Sarah Paplanus, PT, DPT

Sarah Paplanus, PT, DPT

Sarah’s love for sport, movement, and science led her to pursuing a career as a physical therapist. Sarah was an All-Star athlete (field hockey, softball, basketball) in high school which led her interning in the athletic training room at Siena College, which contributed to her desire to pursue the field of rehab. Sarah continued her softball career at Division 1 Manhattan College, while pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Sarah received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Hunter College. While in graduate school, Sarah began advanced studies in manual therapy with the Institute of Physical Art. She qualified for an advanced placement for clinical study with a fellow and faculty member of the Institute of Physical Art in Denver, Colorado, where she was first introduced to incorporating treatment of the tailbone into the general orthopedic population. Sarah continues to enthusiastically purse continuing education with the Institute of Physical Art to further her manual therapy skills.

Prior to joining Beyond Basics, Sarah spent many years specializing in orthopedics. Her interest in pelvic floor physical therapy grew through working alongside talented pelvic floor physical therapists and seeing the need to connect the pelvic floor into orthopedic treatment. Sarah has continued her training in pelvic health through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute.

Sarah has a passion for education and empowering patients. She contributes content to online patient education videos, lectures in the Pelvic Health 101 series and developed and founded Beyond Basics’ Postural Screening series. She also works to further awareness and education in the healthcare community. Sarah is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) and is an active member of their Fundraising Committee. Last year, Sarah helped the committee to develop and host the first annual PT Pub Night in NYC to benefit the IPPS and facilitate networking in the field. She also participates in Beyond Basics community outreach and fundraising by organizing the clinic’s participation in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Cycle for Survival, an event that raises money for rare cancer research. In addition, since Sarah started her career with such great clinical instruction, she hopes to give back to the next generation of pelvic floor physical therapists by serving as a clinical instructor.

Sarah likes to spend her winters skiing and her summers hiking upstate in Lake George. She loves reading and keeps threatening her friends with starting a book club. She enjoys spinning, Pilates and yoga; mostly because it makes her body and mind feel great, but partly so she can indulge her love of french fries.