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.
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.
Deanna joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy as a physical therapy aide in August 2018. She was raised in Middletown, NJ and attended Middletown High School South where she played four years on the varsity soccer team and got rewarded as captain her senior year. In 2018, Deanna graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science from Montclair State University where she played Division III soccer on the Red Hawks soccer team. Throughout her college career, Deanna won an NJAC championship in 2014, made 3 NCAA appearances, and received multiple all-academic conference honors.
As an undergraduate Deanna worked for the Montclair State athletics department, coached soccer, and gained experience and a strong interest in physical therapy as an aide. She is eager to go back to school to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. In her free time, Deanna enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking, going to the beach, and concerts.
Alexandra "Lexie" joined Elite Physical Therapy in September 2019. She grew up playing many sports with soccer being her favorite. Lexie discovered her passion for injury rehabilitation and prevention at age of 15 following her own knee injuries. She went on to continue her education at Kean University where she graduated with honors and a BS in Exercise Science and Movement Performance.
During her time in college, Lexie began to expand her knowledge through various internships. At each internship she gained a different experience. Lexie took part in functional fitness, weight loss, sport specific training, and strength and conditioning. She wanted to share her experience with other students and help them gain knowledge as well. Therefore, she became the Founder and President of the Exercise Science Club at Kean University in 2018. Her passion to guide others in a fit and healthy lifestyle, lead her to become a certified NCSF Personal Trainer. Lexie now dedicates her time to researching the fascia system and working towards earning her CSCS certification. Her aspiration is to become a Strength and Sports Psychology Coach. In her free time, Lexie enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, taking photos, and spending time outdoors.
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.
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.