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Fitlife Fitness & Aquatics Inc
Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Staff

Joseph Zeleznock, MSPT
Owner/Operator

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.

 

Cheryl Nowlan, PT, DPT, Clinic Supervisor

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.

 

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 (Letty) earned a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University in 2003, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2006. She worked in developmental pediatrics at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. While at Cincinnati she received her Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University and instituted a Pediatric Balance Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, treating a wide range of disorders including concussions, BPPV, vestibulotoxicity (from chemotherapy and antibiotics), vertigo associated with migraines, cervicogenic dizziness, and vestibular hypofunction. She relocated to Philadelphia and started at FitLife in 2011. She specializes in vestibular rehabilitation and treats a wide variety of vertiginous and balance disorders. She enjoys improving patients' quality of life and helping them return to their peak level of function.

 

Chelsea Anne Snell, PT, DPT

Chelsea earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012 and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Long Island University in 2015. At Penn State University she worked as a Strength Trainer at the multiple recreation centers on campus, which further drove her passion for health, wellness, and an active lifestyle. After graduating with her DPT, Chelsea worked at NovaCare Rehabilitation prior to joining the Physical Therapy staff at FitLife. Through her graduate internships and work experience, Chelsea has treated patients with a wide variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, geriatric, work-related, and post-surgical conditions. Chelsea focuses on building relationships with patients through one-on-one treatment in order to improve their care and overall quality of life. Outside of physical therapy, she enjoys skiing with her family, traveling, dancing, weight training, and playing soccer.

 

Natasha Clarke, PT, DPT

Natasha earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2014 and earned her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University in 2016, graduating with honors in both clinical and academic excellence. While at Fairleigh Dickinson, Natasha played on the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Team. Natasha has worked within the medical field and held a passion for an active lifestyle. During her clinical internships, she gained valuable experience with a very diverse orthopedic and sports patient population as well as with a wide variety of pediatric patients. Natasha emphasizes a one-on-one approach with her patients. She focuses on manual techniques and education to both optimize movement and restore patients to their highest quality of life. Natasha recently moved to Philadelphia and is enjoying exploring the city and everything it has to offer. Outside of Physical Therapy, Natasha enjoys cooking, hiking, running, and reading.

 

Jaci McKenna, 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.

 

Michael Truitt, Exercise Physiologist

Mike graduated from Temple University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science. He bring 10 years of experience to FitLife, as he began sports performance and personal training while at Temple, and after interning with the strength and conditioning staff at the University of Notre Dame, he continued to follow that passion at various private training facilities. During his time training, Mike has developed a passion for educating people on proper movement patterns and training strategies that best achieve their goals and lead to long term health. He believes that fitness and physical health is an ongoing learning process both for him and the people he cares for. Mike has lived in Philadelphia his whole life and looks forward to continuing to do so while developing new relationships at FitLife.

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FitLife Fitness & Aquatics, Inc
7140 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215-753-8898