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.
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 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.
Heather Lampe, PT, DPT, BFA
Heather graduated from Temple University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Temple University in 2007 with many distinctions, such as the Rose Vernick Most Promising Performer Award and Presidential Scholar recipient. Formerly a professional dancer and figure skater, she has performed in the Philadelphia region for multiple dance companies and independent choreographers. On affiliation in NYC, she completed an internship with Performing Arts Physical Therapy, specializing in onsite and in clinic care for performing artists, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and various Broadway productions such as Anything Goes, Mamma Mia, Porgy and Bess and more. After graduation, she practiced at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in the greater Philadelphia region.
Heather has a wide range of clinical experience with significant focus towards Myofascial Release, dance-based rehabilitation, orthopedic rehabilitation, concussion management, manual therapy and evidence-based practice. Her background with a diverse patient population emphasizes a commitment for one-on-one individualized care. She has a passion for integrating Pilates, functional movement, and manual therapy into treatment sessions.
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 bulding 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 in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 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 recently 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.
Cristopher Schwartz, Personal Trainer
Adopted from war-torn Romania and raised in historic Germantown, Cristopher began practicing a diverse range of sports from baseball to Kenpo/Taekwondo. A natural progression to studying sports psychology and kinesiology in college took place, and eventually led him to choose his first career as a personal trainer. Having worked in the field for 7 years now, Cristopher's sessions are one-of-a-kind. He combines science, experience, and passion to make the most out of each of his unique training sessions. So whether you need science-backed rehabilitation, sports-specific training, functional longevity support, or if you just want to be able to garden better or lose weight, Cristopher is the trainer for you!
Bridget Welz, Personal Trainer
Bridget Welz has earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science/Sports Management from Immaculata University where she also was a 4-year starter, 2-year Captain, and 1000 point scorer on the Women's Basketball team. Bridget's true passion for training and embracing a healthy lifestyle has influenced her training mentality of "Healthy Body=Healthy Mind". She is a Kettlebell Certified Trainer (KIWK) with experience and expertise in training clients of all ages and levels. Bridget believes that training not only makes you look and feel better physically, but benefits the mind tremendously.
What sets Bridget apart is her ability to work with people of all ages and abilities, whether you are looking for that extra push or you are new to the fitness world and looking to embark on a new journey, Bridget can give you what you need. With a focused and determined mind you can achieve anything. Bridget will be the light through the sometimes unclear fitness world of fitness. With her guidance and expertise she will push you to your limits to create a lifestyle of clarity connecting your body and mind. Bridget tailors her workouts to her clients' needs, goals and mentality.
Bridget Tobin, Personal Trainer
Bridget graduated from Temple University in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health. While attending Temple, she focused her degree on nutrition and health education. She gained experience teaching children and parents of the Philadelphia School District and YMCA healthy eating habits. After graduation, Bridget earned her certification for personal training from AAAI, and is currently attending the National Personal Training Institute. Bridget believes healthy eating and enjoyable exercise improves lifestyle from a physical, mental and emotional standpoint. Bridget believes in motivating and challenging her clients to ensure they see results. Today is the best time to make a change, and Bridget is here to guide you along in your fitness and nutrition journey. "Once you see results, it becomes an addiction!"
Fran Kelly, Personal Trainer
Sonia Maldonado, Personal TrainerSonia has always had a passion for fitness, previously having trained and competed in Women's Bodybuilding competitions. She has been teaching group exercise classes in the Philadelphia area for the last 5 years, and is currently a certified and licensed Zumba instructor, as well as a certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise instructor. She believes in "empowerment through fitness" hoping to motivate and inspire others to be the best possible versions of themselves. "I want people to leave my class feeling betther with themselves than when they walked in the door." