Meet the team

 

DeAnna Schaefer
Owner

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 Master 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

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 Kennedy-Rynne, PT, DPT

Laura, PT, DPT, 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.

  

Emma Kim, PT, DPT

 

Emma Kim, PT, DPT graduated from University of Florida in 2014 with a Bachelors in Biological Engineering and a minor in Biomechanics. Afterwards, she pursued physical therapy at Arcadia University and got her doctorate in 2018. She has three years of experience in the outpatient clinic setting and recently started working in home health as well.  

Emma has worked with a wide range of patients including orthopedic, neurological, motor vehicle accidents, and vestibular. Her goals are to help relieve pain, improve quality of life, and to help reach patient's rehabilitation goals. Those goals can be as simple as walking up steps or returning back to a certain sport. Emma will ensure her patients stay educated and motivated during their course of treatment. Emma loves to stay active by running, working out, or playing flag football. Before the pandemic, she loved to eat at new restaurants in the city. Now she cooks fun new recipes at home experimenting with all cuisines.