Dr. Julianna Allen

Julianna Allen, she/her,, @embracepelvicPT

Katie: Hi, welcome!

Julianna: Thank you so much.

Katie: Just to jump into it, could you tell me a little bit about you, who you are and your practice?

Julianna: Absolutely, so my name is Dr. Julianna Allen, I am a pelvic health physical therapist. I own Embrace Physical Therapy and Wellness, which is an inclusive pelvic health practice aimed at really people of all genders, and while I work a lot in the pregnancy and postpartum space, I also treat people through a vast variety of different pelvic health conditions. Including going through gender-affirming surgery, using dilators and binding safety. Of course, also all of the pelvic floor and physical things people go through – through and after gestation?

Katie: Awesome, and what are you queering right now?

Julianna: What am I queering… well, I try to queer a lot of things. I really am celebrating learning more and taking more courses in trans health specifically. Because, I really love helping people through that process and so, that would be kind of my biggest connection to queering things right now. 

Katie: That’s awesome, it’s so important. What inspired you to do the work that you do?

Julianna: I love this question, because I’m not a “traditional”… traditionally, maybe you go get a bachelors’ degree and you go straight to graduate school. I took some time off – I got my bachelors degree, and took some time off. Actually worked in mental health and in an eating disorder facility for a while.. Going back to when I was getting my bachelors degree, I took some, y’know, at that point they were called “women’s studies” classes, and I just was so overcome with the inequities in healthcare, and the inequity of everything around, especially at that point – people who were women. I thought, y’know what? I want to do something with my life that really helps with that and that the time I was exploring my queer identity. But at that point, I didn’t know what I was going to do – so fast forward, working in a facility for people with eating disorders and I really loved it when we did treatments that we were exposing people and their bodies to different sensations. I realized, I’ve always loved physical things. I’ve always loved looking at movement patterns and everything like that. So, I thought, I’ll go to physical therapy school. In order to go to physical therapy school, I worked in an office, a physical therapy office. I actually found out, unlike many people who go to PT school, I found out about pelvic health and I thought y’know what? That sounds really cool and interesting. I’ve always thought it’s fun to learn about and talk about intimacy and sex. So why not try that? I went to PT school and I was super, super lucky in that I got to work in pelvic health during my graduate degree – while I was getting my doctorate. It was mind blowing how many specific things birthing people’s bodies that go through that aren’t then addressed. That people just accept as parts of being a birthing person, being a mom, being a parent. Just astounding – all of the pain, pain with feeding, pain with intercourse afterward, and I just was.. My mind was blown, and I was like, it’s crazy cause it’s a whole different thing. We can actually help a lot of these things, cause there’s physical therapy FOR the pelvic floor, and for the hips and back. I was immediately struck by how cool it was to learn how to work with someone’s body like that. 

Katie: How would you describe your support philosophy or your philosophy toward pelvic health physical therapy?

Julianna: I love the idea of being a guide. There is so much unknown about the pelvis, about the pelvic floor, about how bodies change during gestation and what is necessary and what is common but not normal. So, I love guiding people through what.. How their body’s going to change, and what might be something that is expected (but maybe isn’t the most desirable thing) and then teaching them how we can actually both accept what has to change, but also really provide preparation and healing afterward. I would say, I’m a big fan of teaching and guiding because I teach a lot about the body and places that we just don’t know how our bladders function, how our abdominal wall is affected by gestation, how our pelvic floor is affected. And really, how we can prevent a lot of that and heal it afterward. I’m a big fan of guiding people through that experience. 

Katie: That’s such important knowledge, right? Those are all parts of our bodies that we don’t get a lot of information about at any point in our lives except for, perhaps if you find yourself seeking physical therapy around the experience of pregnancy. 

