University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017. She began her career with a private outpatient company where she worked as an orthopedic therapist treating conditions ranging from sports injuries and post-op rehab to geriatric balance and gait disorders.
In 2018, Sam took her super feminism toward the pelvic health specialty beginning additional coursework and programs while working full time. She achieved her pelvic health certification in 2019 and quickly grew her pelvic caseload to a 2 month waitlist!
After treating through the hardest parts of the pandemic (people never stop having babies!), in 2021 Sam jumped briefly to hospital-based pelvic health physical therapy and quickly saw the issues with access across the pelvic healthcare system. She founded Pelvio PT in late 2021 as a way to improve patient access to care and to revolutionize pregnancy & post-partum rehabilitation in Philadelphia.
Sam lives with her husband in Philadelphia. Among her many interests, you can usually find her dining in new restaurants around Philly, hanging with friends in the park, or lounging on her couch watching Bravo and crocheting!
Dr. Jenna Lewis PT, DPT, Ph.D, WCS, CLT she/her
Staff Physical Therapist | Board Certified Women's Health Specialist | Certified Lymphedema Specialist
After earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Jefferson in 2018, Jenna completed an accredited Women’s Health Residency in pelvic health and lymphedema treatment at Good Shepherd Penn Partners. She obtained her Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) certification in 2020 and has experience treating a wide range of urinary and bowel dysfunctions, sexual dysfunctions, pelvic pain, and orthopedic issues such as hip and lower back pain. Jenna has a particular interest in working with patients who are pregnant or postpartum to minimize pain and help them achieve their personal goals. She is also a certified lymphedema therapist with experience treating cancer-related lymphedema and works with patients to maximize their function during and after cancer treatments.
Jenna’s own experience with pregnancy and the transition to being a new mama (during a pandemic, no less!) is the foundation for her approach to patient care. She is passionate about helping her clients obtain evidence-based care and advocate for their needs and preferences throughout pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum.
Jenna lives in Collingswood, NJ and can be found chasing her toddler, cooking, hiking, daydreaming about world travel, and visiting the farmer’s market. Jenna is thrilled to join the Pelvio team and looks forward to serving clients in both Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Dr. Nicole (Ludwig) Fernandez PT, DPT she/her
Staff Physical Therapist | Social Media Manager
Nicole earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2019 and began her career with a private outpatient company as an orthopedic therapist. This is where she began to develop her whole person approach to treatment and where she met Pelvio Founder, Dr. Samantha Fazio Semar. She realized that education in the pelvic health sphere would allow her to treat even more holistically as a PT and help more people heal more completely. Nicole has experience treating people with sexual dysfunction, urinary and bowel dysfunction, pelvic pain, as well as working with pregnant and postpartum people to optimize function, prepare for birth, and recover fully postpartum. Furthermore, as an orthopedic therapist Nicole has experience treating people with spinal conditions, as well as upper and lower body complaints.
Since becoming a pelvic health therapist in the summer of 2021, Nicole has realized the expansive scope of need for pelvic health care and she has become even more impassioned to advocate for pelvic health care/education everywhere! She couldn’t be more excited to join the Pelvio team in providing excellent pelvic health care to the city of Philadelphia.
Nicole lives in Philadelphia where she loves taking walks around the neighborhood with her husband, going out to eat, hanging out with friends, reading, cooking, and most of all-snuggling with her dog!