Shannon Forrestall and Judy Abel created the concept of Pelvic Wellness Center in the year 2007. At that time, both Shannon and Judy were working for large companies practicing physical therapy with a focus on treating patients with pelvic dysfunction issues. Both had the desire to fulfill the need in Lane County for a small independent practice that provides patient-focused care in a private, comfortable setting. Soon after their success in Lane county, Shannon returned to practice in Salem and began to offer services at what is now Pelvic Wellness Center of Salem.
It is of this vision that Pelvic Wellness Center was born and has provided care to hundreds of patients over the years. We have grown to offer a greater variety of pelvic health services, and have added more wonderful, compassionate clinicians to work beside us. We are here for you, and we hope to keep providing value to or communities by providing highly specialized physical therapy services for years to come.
Meet our Pelvic Physical Therapists:
Shannon Forrestall, MSPT, PRPC
Shannon Forrestall, MSPT, PRPC received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York in 1998. Shannon holds her Pelvic Rehabilitation Specialty Certification through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. This certification means she has completed many clinical hours, advanced course work and passed a comprehensive examination, testing all competencies related to pelvic health care.
Shannon has been fortunate to have been practicing Physical Therapy in the Willamette Valley of Oregon since graduation. Most of her career as a PT has been focused in outpatient orthopedic private practice working with a variety of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Shannon is the founder and owner of Pelvic Wellness Center of Salem. She and her staff have a devoted practice to helping men, women, and children with a variety of urogenital and colorectal conditions as well as helping women during pregnancy and postpartum. Outside of the clinic, Shannon volunteers as the Northwest Regional Representative of the APTA’s Section on Women’s Health.
In her spare time, Shannon enjoys traveling near and far, pursuing outdoor activities in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and making great memories with family, friends and her dogs.
Natalie Folkert, DPT
Natalie Folkert, DPT was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from George Fox University in 2015. Natalie takes a holistic approach to treatment and desires to advocate for patient’s care and their recovery. Natalie became passionate about treating pelvic health conditions after the birth of her son in March of 2018, and after realizing that a lot of women settle with loss of function due to false beliefs that their condition is “normal”.
She has found great joy in walking alongside clients (both young and young at heart) and desires to restore both function and hope for healing. When not working, you might find Natalie on a walk with her family (Husband Cory, son Benedict, and dog Shadow) playing the piano, on a hike, or playing ultimate Frisbee.
Kira Shurtz, DPT
Kira Shurtz, DPT joined Pelvic Wellness Center in 2017. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2009 with a B.S. in Biology and then attended The University of Pittsburgh to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2013. Since joining PWC she has focused her practice in pelvic floor physical therapy, pre- and post-natal care, general orthopedics and dance rehabilitation. She was classically trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and had the opportunity to teach for them throughout high school and the summers during her undergraduate education. She also has been trained in tap, clogging, and various folk styles during her time at Brigham Young University. Her passion lays in helping her patients return to the activities they love most. She believes in giving her patients the tools they need to heal, grow, and increase their fitness levels.
She is deeply passionate about fitness and can be found teaching group fitness classes when she is not at PWC. In her spare time, Kira enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, traveling, hiking, and rock climbing.
Bonnie Bahler, DPT
Bonnie Bahler, DPT has been practicing pelvic health physical therapy in the Salem area since 2012. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Western Oregon University and Doctorate Degree in physical therapy from Pacific University. Bonnie brings a lot of heart and enthusiasm, as well as a strong drive for continued learning to her physical therapy practice. Each year she strives to learn more, and share more, in order to fulfill her passion for patient and community education.
Bonnie believes pelvic health starts at the pediatric stage and everyone (no matter the age or gender), stands to learn something valuable about their body in pelvic therapy. Her style is a very functional approach. As a mother to three young children, she understands the physical demands of the day-to-day and there are just some things you need to get back to quickly. Therefore Bonnie always considers her patients individual preferences, daily demands, and their body as a whole, when developing an appropriate rehabilitation plan to ensure the best results.
When not in the clinic, she can be found playing soccer, camping, skiing or boating with her husband, Brad, and their children Ainsley, Marley and Brody.