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If you have any questions regarding physical therapy treatment, please e-mail us at desk@beyondbasicsphysicaltherapy.com and one of our physical therapists will get back to you within 2-3 business days. You are also welcome to call at anytime with any questions.

~ 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, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD, IFAmy Stein, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD, IF Physical Therapist

Amy Stein, DPT, is a leading expert and at the forefront of treating pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, women’s health, and functional manual therapy for men, women, and children. She is the founder of, and a premier practitioner at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in NYC. She is the author of Heal Pelvic Pain, an easy-read, self-help book and created a video called Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain: The ultimate home program for patients and a guide for practitioners. Amy is one of the founder’s of the Alliance for Pelvic Pain, a patient-oriented educational retreat, which is held 1 time each year. Amy is an author in the medical textbooks, Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management and The Overactive Pelvic Floor and serves as the Vice President of the International Pelvic Pain Society. She lectures internationally, is featured in the Endo What? documentary, and has been interviewed in media outlets ranging from the medical segments of popular TV shows, like Dr. Oz, ABC’s 20/20, to such magazines as Elle, Prevention and More magazine and newspapers such as the New York Daily News. She is a member of ISSWSH, the NVA, ISSVD, ICA, and the APTA Women’s Health section. Amy received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 1999, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013.

Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain: The Ultimate Home Program For Patients and a Guide For Practitioners

Ryanne Glasper, PT, DPTRyanne Glasper, PT, DPTPhysical Therapist

Ryanne graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies in 2002 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008 from Long Island University. She has received advanced training in manual therapy through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA), logging more than one hundred and fifty hours of continuing education in functional manual therapy. She is currently pursuing certifications in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT) through the IPA and Pelvic Rehabilitation (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Prior to joining Beyond Basics, Ryanne spent ten years in dance medicine, starting in 2005 at the Analysis of Dance and Movement Center with the elite therapist of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company. During her clinical studies, Ryanne continued her training in dance medicine at Westside Dance Physical Therapy working with the School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet. In 2008, she joined PhysioArts Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic practice specializing in dance medicine and serving professional performing artist in New York, NY. During her seven years at PhysioArts, Ryanne worked with the RadioCity Rockettes, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Gelsey Kirkland Academy and more than 15 Broadway shows.

Ryanne has a certification in Vinyasa Yoga from NowYoga and has studied the Franklin Method as well as movement-therapy through the Feldenkrais Institute.

She is a member of the Internal Association of Dance Medicine (IADMS), the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) where she is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CCI).

Victoria La Manna, PT, DPT, CLT Victoria La Manna, PT, DPT, CLTPhysical Therapist, Pediatric Pelvic Health Specialist

Victoria received her undergraduate and doctoral education in physical therapy from Rutgers University, School of Health-Related Professions, where she was awarded the Physical Therapy Department Awards for Academic Excellence and Community Service. Her clinical studies included training at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Meridian Health and Pediatric Rehabilitation of New York. During her clinical studies, Victoria received advanced training in pelvic health from UF Health Rehab. She is currently pursuing certifications in Pelvic Rehabilitation (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute and Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT) through the Institute of Physical Art.

In 2015, Victoria became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. Her CLT training uses complete decongestive therapy, consisting of manual lymphatic drainage and compression garment fitting to treat conditions such as post-surgical and/or radiation lymphedema, lipedema, or post-traumatic edema. In addition, Victoria has training in the Schroth Method for scoliosis, a conservative treatment approach that addresses the 3-dimensional nature of scoliosis through neuro-muscular re-education and rotational breathing, from the Scoliosis Specialty Center.

Victoria is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) section on Women's Health (SOWH) and Orthopedics, International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS), National Vulvodynia Association (NVA), and the Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LERN).

Fiona McMahon, PT, DPTFiona McMahon, PT, DPT Physical Therapist, Pediatric Pelvic Health Specialist

Fiona earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her clinical studies included training at New York University Hospital for Joint Disease, Park North Physical Therapy and STAR Physical Therapy. Her training in pelvic health began during her doctoral program where she completed the pediatric specialty track and continued through Beyond Basics Physical Therapy and the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Institute. She has also received advanced manual therapy training through the Institute of Physical Art.

As the voice of the Beyond Basics’ Blog, beyondbasicsptblog, Fiona has shed much-needed light on the often misdiagnosed and misunderstood world of pelvic health. Fiona has also contributed to Sexology International in her and co-authored a chapter on physical therapy treatment of pelvic pain for the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health due out soon.

Fiona is a member International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).

Sara Paplanus, PT, DPT Sara Paplanus, PT, DPT Physical Therapist

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Manhattan College and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Hunter College. Her clinical studies included advanced training in manual therapy at Functional Physical Therapy in Denver, Colorado. She has continued her training as a functional manual therapist with the Institute of Physical Art and is pursuing certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT).

