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~ All Beyond Basics staff participate in ongoing continuing education in their specialties. ~
All Beyond Basics physical therapists are licensed in the State of New York and hold a master's and/or doctorate degree in physical therapy with specialized training in pelvic floor dysfunction, women's health care, and orthopedic injuries. In addition, all physical therapists have extensive training in manual therapy.
Amy Stein, DPT, BCB-PMD Physical Therapist
Amy Stein is the founder and a practitioner of Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in NYC, specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, women's health, and manual therapy for men, women, and children while taking a holistic approach to each patient's entire well-being. She is the author of Heal Pelvic Pain, an easy-read, self-help book. Amy is also a contributor to the medical textbook, Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management, and serves on the board of the International Pelvic Pain Society, since 2007. She is a well recognized expert in her field, lectures nationwide, and has been interviewed in media outlets ranging from the medical segments of popular TV news shows, like ABC's 20/20 to such newspapers as the New York Daily News to internet sites like www.ourgyn.com. She is also an editor of painchannel.com and a member of the NVA, ICA, as well as many other organizations. Amy received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 1999 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2013.
Roseanne Cruz Schoen, PT, DPT, LLCC Senior Physical Therapist / Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Roseanne Cruz Schoen, PT, DPT, LLCC, received her B.S. and her doctoral (DPT) degree from New York University. Before joining Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, Roseanne worked with patients who were diagnosed with various neurological and orthopedic issues such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, total joint replacements, and low back pain. Roseanne has been interested in working with patients with pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, and lymphedema for many years and has spoken in the Greater New York area on these topics.
Roseanne Cruz Schoen, PT, DPT, LLCC successfully received her Lymphedema/CDP Certification through the Upledger Institute. She pioneered, and is currently the head physical therapist for the Lymphedema Program, which addresses the upper and lower extremities, the trunk and the pelvic region in men, women, and children.
Dania M. Kafka, PT, DPT Physical Therapist / Pilates Instructor
Dania M. Kafka, PT, DPT, received her BA at Barnard College and completed her Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the founder and director of the Pilates Program at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, has extensive training and knowledge in Pilates. Dania has extensive training and experience in orthopedics, manual therapy, women's health, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and pelvic floor dysfunction in men, women, and children. She has been working at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy since 2007. Dania is currently training at the Kane School - a comprehensive Pilates certification program in both mat and equipment, well-known for its intensive study of anatomy, biomechanics, injuries, and palpation skills. Dania danced for many years as well as studied and practiced in performing arts physical therapy.
Dania is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS), the National Vulvodynia Association (NVA), the Interstitial Cystitis Network (ICN), the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA), the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the women's health, and orthopedic special interest groups within the APTA.
Michele McGurk B. Sc. Physical Therapist
Michele McGurk, a native of Ireland, graduated with a B. Sc in Physical Therapy at the University College of Dublin, Ireland in 2001. She has had a special interest in the evaluation and treatment of pelvic pain for the past 10 years. Michele moved to the U.S in 2003 and has gained extensive experience and training in orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, women’s and men’s health. She received her pelvic floor education though the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Since 2007, Michele has also integrated an osteopathic approach to her manual therapy techniques using Craniosacral Therapy (Upledger Institute) and Visceral Manipulation (Barral Institute). She has found that these techniques have been helpful for treating many disorders including neurological conditions, musculoskeletal problems, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, fibroids and cysts, bladder issues, post-operative scar tissue, fibromyalgia and IBS. Michele strongly believes in combining all of her skills to promote awareness, wellbeing and healing of her patients.
Riva Preil, MS, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD Physical Therapist
Riva Preil received her B.A. from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Hunter College, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University. Before joining Beyond Basics, Riva worked at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Paterson, New Jersey, where she treated patients with a variety of musculoskeletal orthopedic and neurologic disorders. Furthermore, she created the Pelvic Floor Program at SJRMC where she worked with both women and men who have a variety of pelvic floor dysfunction, including chronic pelvic pain, incontinence, and constipation. She has significant experience with biofeedback in the treatment of pelvic floor conditions and she is certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in the treatment of Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction. In addition, she has been trained in the treatment of pre- and post-partum women as well as pediatric pelvic floor muscle weakness. She also practices craniosacral therapy and was trained by the Upledger Institute. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health special interest group.
Mary Hughes PT, DPT Physical Therapist
Mary Hughes PT, DPT, received her BS in Rehabilitation Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. Before joining Beyond Basics, Mary worked at Hospital for Special Surgery, specializing in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Mary believes in treating the body with a holistic approach. She received Myofascial and Women’s Health training through John Barnes. She has also received pelvic floor education though the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute as well as treating Pudendal Neuralgia through the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mary is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, International Pelvic Pain Society and the National Vulvodynia Association. Travelling is a favorite pastime of Mary’s; her favorite vacation to date was learning to surf in Costa Rica.
Batya Shiffeldrim Pilates Instructor
Batya certified in the Pilates Method with California-based BASI Pilates (Body Arts and Sciences International,) in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is certified comprehensively in apparatus and matwork, and has been teaching since 2008.
Batya has studied and taught a wide-ranging clientele of all ages and fitness goals, developing a specialized focus on rehabilitative and post-Physical Therapy needs. She continues to deepen her study of the moving human form through continuing education in anatomy, kinesiology, and movement.
Her education includes both professional workshops with teachers including Leslie Kaminoff, Marika Molnar, Gill Solberg, Yoel Shmueli and others, as well as academic coursework on the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has also completed Physical Therapy observation hours at several NY-area hospitals.
In addition to her work at BBPT, Batya also teaches in Brooklyn. She has formerly run her own Pilates practice in affiliation with a Rehab/PT office in Long Island. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.