Jennifer Sergeant Hungate, PT, DPT, MS
Co-Owner and Physical Therapist
Board-Certified Specialist in Women's Health Physical Therapy
The co-owner of Vitality, Jennifer brings over a decade of advanced experience to the clinic. She is a board certified clinical specialist in women's health physical therapy, and has dedicated her career to treating women with complex pelvic and back pain pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, and everything in between. She is passionate about helping women restore their health, confidence, and vitality through physical therapy. Jennifer’s clients appreciate her deep understanding of women’s health, her ability to break down complex concepts, and her nurturing approach to treatment.
While working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, she developed a special interest in the management of prenatal and postpartum pelvic floor dysfunction and musculoskeletal pain, and worked closely with Northwestern's Integrated Pelvic Health Program. She also taught courses for various organizations, and trained Northwestern obstetrics and gynecology residents.
Jennifer served as an item writer for the national board examination on women's health, and currently sits on the board of directors for the APTA's Section on Women's Health as outgoing Director of Practice and incoming Vice President.
Why I practice women’s physical therapy
My first women's health patient was a woman in her early 30’s who was unable to have intercourse with her spouse due to a long history of pelvic pain. After that experience, I started treating new mothers unable to care for their children and women unable to continue their jobs through pregnancy due to pain. I also treated grandmothers who were nervous to lift their grandchildren due to urinary leakage and marathoners unable to run distances due to urinary urge and frequency.
Helping these women care for and build their families and return to their favorite activities became so much more than rehabbing injury. It became a means to restore the vitality of women. For the past decade, I advanced my training to specialize in musculoskeletal dysfunction that affects women through the lifespan. My mission is to educate women and health professionals that this level of care should be standard and available to all women from childbearing to advanced years.
Doctor of Physical Therapy: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science: 2003
Masters of Science Kinesiology: University of Colorado, Boulder: 1999
Bachelors of Science Exercise Science: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: 1997
Women's Health Physical Therapy
McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) completed all levels of training
Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic PT (CAPP-Pelvic)
Certificate in Women’s Health: Rosalind Franklin University/The Chicago Medical School: 2008
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Section on Women's Health, APTA: Director of Practice (2013-2019)
Elected Vice President (2019-2021)
Chicago Pelvic Floor Research Consortium