Beyond Basics Physical Therapy

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Established in 2003 by Amy Stein PT, DPT, Beyond Basics Physical Therapy is a premier clinic providing comprehensive and individualized care to patients with a variety of orthopedic and sports-related conditions, pelvic floor dysfunction, and pelvic pain. In each of our three locations in New York C...

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MEET OUR PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF

Alexandra Lange

PT, DPT, OCS

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Alexandra studied Exercise Science and Dance at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs leading to her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. After working for 5 years in Boston, she moved to New York and completed an Orthopedic Residency through NYU Steinhardt. Following residency, she became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association, a distinction held by only five percent of American physical therapists. Prior to joining Beyond Basics, Alex worked in orthopedics, dance medicine and pelvic rehabilitation in Boston and New York City. She has received training in pelvic floor intervention at the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and Pilates Mat certification through Power Pilates. She is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor helping to train the next generation of physical therapists. She has taken continuing education in many types of intervention techniques, including Maitland, Mulligan, Sahrmann, and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. This background provides her with many different types of treatment options in her tool box to help each client achieve their individual functional goals. Alex became a physical therapist after attending rehab herself in her teen years as a dancer with knee pain. While she admits she was terrible at completing her home exercise program, she thought physical therapy was fun. While completing an internship in Boston, she was introduced to pelvic rehabilitation. She was shocked by how many people struggle with pelvic floor related issues that were integral to living a happy, comfortable, and productive life. Alex recognized that a large population of people who needed help and worked to becoming a physical therapist with the knowledge and heart they could turn to for treatment and advice. Her strong movement therapy background incorporates function and exercise in addition to hands-on techniques to decrease pain and improve mobility and ultimately, allow clients to reach their meaningful goals. Alex is a former Pilates instructor and enjoys yoga, watching any performance in which people sing or dance (non-judgmental from Pitch Perfect to ABT and Hamilton), and sailing on design sailboats with her dad. In another life, she would have been either a professional ballet dancer or a dolphin trainer.

Jessica Babich

PT, DPT, CFMT

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Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Michigan State University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in Arizona. After graduation, Jessica stayed in Phoenix and worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic serving patients with various musculoskeletal, neural and viscerogenic dysfunction. Jessica's passion for restoring functional efficiency and commitment to providing the highest quality care for her patients led her to immerse herself in continuing education with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA). She migrated to the East Coast for a two year skills-enhancing IPA residency in Annapolis, Maryland. After extensive study in the area of Functional Manual Therapy, Jessica sat for certification and achieved the level of Certified Functional Manual Therapist becoming one of only 300 people nationally to have reached this level of expertise. Dedicated to lifelong learning, Jessica has also studied visceral and neural mobilization through the Barral Institute and pelvic floor course work through Herman and Wallace Institute and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). As consultants of movement efficiency, physical therapists must be proficient in looking at the whole patient—their mechanical capacity, neuromuscular function and motor control. Jessica’s interest in pelvic floor rehabilitation was sparked when working with talented specialists who integrated pelvic health with interconnected body systems, finding answers for her patients including marathoners, dancers and Broadway performers. Jessica quickly found that addressing the pelvic floor is an integral component and can be the missing link to achieving optimal functional performance. Jessica thoughtfully collaborates with her patients to actualize their potential. She believes (and supported by research) that optimal function requires the individual actively involved in taking control of their wellness through the practice of healthy living. At Beyond Basics, Jessica helps lead postural screening seminars and participates in community education and events. She also helps with peer skills training and contributes on social media. Jessica is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and International Pelvic Pain Society. When she is not working with patients, Jessica can be seen as a resident tourist of New York City, spending time with friends and family, engaging in physical fitness and dance classes, and perusing the latest research on nutrition and fitness at local coffee shops. She also enjoys traveling, live music, and the outdoors.