Prior to joining Beyond Basics, Sarah spent over five years specializing in orthopedics. Her interest in pelvic floor physical therapy grew through working alongside talented pelvic floor physical therapists and seeing the connections between orthopedics and pelvic floor dysfunction. Sarah has continued her training in pelvic health through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute.

Sarah is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).

Corey Silbert, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMTCorey Silbert, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMTPhysical Therapist

Corey graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in 2004 and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction in 2006 from Simmons College. Corey is one of the five percent of physical therapist nationwide to become a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) and in 2013, she joined the elite group of Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT), graduating with distinction through the Institute of Physical Art. She is currently pursuing her certification in Pelvic Rehabilitation (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute.

Prior to joining Beyond Basics, Corey worked in inpatient rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, before transitioning into orthopedics and severing as Clinical Director for Recovery Physical Therapy and Premiere Physical Therapy. A lifelong learner, Corey began training in visceral mobilization with the Barral Institute in 2013, made the transition to pelvic health in 2015 and completed the first of two certifications for 3-D treatment of scoliosis through the Schroth Barcelona Institute in November 2016.

Corey is a member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).

denise small, PT, DPTDenise Small, PT, DPTPhysical Therapist

Denise received her Bachelor of Health Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Downstate University. Her clinical studies included advanced training in pelvic health at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy and have continued through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She is currently pursuing certification in Pelvic Rehabilitation (PRPC).

Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Denise was a professional Ballet dancer for over fifteen years, dancing with the Kansas City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and the New Chamber Ballet and Metropolitan Opera in New York City. After retiring from performing, Denise earned her Pilates certification through Balanced Body University, with a focus on Pilates for Dancers and Pilates for Rehabilitation. Along with Pilates, Denise has studied various forms of movement therapy including the Franklin Method, the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique and Laban Movements Analysis.

Denise is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).

Stephanie Stamas, PT, DPT, ATC, CCCE Stephanie Stamas, PT, DPT, ATC , CCCE Physical Therapist, Centers Coordinator for Clinical Education (CCCE)

Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Florida, College of Health and Human Performance and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her clinical studies included advanced training in orthopedics, women's health and pelvic floor physical therapy.

Prior to joining Beyond Basics, Stephanie attended her first pelvic floor continuing education course and quickly found pelvic health to be her passion. She started her career as an orthopedic therapist at Premier Physical Therapy where she initiated the clinics first pelvic floor rehabilitation program. Stephanie has continued growing in pelvic health knowledge and expertise through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, logging over two hundred hours of continuing education in pelvic floor and visceral manual therapy, and has continued to sharpen her orthopedic skills through the Institute of Physical Arts.

Stephanie is a contributing radio show host of The Pelvic Messenger, blogtalkradio, an online talk-radio show dedicated to providing quality information on the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain conditions to both healthcare providers and patients. She is also the creator and lead educator of the Beyond Basics Pelvic Health 101 seminar series. The PH101 series occurs biannually and was created to be a great tool for patients to learn about the relationship between pelvic floor muscle function and pain-free bowel, bladder and sexual function.

She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS), National Vulvodynia Association (NVA), International Society for the Study of Women's Health (ISSWSH), National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA).

Melissa Stendahl, PT, DPTMelissa Stendahl, PT, DPTPhysical Therapist

Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas State University. Following completion of her doctoral program, she pursued advanced training in male and female pelvic health, orthopedics, and visceral manual therapy through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, American Physical Therapy Association, Institute of Physical Art, and Barral Institute.

Melissa began her career in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation and soon realized a passion for pelvic health. The spark began with a desire to help the pregnant and post-partum population but grew as she learned more about the implications and prevalence of male and female pelvic pain conditions. She is pursuing her Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum through the American Physical Therapy Association, and teaches the Reproductive Health seminar during the biannual Beyond Basics Pelvic Health 101 public seminar series.

Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Melissa served as an officer in the United States Air Force. She led organizations and teams in project management, training, and cyberspace asset management. She enjoys applying her extensive experience in interpersonal and organizational management to work as a team with her patients and their other healthcare providers to coordinate excellent care and to empower patients with an understanding of their symptoms and diagnoses.

Melissa is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) section on Women’s Health (SOWH) and the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).

Tina Cardenia, PT, DPT, ATC, CCCE Tina Cardenia, PT DPT Physical Therapist

Tina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Queens College and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University. Following completion of her doctoral program, Tina pursued advanced manual therapy training through the Institute of Physical Art. She is currently pursuing certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT) through the Institute of Physical Art.

Prior to joining Beyond Basics, Tina worked in orthopedics and dance medicine, working with Performing Arts Physical Therapy, providing backstage care to a number of Broadway shows. Her interest in pelvic health was sparked by inspirational mentors that highlighted the interconnectedness of the body. She has continued to explore this connection through training at the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Tina is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS).

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