Hoag Acquires WOMANOLOGY® Program to Address Pelvic Floor Disorders

By Physician News Network

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian announced the opening of WOMANOLOGY® by Hoag, a comprehensive, integrated program for women in Orange County who are facing incontinence, painful sexual intercourse and other pelvic floor disorders.

Childbearing is one of the main culprits, but obesity and other factors also contribute to debilitating pelvic floor conditions. A National Institutes of Health study found that pelvic floor disorders affect 10% of women ages 20 to 39, 27% of women ages 40 to 59, 37% of women ages 60 to 79 and nearly half of women age 80 or older.

For more than 12 years, WOMANOLOGY has operated a private clinic in Irvine and recently added a second location in Fullerton that is dedicated to providing complementary, holistic treatment and rehabilitation for women experiencing pelvic floor issues. When founder and physical therapist Robin Christenson, MPT, decided to sell her clinics in late 2014, she chose to sell them to Hoag.

“When I sold WOMANOLOGY I felt as though I was putting my baby up for adoption,” Christenson said. “I trust Hoag’s caring staff and incredibly forward-thinking medical team to expand upon the vision of helping women live better lives.”

Like its predecessor, WOMANOLOGY by Hoag offers women comprehensive, integrated treatment for pelvic floor health in a calm spa-like setting. By bringing the complementary and alternative medicine practice under Hoag, patients will now also have access to top-quality clinicians, said Allyson Brooks, MD, executive medical director of the Hoag Women’s Health Institute, one of the first physicians in Orange County to refer patients to WOMANOLOGY 12 years ago.

“Robin assembled an outstanding specialized team of acupuncturists, Pilates instructors, massage therapists and guided imagery therapists, all of whom are now on Hoag’s staff,” she said. “WOMANOLOGY by Hoag combines the trusted complementary care of WOMANOLOGY with the expert medical care of Hoag’s Women’s Health Institute.”

Though part of the Women’s Health Institute, WOMANOLOGY by Hoag does not have a “clinical” feel to it. Instead, Hoag has adopted the program’s signature “spa-like” setting and will appeal to the emotional as well as clinical side of treatment for these issues.

To address the needs of men with pelvic pain, Hoag also acquired an additional component of the trademarked program of WOMANOLOGY that focuses on men called, RESTORE HIM.