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Join Stacey and me as she shares her incredible journey from being on her way to law school to finding herself in a deep depression and then being diagnosed with bipolar disorder—a diagnosis she now calls a gift 🎁. Stacey’s path led her to discover her true passion and purpose in being a physical therapist. She has since added other powerful modalities to her practice, guiding her clients on their healing journeys while empowering them to take charge of their health and not become dependent on her.

Stacey’s inspiring story is one of overcoming bipolar disorder and rising stronger than ever 💪, fulfilling her dream of opening her own clinic. Now, she aims to expand her reach to help more people globally 🌍. As she beautifully says, when we look after our body, mind, and spirit the way we look after our car, we can achieve whole health 🚗✨.

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Episode Summary:

Stacey’s journey to becoming a holistic pelvic health PT @ 0:01

Stacey shares how she initially studied political science and women’s studies, but then discovered her passion for physical therapy and holistic healing. She started working in a PT clinic, where she was inspired by a therapist treating patients with lymphedema and breast cancer. This led Stacey to specialize in myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and pelvic health for all genders.

Stacey’s personal health journey with bipolar disorder @ 11:13

Stacey opens up about her own struggles with bipolar disorder, including a severe episode in her 50s that left her on disability and questioning whether she could continue as a PT. With the help of a specialized psychiatrist, she was able to wean off multiple medications and regain her health. This experience has given her deep empathy and insight for her patients dealing with chronic conditions.

Stacey’s integrative approach to healing @ 16:26

Stacey describes how she has continued her own healing journey, incorporating various modalities like gut health, meditation, and an embodiment-based therapy. She emphasizes the importance of a mind-body-spirit approach, and how her personal experiences inform the way she guides and empowers her patients in their own healing process.

Stacey’s vision for shifting the healthcare paradigm @ 24:34

Stacey shares her vision for changing the way we approach healthcare, moving away from a disease-management model and towards preventative self-care. She wants to empower people to take an active role in their own wellbeing, through daily practices and a holistic perspective on health that goes beyond just physical symptoms.

Recap and next steps @ 32:20

Melissa and Stacey wrap up the conversation, with Stacey emphasizing the importance of addressing both the mind and body for true healing. Melissa encourages listeners to share Stacey’s story, and Stacey provides her contact information for those interested in working with her.

About the Guest:

Stacey Gayer is a Holistic Pelvic Health Physical Therapist in Rockville MD just outside of DC. She has 26 years experience as a Manual Fascia therapist specializing in Myofascial Release, Visceral Manipulation, Craniosacral therapy & Pelvic Health for all genders. She is passionate about shifting the paradigm about Healing/Medicine. 



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Cell: 267-872-8760

About the Host:

Melissa is an Integrative Health Practitioner and a Board Designated Trainer of NLP, Time Line Therapy® and Hypnotherarpy, helping people get to the root cause of their health issues and then get lasting results. Melissa neither diagnoses nor cures but helps bring your body back into balance by helping discover your “toxic load” and then removing the toxins. Melissa offers functional medicine lab testing that helps you “see inside” to know exactly what is going on, and then provides a personalized wellness protocol using natural herbs and supplements.  Melissa’s business is 100% virtual – the lab tests are mailed directly to your home and she specializes in holding your hand and guiding the way to healing so that you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.

Melissa is the winner of the 2021 & 2022 Quality Care Award by Business From The Heart and is also the recipient of the Alignable “Local Business Person of the Year “Award 2022 for Whistler.

Melissa has been featured at a number of Health & Wellness Summits, such as the Health, Wealth & Wisdom Summit, The Power To Profit Summit, The Feel Fan-freaking-tas-tic Summit, the Aim Higher Summit and many more! She has also guested on over 60 different podcasts teaching people about the importance of prioritizing our health and how to get started.




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