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Press Release for Thursday, February 7, 2013

Brooks Rehabilitation Women Health Services Director Speaks at US Luncheon

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



The University of North Florida’s Us Group, along with UNF’s Brooks College of Health, will feature Dr. Cynthia Neville, director of Women’s Health Services at Brooks Rehabilitation, at its annual educational luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center Banquet Hall. She will discuss “You Go Girl…But Only When You Want To!” on the topic of women’s bladder control. Check-in and registration begins at 11 a.m. Brooks Rehabilitation i s the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s luncheon. 


In 1993, Neville co-founded the first physical therapy private practice in Northeast Florida devoted to women’s health rehabilitation. She expanded women’s health services within the practice to seven clinics by providing continuing education, training and mentoring to physical therapists, while educating the community about women’s health and developing referral sources for the practice. She provided women’s health rehabilitation for 12 years in a private practice in Northeast Florida, before moving to Chicago in 2004 to direct the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s (RIC) Women’s Health Rehabilitation program. 


At RIC, Neville lead a team of physiatrists and physical therapists devoted to the practice of women’s health rehabilitation and developed clinical services specifically for women in seven outpatient rehabilitation clinics. She has been providing postgraduate professional education and training courses to physical and occupational therapists on a on a variety of topics in women’s health rehabilitation since 1994. 


She was awarded the first ever grant at RIC for clinical research in women’s health rehabilitation and conducting clinical research examining musculoskeletal factors in female pelvic pain. She was an investigator in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research study on the use of specific connective tissue manipulation techniques for the treatment of bladder pain. Neville received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of South Alabama and her bachelors in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, School of Allied Health Professions. 


This is the 10th annual women’s health event sponsored by the Us Group, a volunteer organization promoting health for Jacksonville’s women and girls through special initiatives, which supports the UNF Brooks College of Health. All proceeds support the endowment fund for the Women and Girls’ Health Research Professorship, focusing on health and education for women and girls in the Jacksonville community.  


In addition to the Presenting Sponsor, Brooks Rehabilitation, other event sponsors include; WJCT and the Women’s Health Foundation. Tickets for this event are $50 per person ($25 tax-deductible gift)or $400 for sponsored tables of eight ($200 tax-deductible gift). Tickets can be purchased by calling the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878. To reserve a table of eight, go to 


For more information about sponsorship, exhibitor tables or this event, contact Lee Anderson, UNF Brooks College of Health, at (904) 620-1240 or by at .  


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