Dr. Wentworth was born and raised in Ames, Iowa. She attended West Virginia University on a volleyball scholarship where she played for four years, captained the team, and received all-conference honors. After graduating WVU with her B.S. in Exercise Physiology, she played indoor volleyball overseas before turning her attention to professional beach volleyball. Although volleyball was a true passion of hers, she knew her calling was sports medicine. She attended Widener University where she received her Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Upon graduation, Dr. Wentworth chose to specialize in sports and manual physical therapy in Montclair, NJ.
Following her residency, she worked as director of a sports physical therapy clinic in downtown Manhattan, NY. However, Dr. Wentworth decided to return to New Jersey, aiming her efforts at working specifically with competitive athletes and continue working toward her athletic training certification. She spent two years as team physical therapist for Monmouth University before passing her ATC exam in 2003. Dr. Wentworth founded Elite Sports Physical Therapy in 2003 and has since rehabilitated thousands of athletes in the shore area. Although she sees a variety of sports injuries, her specialty is the prevention and rehabilitation of ACL tears.
When not practicing, Dr. Wentworth continues to compete in semi-professional beach volleyball, as well as playing on an indoor team during the winter. Dr. Wentworth is an avid snowboarder and enjoys weekend trips to Vermont. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband Bobby Smith, founder of RYPT (Reach Your Potential Training), and their two sons.
Dr. Bade joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy as a staff therapist in August of 2009. He was raised in Fair Haven, NJ and played varsity soccer and basketball throughout high school at RFH. He attended Villanova University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance. After college he worked as a financial analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York City. However, his passion for sports and helping others led him to decide to pursue a career in physical therapy.
Dr. Bade received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His continuing education has focused on sports and orthopedic rehabilitation of athletes. He has also volunteered with the New York Giants medical services and training department at several of their football mini-camps. Dr. Bade's background in business has been an asset to the overall growth of Elite Sports Physical Therapy.
When not practicing, Dr. Bade enjoys a variety of sporting activities including basketball, golf, and skiing. He also enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, family, and friends.
Dr. Ostrzycki joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy in June 2017. Originally from Edison, NJ, Dr. Ostrzycki played 2 years of NCAA Division 1 soccer at Monmouth University before transferring to William Patterson University to pursue his B.S. in Athletic Training. During his time at WPU, Dr. Ostrzycki played soccer and earned multiple athletic and academic honors.
Upon graduating with his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training in 2014, Dr. Ostrzycki attended the University of Miami's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. While at the Miami, Dr. Ostrzycki worked with both the ice hockey and football teams as an athletic trainer and physical therapy student. In 2016, he earned the right to travel with the football team to their bowl game. Dr. Ostrzycki then spent two months at EXOS Physical Therapy and Performance Center in Phoenix, AZ where he worked closely treating professional athletes of various sports. He gained valuable knowledge in bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance through the use of manual therapy and corrective exercise techniques. He hopes to bring that insight to the high-energy environment at Elite.
Dr. Ostrzycki has participated in and helped co-author research studies involving novel techniques for concussion diagnosis and rehabilitation, as well as the use of technology to identify lower extremity injury risk and readiness to return to play following rehabilitation. In his spare time, Dr. Ostrzycki participates in multiple recreational sports leagues including soccer, flag football, and basketball. He also enjoys skiing, golf, spending time with friends and family, and is a self-proclaimed master of backyard games.
Dr. Fendrick was born in Rumson, NJ and attended Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. There, he was a two-sport athlete, playing both varsity soccer and basketball. Dr. Fendrick went on to attend Penn State University where he received his Athletic Training degree. This afforded him the opportunity to provide care for some of the top collegiate athletes in the country, working with the football, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, hockey, and field hockey teams during his time in school.
Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Dr. Fendrick attended the University of Delaware's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. There, he was able to study under some of the top physical therapy researchers in the field today. During the terminal internship portion of his education, Dr. Fendrick spent 10 weeks here at Elite Sports Physical Therapy as a student learning the nuances of rehabilitating high-level athletes in order to enable them to return to their desired sport. Upon graduation from Delaware, Dr. Fendrick joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy.
