Our Staff

Physical Therapists:

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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

Victoria La Manna, PT, DPT, CLT Victoria La Manna, PT, DPT, CLTPhysical Therapist

Victoria La Manna, PT, DPT, CLT, received her undergraduate and doctoral education in physical therapy at Rutgers University, School of Health Related Professions, where she was awarded the Physical Therapy Department Awards for Academic Excellence and Community Service. Victoria began her pelvic floor training at University of Florida’s Health Rehab. She fell in love with the field of pelvic health, witnessing patients succeed after numerous unsuccessful interventions, confirming her passion for pelvic physical therapy. She received continuing education in pelvic floor disorders through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute, as well as extensive pelvic floor training at Beyond Basics. She has also taken continuing education courses through the Institute of Physical Art. Additionally, Victoria received her Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) training from the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. Her CLT training uses complete decongestive therapy, consisting of manual lymphatic drainage and compression garment fitting, to treat a variety of conditions.

Victoria completed her clinical training at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Meridian Health, Pediatric Rehabilitation of New York, and UF Health Rehab. She has experience working with patients recovering from musculoskeletal disorders, sport injuries, joint replacement surgery, as well as children with developmental disorders. She received specialized training in Schroth specific exercise for scoliosis at PRNY, a conservative treatment that addresses the 3-dimensional nature of scoliosis through neuro-muscular re-education and rotational breathing. Victoria plans to pursue her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification, as well as the Institute of Physical Art’s CFMT certification. She is a member of the APTA section on Women’s Health.

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

Fiona McMahon, PT, DPT, earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Fiona began her pelvic floor training at Beyond Basics and has received continuing education in the area of pelvic floor disorders through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute. Fiona completed her clinical training at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Park North Physical Therapy, Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, and STAR Physical Therapy. She has had experience working with patients recovering from sports injuries, amputations, musculoskeletal disorders, and joint replacement surgery as well as patients with pelvic floor disorders. Fiona is passionate about the field of pelvic floor rehabilitation and strives to incorporate the latest evidence into the treatment of her patients. Fiona was a regular contributor to the Beyond Basics Blog while completing her doctorate and covered topics such as prostate cancer rehabilitation and physical therapy’s role in the treatment of endometriosis.  She is a member of the APTA section on Women’s Health and the International Pelvic Pain Society.

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

Corey received her undergraduate and doctoral education in physical therapy at Simmons College in Boston, MA, earning her BA cum laude in 2004 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction in 2006. Over the years following graduation, her approach to physical therapy has evolved through continuing education classes and working with inspirational mentors. Corey passed her CFMT certification examination with distinction through the Institute of Physical Art in 2013 and achieved her OCS (orthopedic clinical specialist) through the APTA in 2011.

Prior to joining Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, Corey has experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation settings in Boston and New York. Her primary area of practice has been outpatient orthopedic treatment, and she is eager to bring her skills and knowledge into the much needed specialty of pelvic floor physical therapy. She has also had inpatient experience at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, working with patients recovering from total joint replacement, multitrauma injuries, burns, spinal cord injuries and amputations.

Stephanie Stamas, PT, DPT, AT Stephanie Stamas, PT, DPT, ATC Physical Therapist, Clinical Instructor

Stephanie Stamas, PT, DPT, ATC received her BS in Athletic Training from the University of Florida and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Prior to joining Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, Stephanie worked at Premier Physical Therapy and Wellness, an outpatient orthopedic clinic where she treated a variety of musculoskeletal orthopedic and neurological disorders, including total joint replacements, low back pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, hip pain and incontinence. During her time at Premier Physical Therapy, Stephanie was the women's health specialist, seeing the majority of pre-natal and post-partum patients, and initiated the start of a pelvic floor rehabilitation program. Stephanie began training in pelvic floor rehabilitation at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in the spring of 2013. Stephanie has received additional pelvic floor education through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the International Pelvic Pain Society, the National Vulvodynia Association and the Interstitial Cystitis Association.

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

Ryanne completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Dance, graduating magna cum laude in 2002, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008, both from Long Island University. In 2008 she began studying with the Institute of Physical Art, logging more than one hundred and fifty hours of continuing education in manual therapy. She is currently working towards a certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT).

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

Ryanne is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)/women's health, International Pelvic Pain Society and the National Vulvodynia Association. Her skills in dance medicine enhance her expertise, knowledge, and passion as a practicing Women's Health and pelvic floor therapist.

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

Melissa Stendahl, PT, DPT, received her BS in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas State University. She began her career in outpatient orthopedics and sports rehabilitation at clinical settings in Texas and Colorado, where she treated a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, including chronic pain, post-operative spine and joint, low back pain, sports-related injuries, vestibular dysfunction, and post-stroke. She used a diverse array of treatment techniques like aquatic therapy, equine-assisted therapy, yoga, and Core Align (Pilates) to promote functional and performance outcomes. Melissa quickly realized a passion for pelvic health, starting with a desire to help the pregnant and post-partum population. She received advanced training in pelvic health through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and is working towards specialty certification in manual therapy. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Melissa served as an officer in the United States Air Force, where she gained extensive experience in leadership and teamwork skills that she carries over to the physical therapy setting for collaboration with her patients and colleagues to optimize outcomes. Melissa is a member of the APTA Women’s Health Section and New York Chapter, and enjoys the outdoors, travel, and exercise.

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

Denise Small, PT, DPT received her doctorate in physical therapy from SUNY Downstate University, with additional pelvic health training from Beyond Basics Physical Therapy and Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Denise is also a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society. Before becoming a physical therapist, Denise was a professional Ballet dancer for over 15 years, dancing for 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 combines her knowledge of movement and Dance with traditional Physical Therapy interventions to help her patients approach both functional and sophisticated movements with comfort and ease.

Sara Paplanus, PT, DPT Physical Therapist, Orthopedic specialist

Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Manhattan College and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Hunter College. At Hunter, she began training in manual therapy with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA). Her clinical experience included studying at Functional Physical Therapy in Denver, Colorado under a Fellow of both the IPA and the American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). She is currently working towards a certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT). Prior to joining Beyond Basics, Sarah spent over 5 years treating in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Sarah's 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's pelvic floor training began at Beyond Basics, and continues with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute. Sarah is eager to incorporate her extensive orthopedic experience with pelvic floor rehabilitation. Her lifelong experience as an athlete, including playing Division 1 softball in college, has cultivated a work ethic that values commitment and collaboration with her patients and coworkers.


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