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About

Elite Physical Therapy was founded in January of 2001 by owners Diane Robertson and Christine McCauley. After ten years operating one clinic in Elkridge, we added a second location in Ellicott City. Our Elkridge clinic is conveniently located inside the Elkridge Athletic Club off of Dorsey Road. Our Ellicott City Clinic is located in Taylor Village, off Route 103 and New Cut Road.

Our education and professional backgrounds allow our staff to be versatile with many treatment techniques. Some of the techniques we utilize include soft-tissue mobilization, strain-counterstrain, therapeutic exercise, muscle energy, McKenzie technique, taping, joint mobilizations, specific return to sports/recreation, neuro-muscular re-education , ultrasound, traction, aquatic physical therapy, and electrical stimulation.

What separates Elite Physical Therapy from other Physical Therapy clinics?

• Evaluations are one hour in duration
• All follow-up visits are scheduled for one hour one-on-one with your PT
• No utilization of PTA's, aides, or trainers
• Excellent service
• Flexible hours
• Expert, attentive care by experienced staff
• Convenient locations

Our professionals treat each of our clients with one-on-one quality attention. As active members of the American Physical Therapy Association, all of our therapists participate in extensive post-graduate training to assure the latest research and most effective treatments are implemented. We pride ourselves in providing a high quality service and treat each client on an individual basis. Our physical therapists are committed to working with the patient, physician and other members of the health care team to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to assist patients in achieving their goals. We use evidence based practices to promote optimal healing for all ages and injuries.

At Elite Physical Therapy, we have proven results and excellent patient satisfaction. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Diane Robertson PT, MHSc, MTC

Diane Robertson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1984 at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She got a variety of experience in her first year working at a general hospital. After marrying in 1985, she moved to Virginia and practiced in an outpatient practice with five orthopedic surgeons. She relocated to Maryland and continued to work as an outpatient therapist.

Diane has a love of research and the pursuit of knowledge. She began to take graduate courses and earned her manual therapy certification in 2005 and completed her Masters in Health Science degree in 2007 from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Since that time, she has continued to study and has taken advanced courses in orthopaedics and craniofacial dysfunctions. She recently became certified in Strength Training for seniors.

Diane opened Elite Physical Therapy with her partner, Christine McCauley, in 2001. Diane treats all orthopaedic conditions, but also has a specialty treating craniofacial patients. Practicing at Elite allows Diane to spend time with each one of her patients and to use her manual therapy skills.

Spending time with her husband and three children is what Diane enjoys the most. She loves to travel and to get a sense of the local flavor of different places. She enjoys playing recreational soccer and participating in outdoor activities like gardening, hiking and skiing. She also loves to cook and read good books. Diane is also a co-owner of Turning Pointe Dance Academy.


Christine M. McCauley, MPT, BA

Christy was raised in Howard County, Maryland where she was very active in basketball, swimming, jump rope and softball. She became interested in physical therapy in high school after she suffered an ankle injury. It was her own rehabilitation process that ignited her desire to be a physical therapist. In her senior year of high school, she was involved in the Howard County Gifted and Talented Mentor program studying physical therapy. She completed research on high school athletic injuries and the data she collected was instrumental in getting Certified Athletic Trainers in Howard County. Christy went to Western Maryland College, where she got her Bachelor of Arts degree. At Western Maryland College, she played basketball and worked as a student athletic trainer for three years. She enjoyed working in the training room so much that she knew she wanted to be a physical therapist.

Christy received her Masters of Physical Therapy degree in 1998 from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In 1999, she was selected to present her graduate school research at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting in Seattle. After graduation, she has worked exclusively in out-patient orthopedics. In 2001, she and Diane Robertson opened Elite Physical Therapy in Elkridge, Maryland.

Christy enjoys private practice and working with such a skilled group of physical therapists. Being a part of a great team allows her to improve her manual therapy skills and learn from her colleagues on a daily basis. She likes collaborating with other disciplines, especially with our Acupuncturist and Occupational Therapist. She treasures the amount of times she gets to spend with each patient and is dedicated to helping her patients reach their personal goals. Christy treats a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions and is a Kinesiotape Practitioner.

In her spare time, Christy enjoys coaching basketball and soccer, being outdoors, traveling, photography and spending time with her husband and three daughters.


