Staff Bios

Dave Knop  PT, OMT, CSCS, CPPS

Dave is the founder of livevital. He has trained extensively in and practiced Orthopedic Manual and Sports Physical Therapy for the past 20 years. His specialties include Sports Injury, Post-surgical cases, Movement Analysis, Performance Based Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation of Spinal Dysfuntion. He is a certified strength coach and works with High School, Collegiate, Professional and recreational athletes – including endurance athletes and people with a passion for being fit, active, vital. An avid lifter himself, Dave specializes in movement analysis and rehabilitation of lifters including olympic weightlifters, powerlifters and crossfit athletes.

Dave is a graduate of the University of New England and went on to study the Norwegian approach to manual therapy at the Institute of Manual therapy in Woburn, MA. He received Fellowship with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. He has lectured for the Maine chapter of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and received Club Coach certification in Olympic Style Weight Lifting. He continues to assist in the manual therapy lab at the University of New England and is an active member of APTA, AAOMPT, and NSCA.



Christian Jorns  DPT

Christian is a graduate of the University of New England’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. His treatment philosophy, and current studies, focus on treating the whole athlete – improving their function, performance, and quality of life through manual therapy and sport-specific training. An avid climber and lifter, Christian brings his experience in and out of the gym to his practice as a Physical Therapist at Livevital PT + Performance.







Alisa Knop PT

Alisa is co-owner and current office manager at Livevital.  She is a graduate of University of New England and a licensed physical therapist who has specialized in pediatrics for 14 years.  Alisa has practiced in both early intervention and several local school districts, including Sanford, Falmouth and Cumberland.  She has extensive experience in evaluation and treatment of children with special needs.  Alisa is a classroom volunteer in the Portland Schools and an active volunteer for both the Portland High School Football and Baseball Programs.  She enjoys running and has completed both the Maine Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon in Virginia.