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Board Certified Women's Health Specialist in Pregnancy, Postpartum, Female Pelvic Health

Stacey Hendricks, founder of Elevate Physical Therapy, is a doctor of physical therapy and the only board-certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist within a 90 mile radius of Cincinnati.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Hendricks has 10 years of experience specializing in women’s health and pelvic health in adults and adolescents. She treats conditions including urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, and bowel and bladder dysfunction. As a specialist in women’s health, she provides comprehensive physical therapy care for women throughout the lifespan from first menstruation through post-menopause. She has earned Certificates of achievement in Obstetrics and Postpartum Physical Therapy and provides specialized care for pregnancy and postpartum-related back pain and orthopedic injuries, abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti), and postpartum pelvic floor dysfunctions. Dr. Hendricks has additional specialty training in manual therapies of Gynecological Visceral Manipulation, the Maitland Approach, and Trigger Point Dry Needling.
Dr. Hendricks serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Sexual Health Consortium and is a member of both the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Women’s Health and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She serves her professional community as a lecturer to doctoral students at Mount St. Joseph University, through teaching at national courses for licensed physical therapists through the APTA Section on Women’s Health, and by educating local medical providers, fitness professionals, and community members.



Certified Lymphedema Physical Therapist

René Thomas is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She earned a Bachelor of Health Science from Purdue University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. 


Dr. Thomas specializes in treating lymphedema of upper extremities, lower extremities, head and neck, breast, abdomen, and genitalia. As a certified lymphedema therapist, she provides Complete Decongestive Therapy which has been shown to markedly decrease swelling. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Thomas will prescribe an individualized treatment plan consisting of manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, meticulous skin care, and gentle exercise to improve lymphatic drainage. 


Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and is Lymphology Association of North America certified as well, which is an additional certification for lymphedema requiring hands-on experience and testing. Dr. Thomas also enjoys teaching physical therapy students about lymphedema management, and members of the community about lymphedema management.



Certified Lymphedema Physical Therapist

Ricci Hoover is a doctor of physical therapy and certified lymphedema therapist and is currently completing postdoctoral training in women’s health and pelvic health under the mentorship of Dr. Stacey Hendricks and through the APTA’s Section on Women’s Health. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Anderson University, where she played collegiate basketball. She earned a Master’s and Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. Hoover is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and plans to become a board-certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist. Dr. Hoover also plans to expand her lymphedema expertise by taking the LANA test in order to become nationally recognized for her services. ​