Women’s Health Residency

Program Mission

The mission of the UNC Health Residency Programs is to provide a superior, comprehensive specialist training and mentorship to licensed physical therapists to meet the health and wellness needs of the people of North Carolina and beyond. For the UNC Health Women's Health Physical Therapy residency, this mission is applied to physical therapists and their work with a diverse population including transgender, non-binary, male, adult and pediatric patients with pelvic health related conditions.

Program Type

Multiple facility: Residents will work 30 hours per week. Six months in a UNC Rehabilitation Therapies clinic in Chapel Hill and 6 months in a UNC Rex clinic in Raleigh.

Program Structure

  • The program is a 53 week appointment starting August 9th 2021.
  • We are currently seeking candidacy from ABPTRFE and will onboard 2 residents.
  • Residents completing the residency program will be prepared to sit for the WCS.


The curriculum includes online learning modules, journal club, case discussion, skills labs and in-person learning opportunities.

The curriculum will cover topics such as: Pelvic floor dysfunctions including bowel and bladder dysfunctions, sexual dysfunction, perinatal and postpartum care, transgender and non-binary care, pediatric care, lymphedema and oncology care.


  • Abbie DeWitt, Program coordinator
  • Sarah Roney
  • Alicia Hess
  • Erika Johnson
  • Lisette McEwen
  • Amanda Friedline Weber
  • Jasmine Cross
  • Kristel Maes
  • Debbie Givens
  • Lisa Johnston
  • Mike McMorris
  • Sarah Van der Horst
  • Brian Trabulsi

Salary, Tuition and Benefits

Residents are full-time employees (with competitive salary and benefits). Residents also receive Paid Time Off for vacation, sick and holiday time off from clinic work. There is no tuition associated with the program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be residents of the U.S. and have NC PT licensure prior to August 1st.
  • Applicants must have clinical experience in women’s health either via completion of full time clinical experience and/or work experience.
  • Applicants must have completed APTA approved pelvic health level 1 course or equivalent.


Applications are open now through March 19th.

Please email the following items to Kristel Maes

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Essay (no more than 5000 characters) answering the following 3 questions:
  • Why do you want to complete a women’s health residency program
  • Why do you want to complete a women’s health residency program at UNC
  • What are your professional short and long term goals (state 3 each).
  1. APTA approved pelvic health level 1 course or equivalent course certificate
  2. Please have 3 references email their reference DIRECTLY to Kristel Maes
  • 1 reference from an academic faculty
  • 1 reference who can speak to your clinical experience in the women’s health area
  • 1 professional reference of choice


Reach out to Kristel Maes

Information on Student Affiliations

Rehabilitation Therapies, Therapy Services Educators
Kristel Maes, PT, DPT
Amber Corbin, MA, CCC-SLP
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