Dr. Rosalea Acap Knight, DPT, ATC, CKTP, GTS
Dr. Rosalea Acap Knight is the founder and clinic director of Elite Care Physical Therapy. She began her career as an Athletic Trainer after graduating from Salisbury University’s Athletic Training Program in 2005. She worked as the head athletic trainer to University of Maryland’s Competitive Cheerleading team and as an assistant athletic trainer to University of Maryland’s Football team from 2005-2007.
After furthering her education and graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2010, she worked as a clinic director for outpatient physical therapy clinics all over Maryland. She spent time in Bowie, College Park, and Dunkrik.
In 2014 Elite Care Physical Therapy was established in Deale, MD. Dr Knight is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the National Athletic Trainers Association, and the Kinesio Taping Association. She is active in her community as a board member of the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Southern High School ICST team, and in the Anne Arundel County Public School STEM program.
In her free time she enjoys boating, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family, especially with her husband and two children.
Valerie Downs, PTA, CKTP, GTS
Valerie Downs has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since graduating with an Associates degree from Anne Arundel Community College’s CACHE Program in 2010. She’s a certified Kinesiotape practitioner, has completed a massage therapy program and loves studying myofascial release techniques. She has worked in outpatient clinics throughout Calvert, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties. For several years she also specialized in aquatic therapy for a variety of patients. She has experience treating general orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, and post surgical patients. She also has treated patients involved with strokes and spinal cord.
In her free time she enjoys taking advantage of local southern Maryland activities on land and water with her two sons.
Ryleigh Cox, PTA
Ryleigh is a Physical Therapist Assistant. Ryleigh graduated Summa Cum Laude from the CACHE PTA program at Anne Arundel Community College in 2020. Throughout her curriculum, Ryleigh gained experience with a variety of diagnoses working in clinical rotations of both land and aquatic therapy in skilled nursing and outpatient facilities.
Ryleigh has a passion for fitness and played soccer growing up, which sparked her interest in physical therapy. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends at the beach or boating on the South River.
Ryleigh is very excited to begin her PTA career with Elite Care Physical Therapy and will be seeing patients at both the Deale and Chesapeake Beach locations.
Dr. Rachel W. Rosenberger, DPT
Dr. Rachel W Rosenberger began her career after graduating from the University of Maryland College Park in 2014, where she received her B.S. in Kinesiology. She worked as a PT aide for one year in the Odenton/Gambrills area for two outpatient PT companies before moving to Salisbury, MD to further her education. Rachel attended and graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018. While in school, she gained experience working in a variety of settings including acute care at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, outpatient-neuro at Anne Arundel Medical Center, and two outpatient orthopedic clinics in the greater Annapolis area. One of her internships was with Elite Care Physical Therapy; she enjoyed her time with us so much, that she came back to begin her career as a physical therapist!
In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, family, and friends hosting game nights and attending various sporting events.
Charles Sclater, MPT, GTS
Charlie graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with his Masters in Physical Therapy Degree in 1997. Since then he has been a practicing physical therapist in 3 states and multiple settings including acute care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation centers, and his favorite, out-patient orthopedics. He has taken extensive continuing education courses in conservative and post-surgical shoulder rehabilitation, knee joint and ACL injury rehabilitation, and evaluation and treatment of temporo-mandibular dysfunction.
Charlie opened and was the sole owner of Bayview Physical Therapy in Chesapeake Beach from 2011-2014. He recently joined Elite Care Physical Therapy in 2017.
When not at the office Charlie enjoys spending time with his family boating, jet skiing, and skiing. An avid soccer coach he enjoys spending time working with kids from 5-18 teaching them the game he has come to love.
Shannon Herritt, PTA
Shannon has been a Physical Therapist Assistant for 3 years since graduating from The College of Southern Maryland in 2017. Prior to receiving her Associates degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, Shannon received her Bachelors of Science degree in Health Sciences from James Madison University. While in school and beginning her career, Shannon obtained experience with multiple diagnoses through working with pediatrics, patients with neurological impairments, and orthopedic conditions. She has worked in the outpatient rehab setting since beginning her career and loves watching patient’s gain their quality of life back! Shannon has a special interest in Pediatrics. She loves children and loves to watch them progress and heal all while having fun!
In her free time, Shannon loves spending time with her family. She has a toddler daughter at home who keeps her very busy and full of joy! She was born and raised in Calvert County and loves to serve at her local church. Shannon enjoys being in nature, particularly hiking and snowboarding!
Michelle Seanger Rude, PT, DPT, CLT
Michelle received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2003 from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore. She has been practicing for over 18 years with experience in multiple settings to include hospital acute inpatient care, outpatient, pediatrics and subacute rehabilitation. Michelle’s interests include orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, amputee rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, oncology, and lymphedema.
Michelle has extended her education to include advanced training in cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema and amputee rehabilitation. Michelle received her certification in Lymphedema in 2008 as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and continued her education to include cancer rehabilitation.
Michelle’s ultimate goal is to help others in every possible way through providing comprehensive individualized care so patients can achieve their own personal goals.
In her free time, Michelle loves spending time with animals, working at Maryland Therapeutic Riding, being outside hiking with her dog, enjoying time on the water boating, fishing or kayaking, and last but definitely not least, spending time with family and friends creating fun memories.