Back & Neck Pain

Lower back pain is a growing epidemic in this country. It is estimated that it disables seven million Americans each year.

Chronic Pain

Body Elite Physical Therapy works with patients to reduce chronic pain. We offer various treatments, including dry needling, massage, and more.

Strains & Sprains

Severe sprains and strains can put a damper on enjoying everyday tasks. Our therapists have training in treating ankles, wrists, and other common sprains to reduce pain and promote healing.

Meet the Staff at
Body Elite Physical Therapy

Compassionate, Experienced Physical Therapists
in Winchester, VA

When looking for a new physical therapy clinic in the Winchester, VA, area, Body Elite Physical Therapy comes second to none. We treat a wide range of chronic pains and injuries, including back pain, osteoporosis, shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, and more. Call us today at (540) 535-7222 or contact us online for more information

Meet Our Therapists

Karie Newman, PT, DPT, CIDN Director of Body Elite Physical Therapy

In 2001, Karie received her Master’s 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 Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Shenandoah University in 2004. Karie understands that medical education is an ongoing process and 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


Core stabilization

Pelvic pain and dysautonomia

Pelvic girdle dysfunction

Postpartum care


Comprehensive treatment of the shoulder

Therapeutic taping techniques

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 most enjoys treating spine disorders, prenatal and postpartum issues, TMJ dysfunction, and foot and ankle problems. She also enjoys treating young athletes, especially gymnasts and dancers.

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

Kara M. Prato, PT, DPT, CIDN 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 Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2009.

Kara is a dedicated, evidence-based practitioner and continues to supplement her education through research, professional webinars, and continuing education courses including:

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


SpiderTech kinesiology tape clinical applications

Therapeutic taping, exercise, and manual techniques for treatment of lower extremity


Conservative treatment of patients with sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction

Vestibular rehabilitation

Core Therapy using balls, bands, and balance

Lymphedema management

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Practitioner Certification

Pilates workshops for the foot and ankle, hip, and spine

Integrative dry needling pain management & sports rehabilitation

Advanced neurologic dry needling for pain management and performance enhancement


Kara is also a clinical instructor and mentor to current physical therapy students, as well as students interested in physical therapy as a professional career.

She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Orthopedic Section of the APTA. She has certification under Virginia’s direct access law to evaluate and treat non-Medicare patients without a referral from their physician. She is also certified in Integrative Dry Needling and CPR.


Kara and her husband, Thomas, enjoy living in the Winchester area with their two daughters, Tenley and Harper. They enjoy exploring the beautiful outdoors and attending the many family-fun activities that this area has to offer. They also enjoy spending time visiting with family and friends, near and far.

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 three years competing and training three-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 disease

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. In May of 2015, she began 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 skiing.

Megan M. McIntyre, PT, DPT Licensed Physical Therapist

Megan McIntyre graduated from Shenandoah University in 2012 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and minor in dance. Megan immediately attended Shenandoah again and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2015.

Megan began her career in NOVA where she treated the adult orthopedic population and worked to develop a pediatric program at the clinic. Megan joined Body Elite Physical Therapy in June 2018. Megan believes in providing evidence-based practice and continues to expand her knowledge through continuing education and presentations.


Megan’s clinic interests are always to work toward helping everyone achieve their functional goals and get them back to living their life to their fullest potential possible.

Megan is also the owner of Milestone Pediatric Therapy, where she treats area children who have gross motor and coordination delays or pediatric specific orthopedic conditions. Milestone operates out of the front room of Body Elite (you will see all the toys through the window!). Megan belongs to the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Megan and her husband live in Winchester with their cat, Jackson. They enjoy ballroom dancing and going for hikes together. Megan also enjoys yoga, cooking, and gardening in her spare time.

Andrea M. Glantz, PT, DPT Licensed Physical Therapist

In 2014, Andrea received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Biology from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. While attending Grove City College, Andrea worked as an athletic training assistant for the Grove City Wolverine football team. In 2014, she became a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Andrea attended Shenandoah University and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2017. Andrea also took extra courses during her experience at SU to earn a master’s certificate in Performing Arts Medicine.

After PT school, Andrea moved back to her hometown around Pittsburgh, PA, where she began her career as a home health physical therapist. Andrea and her husband, James, missed the Frederick County area and moved back to Virginia with their daughter, Aria, in early 2019. Andrea joined Body Elite Physical Therapy in May of 2019.

Andrea’s certifications and specialties include performing arts medicine including dancers, gymnasts, musicians, and actor/actresses, LSVT BIG for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She is also BLS/CPR certified.

Andrea and her husband are kept busy taking care of their young daughter, their German Shepherd mix dog, and pet bunny, but enjoy spending free time with family and friends in Virginia and Pittsburgh, PA. Andrea’s interests include dance, camping, keeping up with Pittsburgh sports teams, and attending performing arts events and sporting events.

Lyle Wilson, MQT

Lyle brings more than 40 years of experience as a clinician, therapist, researcher, and teacher to his practice of clinical qigong.

He began practice in Dallas, Texas in 1979, providing healthcare services to clientele, including structural and functional evaluation, nutritional assessment and counseling, development and implementation of individualized exercise, therapy, and nutritional programs before moving to Winchester, Virginia, in late 2015.

Lyle’s educational background is as widespread as his life interests, including undergraduate degrees in biology and business, advanced degrees in theology, a doctorate in Western natural medicine and a diplomate in Oriental medicine, certifications in a number of manual therapies, and importantly, certification as a medical qigong practitioner with ongoing study toward a doctorate in medical qigong.

In addition to this clinical practice, Lyle is the president and chief researcher for a small nutritional supplement research and development company, has taught manual medicine at the professional and university levels, and lectures domestically and internationally on cell-level chemistry and its role in health and well being.

Austin Wernecke, PT, DPT Licensed Physical Therapist

In 2017 Austin received his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in psychology from Shenandoah University. He then continued school at Shenandoah and worked to obtain his Doctorate in physical therapy in 2020. While in school, Austin had a lot of experience with chronic pain, spinal conditions and hip pathologies.

One of Austin’s passions in physical therapy is manual therapy, however, he believes that the best treatment is patient centered. He is dedicated to being a life-long learner to always ensure he is current with the best treatment options for his patients. He looks forward to pursuing certifications in dry needling as well as strength training in the near future.

Austin resides just outside of Winchester with his wife, who is also a PT. He has been turned into a cat person since living with his wife. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors.