Paspa Physical Therapy


Physical therapist in Manhattan, NY.

Pamela Paspa, PT


Pamela Paspa graduated magna cum laude in 1989 from New York University’s Physical Therapy Program. She immediately went to work at Mount Sinai Hospital, rotating through the acute care, inpatient rehab, and outpatient orthopedic departments. She soon realized that her passion was in orthopedics/Sports Medicine and through hard work and diligence she opened her private practice in 1999.

She takes a Total Body or Whole Body approach to treating her patients, locating the faulty movement pattern or muscle imbalance which is generating the pain or dysfunction.  Understanding this is key to finding the cause of a problem and not just treating symptoms. The goal is always getting patients back to the activity or sport they love. 

Pam and her staff continually strive towards excellence in patient care, exemplified through patient satisfaction surveys and physician recommendations to the facility.

Kristen Tomlinson, MSPT

Senior Staff Therapist

Kristen graduated summa cum laude from Long Island University’s Physical Therapy Master’s Program in 1995. She began her career with a prominent sports physical therapy practice specializing in orthopedic injuries of both professional and amateur athletes. As an athlete her whole life, she gained an appreciation of the physical and mental components needed to successfully compete. 

Kristen has spent her life playing many sports including softball, swimming, soccer, basketball, tennis, and golf. After college, Kristen played competitive rugby for over ten years lending to her experience with on and off-field sports injuries. She remains an avid tennis player and also enjoys swimming, diving, golfing, hiking, and any activity that takes her outdoors.

Hugo Verdi Fortin, DPT

Staff Physical Therapist

Hugo Verdi Fortin considers his profession more than a traditional 9-5 workday. He is committed to achieving his patients’ individual goals through teaching them to better understand their own bodies. His therapy technique reinforces his core philosophy that a body that moves efficiently is the key to a long and healthy life.

Hugo is a proud alumnus of Columbia University, holding a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has practiced outpatient orthopedic physical therapy extensively in the greater New York metropolitan area.

Outside of work, Hugo’s passion for health and wellness translates to his individual life. He is a former NCAA D1 tennis player and a member of the USTA 5.0 Men’s Tennis League in New York, with a tennis career stretching back to his childhood. Hugo competed both on a national and international tournament level. During his free time, he also enjoys playing both squash and basketball.

Stas Banartsev

Office Manager

Stas Banartsev has been employed at Paspa Physical Therapy since 2018. He began his career as an Aide, assisting patients with their exercise routines, before taking on the front desk duties where he learned the managerial aspects of the business. In 2020, Stas was named Office Manager where he now assumes full responsibility for organizing all of the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the office.

Stas has a welcoming and helpful demeanor that patients relate to and often praise. He takes the time to patiently explain insurance benefits to ensure patients have a clear understanding of their financial responsibility.

Stas says he finds positive interactions with patients to be one of the most rewarding parts of his job. He enjoys working with people and will go out of his way to help.

In his free time, Stas continues to play soccer on a weekly basis and spends a lot of time with his friends, family, and 2 kittens. He is a fluent Russian speaker and has plans to continue his education in the medical field. Stas is an invaluable member of the Paspa team and we’re so happy to have him working with us.

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