DeAnna Schaefer, M.S., P.T. is passionate about helping people to heal. And it is this passion that drove her to open Elkins Park Physical Therapy.
DeAnna attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in Biology. She then received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. During her time there, she earned an Honor’s Distinction and the prestigious Clinical Excellence Award. Since graduating, she has attended numerous continuing education courses with an emphasis on orthopedics. She has also completed advanced training in Graston Technique® and Myofascial Release. DeAnna continues to expand her knowledge and expertise to this day.
With over 20 years of experience in the field of physical therapy, DeAnna has seen many sides of physical therapy practices. She brings the best of what she has learned to Elkins Park Physical Therapy. While she strongly believes in a science based approach to therapy, she balances this with a passion for putting people first. This means that she is acutely aware that each patient is a person with individual goals and reasons for being there.
Kelly Conard, PT, DPT graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2013 with a Bachelors in Rehabilitation Sciences and certificate in Pathokinesiology. From there, she went on to achieve her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2016. Kelly has 4+ yrs experience both in the outpatient orthopedic setting as well as the subacute inpatient rehab setting.Kelly is comfortable treating both neurological and orthopedic conditions as well as chronic diagnoses. Kelly is knowledgeable in manual skills such as joint mobilization, soft/deep tissue mobilization and IASTM(instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization).Kelly aims to make your rehab both functional and effective with creative exercise prescription specific to your needs. Her focus is to educate each patient about their condition and form an individualized plan unique to them and their goals. Kelly enjoys staying active and healthy by practicing crossfit, running and hiking. She also enjoys spending time with her family and dog.
Laura is native to Delaware County, PA where she currently also resides. She graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Sport Management and went to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University. She has several years experience in outpatient orthopedics and has specialized in dizziness conditions such as concussion and vertigo. She has otherwise rehabbed a variety of patients from the neighborhood running club, to professional MLB and tennis players, to military officers. She has had a research abstract published in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and is currently completing vestibular and educational research to be published in 2022. She also has been a teaching assistant in several doctor of physical therapy programs in the area including Temple University, Jefferson University, and currently University of the Sciences. Laura enjoys hiking and running and playing with her kids.
Sarah Clarke, PTA graduated from University of South Alabama with a Bachelor’s in Health Science. Seeking more opportunity, she relocated from Alabama to Pennsylvania and enrolled at Harcum College. There she obtained her Associates Degree for Physical Therapist Assistant. Sarah is known for her southern hospitality and open-door policy. She is adventurous, loves working with people, and utilizing her knowledge of physical therapy to help people return to living their best life. Sarah likes to stay active by hiking and weight lifting. She finds joy in the small things that life has to offer. She also enjoys photography, scrapbooking and writing poetry