Deb Taylor, BS, PT

Deb grew up in Massachusetts and attended the University of Vermont where she played Varsity Basketball. She earned her Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy in 1988. Deb has worked exclusively in out-patient orthopedics. Her areas of interest include orthopedics, sports injuries, fitness training, running and endurance injuries.

Deb enjoys meeting new people, helping people recover and get back to the activities they enjoy. She is extremely knowledgeable in fitness and teaches her clients about fitness training and working to improve their entire fitness level.

Deb joined Elite Physical Therapy in 2005. She enjoys having the time to work with each client one-on-one for an hour. She provides a thorough evaluation for each client. She follows her evaluation with treatments that encompass her extensive manual techniques and comprehensive knowledge of exercises.

Deb works exclusively in the Elkridge office and she has developed a great relationship with the gym staff and the Elkridge community. She enjoys the gym setting and the access to the fitness equipment. She feels that clients return to Elite Physical Therapy because of the individualized attention that they receive.

When she is not working, you will find Deb training as a competitive endurance athlete. She enjoys participating in triathlons, marathons, and other running events. She completed her first Ironman in September 2012 and was an age group winner! She is currently training for 2nd IM for July 2013. She races, competes and fundraises for Team Fight, which is a cancer advocacy group for young adults with cancer. Deb has coached basketball for twenty-five years, including sixteen years as a Varsity High School Coach. She is the director of Coach Deb's Basketball Camp in Howard County and enjoys giving private basketball lessons.


Barbara J. Toy, PT, CSST

Barbara was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in California. She later attended the University of California, Berkeley where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences. After graduation, she traveled around Asia and lived in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan where she did language studies, worked and learned about the different Asia cultures. After four years, she returned to the States and studied at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center and later graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree/Professional Certificate in Physical Therapy in 1978. Barbara has practiced Physical Therapy for over 30 years. She has worked in a variety of settings, including public schools, hospitals and in outpatient practices.

For over half of her career, her focus has been working in the out-patient setting seeing orthopedic, neurologic and geriatric caseloads. During this time, her main interest has been in outpatient orthopedics. She has been working for Elite Physical Therapy for over ten years and enjoys the quality time she has with her patients and being able to customize each client's treatment program. She has an unwavering dedication and commitment to quality of care.

Barbara has a love of learning and continued professional development and has taken over 80 continuing Education / Advanced Training courses since the beginning of her physical therapy career. She has become a Certified Senior Strength Trainer, Kinesio Tape Practitioner and ETPS Neuromechanical Pain Management Clinician as well. Her courses have covered a diverse group of topics ranging from Pediatric, Neurologic and Neurodevelopmental treatment studies earlier in her career to Orthopedic /Manual Therapy coursework later on. She has combined her diverse educational background with her many years of clinical experience to provide the best eclectic approach to her therapy.

Barbara enjoys being a Physical Therapist because she is interested in helping others. She finds it rewarding to see how physical therapy approaches can improve the function and quality of life for her patients.

Barbara loves the outdoors, listening to her book cd's, supporting the fine arts, attending cultural events, doing recreational sports (bike riding, sailing and skiing) and traveling. She likes seeing new places, meeting new people and learning about other countries in the world. Barbara enjoys spending time with her husband and high school daughter. She is busy with her daughter's extra-curricular activities and volunteers at her church. Barbara enjoys an active and balanced life with continued personal, spiritual and professional growth.


Sarah Sivitz, MPT

Sarah was born and raised in Oklahoma, where she developed a love of health and physical fitness by playing a variety of sports. She became interested in physical therapy during her undergraduate studies in biology at Washington University in St. Louis. She went on to pursue a Master's in Physical Therapy degree there in 2001.

Sarah gained 9 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics in the San Francisco bay area prior to moving to Maryland. She joined the Elite Physical Therapy team in 2012. Sarah has a comprehensive approach to her treatments, heavily emphasizing manual therapy, patient education, and individualized exercise prescription. She has continued to develop her skills through a variety of continuing education coursework including functional mobilization and Australian manual therapy. Sarah strives to create meaningful relationships with her patients to help them achieve their goals and also realize their potential. When she isn't working, you will find her running in the park, playing with her two children, or gardening in her backyard.