Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Physical Therapy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy [18 VAC 112 ‑ 20]
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5/10/23  1:15 pm
Commenter: Richard A. Stauffer MD

Keep PFT Noninvasive

I am in support of the board listing pelvic floor therapy as noninvasive, as it has always been per the Assistant attorney general's own testified statement and as was pointed out by the judge in the Henrico County Court system.

Experts in this area, such as Dr. Joseph Gianfortoni, the Pelvic Pain Rehabilitation Program at Bon Secours Richmond, Women's Health Programs at Bon Secours in Hampton Roads and VCU Health Urogynecology programs all deem it to be noninvasive.

I can foresee no benefit to either patients or clinicians to change the designation of pelvic floor therapy to being invasive.

Finally the hearings and conduct by the board of physical therapy have been reprehensible. As a layman, I have witnessed utter disregard for Mr. Roberts' rights and reputation. The board publicly declared him guilty before hearings were conducted, which would seem to me to constitute defamation. Mr. Roberts is strong but he deserves significant financial compensation from several entities for his loss of income, attorneys' fees and the damage to his sterling reputation over his 20+ years of PT practice.

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