Tina Cardenia

PT, DPT, CFMT

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Tina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Queens College and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University Brooklyn. Following her completion of her doctoral program, she pursued advanced manual therapy training through the Institute of Physical Art and is now one of 300 physical therapists who have completed the intense certification process in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT). The certification included 7 written and 7 practical exams testing mastery of functional manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education with specific movement patterns to help promote optimal and efficient human function. Tina uses this strong framework to look at the body as a whole and bring its function to optimal capacity. Tina’s pelvic health training comes from the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Tina also has an interest visceral function and its impact on the functions of the entire body including pelvic floor and is receiving training through the Barral Institute. Prior to Beyond Basics, Tina worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting. Tina’s interest in pelvic health was sparked by inspirational mentors that highlighted the interconnectedness of the body. Tina’s strong manual therapy and orthopedic background allows her to understand how interrelated the pelvic floor is with the rest of the body. She also has an interest in dance medicine and provides backstage Broadway physical therapy for elite performers since 2013. Tina is passionate about education for the community and physical therapists. Tina helped create and participates in postural screenings at Beyond Basics that are open to the public giving baseline information for injury prevention. Tina also contributes to the Beyond Basics Twitter page highlighting recent and relevant research and trends in the physical therapy and medical community. In the clinic, Tina trains and mentor physical therapy students and colleagues. Tina is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS). In her spare time, Tina enjoys yoga, Pilates, traveling and the outdoors. Tina has a background in dance and gymnastics and especially likes working with this type of population.

Molly Caughlan

PT, DPT

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Molly received her Bachelors of Science in environmental science from Saint Louis University. She had the intention of protecting African elephants before re-actualizing a long-term passion and stronger preference for helping people. So, she moved to Atlanta and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Emory University. During her doctoral program, she was exposed to pelvic health rehab in a refreshingly honest and holistic lecture and then continued training at a pelvic health specialty clinic with Results Physiotherapy in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her mentors showed her how optimal body function needs to incorporate “unmentionables” and the role of the physical therapist addresses the all parts of life deemed important by the patient. She has continued her post-graduate training with Herman and Wallace Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Institute. Molly also pursues advanced manual orthopedic therapy training through Summit Professional Education, Therapy Network Seminars, and the Institute of Physical Art. Prior to joining Beyond Basics, Molly worked as an orthopedic therapist at Ivy Rehab in Harrison, New York where she treated a wide range of presentations and age groups strengthening her appreciation of the association between body systems and clinical reasoning abilities for complex diagnoses. Molly passionately advocates for the inclusion of physical therapy in unconventional and overlooked situations. If given a listening ear, she will convince you that physical therapy has beneficial contributions in the complex environment of pain management and opioid prescription. And if you’re a new mom, be ready for Molly to normalize the conversation about pelvic floor health—she wants to make sure that women have higher expectations from the capacity of the body. Molly is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Outside of working at Beyond Basics, Molly enjoys exploring Westchester County through rock climbing, running, kayaking, and hiking. If you’re lucky, you might spot Molly’s Akita-Australian Shepherd waving at you on the trails.

Fiona McMahon

PT, DPT

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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).

Sarah Paplanus

PT, DPT

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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).

Kaitlyn Parrotte

PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT

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Kaitlyn (Katie) received her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. In 2017 Katie joined the ranks of two elite groups within the physical therapy world, becoming a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association, and a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) through the Institute of Physical Art. Prior to joining the Beyond Basics team, Katie has had experience working with adult and pediatric populations, mainly in outpatient orthopedic settings, and worked for a short time with children in the NYC public school system. After treating multiple patients with chronic low back pain, Katie felt she was missing a piece of the puzzle that would allow patients to gain greater stability throughout their system. Thus, her interest in pelvic health and rehabilitation began to bloom, and steadily grow as she continued to enhance her experience in this realm. Because she believes education is a lifelong process, and wants to ensure she is providing her patients with the best possible care, Katie is constantly taking continuing education to further develop her skillset. Besides treating patients, Katie initiated a monthly Journal Club to help keep Beyond Basics on the forefront of medical and rehabilitation research. She also organizes weekly in-house educational lectures and trainings for her colleagues. Katie is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA), and the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS). Outside of working at Beyond Basics, Katie is the Chair for the Greater New York District of the NYPTA, and on the Board of Directors for the Chapter as well. She is also the Vice Chair of the IPPS Research Committee, a member of the Governance Committee for the APTA’s Section of Women’s Health, and a member of the Judicial/Reference Committee for the NYPTA. Furthermore, she regularly participates in advocacy efforts at the local, state, and national level in an effort to improve patient care and access, as well as to help strengthen the physical therapy profession overall. Additionally, she has an interest in contributing to research in pelvic health, to promote community awareness, and help raise the bar for quality of care. When she is not devoting her time to her beloved profession, Katie can be found making music, having earned a minor in vocal performance while in undergraduate college, and having studied piano and French horn since she was a child. Furthermore, she enjoys hiking, exploring the many wonders of NYC, attending various performing arts productions, and traveling.