In his free time, Dr. Fendrick enjoys staying active any way he can, including playing basketball, soccer, and golf. He has been competing in triathlons since 2013, even racing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the Collegiate Club National Championships.
Dr. Cotta joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy in April 2021 following her last clinical rotation with Dr. Sharon Wentworth. Raised in the Monmouth/Ocean County area she attended St. Rose High School, Belmar, and was a three sport varsity athlete in soccer, basketball and softball all four years. Following high school, Dr. Cotta was recruited for soccer at Mount Saint Mary College, NY, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She earned the starting keeper position all four years, was honored as captain and participated in community service projects with her team. When completing her bachelors degree Dr. Cotta earned the honor of participating in "Basketball 4 Life", a mentorship program integrating important life lessons into the game of basketball.
Being an athlete all her life she wanted to integrate her knowledge in psychology with movement rehabilitation, so she applied to Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs to do just that. Dr. Cotta attended Mercy College's DPT program and graduated with distinction in the spring of 2021. While at Mercy, she was also inducted into the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy's (ACAPT) National Physical Therapy Student Honor Society for academic achievement (top 25%), leadership, service, research and for demonstrating strong moral character, ethics and the core values of the PT profession. While studying for her DPT, Dr. Cotta engaged in community events serving pediatric and adolescent children who lived in low socioeconomic areas. She also gained valuable experience in various clinical rotations involving pediatric and outpatient orthopedic setting
When not practicing, Dr. Cotta enjoys a variety of hobbies including basketball, biking and backyard games. In fact, she is currently undefeated in the very competitive game of can-jam. She also enjoys shell collecting, tropical vacations and family time at the beach with her long-time partner, Kris, and their dog, Kobe.
Alyssa was born and raised in Central NJ. As a dancer of 16 years she had been exposed to a number of injuries that can occur as an artist and athlete. She developed an interest in science and functional medicine early on, leading her to pursue her B.A in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Mount Saint Mary College in NY. Upon graduating in 2012, Alyssa worked in offices whose services included physical therapy, strength and conditioning, and later, acupuncture. Experience working with Elite Sports PT & RYPT as the office manager until 2015 strengthened her knowledge of patient care and various outlets of rehabilitation. Her background in dance also inspired her to enter a medical field where one can rehabilitate injuries with manual and holistic modalities.
Alyssa currently holds a Master's of Science degree in Acupuncture from Tri State College of Acupuncture in NYC & is nationally recognized as a Diplomat of Acupuncture. She is board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and certified in Clean Needle Technique (CNT) by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Alyssa is trained in three styles of Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese Style Acupuncture (KM), and Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM-'dry needling'/trigger point therapy). She is also educated in various non-needling techniques that are incorporated into treatment sessions, such as cupping, guasha, and tuina. These methods allow Alyssa to provide integrated and well-rounded treatments to patients seeking help for a wide variety of medical conditions ranging from pain management to mental health and wellness.
When not practicing, Alyssa enjoys traveling, reading, going to the beach & spending time with friends and family
Russell joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy in 2007 as the head strength and conditioning specialist. He attended Don Bosco Prep High School where he played both varsity basketball and track. He earned a full basketball scholarship to Monmouth University where he received his Bachelors Degree of Science in Business Marketing. Russell served as team captain of the basketball team in 2004 as well as earning the Joan Martin Award for overcoming adversity following hip surgery. He helped to lead the mens basketball team to two NCAA Tournament appearances.
After college, Russell attended graduate school at Monmouth and earned a Masters of the Arts in Corporate and Public Communication while serving as a graduate assistant for the president of the university. While in graduate school he also volunteered with Monmouths strength and conditioning program and worked at New York Sports Clubs as a master trainer. Russell wanted to continue in the field of athletics after college and focus on health and fitness, therefore in 2006 he received his CSCS through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Russell also holds certifications with the USA Weightlifting Coaching association as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach for Olympic lifting and a Functional Movement Screen Specialist through Perform Better. Russell has also increased his athletic training knowledge into the field of golf as a certified golf fitness professional through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).Now a certified Level-2 Fitness professional through TPI, Russell is extremely knowledgeable in building programs for athletes based on the proper foundation of mobility and stability and then through strength and power progressions. With his knowledge and experience, Russell is very effective in creating training programs for all sports with rotary movements, like golf, softball, baseball, tennis, lacrosse, hockey, football, swimming, and track and field.
