Fitness & Pilates

Gentle Care Pilates Program

Beyond Basics Physical Therapy offers a Pilates one-on-one program, who specializes in pelvic floor rehab, pre-natal/post-partum care, orthopedic, sports, and dance-related injuries and is a certified Pilates Instructor. Our program is specially tailored to the needs of patients with the pelvic floor or chronic pain concerns, by addressing the unique challenges faced by such patients in the later stages of their rehabilitation process.

Our classes will guide clients/patients through Pilates exercises, and adapt or modify techniques based on patient's individual needs. In this way, our patients become empowered to safely re-enter the general exercise and movement area, where they can pursue the fitness regimen of their choice.

Our Pilates program welcomes outside clients and non-patients as well. Private one-on-one sessions can be taught according to the level and goals of each client. We encourage all potential clients who are interested in utilizing Pilates to achieve better wellness, fitness, and movement awareness to make an appointment with our licensed PT Pilates instructor.

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Kierstin Elliott

Kierstin Elliott, Pilates Instructor

Pilates Instructor

Kierstin holds a BS in Dance from Wayne State University where she also received her Stott Pilates certification. Her passion for movement, kinesiology, and how the body functions, has propelled her through the fitness industry in New York over the past 5 years. She has delved further into her training garnering a skill set that includes injury rehabilitation, pre and post natal pilates and pelvic floor dysfunction. Kierstin is excited to have discovered Beyond Basics Physical Therapy and could not be more thrilled to join the team!

Studio Facilities

Our bright, open Physical Therapy gym has luxurious, professional thickness exercise mats. We have studio-grade Balanced Body Pilates Reformer and Springboard apparatus, as well as an array of traditional and non-traditional Pilates accessories.


Benefits of Pilates

  • More versatile, supportive breathing
  • Coordination of mind, body, and spirit
  • Improved posture
  • Leaner, longer appearance
  • Core muscle stabilization
  • Muscle flexibility
  • Stronger muscles
  • Better balance
  • Improved motor control
  • Relaxation and mental focus
  • Decreased pain
  • Improved kinesthetic awareness

Pilates Packages

We offer competitive pricing for our expert physical therapy Pilates rehab program. We offer purchase of one session at a time or attractive packages for regular attendees. Gift certificates may also be available, subject to time-of-year.

  • single session 
  • 5-session package
  • 10-session package


Call to find out about fees and to schedule an appointment at our midtown office (212) 354-2622

Benefits of Fitness

The benefits of exercise are well known. A bespoke fitness program can positively impact one’s Physical and mental health exponentially. Irene takes a whole body approach to fitness and all of her programs are built around the premise that the core is a system that needs to be balanced and work functionally in order to influence pain-free, healthy movement and maximize performance. Irene works with clients of all abilities and stages of life while specializing in:

Prenatal Fitness

• Ease the aches and pains of pregnancy

• Minimize your risks of postnatal Diastasis Recti, pelvic organ prolapse, and core dysfunction

• Promote an Easier labor and quicker recovery

• Improved health outcomes for both mothers and babies.

Postnatal fitness

• Strategize your recovery and return to exercise or sports post-rehab in a safe and effective way.

• Helps Prevent, heal and manage Diastasis Recti, pelvic organ prolapse, and core dysfunction post pregnancy.

• Learn techniques to incorporate into your movement practice that will help restore, protect and strengthen your core for life.

• Get back to activities you love in a stronger more confident body.

Women’s and men’s health concerns:

Starting or getting back to a fitness/athletic program can feel like a daunting process post-rehab. Those with a history of pelvic pain, core dysfunction and/or musculoskeletal injury can be both fearful of a return of symptoms while also feeling anxious to get back to moving. As a pelvic/core health patient herself, Irene is passionate about empowering her clients to move without fear and get back to activities they enjoy with confidence.

