Amelia J. Knarr PT
Managing Partner / Physical Therapist
- Hockessin, DE
- Rehoboth Beach, DE
- Wilmington, DE
Delve into the profiles of the dedicated professionals who power Elite PT’s mission in Northern Delaware. Our exceptional team of skilled physical therapists is spread across our Wilmington and Hockessin locations, working collaboratively to guide you on your path to improved wellness, recovery, and performance. With a shared commitment to elevating movement and life quality, our experts are poised to deliver tailored care that addresses your specific needs. Uncover the diverse talents driving your journey towards optimal health.
DE, MD, CA
Amelia graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Amelia founded Elite PT in 1993 in Newport Beach, California. In California, as Elite’s reputation grew, the practice developed and expanded to include 4 additional clinics in the Los Angeles area including the prestigious Los Angeles Athletic Club. In January of 2007 Amelia and her husband John relocated to the beach resorts of Lewes and Rehoboth, Delaware, and re-established Elite PT, LLC on the east coast. Since that time the practice has grown with the addition of three partners and two additional locations. Amelia has many years of experience treating athletes at all levels. These include players from the MLB, Oakland Raiders of the NFL, and from professional volleyball teams.
She has also treated PGA golfers, triathletes, cyclists, and dancers, as well as many collegiate and recreational athletes. In addition, Amelia has had the opportunity to treat Hollywood’s elite including many Oscar Award-winning
Amelia is passionate about the comprehensive approach Elite uses with their patients to help each of them achieve their goals and improve their physical health and performance. To ensure that each patient receives this level of treatment, Amelia spends most of her time mentoring Elite’s physical therapists by sharing the expertise and skill that comes with having over 30 years of experience in the industry. She believes that every patient should receive dedicated time with their therapist to truly make a difference in the success of their treatment.
Committed to nurturing the art of physical therapy with innovative ideas and treatment techniques, Amelia has been serving on the University of Delaware’s College of Health Science Advisory Board since 2015 collaborating with other professionals committed to the same level of excellence.
Functional Dry Needling Level 3, SFMA, FMS
Mark grew up playing soccer, basketball, and baseball but has gained an appreciation for all recreational activities while treating at Elite PT. He incorporates his training in dry needling and movement analysis to reduce pain and improve his patients’ ability to return to their lifestyles.
Pelvic Health, Dry Needling, CPR/EMR
Abby earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from DeSales University in 2021 where she gained experience working with patients in the acute care, inpatient, and outpatient clinical settings. Since starting with Elite in 2021, she has completed certifications to dry needle and treat our pelvic health population. Prior to physical therapy, she grew up swimming and continued competing at the Division I level at Lehigh University, where she also earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society. She uses her knowledge of swimming and passion for the sport to better serve our swim community via physical therapy. Her other areas of interest include yoga, meditation, nutrition and well-being, and travel to diverse cultures. Abby is excited to utilize her passion for movement and growing skill set to help people reach their goals of health and happiness!
Alex attended the University of Pittsburgh and received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in December 2020. Her summers working at the Elite HAC location is what inspired her to pursue a career in physical therapy and she is excited to now be back at Elite working as a full-time PT! She enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic issues as well as vestibular and concussion-based patients.
ART, Graston Technique
Andrew attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he was a varsity soccer player all four years. He graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Sports Medicine in 1986 at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama; followed by his Athletic Training Certification in February of 1987. Andrew then pursued and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in May of 1990.
Angela DiMauro is the friendly face you see at the Wilmington Clinic’s front desk. She has been employed with Elite PT since 2019. Angela’s administrative skills, attention to detail, and bubbly personality makes her a valuable part of the Elite team. She is so proud of being a part of a team that makes a difference in improving people’s lives. Outside of Elite, Angela is a Wellness Advocate with doTerra Essential Oils, where she passionately promotes the use of essential oils, is an active member of her church, volunteering for many of their initiatives, and being a lovable aunt to her nieces and nephews.
Functional Dry Needling Level 1, Vestibular Rehabilitation/Vertigo Treatment, Strength and Conditioning
Chris graduate from the University of Delaware Physical Therapy Program and has been with Elite PT since 2016. He enjoys helping a variety of different patients from high school athletesto individuals following orthopedic procedures/injuries to achieve their fitness/health goals and return to their previous way of life.
Clinical Instructor, Functional Dry Needling Level 2, CPR/AED
Erin is a native of Dover, DE whose interest and passion for Physical Therapy originated with her passion for athletics. Erin attended the University of Delaware, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, in 2009, and then went on to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. Erin has experience working with a variety of patient populations, ranging from athletes to geriatrics,and as part of the Elite PT team, she especially enjoys being able to use her manual skills and functional dry needling certification to rehabilitate patients.
