MEET THE TEAM
DR. STEFANIE MCMILLIN, PT, DPT, CD
Owner & Founder
Stefanie’s passion for women’s health started at an early age, in the form of studying about pregnancy and childbirth. This passion is what led her to specialize in urogynecology after receiving a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Midwestern University in 2014. Following graduation, she immersed herself in all things women’s health. After countless hours of continuing education courses and extensive training through the Barral Institute, she began utilizing visceral manipulation to help restore health and functionality within the female pelvis and abdominal viscera.
After assisting with the birth of her nephew in 2017, she was propelled to become a certified Doula. Through her work as a women’s health physical therapist and visceral manipulation practitioner, her deep understanding of anatomy and physiology helps tremendously, both in her treatment room and in the delivery room. She has spent years treating postpartum conditions and has found that far too often women are not getting the care that they need in the 4th trimester. It is her mission to bridge this gap by providing education and postpartum intervention alongside her work as a Doula. She feels strongly that the aches and pains, both emotionally and physically, that come before, during and after pregnancy can be eased and prevented with gentle manual therapy, education and guidance.
Stefanie has met and worked with hundreds of women over the years and has become a vocal advocate for birth and women's health. She founded Full Circle Birth & Pelvic Health after realizing there was a better way to care for women. She wanted to be able to spend more time with her patients, provide more holistic and conservative therapy options, and tailor more personalized plans of care.
In her free time, Stefanie enjoys reading, playing volleyball, exploring other parts of the world, and spending time with her nephews.
DR. RENEE BERGUM, PT, DPT
Staff Physical Therapist
After several interesting careers and many valuable life experiences, Renee earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014 from the College of St. Scholastica in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota. She moved to the Chicago area in 2016 to focus on treatment of pelvic and abdominal conditions and receive mentoring in Visceral Manipulation techniques. Renee describes herself as an integrative manual PT. Her specialties include integrative manual techniques such as Visceral Manipulation, Craniosacral Therapy, Lymphatic Balancing, Dry Needling, and Healing Touch as well as integrative exercise techniques including Hypopressive Exercise, Stott Rehab Pilates, and Qigong. She appreciates working with other holistic practitioners to meet patients' needs.
Renee enjoys treating all genders and all conditions, but she especially loves closing diastasis recti (DRA), mobilizing scars, providing post-prostatectomy rehab, and assisting in post-surgical gender affirming care. She believes abdominopelvic PT is a vital part of a complete postpartum recovery and is crucial for a full return to one's chosen activities (and required activities) without pain, incontinence, or weakness after pregnancy and delivery.
When Renee is not working, she is usually with her young son and husband. Whenever possible, she enjoys working on her golf swing and attending dance-based group fitness classes.
SARA DURAN, CD
Staff Birth & Postpartum Doula
Sara is a Certified Birth Doula through Childbirth International and is a Certified Pre and Post Natal Coach through Girls Gone Strong. She always knew that her calling would be to help people, but she found her way to birth work through the birth of her first baby. Sara was uninsured and scared but found a midwife and doula who reassured her that delivering a baby wasn't the horror that they make it out to be. Despite her own birth not going anywhere near to plan, Sara felt supported and safe and empowered through her entire pregnancy and delivery. This is the kind of consistent and well-informed support that she brings to her practice. Every baby will come into this world differently and every delivery will be different. Sara is ready to help parents navigate their choices and help them create the positive experience that they envision.
Sara received her coaching certification so she can mix her own passion for fitness with her passion for birth work. It is important to her that pregnant bodies be recognized as strong and capable. She helps to direct her clients on how best to move safely and with strength through pregnancy so that the body is ready for birth and beyond.