Amy Stein

Masters in Physical Therapy

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Amy 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 midtown, Manhattan and co-owner of Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, downtown, Manhattan. She is the author of the award-winning book, 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, and she serves as the President of the International Pelvic Pain Society. Amy is a co-editor of Healing in Urology and an author in many medical textbooks, including Pelvic Pain Management, Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management, Management of Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women, and The Overactive Pelvic Floor. 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, Endometriosis Association 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.

Julia Rosenthal

PT, DPT

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Julia earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) with honors from Columbia University, where she received the department awards for Excellence in Orthopedics, the Promising Future Alumni Award, and the Mary E. Callahan Award for leadership and skill in the profession. At Columbia, Julia received specialized training in orthopedics through the advanced orthopedic program. She also participated in research exploring exercise interventions for pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain. Julia’s interest in pelvic floor physical therapy stems from a longstanding interest in holistic patient-centered health care, which began with her personally designed undergraduate major in Culture and Philosophy of Healing from New York University (NYU), and her vocal training which included both Feldenkrais Method and Alexander Technique instruction. After completing her DPT at Columbia, Julia returned to NYU where she completed her Clinical Orthopedic Residency. During her residency, Julia worked at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and specialized in the rehabilitation of dancers of all styles, including work with professional groups such as Paul Taylor Dance Company, Wicked on Broadway, Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey, and more. Julia is preparing to receive the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) distinction of Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2019. Julia has clinical experience in dance medicine, sports rehabilitation, and pelvic floor rehabilitation. At Harkness, she specifically worked in the area of pelvic floor dysfunction in dancers, which has since become one of her areas of particular interest. She has been trained in pelvic floor intervention through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, and pursued advanced manual therapy training through the Institute of Physical Art, The Barral Institute, and her residency curriculum. Julia is a member of the APTA and the Section on Women’s Health (SOWH), and currently serves as the president elect of the SOWH Early Professional Special Interest Group. Julia is also serving as a volunteer peer reviewer for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. Additionally, she is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS). Outside of the clinic, Julia loves to exercise – she enjoys weight lifting, spinning, pilates, and yoga, but her favorite activity is running around in the park with her puppy, Penny! Always ready to learn something new, she loves listening to podcasts while exploring new parts of NYC.

Mary Bogle

PT, DPT

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Mary Bogle has been interested in the body and involved with physical fitness her whole life. She is a lifelong runner and has participated in countless races, including several triathlons and the NYC and Boston marathons. She graduated cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA degree in English Literature and promptly went on to pursue a career in theater and dance. She loved performing for nearly eighteen years. In 1997, concerned with school choices for her son, she became involved with a large community project; helping to found Our World Neighborhood Charter School. The K-8 school, which educates 800 students, has gone onto become a model for other charters in the state, and is considered one of the most successful charter schools in the country. Mary received a New York State Assembly Citation for Outstanding Service in the Field of Education. Now she is focusing more on working with people one on one. After the birth of her second son, Mary went back to school to study physical therapy at Hunter College. She received the James Feldman Memorial Scholarship for Achievement and graduated with a doctoral degree. Currently she also works with children as a physical therapist for the Department of Education. A favorite part of her job has been working with teachers as part of the Integrated Physical Therapy Movement Program (IPTM); bringing physical activity into the classroom every day to promote better concentration and learning. She is very passionate about working with children who have coordination and movement issues. Mary is an APTA certified clinical instructor. She previously worked at Finish Line PT (a clinic that specializes in runners, triathletes and weekend warriors of all ages) and Phlex Health and Wellness Studio, a sports clinic with a holistic and patient centric approach where the emphasis was always on treating the patient as a whole. She became interested in pelvic floor health after realizing that it was needed as an integral component of treating the entire body. Mary has continued her education with courses at the Barral Institute, Institute of Physical Arts, North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and Hermann and Wallace Pelvic floor specialists. Mary is passionate about promoting efficient movement, good health and robust exercise across every age level. She believes in a whole body, hands-on approach to rehabilitation and healing and is excited to be a part of the team at Beyond Basics. Mary lives in Astoria, N.Y. with her husband, Richard, an attorney, and two sons, Jack, and Owen. She continues to run and swim and believes in living and performing to the fullest. During her downtime, (resting is important!) her guilty pleasure is watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, New York City or anywhere else.