Julianna: I think it’s quite sad in some ways, because in some countries, like in France, every birthing person gets sent to pelvic floor physical therapy – no questions asked, right afterward. Actually, the United Kingdom has just adopted that and is putting that into practice as well. I think it’s fantastic that pelvic floor therapy is becoming more and more known here, but it’s really interesting that you say that around going to physical therapy, going around gestation… because there are so many times that I see people who are not just around that period, too, and I have so many people as questions about – “oh, isn’t that just for people who are going through pregnancy?” And really that’s not true. I see people for pelvic floor issues around lots of different things – just people who’ve never had children often have urinary urgency or have issues with overactive or tight muscles and it’s often something that’s worth thinking about even before pregnancy, but of course, also, during and after. I just love that you brought that up because everyone has a pelvic floor, and while not everybody needs therapy for their pelvic floor, it’s something to know that it’s always there. 

Katie: Yeah, absolutely, I think that’s such an important point. So often we think that this is just … if people think about it at all, it is just around these times of a very dramatic transition, but that’s just not true. 

Julianna: Absolutely, and I mean, y’know what? You always have your pelvic floor, and your pelvic floor is going through this dramatic transition and going through covid times and going through everything. Our bodies, y’know, a lot of people get stress in certain areas of their bodies with all of the stress of this situation, and the pelvic floor can show that as well. It’s worth knowing that it’s not just a forgotten part of your body, even if we don’t think about it every day. 

Katie: Absolutely, so I’ve asked you about your natal work, now I wanna know about your natal chart. What’s your sun, moon, rising?

Julianna: So, I am a libra, proud libra, love that balance or at least that I like to say that I like thinking about it, cause sometimes I feel like I’m not always the most calm, fair, balanced person. I love thinking, “Nope, I’m a libra, I’m gonna bring some of that in.” My moon is a Capricorn, and rising is Virgo. 

Katie: Awesome! And what’s your favorite thing about being a queer support person, or working with queer and trans folks?

Julianna: I love talking about, specifically, I love talking about how queer people interact with one another, even when I’m with, for instance, people who are not part of the queer community. One of the big things I address is intercourse and intimacy after a birth, postpartum, and that can be a really different experience for various – both biological and emotional things, reasons. One of the big things I say to people is “queer up your sex life” if they haven’t heard that before, because, a lot of people, for a lot of people not in the queer community, it’s all about PIV penetration, and that’s the pinnacle, and I really think that, in the queer community, we just have a head start on that. I love bringing my queer knowledge into –OK, well, maybe you’re not ready to have intercourse, even if you’ve hit your 6-week check up and everything’s ok. That doesn’t mean that you’re ready. That means that your body is healing, but you’re not ready, so I often am talking through intimacy in different ways to approach that. Very much come from a lot of research that I’ve read and courses I’ve taken but also just my experience in the queer community and knowing what we’re like. I just love supporting queer and trans families, because y’know, it’s such a special thing coming to creating a family when we’ve had the opportunity, in many cases, to create our own chosen families, but to also have the opportunity to bring a biological child into such a warm and wonderful community. It’s just so happy for me because I find that there’s so much support, often when I am not in the queer community, working with birth, it’s sometimes just the wife coming to me, just the birthing person coming to me, and I love how when I work in the queer community it’s like – OK, let’s talk about your pelvic floor, but with everybody else, and everyone else is gonna be involved in your rehab and that’s just so built in and I love that. 

Katie: I really love the idea that people are coming to see you and the advice that they’re getting is to queer up their sex lives, what a dream. 

Julianna: Yup. I would say I use those words a fair amount, sometimes I don’t depending on, y’know, you have to read the person you’re talking to. It’s just so true, there’s just a built in… y’know, the walls of building queer relationships and queer family are so different than the hetereonormative standards, so just brining a little bit of that in, that innovation and lack of expectation is such an important thing. 

Katie: And if you could improve one thing about the experience of pregnancy, birth, postpartum recovery for queer and trans families, what would it be?

Julianna: Is it a cheat to say, “See a pelvic therapist?”

Katie: No, it is not!

