Back & Neck Pain
Lower back pain is a growing epidemic in this country. It is estimated that it disables seven million Americans each year.
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
Stott Pilates rehab for spine and shoulder
The pelvic rotator cuff
Low back and chronic pain syndromes
Pelvic pain and dysautonomia
Pelvic girdle dysfunction
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 and boxer mix.
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
Core Therapy using balls, bands, and balance
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 as well as having a Senior Fitness Instruction Certification.
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 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 and LSVT BIG for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She is also BLS/CPR certified.
Andrea and her husband are kept very busy taking care of their young and growing family, 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, keeping up with Pittsburgh sports teams, and attending performing arts events and sporting events.
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.
Kimberly Ahlemann, Certified Personal Trainer
Kimberly has a degree in Social Work with a minor in gerontology and psychology, she also holds a Senior Fitness Instruction Certification. For over 25 years she has worked with individuals with a variety of diagnoses and disabilities, both mental and physical. She has always enjoyed helping people become the best version of themselves by helping them to maintain or improve the quality of their life through health, fitness, and behavior management/modification.
Kimberly believes that a person centered approach is the best way to help individuals achieve their goals. She brings this training with her to Body Elite Physical Therapy and Wellness Center. Kimberly has been able to help people overcome obstacles by going the extra mile and creating a fitness plan as unique as the person she is treating.
Happily married with two children, Kimberly has always had some type of large dog from a Doberman to a Rottweiler, and now a Pitt Bull. In her spare time she loves spending quality time with friends and family and reading about health, fitness, wellness and nutrition.