Meet your provider
Ben Kalinkowitz, PT, DPT, MPA (he/him)
When I was 8 years old, my grandfather injured himself in a woodworking accident. The passion and kindness of the therapists he worked with inspired me; I went on to earn my Masters in Physical Therapy from Hunter College - CUNY, and my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas.
Over 15 years later, I have worked in a variety of physical therapy specialties: orthopedics, chronic pain, cancer rehab, and pelvic floor. While working at Veterans' Administration hospitals, I was part of a team that pioneered new ways to treat chronic pain, a practice area that I am still passionate about. My interest in male pelvic floor grew out of my efforts to help my chronic pain patients, who also often had pelvic pain. Despite the impact on their quality of life, they stayed silent about their pelvic issues, both because they couldn't find specialists to help them and because they were embarrassed and discouraged by their symptoms. Searching for a way to help, I began taking continuing education courses through Herman and Wallace and the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy to build my knowledge and ability to treat pelvic issues in people of all genders and anatomy.
In addition to my pelvic floor training, I am also certified in the McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT), and in Cancer Rehabilitation through the ReVital program. When not doing clinical work, I teach future physical therapists in Touro University's physical therapy program.
I started Step One Physical Therapy so I can give patients compassionate, private, and individualized care that meets their needs, unencumbered by an insurance company's bureaucratic hoops.