Joseph Zeleznock, MSPT
Joe is owner and operator of FitLife as well as a Licensed Physical Therapist.
Joe received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Exercise Physiology. After graduation, he gained experience as an exercise physiologist in numerous outpatient physical therapy settings. From these experiences, his passion grew to open his own center that would provide comprehensive care for the patient and fitness member alike. He later moved to Pennsylvania and completed his Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Neumann College. Throughout graduate school, Joe managed a Wellness Center which afforded him the opportunity to gain experience operating a full wellness center including both fitness, aquatics and rehabilitation.
Joe remains passionate about opening many FitLife facilities which include both fitness and rehabilitation under one roof guided by highly trained staff while providing the best in customer service. Joe continues to treat patients at FitLife in our physical therapy department, as well as operate the business.
Madeleine Spencer, PT, DPT
Madeleine grew up in Philadelphia, graduated from Masterman High School in 1995, and then went on to the University of the Sciences to pursue her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy. She began working at the Philadelphia Medical Center in 2000 where she had the honor of working with our military men and women. She worked at the VA for 10 years gaining experience in outpatient physical therapy, acute care, rehab, and long-term care. She was a part of the Polytrauma team who provides assistive technology in order to maximize the quality of life for brain injured and wheelchair-bound veterans. During this time, Madeleine also completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy through Temple University.
Madeleine is married and a mother of 2 beautiful children. She believes in trying to learn something new everyday.
Leticia English, PT, DPT
Leticia earned a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University. After graduation she worked in developmental pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia for one year, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital for four years where she specialized in neurological and orthopedic disorders. While at Cincinnati she received her Certification of Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University and instituted a Pediatric Balance Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, treating a wide range of dizziness and balance disorders including concussions, BPPV, vestibulotoxicity (from chemotherapy and antibiotics), vertigo associated with migraines, cervicogenic dizziness, and vestibular hypofunction. She has recently relocated to Philadelphia with her husband and is looking forward to improving patient's quality of life, and helping them return to their peak level of function.
Valerie Malizzia, PT, DPT
Valerie grew up in Bucks County and is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science in 2011 and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy in 2013. While at LVC, she became involved in the C.U.R.E. Clinic, a student-run outpatient physical therapy clinic which serves the uninsured and underinsured members of the surrounding college community. Valerie was a four year starting pitcher for Lebanon Valley College's softball team, and has always been interested and involved in athletics, injury prevention, and injury rehabilitation. Val is enthusiastic and passionate about becoming a new member of FitLife's team as a Physical Therapist, and is eager to provide quality, individualized care to all patients.
Cheryl Nowlan, PT, DPT
Cheryl earned her Bachelor's Degree from Sacred Heart University in 2009 and her Doctorate in 2012. While at Sacred Heart, Cheryl was the captain of her dance team which finished fourth in the nation in Collegiate Division 1 Dance. In graduate school, Cheryl traveled to Guatemala with a group of physical therapy students to provide physical therapy services at various locations throughout the country. After graduation, Cheryl worked at a private outpatient clinic in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and then at the Yale University Health Center in New Haven, Connecticut. Originally from Havertown, Cheryl is very excited to be back in the Philadelphia area, and looks forward to treating patients at FitLife. Outside of physical therapy, Cheryl enjoys running, dancing, playing soccer and traveling.
Jaci McKenna, PT Operations Coordinator, Exercise Physiologist
Jaci graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and a concentration in Physical Therapy. While attending Bloomsburg, she worked in the student recreation center and gained experience personal training. She completed her internship at an outpatient rehabilitation center and realized that helping people improve their physical condition was very rewarding. Through the years Jaci has come to believe that exercise is a key aspect to living a long, healthy life. Working one-on-one with patients and building relationships is something Jaci truly enjoys. In the future, Jaci would like to go back to school to become a licensed physical therapist. She played softball for 15 years and coached a children's team. She has always liked sports, anatomy and physiology which makes her a perfect fit at FitLife!
Caitlin Schaff, Exercise Physiologist
Caitlin received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December of 2009. After graduation she moved to Oklahoma where she worked at Community Hospital in their Outpatient Therapy Department for two years. She and her husband moved to Minnesota where they both worked at Mayo Clinic for a year before relocating to Philadelphia. Caitlin enjoys working closely with patients, helping them recover from all different types of injuries, and ultimately enabling them to return to their everyday lives. Ultimately, Caitlin would like to attend graduate school and become a physical therapist. She believes that FitLife is a great, unique environment for helping patients maintain an active lifestyle after they have completed therapy.