His love for the outdoors brought him to hike 2,147 miles along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 2007. In his spare time Russell enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, backpacking, and spending time with his wife Caryn, daughter Brooklyn and son Russell.
Christina Bernal journeyed back to New Jersey after a three-year stint at Florida State University. She joined Florida State University in January of 2018 as a graduate assistant strength coach. During her time there, she studied Sports Management with a concentration in Strength & Conditioning graduating with high honors in May 2020. Christina spent the Fall 2017 semester as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Before Appalachian State, Christina worked at Reach Your Potential Training, a private sector in Tinton Falls, New Jersey where she worked primarily with high school, college, and professional athletes in field movement, strength training, and rehabilitation post-injury.
In 2016, Christina received her undergraduate bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland spending her final semesters interning with the strength and conditioning department. She is a former member of the Women's Track and Field team where she threw javelin from 2012 to 2016 competing in both the ACC and Big Ten Conference with two championship meet appearances.
Christina is recognized by the NSCA as a certified strength and conditioning coach, as well holding a certificate in USA Weightlifting. She plans to continue her education by completing a sports nutrition certification. In her free time, Christina enjoys cooking and spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Louie.
Patrick joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy in October 2020. He was raised in Yardley, PA and attended Holy Ghost Prep High School where he played 4 years of Ice Hockey and Track and Field, competing as a thrower. After High School, Patrick went on to attend Sacred Heart University where he received both his Bachelor's in Exercise Science (2017) and Master's in Exercise Science and Sport Nutrition (2019). During his undergraduate career, Patrick was a member of the Men's Track and Field team where he threw javelin. In his senior year, Patrick earned 2nd team ALL-NEC Honoree by placing second at the NEC championship. During his graduate career, Patrick worked as a Physical Therapy Aide in Westport, CT as well as interning at both Sacred Heart University's and Fairfield University's Athletic Departments as a Strength and Conditioning Intern. In his first year in graduate school, Patrick spent 6 months rehabbing a fractured ankle from an Ice Hockey injury. This experience has helped him motivate others throughout their own rehab journey and help them return to the sports that they love.
As well as working as a Strength Coach at Elite Sports Physical Therapy, Patrick also works as a Personal Trainer at RWJ Fitness and Wellness in Hamilton, NJ where he regularly conducts the Functional Movement Screen, writes up individualized workout programs, and trains a variety of clients including those with a multitude of conditions, weight loss, and the highly athletic. In conjunction with training, Patrick is also the Parkinson's and Bariatric/Diabetes Wellness instructor. Through this position, he has also taken 76 hours of continuing education classes ranging from Programing Design to Movement Science.
Patrick has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2019 and is continually looking for his next certification. In his free time, Patrick enjoys watching any Philly sports team, visiting National Parks throughout the country, staying active through his own training and spending time with his family and friends.
Cori joined the Elite Sports Physical Therapy Team in March of 2021. She grew up and currently resides in Manahawkin, NJ, where she attended Southern Regional High School. Growing up she played just about any sport you could imagine, thus birthing her passion for fitness and wellness. She fell in love with soccer at a young age, competing on a nationally ranked team throughout her teenage years and then continuing her career throughout her college years at both West Chester University and then Kean University. Cori graduated from Kean University in May of 2019 both as a Scholar Athlete and an All Conference Soccer Player.
While at Kean University, Cori earned a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science as well as a minor in Health. In addition, she obtained her Personal Training Certification through the National Council on Strength and Fitness in December of 2018. She has a plethora of experience in the fitness and wellness field through internships at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, Trident Fitness and Sports Performance, Arrow Physical Therapy, and with the Kean University Strength and Conditioning Coach.
