Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Samantha DuFlo.
Hi Dr. Samantha, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am a distance runner, which led me into the field of physical therapy. During my last year of PT school, I was involved in an NIH-funded research stint in Malawi, where I had worked with a team on community needs assessments in rural hospital and health care settings, particularly in mother to child transmission of HIV. It lit a spark in me and the passion for working with women throughout their life changes was born.
When I returned home, I dabbled in various pelvic physical therapy practice settings but nothing spoke to me and I felt that something was missing from the patient care, but what I sought didn’t exist: I had to create it. I launched Indigo Physiotherapy in 2017, beginning with a self-made logo and renting just one room in a wellness center as a solo practice. Five years later, Indigo now has three practice locations, a retail boutique and a yoga studio that caters to our niche.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
As a female entrepreneur with a business that focuses on a very niche aspect of women’s health – pelvic health and perinatal physical health/movement – the struggles that I faced were in proving credibility for both myself as a leader and the work that we do when it came to obtaining commercial real estate or money for funding growth. It was a constant effort in proving viability for both in a social landscape that was much more ignorant to women’s pelvic health concerns five years ago- and still is to much extent.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a physiotherapist, a certified running coach and a leader in the field of women’s pelvic health and wellness. As the owner/founder of Indigo Physiotherapy in Baltimore, MD, I maintain a thriving clinical physical therapy practice, with a focus on pelvic health for all genders throughout the lifespan with three locations in Baltimore, Mt. Airy and Ellicott City. Our team of physical therapists and bodyworkers at Indigo Physiotherapy are highly trained specialists in pelvic floor dysfunction, including but not limited to sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, endometriosis, fertility, incontinence, pregnancy-related issues and pain, bowel issues, sexual trauma and general pelvic health issues.
Indigo’s model is based upon the relationships with our clients and the time available to spend with them. As a concierge physical therapy and integrative health practice, we spend our time working 1-on-1 with all of our clients using expert level manual therapy skills from visceral mobilization to myofascial release paired with movement and retraining of the musculoskeletal system and neuromuscular system. Our specialized movement studio helps female athletes — from novice runners to Olympic-qualifiers — optimize their bodies for peak performance and injury prevention while pregnant and returning to sport postpartum, as well as hosts prenatal and postpartum yoga classes taught by our specialized yoga instructors trained in pelvic health. We welcome all bodies.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
My advice would be to learn from as many people as you can- there are nuggets of knowledge from all levels of professions. Sometimes you may learn what you want to integrate in your own practice, while other times you may gain a greater understanding of what you don’t want to do and why- each are vital to success. Networking has changed with various social media platforms, so don’t be afraid to dabble in different forms of networking, from groups to meetings to online and find what speaks to your professional needs.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.indigophysio.com/
- Instagram: @indigophysio
- Facebook: @indigophysio
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