Rachel Clausen

PT, DPT

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Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Washington and her Doctor of Physical Therapy with honors from Columbia University. During both educational experiences she was drawn to pelvic floor rehab, specifically its relationship to pregnancy. She completed her undergraduate thesis on post-partum incontinence, comparing the experiences of women in Kenya and the United States. At Columbia University she helped conduct research investigating treatment methods for pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain. During her time at Columbia University Rachel received specialty training in neurorehabilitation through their advanced track program. She has also received advanced pelvic floor training from the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Institute. Her clinical experience includes in-patient acute care, outpatient orthopedics, in-patient rehab, and pelvic floor rehab. She has experience treating a wide range of patients from young adolescents to geriatrics. Rachel values the development of a working relationship with her patients. She is passionate about educating her patients and fellow healthcare providers about pelvic floor rehab and the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. She works to empower her patients to achieve their goals. Rachel is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS). Outside of the clinic, Rachel can be found exploring the city, trying new restaurants, and trying to recreate her favorite dishes at home. She can also be found swimming laps at her local pool while dreaming of open water swimming in her home-town of Seattle.

Stephanie Stamas

PT, DPT, ATC, CCCE, PRPC

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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 graduating from Columbia University, 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 clinic’s pelvic floor rehabilitation program. Stephanie continues to expand her pelvic health knowledge and expertise through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and Barral Institute with over three hundred hours of continuing education in pelvic floor and visceral manual therapy. She stays sharp in her orthopedic skills logging over two hundred hours of continuing education through the Institute of Physical Arts and the daily integration into successful treatment for her patients. Stephanie is a contributing radio show host of The Pelvic Messenger, 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 is a great tool for patients and practitioners to learn about the relationship between the pelvic floor muscles and pain-free bowel, bladder and sexual function. She is also the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education at Beyond Basics PT and has been a guest lecturer at New York University’s Medical School, SUNY Downstate Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and is a speaker at the 2018 National Athletic Training Association Annual Symposium. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the International Pelvic Pain Society, National Vulvodynia Association, International Society for the Study of Women’s Health, National Athletic Trainers Association, and the Interstitial Cystitis Association.

Kendall Lynch

PT, DPT, OCS, PMA-CPT

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Kendall received her Bachelor of Health Sciences and Biology from Duquesne University and continued with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Duquesne. After graduation from physical therapy school, she moved to Tampa, Florida and became a clinical faculty member at the University of South Florida. While a faculty member at USF she presented at national conferences, educated future physical therapists, and contributed to scholarly articles. While at USF, Kendall earned her Orthopedics Certified Specialty (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities. While in Tampa, she further pursued a certification in Pilates through Polestar Pilates International based in Miami. This certification enhanced her knowledge of core synergy and breathing mechanisms, and their effect on every part of the body. During this time, she became increasingly interested in pelvic floor rehabilitation and how integral the pelvis is to overall function and pain. To further her knowledge and training in pelvic health she completed numerous courses with The Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She also has completed continuing education in manual trigger point release, pain science, Active Release Technique, and Functional Movement Assessment. Kendall was first drawn to the field when she experienced an injury at the age of 16 while doing track and field. Her positive experience in physical therapy sealed her decision to become a physical therapist. As her career and knowledge has grown, she has gained a better understanding of the strong connection between emotional, mental, and physical health and it’s symptom presentation. She has seen how powerful physical therapy can be for her clients and their identity, and is excited to bring that to Beyond Basics Physical Therapy. Kendall was born and raised outside of Chicago (but turned a Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates fan in college). She can be found running, spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter, and traveling. She loves to explore new areas and find small bakeries and coffee shops. Kendall also offers physical therapy with Pilates at our downtown location. Ask our downtown admin about how to schedule a Pilates session.