Techniques/modalities used:

• Breathwork

• postural awareness

• mobility training

• functional exercise

• resistance training

• flexibility training

• restorative exercise

• elements of dance

• sports specific training


Irene Donahue

Irene Donahue, Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructor

Irene graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration in Exercise Science and Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has over a decade of experience training clients from all walks of life but gravitated toward Pre/postnatal Fitness, women’s health and pelvic floor rehabilitation for men and women following her own experience with childbirth injury and pelvic floor dysfunction. Irene is certified through NASM and has undertaken numerous courses specific to pelvic health, her biggest influences being Burrell Education and Julie Wiebe PT. Read Irene's full bio here.


Whether you need help creating a workout plan or have your own, clients will be given a home exercise program to support and help them reach their personal workout goals. It’s a safe space for rehab patients to transition back to fitness. The goal is to get you moving without fear. One of the most important aspects are the education components. Irene helps each client develop strategies to balance their core stability so they can return to activities or sports they enjoy.

Sessions are one-on-one - 75 minutes for the first session and follow-up sessions are 60mins

Fitness Packages

  • single session
  • 5-class package
  • 10-class package

Sessions are at our downtown location: 156 William St, Suite 800, New York, NY 10038. Call to find out about fees and to schedule an appointment at (212) 267-0240


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Yoga with Anne Taylor


Anne Taylor is an IAYT certified Yoga Therapist and a Yoga Alliance RYT 500. Anne has been teaching yoga to Beyond Basics Physical Therapy patients for more than a decade. Prior to teaching yoga full time, Anne worked in community mental health and addictions for fifteen years. Anne’s yoga training includes study and apprenticeship with Bio-psychologist and Yoga Therapist Bo Forbes PsyD, Iyengar Teacher Genny Kapuler, TKV Desikachar Yoga Therapist Guta Hedwig and Doula and Prenatal Yoga Educator, Mia Borgatta RN. Anne also studied Functional Anatomy at The Breathing Project with Yoga Educator Leslie Kaminoff.

The combined work and training experiences helped Anne to develop an eclectic approach to teaching where she sees herself equal parts, mind-body mechanic and intrapersonal mediator. She focuses on identifying and understanding the systemic imbalances with the intention of introducing practices to restore functional stability and systemic ease.

Yoga sessions may include simple dynamic movements to facilitate breath, static poses with attention to alignment and/or restorative poses to promote deep relaxation. Anne believes that the practice should evolve over time and reflect the needs of the individual practitioner. Special attention is given to developing sequences to be practiced at home as part of an ongoing commitment to wellness.

Private sessions and small group sessions are available. Yoga and small group sessions run for 60 minute durations.

Students wishing to attend the small group sessions must do a private session for screening and assessment purposes. The small group sessions run for four designated dates.

Practitioners looking for additional information can contact Anne at or go to


Acupuncture with PAULA HABERMAN

Paula Haberman, M.Sc., PT., L.Ac., NCCAOM is a New York State board certified licensed Acupuncturist and Physical Therapist. She received her Bachelor degree from New York University in Physical Therapy, and her Masters Degree in Acupuncture Physical Medicine from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She has worked in NYC for the past 25 years, both as a physical therapist and acupuncturist, specializing in postural, musculoskeletal, sports and performance related injuries. She was affiliated with the home care Rehabilitation Departments of Mount Sinai Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and St. Vincent's Hospital. Her practice encompasses physical therapy, traditional acupuncture, dry needling, motor point acupuncture and acupuncture for pelvic floor disorders.

Paula specializes in Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation, AKA posterior tibial nerve stimulation, the least invasive form of neuromodulation used to treat overactive bladder and the associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence.

Paula was previously part of the faculty of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (NY campus) as a clinic supervisor and instructor of orthopedic acupuncture. She's been a member of the Beyond Basics Team, specializing in Pelvic Floor Acupuncture for the past 12 years. All sessions, be it Pelvic Floor problems or otherwise, include postural re-balancing, relaxation, and symptomatic treatment.

Professional mentoring for Pelvic Floor Acupuncture, Dry Needling or General Orthopedics is available on an individual basis by request.

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Questions or To Schedule an appointment please call 646-465-1637