Upcoming summit

November 18,2023

Learn with amazing professionals how to increase gut and pelvic health of your pediatric patients

The summit is for Physical and Occupational Therapists who work with children with bowel and bladder disorders

The summit will have 6 hours of live virtual conference with renowned professionals in the pediatric pelvic health field.

Highlighted Topics

Interoception as it Relates to Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction in Children: Tips for Management

Psychological Management for Children with Encopresis, Enuresis, Toilet refusal and Toilet Phobia- Case Studies

Management of complex surgical pediatric bowel patients

The Congenital Diastasis Rectus Abdominus

TOTs (tethered oral tissues) Effect on Pelvic Floor Function and Bowel and Bladder Management

Importance of the Microbiome to Support Pediatric Gut Health

Meet the Expert Panel

Dr. Kelly Mahler, OTD/L

Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L, earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She has been an occupational therapist for 20 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is winner of multiple awards, including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. She is an adjunct faculty member at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA as well as at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. Kelly is a co-principal investigator in several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, self-regulation, trauma & autism.

De Ru

She has been a health professional for 55+ yrs, (45 ) as physiotherapist. The last 15 years she has spent as student of the skin, our largest sensory organ. Research has taken huge steps in the last decades and she finds that her clinical experience and the variety of areas she has specialized in coming together and making sense at this moment in time. She hopes she is able to pass on her ideas in the coming years. She has developed courses related to using ET-Taping in geriatrics, paediatrics, organ-dysfunction, spinal disorders & head, neck and orofacial disorders. The skin, the effects of manipulating the skin and scoliosis treatment are her main areas of expertise.

Dr. Jason Frischer, MD.

Jason S. Frischer, MD, is the Director of the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree magma cum laude from SUNY Downstate in 1999 and went on to complete his general surgery and chief residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where he focused his training on colorectal surgery. Dr. Frischer completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of New York, Columbia University, and is Board Certified in General and Pediatric Surgery. Jason Frischer has been with the Colorectal Center since 2008 and became the Director in 2014. His areas of focus include anorectal malformations (ARM), Hirschsprung disease, cloaca, constipation, and fecal incontinence, and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis).

Dr. Taylor Soderberg, MD.

Taylor Soderborg is the Medical Director at Tiny Health and a physician with training in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. She received her MD and PhD at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where she studied the role of the infant microbiome in the risk of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. She is an author on 13 peer reviewed publications. Prior to becoming a physician scientist, she taught middle school science in Chicago Public Schools as a Teach For America corps member. She attended Oberlin College where she received High Honors in Neuroscience. 

Autumn R. Henning,


Autumn R. Henning is Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Orofacial Myologist®, and International
Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Autumn is the owner of Chrysalis Orofacial in Greenville, SC. Autumn specializes in orofacial function
and development throughout the lifespan at her private practice. Through Chrysalis Orofacial, she has
developed and taught thousands of professionals in her continuing education courses and offers
professional consulting services.
Autumn contributes to the professions by writing professional articles, being a guest on numerous
podcasts, and speaking for many prestigious conferences and organizations. Autumn is currently
appointed and in good standing as an Assistant Professor within the voluntary faculty series in the
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Kentucky College of Health
Autumn is married to Dr. Zach Henning and they have a daughter Makena Grace Henning .They reside in
the Greenville (Greer), South Carolina with their beloved cats. Her hobbies include travel, reading,
church, and any activity with family!

Meet the hosts

Quiara Smith

Quiara Smith, MOT, OTR/L, CEIM has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for over 13 years in both California and Hawaii working in various settings including hospitals, schools, an equine center providing hippotherapy as a treatment tool, and outpatient clinics. Her pediatric experience encompasses serving neonates through adolescents with various medical conditions and diagnoses. Quiara began working with pediatric pelvic health patients in a Children’s Hospital in the SF Bay Area in 2015 and found her passion in OT in this area of practice.

Realizing the social, emotional, and psychological challenges that pelvic floor dysfunction places on children and families, Quiara decided to create the very first boutique private pediatric pelvic health occupational therapy clinic of its kind in the US in 2020. Her private practice, Aloha Integrative Therapy , exclusively treats children and adolescents with pelvic floor dysfunction and toileting challenges. Quiara utilizes a holistic and integrative approach to pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction. She partners with her canine assistant, Nelly, a Labrador/golden retriever cross, in guiding children toward continence with confidence.

Dawn Sandalcidi

Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD is a trailblazer and leading expert in the field of pediatric pelvic floor disorders. Dawn has been actively treating patients for 41 years and is actively seeing patients  at Physical Therapy Specialists, Centennial CO. #ptspecialist

Dawn is a national and international speaker in the field, and she has gained so much from sharing experiences with her colleagues around the globe.

In addition to lecturing internationally on pediatric bowel and bladder disorders, Dawn is also a faculty instructor at the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute. Additionally, she runs an online teaching and mentoring platform for parents and professionals. #kidsbowelbladder

In 2017, Dawn was invited to speak at the World Physical Therapy Conference in South Africa about pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence.

Dawn is also Board-Certified Biofeedback in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction (BCB-PMD).

She has also been published in the Journals of Urologic Nursing and Section of Women’s Health.

In 2018, Dawn was awarded the Elizabeth Noble Award by the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health for providing Extraordinary and Exemplary Service to the Field of Physical Therapy for Children.