Corey Hazama

PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT, PRPC

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Corey graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in 2004 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction in 2006 from Simmons College in Boston. Corey is one of the five percent of physical therapists nationwide to become a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) in 2010 with the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2013, she joined the elite group of Certified Functional Manual Therapists (CFMT), of which there are less than 300 in the world, through the Institute of Physical Art. The certification consists of a demanding seven exams, both practical and written, to demonstrate proficiency and effectiveness with evaluation and treatment utilizing the techniques taught by the Institute of Physical Art. She received Distinction on the exam, with the second highest score in her class. She is currently pursuing her certification in Pelvic Rehabilitation (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute and hopes to complete the Women’s Health Clinical Specialist certification through the APTA as well. Prior to joining Beyond Basics, Corey worked in inpatient rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and then transitioned into outpatient orthopedics in New York City where she served 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 and made the transition to pelvic health in 2015. Corey has completed the four visceral mobilization core courses with the Barral Institute, as well as Cranial Sacral I training with the Upledger Institute. She has also completed and is certified in the Schroth Method through the Barcelona Institute for treating adolescents and non-complex adults with scoliosis. Corey believes strongly in ongoing learning and has logged more than a 1000 hours of continuing education coursework over her professional career. Corey began training in visceral and neural mobilization with the Barral Institute in 2013, and made the transition to pelvic health in 2015, primarily studying through the Herman and Wallace Institute. She completed the first of two certifications for 3-D treatment of scoliosis through the Schroth Barcelona Institute in November 2016, and has also started the training process in cranial sacral therapy through the Upledger Institute in 2017. She is an active participant in mentoring and teaching in the clinic and has assisted in teaching for the Institute of Physical Art in the Functional Visceral Mobilization course. She had the honor of having the opportunity to travel to Japan on two occasions to assist her husband in teaching a total of three Institute of Physical Art courses to Japanese physical therapists. Corey is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Women’s Health Section, Interstitial Cystitis Association, and International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS), serving as co-chair for the medical research committee. In her spare time, of which there is not a lot, she enjoys exploring Brooklyn, cooking, eating what she cooks, trying new restaurants when she isn’t cooking, knitting, and a new found love for Pilates.

Joanna Lee Hess

PT, DPT, PRC, WCS

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Joanna received her Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her doctoral capstone in the relationship of abdominal adhesions in pelvic pain. In 2012, Joanna earned her Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) after submitting case reviews and undergoing a multi-day examination process demonstrating expertise in recognizing and treating asymmetries and adaptations of the kinetic chain patterns. She is one of less than 200 physical therapists to achieve this recognition from the Postural Restoration Institute. In 2015, the American Physical Therapy Association recognized her as a Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) after completing more than 2000 clinical hours specifically in women’s health, presentation of case series, and passing a rigorous exam. During her initial years of clinical practice in orthopedics, Joanna began her coursework with the Herman and Wallace Institute learning more about pelvic floor dysfunction and its relationship with the body. She started the Women’s Health program at her clinic in the Washington DC area. Her training and practice in complex orthopedic and pelvic floor dysfunction continued to grow at Restore Motion, based in metro DC area, with a focus on osteopathic principles from Michigan State University, trigger point dry needling, and modern pain science. While at Aspetar Sports and Orthopedic Hospital in Qatar, she helped to return athletes to competition and healthy lifestyles. Joanna has contributed to scholarly articles describing the distinctives of the women's health in sports performance and prolapse. Joanna’s entry in pelvic rehab came from an interest in biomechanical interdependence, multisystem relationships, and societal influences. While asking and listening for better answers, Joanna wants to synthesize the lessons learned across disciplines to provide a healthy environment for the resilient body. At Beyond Basics, Joanna contributes to the blog with a goal of spreading good information about regularly avoided subjects. Joanna is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Women’s Health, and International Pelvic Pain Society. In her free time, Joanna enjoys reading about topics appropriate for long dinners, exploring the neighborhood and world with her family, and jogging while self-correcting her movement patterns.

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