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Member Spotlight on Amy Stein PT, DPT

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

 

Amy Stein PT, DPT



Founder of Beyond Basics Physical Therapy 

 


February 2019

 

 

Amy Stein has been a member of NYPTA for 20 years. She was inspired at a young age by her stepfather, whose parents immigrated from Russia, who encouraged her to work hard and be successful. Which is why Amy is not only a successful physical therapist who has advanced the field of pelvic health therapy, but she is also an accomplished award-winning author. Amy's books, "Heal Pelvic Pain" and "Beat Endo: How to Reclaim Your Life from Endometriosis" are a wonderful resource for physical therapists and helps to advance the field of physical therapy. Amy currently owns and operates her own physical therapy practice in Manhattan, NY called Beyond Basics Physical Therapy.

 

Take a few minutes and get to know more about this month's member spotlight with us!  Enjoy the Q&A with Amy below.


 

How Long have you been a member of NYPTA?

 

 I’ve been a member of the NYPTA since 2000.

 

What do you enjoy most about NYPTA? 

 

 I love the community and collegial environment the NYPTA creates. The access to physical therapy and private practice resources offered are varied and thorough while also advancing the practice and profession of physical therapy through publicity and their political action committee.

 

Tell us a little about your background, and how your path led you to where you are in your career today. 

 

I’m the author of the award-winning book, Heal Pelvic Pain and Beating Endo:   How to Reclaim Your Life from Endometriosis, and creator of the video, Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain:  The ultimate home program for patients and a guide for practitioners.  I’m considered a pioneer and a leading expert in pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, women’s health, and functional manual therapy for men, women, and children.  In 2003, I founded Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in NYC which has locations in midtown and downtown Manhattan.  I served as President of the International Pelvic Pain Society non-profit in 2017 and remain on their advisory board. I co-edited Healing in Urology and have authored 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.  I lecture internationally, I am also featured in the Endo What? The documentary and have been on popular TV shows Dr. Oz and ABC’s 20/20. I’ve been featured in Elle, Prevention, Parents, Women’s Health, More magazines and New York Daily News and New York Post.

 

 During physical therapy school, a friend’s mother had a total hysterectomy which caused severe bladder and bowel symptoms, pelvic and sexual pain and dysfunction.  At the time, I was trying to figure out what was wrong. My graduate school was a problem based learning program, so professors tasked me with figuring out what she could have been doing to avoid and/or correct. I don’t think they had the answers either. I had a hunch regarding the root of the problem and one of my professors agreed. Far too many medical doctors, healthcare providers and physical therapists still don’t know what pelvic floor physical therapy is, or that it exists.

The lack of knowledge, awareness and medical education for this condition which affects millions sparked my interest in pursuing post-graduate training in pelvic health. This led to opening my private practice and dedicating myself to the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic health conditions in men, women and children. I’ve never looked back.

What’s the most rewarding part about your work and what are some challenges? 

 

It’s been really rewarding and eye opening both to watch my practice grow from 50 patients a week in 2003 to today with over 1,000 a month and 15 therapists. Pelvic pain is more common than people think. The number of patients we see reinforces this problem that goes under diagnosed and untreated. Both men and women have been told it’s ‘in their head’, even — to drink more wine or do yoga to remedy their pain. This condition is real and should not be swept under the rug with band-aids. The bottom line - listen to your patients. This sets aside my approach from other healthcare providers.

 

This hasn’t gone without challenges. Some healthcare providers still don’t recognize that patient’s pelvic pain and/or bladder, bowel symptoms can be musculoskeletal in nature. I had a very interesting exchange with a physician at the beginning of my career. I was treating a patient for vestibulitis. It wasn’t clear if it was nerve sensitivity or if there was a pelvic floor issues because there was also a bowel problem.  With pelvic floor physical therapy treatment, my patient showed improvements and was able to advance from an extra small to a medium dilator.  However, the physician called yelling that I was wasting the patients time and that the patient had a Vitamin D deficiency and accused me of not treating her patient well. She wouldn’t recognize the patient’s progress and that pelvic floor physical therapy can be successful.  

 

Many orthopedic surgeons have stated that pelvic floor physical therapy cannot help pelvic and back pain.  There is an orthopedic hospital in NYC who is known throughout the United States for treating many professional sports teams.  My team has explained that hip pathologies could be attributed to pelvic pain.  In the beginning they weren’t open to the idea but eventually there was acceptance and a proven correlation with a large population with urinary, tailbone symptoms and pelvic pain. There is still resistance and we have a long way to go.  

 

What is a typical day like for you?

 

I wear at least 100 different hats; patient care, business, financial, administrative management, marketing, mentoring within our office and outside our practice,community and healthcare provider outreach and awareness regarding pelvic health and volunteering for the International Pelvic Pain Society. My other love and passion to spread how essential physical therapy is and to support education and awareness through writing books and articles, doing podcasts and media interviews, supporting and encouraging my staff to grow, as well as advising people outside of work with their business and work aspirations. I attend CEUs and/or healthcare conferences throughout the year, participate and attend fundraising events with the office. I also have two kids, a husband and a new puppy and spend time with my extended family. I have a full plate!

 

 How do you make time to volunteer and be active in groups you’re involved with?  

  

It’s difficult, but if you have a passion for something you figure out ways to fit everything in. I’ve put a lot of time and effort into expanding pelvic health through physical therapy but also through other non-for-profit societies like IPPS, ISSWSH, NYPTA and APTA.  

 

 

Who is one of your role models and why?  

 

My stepfather, Ira Ingerman. He raised and educated me, and showed me unconditional love; he’s my inspiration. My heart hurts. He passed away suddenly this past year. He started out with nothing but had two loving parents who immigrated from Russia. He worked hard and was determined. His ethics and values had a profound impact on me. He was my mentor and advisor throughout my entire business career. He was always positive and gave great advice and direction. He taught me the value of a strong work ethic leads to success. I’m forever grateful and thankful that I had such a wonderful mentor during my journey.

 

 What advice would you give NYPTA members who are new to the profession and want to make a difference?  

 

1.  Find a good mentor you trust.

2. Communicate clearly with your patients, clients and your staff.

3. Be open to change and be flexible as needed.

4. If you are opening a new business or practice, you’re only as good as your in-house team and your outsourced vendors.

5. Be firm and consistent, but empathetic. I’ve made mistakes along the way, we’re all human, but I’ve learned from them. Keep going, keep learning and don’t make the same mistake twice!

 When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?  

 

With my family and my kids. We love to travel, ski and snowboard.

 

 What’s the most important trend you see today?  

 

Having a niche/specialty in the physical therapy world is important to stay at the top of your game.  

 

  


 
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