Forty for 40: Rebecca Stephenson, PT, DPT ’05, MS ’06, WCS, CLT
Rebecca Stephenson has played a major role in improving the treatment of women with severe back and pelvic pain during the early stages of their pregnancy.
Her research debunked the prevailing wisdom of the time that the pain would subside after a woman’s baby was born. “Evidence shows the pain will continue and as a result some women may not choose to have children,” said Dr. Stephenson, who recently joined the rehabilitation and clinical leadership team at Newton-Wellesley Hospital as a clinical physical therapy specialist.
One of just 300 board-certified specialists in women’s health within the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, she was lead author of Obstetric and Gynecologic Care in Physical Therapy. Considered the authoritative textbook on the subject, it helped spur interest in establishing women’s health as a separate, specialized practice; it is now one of eight clinical specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association.