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.
Chris joined Elite Sports Physical Therapy as a Staff therapist in August of 2022. He was born and raised in Manasquan, NJ, graduating from Manasquan High School class of 2013. Chris was a multi-sport athlete and played football, hockey, and lacrosse. He continued his football career playing 4 years at Gettysburg College and was elected Captain for his Senior year. He graduated in 2017 earning a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences. Facing multiple injuries throughout his collegiate career helped guide Chris towards pursuing a career in physical therapy. He went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Seton Hall University, class of 2021, where he graduated in the top of class with Honors.
While at Seton Hall, Chris worked at Elite Sports Physical Therapy for his last clinical rotation under Wes Ostrzycki. He has a passion for rehabilitating those who have been injured in sport. He understands how injuries can hold an athlete back from doing what they love and works his hardest to get them back safely. Chris is working towards a Hip Preservation Certification through the Hospital for Special Surgery in treatment of non-operative and operative hip disorders with a special interest in hockey players.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys staying active playing ice hockey in a local men's league. He also enjoys playing tennis, golf, running, cycling, and weight training.
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.
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.
Caroline was born and raised in Monmouth County, NJ and attended Manasquan High School. There, she was a member of the Academy of Health Careers and was on the track and cross country teams. She attended Quinnipiac University where she graduated a year early with a degree in Business Administration and Management and was president of the Quinnipiac Running Club.
Her passion for health, wellness, delivering value, and providing patient-focused care led her to pursue her master's degree. She will be graduating from Strayer University in 2024 with a Masters in Health Services Administration and a concentration in Clinical Care Management. Caroline has a love for crossfit and outdoor sports including paddleboarding and hiking.
Becky grew up on the Jersey Shore and still resides in Monmouth County. She graduated from Manasquan High School in 2021 in the top 8% of her grade. She participated in Key Club, Hands Together Club, and was a member of the Spanish and National Honors Societies. She is a strong advocate for health and fitness which stemmed from her injury in 2022, resulting in surgery.
Soon after, she began rehabilitation at Elite Sports Physical Therapy and discovered her new passion. Now joining our team, she is perusing a career in exercise science in hopes of helping patients get the best possible care in physical therapy. When she isn't at work, she can be found reading, weight training, swimming, or behind her camera photographing wildlife.