Physical Therapy Department

Staff Bios

 

Nia Mensah, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT

Nia Mensah, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT

Name: Nia Irene Mensah
Title: Director of Physical Therapy Department
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHOPE Email: NMENSAH@iHOPENYC.ORG
Bio: Nia Irene Mensah, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. A native New Yorker, Nia is an advocate for children with disabilities and has been working with the pediatric population for over ten years. Dr. Mensah is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association. Experienced in research, her areas of interest include task specific training to improve brain function, neuroplasticity, utilizing outcome measures for the brain injured population and motor control acquisition as it effects gait velocity. Nia is experienced in providing hands on techniques using Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) that promotes recruitment of muscles to improve function (i.e. play) for children with neurological deficits. Dr. Mensah’s most celebrated achievements include serving the global community via international medical outreach to underserved communities in Dominican Republic, Trinidad, and South Africa. She believes that her participation in a multidisciplinary approach locally and abroad aides to her success as a clinician but most importantly to the success of her patients.
Family Origin: African American, Native American: BlackFoot Tribe

 

Cristina Belarmino, PT

Cristina Belarmino, PT

Name: Cristina Belarmino
Title: PT
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHOPE Email: Cristina.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Cristina Belarmino graduated with her Physical Therapy Degree from Emileo Aguinaldo College located in the Philippines. She has over 15 years of PT experience working overseas and within the states. Cristina began practicing in Pediatrics in 2009 and has worked with students with multiple disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, neurodevelopmental problems and other brain based disorders. Her bubbling personality shines in every aspect of her practice and she has begun to bond with our current Student population. She is an asset to our program and we are honored to welcome her into the iHOPE family.
Family Origin: Philippines

 

Krupa Mehta, PT, DPT, MS

Krupa Mehta, PT, DPT, MS

Name: Krupa Mehta
Title: PT, DPT, MS
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHope Email: kmehta@ihopenyc.org
Bio: Krupa Mehta, PT, DPT, MS earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Touro College, NY. She received her Master of Science in Kinesiology from Cal Baptist University, CA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from S.P.University, India. Krupa has over 7 years’ experience encompassing rehabilitative services in varied settings within the states and in India. She loves to volunteer for food drives, fundraising events organized by various organizations. She is a credentialed APTA Clinical Instructor, trained in Yoga and licensed in New York and New Jersey. She has been working with children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, brain injury, spina bifida and other motor disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders and behavioral disorders, from ages 3 and up. She is really excited to work with multidisciplinary team of International Academy of Hope in order to maximize the children’s potential for better quality of life.
Family origin: Indian.

 

Roberta Rodrigues, PT, C-NDT

Roberta Rodrigues, PT, C-NDT

Name: Roberta Rodrigues
Title: PT, C-NDT
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHOPE Email: Roberta.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Roberta Rodrigues PT, C-NDT hails from Rio De Janiero, Brazil. She completed her Physical Therapy course work at the Federal University of Rio De Janiero. She is a certified Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapist with experience with pilates and research with infants and motor development. She comes to iHOPE with over 8 years of experience and is very passionate about serving the population of children with brain based disorders. Roberta is a wonderful asset to our program.
Family Origin: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Danielle Rubinstein, PT, DPT

Danielle Rubinstein, PT, DPT

Name: Danielle Rubinstein
Title: PT, DPT
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHOPE Email: Danielle.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Danielle Rubinstein, PT, DPT earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Stony Brook University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stonehill College. Danielle has been working with the pediatric population for over five years in and out of New York. She has volunteered with Hippo-therapy programs. Danielle has traveled to Nepal to assist in the opening of a pediatric clinic/school. Danielle comes from a European background inclding: Italian, Polish and Russian lineage. She looks forward to working at the International Academy of Hope in a multidisciplinary team in order to achieve the children’s fullest potential.
Family Origin: Italian, Polish and Russian

 

Picture of Bhavini Surana, PT, MPT

Bhavini Surana, PT, MPT

Name: Bhavini Surana
Title: PT, MPT
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHope Email: bsurana@ihopenyc.org
Bhavini received her Bachelors and Master of Physiotherapy degrees from India and is pursuing an EdD in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has over 8 years of experience working with children with brain injuries. She has worked with children of different age groups and is passionate about combining the principles of motor learning and neurodevelopmental training to improve lives of children with brain injury. Her research projects include using intensive training in a camp and home setting for improving gross and fine motor function in children with CP. She has extensive experience in supervising therapeutic camps and data analysis for the clinical trials undertaken at the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Family Origin: India