In addition to working at Elite Sports Physical Therapy, Cori spends her mornings doing both One on One Personal Training and Group Training at Tilton Fitness in Atlantic City. Here she uses her knowledge to educate clients and develop individualized training programs custom to the clients goals and needs. Furthermore, Cori spends her nights and weekends coaching Youth Soccer. She works for multiple soccer clubs across New Jersey, sharing her passion for the game and incorporating her knowledge in Strength and Conditioning and Injury Prevention in hopes of motivating the young athletes to be the best player they can be.
When not working, Cori enjoys going to the beach, working out, and hanging out with her friends. In the future, Cori plans to continue her education and training in the fitness and wellness field in order to inspire and assist others to live their lives to their fullest potential.
Aaron joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy as a PT aide in August of 2020 and then became a Strength Coach in the winter of that year. He grew up in Brick, NJ, graduating from Brick Memorial in 2015. At Brick Memorial, Aaron was a four year varsity basketball player, earning All Shore accolades both his junior and senior years and just falling short of scoring 1000 points. He then continued his basketball career at Ocean County College for a year. After a year at OCC, Aaron transferred to University of Tampa, later graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree in Allied Health: with a concentration in Physical Therapy.
Aaron has a variety of experience in both the fitness field as well as the physical therapy field. Aaron has over eight years of personal experience with strength, speed, and agility training. Furthermore, he spent over 130 hours shadowing physical therapists through internships in many different clinics.
After suffering an ankle injury in high school and actually attending Elite Sports Physical Therapy for treatment, Aaron found his passion in the rehabilitation process, thus inspiring his future career goal. In the near future, Aaron plans to attend graduate school to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He hopes to work with athletes in an outpatient clinic . In his free time, Aaron likes to golf, ride his jet ski, workout, watch sports, and hangout with his friends. He also stays active through playing in men's basketball and softball leagues.
Caitlin joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy as office manager in October 2018. A resident of Middletown, NJ and growing up in a basketball family Caitlin spent her young life around athletics. She attended Mater Dei High School and was a three-sport varsity athlete. Having a strong passion for the medical filed and athletics, she pursued a degree in Athletic Training from Sacred Heart University. As a student athletic trainer Caitlin worked with Sacred Hearts D1 women's soccer team, the 2014 NEC Champions Pioneer Football team, and softball team. Her last rotation was working at one of Connecticut's largest public schools.
Upon graduation she was awarded the Gold Medal of Excellence and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training. Since joining the Elite family Caitlin continues to provide Athletic Training services to various organizations including: USA soccer and various soccer academies, local high schools, various football teams and baseball organizations. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys spending time participating in various sporting activities. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and going on outdoor adventures with her two Labrador's.
Alexis joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy in February of 2021. Raised in Neptune City, NJ, she attended Neptune High School where she was a four year varsity starter & captain on the soccer team. Junior year of high school she was recruited to play Division 2 soccer at Bloomfield College in New Jersey. Throughout high school she played club soccer and ended her club career at Cedar Stars Academy. During Freshman year of college, she suffered a season ending knee injury, undergoing an MPFL reconstruction which she rehabbed at Elite. After spending a year and a half rehabbing this injury she decided to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Alexis graduated from Bloomfield College in 2020 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Prior to working at Elite, she interned and worked at various physical therapy clinics gaining a vast amount of experience. In her free time she still kicks the ball around, watches soccer, enjoys drawing and doing hand embroidery.
After completing her internship in the Fall of 2019, Jordan officially joined Elite as a physical therapy aide. Raised in Howell, NJ, Jordan attended Howell High school where she was a two-sport varsity athlete and captain in tennis and lacrosse. Some of her accolades during her high school years included being a two-time Academic All-American and Coaches All-Division team.
Jordan graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University in 2019. She also played lacrosse for SRU alongside her sister. During her college career, she suffered back-to-back ACL tears, which lead to her own rehab at Elite. This drove her to learn more about injury prevention and sports performance training. She hopes to continue her education by attending grad school for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. When Jordan isn't perfecting her ice bag skills, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, reading, and is picking up golfing again.