Julianna: I think it’s such an overlooked thing, and I think it’s hard because there aren’t that many of us but just having been in this profession, there are just exponentially more and more and people like me who are focusing on certain communities and who are able to provide you with care that’s going to really resonate with you. I think it’s so important. I like to say, and many people say, prevention – seeing someone during their gestation is really helpful, and that’s not to say that there’s anything wrong if you don’t, but I love the idea of preparing. The way I teach, say, learning how to open your pelvic floor muscles for birth is going to be different from someone else. I can actually feel, a pelvic therapist can feel those muscles opening and that’s such a magical thing about preparing yourself for birth. Of course, seeing a pelvic health therapist afterward can be really helpful in terms of getting your abdominals and your pelvic floor starting to work again. They’ve been so distended, which is a beautiful part of pregnancy, but they’ve been so distended, they may have been pushed wide open with delivery and having those muscles that are such a critical part of your core, getting them back online is really helpful, so I would say a) see a pelvic floor therapist, or b) give yourself the grace and time, but also the attention to your body, especially in those parts that were very drastically changed for a very short period of time. 

Katie: What piece of advice do you have for new or aspiring queer / trans pelvic health physical therapist, birth workers in general?

Julianna: Sighs. I mean, I think it’s so fantastic that you might be considering this field, I think it’s so needed and so rewarding. My advice is, push through your insecurities. Speaking from my own personal experience about coming into my own as a doctor of physical therapy but also how much do I promote or am out about my queerness in the space of pelvic health, because, y’know, who knows how people will take that? Just be brave, but let yourself be yourself in these situations because I think your clients will get so much more out of it and you will get so much more out of it if you’re able to take that step and be there to help families in the way that you individually can. 

Katie: That’s so important, those reminders I think are so helpful in these fields that so frequently are .. and fields where there’s so much emphasis on having your own practice and your own business and marketing yourselves in ways that are like, where you’re selling yourself to some abstract general pregnant person. That reminder about authenticity is always so necessary. Are there any projects that you have going on that you want help cross pollinating with other folks in birth world?

Julianna: So, I have my own practice, for sure, which I always love people to talk about, comment on, let me know what their thoughts are. But I’m also, I currently have a postpartum virtual education program that is specifically aimed at not just the queer community – it’s for anyone who wants it, but we did really spend a lot of time trying to make sure that it is appropriate for people, and the language is worded for people who are queer, trans, just anywhere along our rainbow because I think that’s so important. It’s not exactly an ongoing project, but I do love talking about how… another pelvic health physical therapist and I created this program that’s really aimed at how to both help your body directly after a labor and delivery in terms of taking your first poop and pee postpartum, I hope it’s OK to say that on here –

Katie: Oh, absolutely, yeah!

Julianna: y’know, how to support your core when you’re just rolling out of bed after say, having delivered by cesarean. All the way to reconnecting with your core and pelvic floor, to having intercourse postpartum, as well as how to stop leaking and how to improve your bowel function. I definitely would love to hear and see queer people in our community about that – we have a facebook group, for what that’s worth, called Healthy Pelvis Healthy Postpartum that we are always trying to get together community around. 

Katie: Awesome, and what’s something not natal related, pelvic related about you and your life that you wanna share?

Julianna: That’s a great question. Well, you and I talked about this a little earlier, but I’m actually in a queer feminist wrestling league so if anybody wants to look into that, it’s BLOWW (the Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers) and that’s not natal, but is very much in this community. Feel free to look us up, we’re on all the socials, we have our own website. Check us out, cause let me tell you – it’s really, really fun. 

Katie: That is… that’s such a vitally important fun fact, and like, wow. What a service to the community (laughs). 

Julianna: I just, y’know, if there’s one thing you take away from this, obviously everyone watching, I want you to learn about pelvic health and learn about all the thing that a pelvic health therapist can help you with, or you can become someone like me… but… if you take one thing away, look up the Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers. You won’t regret it. 

Katie: Top tips. Top tips: look up the Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers, see a pelvic floor PT, queer up your sex life. 

Julianna: If I could tell you one thing about your pelvic floor, relax your pelvic floor.. and go see the Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers. Very related. 

Katie: It seems like that would help you relax your pelvic floor. 

Julianna: Yeah. Definitely. Definitely. It’s very relaxing (shakes head)

Katie: And finally, where can people find you on the internet?

