Orthopedic and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
Our licensed Physical Therapists hold doctorate degrees in physical therapy, with specialized training in pelvic floor health and orthopedic injuries.
- male and female pelvic pain
- bowel and bladder disorders
- endometriosis symptoms
- female fertility support
- labor and delivery preparation
- pelvic floor disfunction
- prostatitis symptoms
- pudendal neuralgia
- back and neck pain
- joint pain
- post-surgical recovery
- joint replacement
- injury prevention
- chronic pain
- balance and fall prevention
- sports injuries
- athletic performance enhancement
Denise Small, PT, DPT, Master Pilates Teacher
Denise combines her experience as a professional ballet dancer, Certified Master Pilates Teacher, and Licensed Physical Therapist to provide her patients with a comprehensive rehabilitative program. By combining her physical therapy practice with movement- and Pilates-based interventions, Denise takes her patients from acute and chronic pain states and progresses them to their full functional strength potential. Denise not only improves her patient’s pain complaints, she also helps them to avoid future reoccurrence of injuries.
Denise danced professionally for over 15 years with ballet companies across the country, including the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Kansas City Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New Chamber Ballet. Denise was certified in Comprehensive Pilates instruction and Standing Pilates instruction in 2005 with the Physical Mind Institute in New York City, and later completed the bridge program to be certified by Balanced Body University. While working as a Pilates instructor, Denise studied with Doris Pasteleur Hall and Lesley Powell, both Certified Movement Analysts through the Laban Institute, as well as Irene Dowd, Eric Franklin, and Tom Myers.
Denise received her doctorate in physical therapy in 2016 from SUNY Downstate University. Denise has spent the last two years specializing in male and female pelvic health, attending continuing education courses through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and receiving one-on-one training with the physical therapists at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in Manhattan.
Melissa Stendahl, PT, DPT
Melissa brings a unique blend of expertise to the physical therapy treatment table. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from Clemson University in 2004, when she was also commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. She served for over 11 years, transitioning to the physical therapy profession in 2010. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas State University in 2013. Melissa's movement background includes over 13 years of weight training and over six years of regular Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga practice and self study. She enjoys applying her extensive experience in athletics and leadership and management to coordinate individualized and multidisciplinary rehab plans with her clients. Her emphasis is on helping patients learn to help themselves in achieving mind and body wellness to maintain rehab gains and personal goals.
Melissa began practice in general orthopedics and sports rehabilitation in Texas and then Colorado before realizing a passion for male and female pelvic health and obstetrics. She took advanced coursework from the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and the American Physical Therapy Association, and moved to New York, where she specialized in orthopedics and pelvic rehab at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in Manhattan before practicing in Brooklyn.
Melissa currently specializes in men's & women's pelvic health, obstetrics (prenatal, postpartum, labor and delivery), visceral (organ) mobilization, and orthopedic manual therapy, and is one of fewer than 90 practitioners with a Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum from the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. To maintain a high level of professional competency, she attends 4-6 courses per year from the Institute of Physical Art, the APTA, Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, and The Barral Institute, and participates in community events and professional conferences.