Hayley graduated from West Chester University. She is a certified cycle instructor and has an active aging certification. She takes great pride in providing exquisite customer service. During her free time Hayley stays active by running, cycling, and teaching classes at the HAC. She enjoys relaxing in Stone Harbor, NJ as well as working in her garden. Hayley is a member of St. Marys of Assumption church.
Janet is a graduate of Wesley University and has worked in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. She is excited to join Elite PT and assist patients both at the front desk and behind the scenes to tackle insurance companies and ensure the patient has a smooth experience so they can fully focus on their rehab! She and her husband are avid Philadelphia Philles fans and she enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, reading, and flower and vegetable gardening.
Jennifer started as a patient in 2018 and joined the front desk team in February of 2020. She became a full-time Front Desk Liaison and Insurance Benefits Specialist in March of 2021. She attended the University of Delaware majoring in History with a Journalism Concentration. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, and photography in her spare time. She loves getting to know the patients and assists in keeping a friendly and courteous atmosphere at the front desk.
CPR, AED, CSCS
Kevin attended Lebanon Valley College where he earned his Bachelor’s in Health Science in 2018 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2020. Kevin played a variety of sports through the years including martial arts, track, and field, with focuses on soccer, lacrosse, and ultimate frisbee. His passion for weight lifting and strength and conditioning started in late high school which he continues to pursue to this day. When he’s not in the clinic, you can find him on the ultimate frisbee field, weight training, and spending time with his dog. Kevin has grown in his knowledge of rehabilitation through exercise in conjunction with manual therapy skills and is excited to continue his growth with the variety of experienced individuals surrounding him.
Functional Dry Needling Level 2, OCS
Kristen graduated from the University of Delaware with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. In addition to spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog, she is an avid marathon runner. She enjoys treating runners of all levels, using her knowledge and running experience to help them achieve their goal of completing their first race or setting a new PR. Kristen was voted the Best Physical Therapist, Readers’ Choice Upstate in 2020 for Delaware Today’s very prestigious Best of Delaware Award.
Lisa Osterlof is the Human Resources Operations Manager for Elite PT. She has been a member of the Elite PT team for the past 7.5 years. Lisa brings a career of management experience to her role at Elite PT. A native of Northern New Jersey, her husband’s corporate relocation brought Lisa and their family to Delaware 26 years ago. While Lisa has spent 27 years working in corporate positions, she much prefers and loves working for a smaller, more intimate environment, like Elite PT offers. Lisa very much enjoys working in the medical field where she feels she can make a more positive contribution. Lisa is very family-oriented and Elite PT offers the flexibility for her to be able to travel to visit her family in Santa Monica, CA. Lisa has 2 sons with 2 lovely daughters-in-law as well as 4 grandchildren who keep her young at heart.
Mirthe is originally from Wilmington, DE and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College where she also played Division III lacrosse. She then went on to graduate with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Widener University in 2023. In addition, Mirthe works as a high school girls lacrosse coach at The Tatnall School where she enjoys working closely with young athletes. Mirthe enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic and sports injuries and is excited to help athletes reach their full potential.
Nayra Reyes is one of the friendly faces you will find at our Hockessin location. Nayra has worked in the healthcare industry for the past six years. During her free time she enjoys working out at the HAC as well as playing with her dog Peanut. Nayra is always up for trying new things.
Shelley began working for Elite PT in 2017. She loves working at the reception desk at Elite because the patients always make her smile. Shelley attended Mary Washington College majoring in education and human relations. She lived in Annapolis for 15 years where she was Controller for Historic Inns of Annapolis for 14 years. Upon moving back to Delaware, she worked in a medical office as a patient liaison and then front office supervisor for 26 years.
Terri joined Elite in March, 2023 as a front desk staff member, having worked at her previous job for 37 years, she came to Elite PT with experience, dedication, and commitment. Her outgoing personality and love for helping others makes her a great asset to our team! In her free time, Terri loves spending time with her husband, visiting with family, and relaxing with a good book.
Functional Dry Needling Level 1, CPR/EMR State of Licensure: DE
Andy is a Wilmington native and graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelors in Athletic Training degree in 2011, where he worked with the university’s football and track and field teams. In 2017, he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Widener University. As part of his DPT degree, Andy completed a clinical rotation with the Phillies spring training in Clearwater, FL. Throughout PT school, he continued to work as an athletic trainer at Widener and with the 12U and 15U USA National Baseball teams. He continues to work as an athletic trainer with MOT Football and St. Andrew’s High School in Middletown, DE. Andy enjoys combining his athletic training experience and his manual therapy training to help patients achieve their peak potential.
Trevor is a dual certified Certified Athletic Trainer and Doctor of Physical Therapy. He grew up in Hockessin DE, graduated from Sanford School, and went to the University of Delaware for both his undergrad and graduate degrees.