Fall 2019 Faculty
Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, Creator of The Empowered Pelvis
Creator of Empowered Pelvis. You can find my full bio on my about page. I am a yoga teacher, licensed massage therapist, student, and passionate believer in when we share what we know for the purpose of higher good we all elevate. You may view my full bio here.
Dr. beth dessner
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
Dr. Dessner, board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), brings 30 years of physical therapy clinical experience to Empowered Pelvis. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Dessner practiced in St. Louis before returning to her home state of Iowa to open a physical therapy practice. She was the owner of successful orthopedic practice in Iowa for 15 years. A passionate and dedicated clinician, Dr. Dessner believes that if you’re not learning, you’re not growing. For this reason, she seeks opportunities to learn from and educate other physical therapists. She is currently an adjunct professor at Baylor University and assistant faculty with Evidence in Motion where she teaches in a variety of residency and fellowship courses. Dr. Dessner is a skilled orthopedic manual physical therapist that is passionate about treating pelvic health issues in men and women with a particular interest in pelvic pain, menopause rehabilitation, and male and female sexual health. She is the mother of Alex, 28 and Grace, 22 and has been married to her husband, David for 25 years. In her free time she enjoys road and mountain biking, running, yoga, and competing in triathlons.
Jacqueline fields, MD
Medical Doctor, Women’s Hormone SPecialist
A practicing physician since 1993, Jacqueline Fields is board-certified in both Family Practice and Integrative Holistic Medicine, with additional specialization in Functional Medicine. She trained during medical school with Dr. Andrew Weil and has worked extensively with tribal medicine of various cultures around the world. In her practice, she utilizes allopathic medicine as well as integrative modalities. She frequently serves as a consulting physician for patients struggling with complex, chronic health conditions. Drawn to teach people about the natural aspects of healing and to make functional integrative health care accessible to people in need, Dr. Fields’ practice of medicine extends well beyond her offices, into the local community and beyond. In 2003, Dr. Fields founded The Healing Gardens in Fort Collins, Colorado. This holistic integrative medicine center connects a diverse network of collaborating practitioners and resources to meet the health care needs of patients. Overseen by Dr. Fields, The Healing Gardens ecosystem includes the Health Center, Medicinal Store, Living Arts Center, Foundation, and the Dr. Fields’ Sacred Skin product line.
Elizabeth Harrison LCSW, CST
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
I had already been a psychotherapist for over 15 years when I read Esther Perel’s Mating in Captivity in 2009. After reading her book, which looks at how we all struggle to maintain intimacy in long term relationships, I sought Esther out as a teacher and mentor and spent the next several years working with her and other experts in the field. Five years later I became an AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) Certified Sex Therapist.
I love my work as a sex and relationship therapist and I am grateful daily for my years as a general therapist. I am able to bring an expertise in the field of mental health that few sex therapists have. Additionally, I benefit from the fact that my husband of almost 25 years, Dr. Craig Heacock, is a psychiatrist in Fort Collins. With permission from my clients, I can consult with him to better assist my clients who might also be struggling with mental health concerns. Few psychotherapists have such an incredible resource in their home.
Together we have three teenagers. My own personal experience gives me additional insight into the stresses and joys of a long-term committed relationship and of family life.
Author & Mindful Writing Teacher
Courtney Zenner is a nonfiction writer. She was a Writing Fellow at Barnard College and a Bowie Fellow at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. Her work has appeared in The Sun and Sabal. She is currently writing a memoir about the legacy of mental illness in her family, a story set in the countryside of Vietnam, a Zen monastery in Southwestern France, the streets of New York City, and the suburbs of Denver. She practices mindfulness meditation in the Zen Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She lives in Fort Collins with her family.
Previous Faculty Members
Sandy Bachman is a powerful creatrix, intuitive healing practitioner and teacher of varied disciplines. Over the past twenty years, Sandy has embraced diverse practices of body, mind and spirit wellness. Her primary certifications include, but not limited to: Ayurveda Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Aromatherapist, Soul Directed Advanced Energy Healer, and Holistic Pelvic Care Specialist. Sandy’s specialty is Sacred Womb Medicine and Ascended Master Healing and Activations. For more information on Sandy and the services she offers, please visit: www.SandyBachman.com.