Julianna: So you can find me, my website is, y’know, if you search my name Julianna Allen, you’ll probably get there. My Instagram is @embracepelvicPT, and then I have a Facebook page and everything. So feel free to check me out there. I always love questions, I try to answer them on lives and with posts because I want to know what your questions are about the pelvic floor, about how your body changes and y’know, honestly about your hips and everything else that works really hard to support you during gestation.

Katie: Awesome, thank you so much, this was such a blast!

Julianna: Thank you for inviting me, I am so excited that something like this exists and I really hope that everyone watching in terms of their own career choices, that you do join us in queer birth work, because it’s such a wonderful and rewarding place to be.


Alex Papale

Alex Papale, they/them, @thesexpositivePT and Flourish Physical Therapy.

Emma: Alright, well, I am here with Alex Papale, and I am excited to hear a little more about you and your practice. If you want to start by saying where you are, and the kind of clients you see and the kind of work you do in the world, that would be awesome.

Alex: I am in Boston, Massachusetts and I am a pelvic floor and orthopedic physical therapist. I’ve been doing PT for two years, have been in Boston for eight. That’s just been my home base at this point. Predominantly working with, also based on preference and just happenstance of working with largely younger folks, which is really cool. A lot of college-aged people, lots of queer and trans folks, which is also really exciting because that’s my favorite group of people to work with if I had to choose. I work with everybody, but generally that’s the case. 

Emma: You can have a preference!

Alex: Yeah, I’m not discriminatory, obviously, of whoever – I’ll see anybody. But it’s obviously exciting with queer/trans folks coming in. Love working specifically also with kink folks – love that. Because I’m also a sex educator, I worked at a local sex shop for two years teaching workshops and I have taught workshops outside of there on pretty much anything from safer sex to kink-specific things, technique kind of stuff, sex across any age – sex for older folks or pregnant folks. Pretty much anything, love talking about it. So those things really overlap a lot. I’m not sure if it’s because of those things but also a lot of my patient demographics, people that I treat the most tend to have pain with sex, pelvic pain mostly. 

Emma: It’s so good to know who you can be honest with – like, which providers, you can be like, “This is me, this is my life, and also.. I need pelvic floor physical therapy, now what?” 

Alex: Yeah, it’s huge. 

Emma: Awesome. So glad we get to live in the same place. What are you queering right now?

Alex: Ugh, like I mean.. What are you not? Existing as a queer person these days… hopefully everything. I think just healthcare, I would like to say. Also sex ed, always. I think largely making it known that queer inclusive -not even just queer inclusive — and queer competnant healthcare is a necessaiyy and absolutely should already exist. I love what I’m doing, but I wish what I was doing specifically was not really a thing, because it should just be normal and expected. Which is unfortunately not the case. Same kind of thing with sex ed, I do a fair amount of sex ed for providers which is also really fun and also something I wish I wasn’t doing because it should just be included. Making sure that is always through a queer lens, because that is such a big lack in any sex ed. If people get any sex ed, it’s usually really heteronormative and cis-normative. 

Emma: Awesome, I mean, we need it – I’m all for it. I’m curious to hear a little more about what got you started in the first place. How does one decide to become a sex educator/pelvic floor specialist?

Alex: Great questions. I decided to do pelvic PT.. I was in PT school and not loving anything else – ortho’s cool, I don’t know, I didn’t really find anything I love. I have a distinct memory of working in a group during PT school. It was a research group of some sort, and I would always be like, “This is how this thing affects these marginalized groups, this is how this impacts trans people, or whatever it is, or LGBTQ people.” Someone else in the group made a comment like, “We all know what Alex is gonna do with their degree!” I was like, “What? Oh my god.. Ok, yes.” That’s the advocacy part of it. The pelvic side of that came in because I have chronic pelvic floor dysfunction and I have had it since my teens, really. I just never knew that that’s what was happening. It was literally me, in PT school, on a pelvic floor clinical rotation, before I realized like – it’s pelvic floor stuff and not the chronic UTI’s I thought was happening, or was telling myself. If it took me being in PT school, in a pelvic rotation to get the healthcare that I needed, how is anybody else supposed to access this? How are queer and trans people supposed to be able to access this particularly? So that became a big point of that. I was teaching a course for healthcare providers about trans inclusive healthcare and the sex shop I used to work at ended up tabling at it. I just ended up talking to them  – oh also sex ed is something I love to talk about, and they said, “Well, we’re hiring” so I picked that up and deeply fell in love with it. It was really cool to get a semi-formal (wasn’t really formal)… a very comprehensive sex ed training at this job along with having the experience of teaching workshops and learning a lot and having these resources available. 

