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A native of Evansville, Indiana, Elissa completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana University in German and secondary education in 2003. Following nearly 5 years as a high school educator and basketball coach, Elissa completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida in 2012. During her education, Elissa participated in the “pre-hab” labs for football, women’s and men’s soccer, gymnastics, women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball at the University of Florida Athletic Association to enhance physical performance and prevent injuries. Elissa has been practicing in Florida in the Tampa Bay area since 2012. Practice focus includes resuming normal, pain-free, apprehension-free activities and prevention of injuries for all individuals who wish to enhance quality of life. Experience with orthopedic, neuro, cardio vascular, wound care, and geriatric populations, and is LSVT BIG certified. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, evidence-based patient care is a priority. Personal interests include time with family & friends, basketball, working-out, and anything pool/beach oriented.