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

 

Name: Archana M Bhatt

Title: PT, DPT
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHOPE Email:  abhatt@ihopenyc.org
Bio: Archana M Bhatt, PT, DPT earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of health professions in Boston. She received her Bachelors in Physiotherapy from Rajive Gandhi University in India. Dr. Bhatt has been working in the field of PT for more than 9 years nationally and internationally.  She has culturally diverse experience and has been working with pediatric population since 2009. Her area of interest includes NDT application for developmental disabilities in pediatrics and outpatient orthopedic-sports rehab. She is a certified Schroth therapist for conservative scoliosis spine treatment from the Schroth Barcelona institute, USA.
Family Origin: Indian

 

Cristina Belarmino, PT

Cristina Belarmino, PT

 

Name: Cristina Belarmino
Title: PT
Occupation: Associate Director, Physical Therapy
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

 

Bella De Guzman, PT, C/NDT

Bella De Guzman, PT, C/NDT

Name:  Bella De Guzman
Title:  PT, C/NDT
Occupation:  Physical Therapist
iHOPE Email:  bdeguzman@ihopenyc.org
Bio: Bella De Guzman graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Southeast Asian College in the Philippines. She has worked across all populations from Early Intervention, Adult, and Scoliosis patients. She earned her NDT Pediatric certification in 2014 and has been working with kids in an  outpatient, home, and school setting.
Family Origin: Philippines

Name: Dana Nicole Kelly
Title: PT, DPT, C/NDT
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHOPE Email: dkelly@ihopenyc.org
Bio: Dana Kelly, PT, DPT, C/NDT earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Dana is originally from Yonkers, NY and has lived in Manhattan and Queens after graduating before very recently moving back to Yonkers. She has 8 and half years experience at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Weill Cornell where working on every hospital unit from orthopedics, cardiac, burns, intensive care, geriatric, neurological, acute rehabilitation unit, and pediatrics. Dana has worked with all ages from premature babies to adults well over 100 years old. Dana has a passion for patients with neurological deficits and everything that is pediatrics. Dana mentored under skilled pediatric therapist who inspired her to receive her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) for both adults and children. NDT focuses on hands on treatment with specific hand placement, input, and movement that is unique for each individual and each desired result. She has also completed intensive vestibular (balance with use of eyes, senses, strength, and awareness; minimize dizziness) competency. Dana has also participated in volunteer work including pediatric prom at NY Presbyterian multiple years (she had more fun than the kids!!!) and service trips to Nicaragua and Haiti. Dana is looking forward to new chapter with working closely with all the wonderful kids, parents, and staff at iHope Academy.
Family Origin: Irish and Italian

 

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.

 

Name: Anna Plysyk
Title: PT, DPT
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHOPE email: aplysyk@ihopenyc.org
Anna Plysyk, PT, DPT, earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Touro College in Manhattan in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science, with a dance minor at Rutgers University. Anna has enjoyed helping children all her life. Between teaching youth classes at dance studios, and helping raise her younger brother through his early developmental years, Anna has found her passion in teaching. She was able to hone her skills through her graduate clinical inpatient and outpatient experiences. There she was able to work with patients ranging from premature infants to young adults. Anna is fluent in Russian, and immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine. Anna is thrilled to join the iHope team, and is eager make a difference in her patient’s lives! She looks forward to working with the physical therapy team to provide her patients with optimal care.
Family Origin: Ukrainian

 

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

Name: Anitha Sanisetty
Title: PT, M.P.T (Advanced Pediatric Neurology)
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHope Emailasanisetty@ihopenyc.org

Bio: Anitha Sanisetty PT, MPT earned her Bachelor’s and Master of Physical Therapy at Dr. MGR Medical University in Tamilnadu, India. Anitha has over 11 years of experience which includes Orthopedic/Neuro/Pediatrics (Hospitals and Home care) in India and with the pediatric population with various developmental, genetic, neurological disorders and autism spectrum in various settings (Early intervention/Preschool/ School based) in NYC since 2009. She is a credentialed APTA Clinical Instructor and licensed in New York. Her role model is her mom and she is inspired by the works of one the best Pediatric Neurologists, Dr. Kumaresan (Child trust Hospital, Chennai, India). Followed by her passion to work with kids, she feels that working as a Pediatric Physical Therapist is the best job in the world. She is very happy to join the team at International Academy of iHOPE to help the children at her level best.
Family Origin: Indian.

 

Name: Katherine Slattery
Title: PT, DPT
Occupation: Physical Therapist
iHope Email: kath.ihopenyc@gmail.com
Bio: Katherine Slattery graduated from Quinnipiac University with her Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2012 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015. Katherine is originally from Massachusetts. She has worked with children with special needs for over 10 years as a paraprofessional at summer camps, as a personal care giver, and most recently as a PT for a preschool for children with Autism. Katherine has clinical experience in pediatric rehab in the outpatient and inpatient settings, and with neurological rehab in the outpatient setting. Katherine is extremely excited to join the iHOPE family, to provide quality care for your children.
Family Origin: Irish, German