Physical Therapy 

 
 
 
 
Denise Small, DPT

Denise Small, DPT

 
 
Melissa Stendahl, DPT

Melissa Stendahl, DPT

Denise Small, DPT

Denise Small, DPT, earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Downstate in 2016. She specializes in pelvic floor rehabilitation.

Highly skilled in all aspects of physical therapy, Denise is seeing clients at Court Street on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, and Tuesday & Thursday at Union. 

Denise was certified in Pilates instruction and standing Pilates instruction with the Physical Mind Institute and Balanced Body University.

She has studied with Doris Pasteleur Hall and Lesley Powell, CMA, while continuing her education with Irene Dowd, Eric Franklin, and Tom Myers. Denise has danced professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and the New Chamber Ballet. 

 
 

Melissa Stendahl, 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 pending her Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum from the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Pelvic Pain Society. 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.

Conditions Melissa treats include: male and female pelvic pain; bowel and bladder disorders; bladder pain; dyspareunia; endometriosis symptoms; female fertility support; labor & delivery preparation; pelvic floor dysfunction; post-prostatectomy; prostatitis symptoms; prenatal; postpartum; pudendal neuralgia; sports injuries; vestibulitis; and vulvadynia.