Body Elite Physical Therapist Biography

Karie Newman, PT, DPT

Karie Newman, PT, DPT, CIDN

Director of Body Elite Physical Therapy

In 2001, Karie received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University. In 2003 she opened Body Elite Physical Therapy in order to begin the realization of her dream to offer quality orthopedic care to the people of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.  Karie then completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2004.

Karie understands that medical education is an ongoing process and, as such, continues to supplement her university education with courses that include:

  • Maitland manual therapy of spine and peripheral joints,
  • McKenzie Diagnosis and Treatment of Lumbar spine, Cervical and Thoracic spine,
  • evaluation and treatment of foot and ankle dysfunction and orthotics prescription,
  • myofascial release,
  • Stott Pilates rehab for spine and shoulder,
  • the pelvic rotator cuff,
  • low back and chronic pain syndromes,
  • obesity,
  • core stabilization,
  • pelvic pain and dysautonomia,
  • pelvic girdle dysfunction,
  • post partum care,
  • osteoporosis,
  • comprehensive treatment of the shoulder,
  • Therapeutic taping techniques, and
  • Conservative management of SI Joint dysfunction
  • Integrative Dry Needling Pain Management & Sports Rehab
  • Advanced Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Performance Enhancement

Karie is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic section.

She is also certified in Integrative Dry Needling, CPR and is a credentialed clinical instructor.

Karie and her husband are kept busy with their two daughters, black lab, boxer mix, and bunny.

Areas of Interest: Karie most enjoys treating spine disorders, prenatal and post partum issues, TMJ dysfunction, and foot and ankle problems.  She also enjoys treating young athletes, especially gymnasts and dancers.

 

Body Elite Physical Therapist Biography

Kara M. Prato, PT, DPT

Kara M. Prato, PT, DPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

In 2004, Kara received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She worked in a physical therapy clinic as an aide and exercise specialist which then encouraged her to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy.  She attended Shenandoah University and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009.

Her clinical experience includes the evaluation and treatment of sacro-iliac and spinal dysfunctions as well as orthotic prescription.  Her interests include treatment of a variey of diagnoses including TMJ dysfunction, lower kinetic chain dysfunction including orthotic prescription, chronic pain conditions and the promotion of overall health and wellness.

She has completed continuing education courses in the following areas:

  • McKenzie Diagnosis and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine
  • Treatment of Rotator Cuff Injuries of the Shoulder
  • Biomechanical Analysis and Treatment of Foot and Ankle Dysfunction and Orthotic Prescription
  • SpiderTech kinesiology tape clinical applications
  • Teaching clinical reasoning as a Clinical Instructor


She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Orthopedic Section of the APTA.  She is CPR certified and has certification under Virginia's direct access.

Kara and her husband enjoy living in the Winchester area with their three dogs, exploring the beautiful outdoors and many activities that this area has to offer.  They also enjoy spending time visiting with family and friends, near and far.

Body Elite Physical Therapist Biography

Christine Ehlers, PT, MPT

Christine Ehlers, PT, MPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

Chris Ehlers did her undergraduate work at Skidmore College, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Psychology. Chris spent the following 3 years competing and training 3-day event horses. During that period she did volunteer work at a center for therapeutic horseback riding in Northern Virginia. This experience led her to physical therapy as a career. Chris graduated from Shenandoah University in 1995 with a Master's degree in Physical Therapy. She has spent the last 17 years working in outpatient orthopedics treating all types of injuries including joint replacements, sports and work injuries, as well as chronic pain.

She has completed continuing education in the following areas:

  • LSVT BIG certification for patients with Parkinson's dx
  • Kinesiology taping and manual therapy
  • SASTM Method of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Strength Ball Training
  • McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for the lumbar spine
  • Mobilization of the Nervous System
  • Movement Dysfunction - SFMA

Chris has continued competing horses professionally and has added physical therapy continuing education courses on treating the equine as well as human athlete. Starting in May of 2015, she will be starting coursework to complete a PG Diploma/MSc degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy from the University of Liverpool. Her goal is to provide customized PT services to the horse and rider athletes as a team. Chris's other interests include hiking and skiiing.

Body Elite Physical Therapist Biography

Jennifer Benzin, LMT, MSW

Jennifer Benzin, LMT, MSW

Licensed Massage Therapist

Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Social Work and is Nationally Licensed by the NCBTMB. She has been practicing massage therapy and other forms of body work for almost 15 years. She began dancing at the age of three and discovered her love for movement and fitness in her early teens. Jennifer loves working with people from all walks of life. Over the last 20 years, she has had the opportunity to work with many individuals through providing counseling services, body work sessions, and teaching classes. She has recognized that no matter how different we believe we are, we are very much the same.

It is Jennifer's passion to assist and comfort individuals through various changes in their lives. This includes daily stress relief and injuries to traumatic events and life altering circumstances. It is a part of human growth to learn to 'flow with the ever changing tides in our lives'. Incorporating alternative therapies such as massage, energy work, yoga, and other forms of movement, we become better equipped to deal with and adapt to these changes. This allows us to tune into our bodies needs and our own intuitive guidance.

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