Emma: That’s awesome, I mean I love a good personal draw story. That’s really when you can, I think, make the most impact with other people – when you personally are going through something they are, or that’s how they seek you out and find you as a provider. But it’s kind of funny that you ended up in PT school, not really thinking about it until deep into the program. That’s very interesting. 

Alex: I do think it’s wild that literally someone else had to be like “Well, we know what you’re doing,” and I was like, “What am I doing? Tell me please!”

Emma: “This is just how I live my life, iunno”

Alex: This is just what I get mad about! Obviously, I need to get paid to get mad about it. 

Emma: Yeah – thats right. Get paid! I love it. Well, you have touched on this, in terms of knowing about comprehensive sex education, and being queer/trans – not just inclusive, or competent –but focused, and in it yourself. Do you have a specific support philosophy that you bring to your work with clients?

Alex: I think that would just look like meeting people really where they’re at. I think that especailyl for queer and trans folks, especially with pelvic floor dysfunction there’s just so much shame that comes with that. Which is super relatable – and a lot of that can be… there are just so many facets of experiences and identity that can bring that up. Whether it’s trauma, whether it’s internalized homophobia or transphobia. It’s having a hard time being able to say out loud that you have this sort of dysfunction that largely affects your sex life, or your ability to experience pleasure which is already really hard to talk about. A lot of it is just hearing people and validating their experiences and just meeting people where they’re at. Whatever their goals are – working towards that and just validating them. Doing my best not to put my goals on somebody. If they just really want to be able to do this thing, then that’s going to be our functional goal and not, like, the kind of insurance pushed “oh they need to be able to insert a speculum” or whatever it is. Which you might have to do for insurance purposes, but it’s really important to need to …. Any of the little nuanced things that are important to my patients are things that I really try to center. 

Emma: Interesting. Did you say that being able to use a speculum is required by insurance? What was that?

Alex: Oh, yeah! That insurance – oh my god – so insurance will not cover “pain with sex” for folks that don’t have penises and that’s just generally true. So we tend to have to bill insurance with like, my favorite code that I use is just like “other muscle spasm” or “general pelvic pain” but it has to be like “functional goals” if insurance requires those, like, “patient will be able to insert a speculum.”

Emma: Wow. That’s fascinating to think about that side of it. 

Alex: It’s kind of wild – exactly – that’s obviously not most patient’s goals. Maybe it is for some people, but that’s not why they’re coming to PT. But that’s usually how things have to get billed, unfortunately. 

Emma: Yeah – wow, thanks for sharing that. Fascinating. Well – you told us a little bit about your pelvic floor work, your sex educator work… now I want to know about your natal chart. What’s your sun, moon, rising?

Alex: It’s a trip. Ok. So, I am a Virgo sun, an Aries moon and Aries rising. Like, yikes…. but..

Emma: Aries, alright, alright…

Alex: Also, starting to learn about houses – my Aries rising is in my first house, I think, so that’s also just even more Aries and, yeah… can be kind of intense. I think other aspects of my char that make that a little bit more palatable (well maybe not, this is arguable) but that my venus is in scorpio and my mars is in Cancer, which I think is very like the Virgo and the Cancer are the caretaker vibes. I feel fiercely protective of my patients and my work and the communities that I work with and I think that’s the Scorpio/Aries.. Also Virgo, honestly.. And Cancer….. I think my chart is honestly very accurate for myself and also, a little bit much. 

Emma: It’s cute. We can be true to ourselves and still be a little bit much. But it’s really sweet to hear the interpretation or how it comes into your work, even. 

