Meet Our Amazing Team
Our team has been selected for their professional backgrounds and diverse life experiences as we strive to be inclusive in our Pelvic Health considerations.
Allison (AL) Ruth Schulte
Allison Schulte, a queer-identifying Pelvic Health Specialist, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, and the founder of Pelvic Sanctuary, passionately advocates for social justice and holistic health. She has applied her extensive medical education in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Gender-Affirming care to establish Pelvic Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization aiming to bridge the diversity gap in pelvic health education and services, particularly emphasizing the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Allison's career encompasses nearly three decades of experience in international sex work and research, offering a unique perspective that enriches her understanding of human sexuality. Her multifaceted background, from involvement in the MENAHT dance (aka bellydance) scene to her career as a Fetish & Bondage Model/Actress and Dominatrix, shapes her holistic path to Pelvic Health. This approach underscores the pelvis's role in various forms of movement and self-expression and emphasizes the importance of alignment, embodiment, and musculoskeletal awareness in cultivating holistic wellness.
Studying performance art at Universität Der Kunst in Berlin and earning an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Allison's diverse educational background enriches her clinical expertise. Her academic experience at San Jose State University's Masters in Library Information Science program has supported her research skills and methodologies.
Allison's work at Pelvic Sanctuary is deeply rooted in evidence-based research, contributing to developing unique and effective programs. Her dedication to learning has been recognized with numerous grants and scholarships from esteemed institutions like the Art Libraries Society of North America, Special Libraries Association, Maharishi Institute, CalArts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Dharma Moon. Furthermore, she has significantly contributed to preserving and archiving human sexuality through her work with organizations like the Tom of Finland Foundation, the Alfred Kinsey Institute, and the Leather Archives & Museum.
Maintaining strong ties with the LGBTQIA+, sex work, and contemporary queer art communities, Allison leverages her broad network to foster inclusivity and stimulate discussions on physical, spiritual, mental, and sexual health. As the 'Health Queery' podcast host, she conducts educational interviews to normalize these topics, dismantle taboos, and promote an inclusive narrative.
Executive Treasurer, Diversity Consultant
Kisha, a valuable member of our nonprofit's board, brings a wealth of skills and diverse perspectives to LGBTQIA+ health education. Having a background in Social Work that led to becoming a Holistic Life Coach, she offers a unique blend of expertise and empathy in supporting individuals on their wellness journeys. As a proud, plus-sized Black woman, Kisha brings valuable insights and considerations to ensure inclusivity and representation within our programs. Her passion for body positivity and self-love resonates strongly with LGBTQIA+ and kink communities, fostering an environment of acceptance and empowerment. In addition, Kisha is a talented seamstress and bellydancer, providing opportunities for creative expression and personal style. Kisha is also a Tarot Reader, Motivational Speaker, and dedicated enthusiast of goth culture. She embodies the spirit of embracing diversity and celebrating individuality. Her dedication to our mission and diverse skill set makes her an invaluable asset to Pelvic Sanctuary.
Dr. Julie Wallace: DPT
Dr. Wallace, a valuable member of our Pelvic Sanctuary team, is a dedicated program developer focused on providing inclusive pelvic health education for LGBTQIA+ populations. Her passion for pelvic floor treatment comes from her experience in her early 20s when she completely peed her pants. She knows firsthand how problems with the pelvic floor can cause people to suffer in silence due to things like leaking, pain with sex, low back pain, or the physical toll of giving birth. She also knows how life-changing the proper treatment can be.
Driven by this firsthand knowledge, she is passionate about addressing issues such as leaking, painful intercourse, low back pain, and the physical toll of childbirth. With a BA in Integrative Physiology and Psychology from the University of Colorado and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Anschutz Medical School, Dr. Wallace combines her solid educational foundation with continuous learning creating a vital role in expanding and refining our programs. With her exceptional skills, compassionate approach, and commitment to inclusive care, she empowers LGBTQIA+ individuals to improve their well-being and live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Willy Quach/Dr. Q: DPT
Executive Secretary, Program Development, Educator
As an accomplished Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in musculoskeletal and pelvic floor dysfunction rehabilitation, Dr. Q brings a holistic approach to our nonprofit's mission of promoting pelvic health education for LGBTQIA+ populations. With extensive education and training in various settings, including clinics, gyms, and hospitals, their expertise spans different individuals, body types, and specialized communities, such as cancer patients.
With a focus on reducing stigma and providing real solutions, our Dr. Q works closely with the LGBTQIA+ community to address the high prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction and bring awareness to the importance of pelvic health. Their experience in cancer rehabilitation, mainly working with men facing prostate cancer, has led them to advocate for integrating pelvic floor physical therapy as an essential component of cancer treatment.