Alex: It’s fun. A lot of just, I feel like the Virgo and the Aries to me is just a lot of a high quantity of somewhat finished to do lists, but it works out. 

Emma: I think a lot of people can probably relate to that – that’s awesome. Alright, well, I’d love to know if you have a favorite thing about being a queer sex educator and pelvic health professional and working with queer/trans people. I mean you’ve touched on a little bit, but if you have a specific thing.

Alex: I think my favorite things are the sense of relief from patients that I get sometimes. Just “ugh, you get it” or “ugh, it feels so nice” and whether or not this has been verbalized or just getting the sense of it – the comfort that comes with that. Just getting to know patients in general, building a relationship with them. Feeling like they’re like, “Oh, I can actually talk about these things and I can bring up these nuances of my sex life or my kink life or if folks mention they have multiple partners and that’s something that you don’t necessarily get to share with a healthcare provider. But it can be really important, and it just feels nice when patients feel comfortable enough to start to say those things. To earn that level of trust and comfort is really huge for me, and also for anybody – but particularly for queer and trans folks to trust a healthcare provider. It’s an honor, and it’s also heavy cause it’s like, I’m frequently told I’m one of the few for folks, oftentimes. Which is horrible and also relatable. 

Emma: Definitely. 

Alex: Honestly one of the things that I really, really love a lot. Especially with how much time I get to spend with my patients. 

Emma: Especially doing pelvic floor PT – it’s not like 5 minute in and out kind of work. Thanks for sharing that. That’s really sweet. So, in terms of pregnancy care, I know you mentioned that you would see pregnant clients and thinking of sex education in pregnancy, too. Is there something that you hope to improve about the experience of the perinatal period – postpartum, pregnancy, whatever, for queer and trans patients. 

Alex: Oh my god. Yes. Something in particular would be the hope that pelvic floor PT in general can be affirming and accessible for pregnant folks or their families. In any span of the pregnancy timeline – pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, post pregnancy. Any of those times, I think, can be really valuable to have access to a pelvic PT even if it’s just for one session of being able to come in and learn a bit more about your body, or learn about your pelvic floor in general, or get a sense of what your pelvic floor is doing before you get pregnant or right in the beginning or whatever it looks like. To be able to have that baseline for when someone is going through a pregnancy, if things come up – low back pain starts up, if there’s pelvic floor pain or pretty much anything. Questions about how to have sex, all of those kinds of things. I would love for that to just be more available and I think a lot of folks that I work, with especially pregnant folks or postpartum folks, are things like “Oh, I wish I knew about you a year ago or five years ago. That this was even an option or that I could have told my friends or my whoever.” I’m always wishing this was more accessible. I wish people were told by other providers that we exist and that we can also exist in your corner for your care, especially during this really life changing time. 

Emma: Absolutely, I totally understand wanting to have that earlier touchpoint before things have to get really bad. Ideally. But yeah, that’s a great thing to work toward. Do you have a nugget of advice for any aspiring queer and trans pelvic floor PTs, sex educators out there?

Alex: I think my advice would be (for the pelvic PT side of it). If you ever find a PT that does the things that you want to do or has an approach that you want to create / make your own, in your own way or whatever it is. Basically, reach out to them. I think that being a student or being an aspiring PT, it can be really intimidating to see the people who “are doing it,” and feel like there’s a huge gap – which is because of our education system and healthcare system of creating this hierarchy. We’re somehow inaccessible. Especially for queer and trans folks, if you find someone who’s doing what you want to do – please reach out to them, myself included. If any of this resonates – I LOVE to talk to people who are thinking about or are interested in it. I can’t speak for everybody, but generally I think we’ve all been students and felt like no one is doing what we’re doing, especially queer and trans providers. I don’t want to be one of the few, I want to be one of the many. Trying to get other people there, I think. If you find anybody you resonate with, please reach out to them. In the sex ed side of things, I think something that’s really helpful for me is that (and same thing with PT) you’ll never know everything. At all. And you’re gonna know some things and once you get comfortable with what you know, push it more. And there will always be people who know something different than you and know something more than you, or have seen and experienced different things. Especially in sex ed, just cause someone has a degree doesn’t make them more knowledgeable than people …. Also because the sex ed world is so un… like anyone can call themselves a sex educator. Just be careful of that – be aware of that. Not to say that people who call themselves a sex educator and don’t have credentials (which is also an issue – the fact that people think you need credentials about sex). Just be aware of where you’re getting your information from, what you’re reading. Making sure you’re getting the viewpoints of marginalized folks, especially in sex ed. Cause sex ed is already hard to access for everybody. On top of that… just make sure you’re not getting all your information from a cis het white man please. Please. Which is hard to do sometimes in sex ed, which is frustrating. Find the educators who are not any of those things. 

Emma: Awe, I love that. That’s great advice. We’re big on… this keeps coming up with all the folks we’re chatting with – that, there’s many pathways to doing this work, you don’t have to have all of the exact credentials all the time if you are in these communities. 

Alex: Yeah. Do not, and especially for queer and trans folks, do not gaslight yourself about what you know. And your experiences. And your value in either world of healthcare, of PT, of sex ed. Just try. It’s hard, and I do it all the time, but try not to (laughs). Which is like, impossible, but… worth saying. 

Emma: Totally worth saying! And that’s real. Awesome, well are there any projects you have going on or things you wanna drop seeds, spread pollen on that we can put out there for you?

Alex: I’m working on, since I have more time available, working on trying to not gaslight myself and my worth and just working on my website and things like that. Just having a platform kind of. I’m always looking for people to collaborate on any realm of workshop. I love teaching. Any realm of workshop of anything I’ve said – anything that might be of value or interest. I love to do it. Love collaborating very much, so if anybody’s trying to do that. Just creating networks. I have a running list of anybody that reaches out that’s like “Hey, I’m queer or trans or kink-friendly or xyz and I resonate with what you’re doing.” I want to have referrals for people, so I’m always working on that. If anybody wants to let me know who you are, please do that. 

Emma: That’s awesome. Yeah. More overlap in any of those ways is welcome. 

Alex: Please. Please reach out, love it!

Emma: Beautiful, well is there anything not sex-ed related or not pelvic floor related about your life that you wanna share? 

Alex: Ooh, I’m sitting in my room right now and I’m looking at the amount of plants that I have. I’m one of those queers (laughs), I am a plant queer. So that’s a fun. You can see my palm. 

Emma: Plant parent, that’s awesome. 

Alex: Also a snake parent as of this quarantine

Emma: Fun! Oh new quarantine snake!

Alex: Yeah, I have a 4 foot quarantine snake named honey

Emma: Oh my god, that’s amazing! What kind of snake?

Alex: She’s a corn snake, love of my life, like – it’s great. I call her my primary partner (laughs).

Emma: That’s so sweet! Aw (laughs).

Alex: Truly. I’m like, “Oh, is this what this feels like? To love another being more than yourself?”

Emma: Ohhhh, that’s hilarious. I’m so glad you said that.

Alex: So I guess those are fun things to know! You can’t have a conversation with me and have me not be like, “and my snake!”

Emma: Well, I get it now. That’s amazing. Well where can people connect with you if someone is an aspiring trans PT or looking for pelvic floor stuff in the Boston area or even tele-health. Where do people find you?

Alex: I have a not-super-active instagram page, but it does exist! And I am on it. I check it, but I’m not great at telling myself I can take up space on social media….. Unpack that at another point. It’s @thesexpositivePT if you’re just trying to keep up with general things. Flourish Physical Therapy is where I work, so I am on Google there. I have an email address, if that’s helpful. I can send that to you…

Emma: I could plug that in.. yeah, we could do email (laughs) (It’s

Alex: Yeah! And please anyone literally feel free to just email me anytime. I do check it somewhat regularly. Please feel free to. I’m not the quickest email replier, but I will eventually and, yeah.

Emma: Thank you so much, Alex for hanging out today and talking about yourself. I really enjoyed it, thoroughly. So (laughs)

Alex: Thanks for the invite, thanks for having me.

Emma: No problem. Take care!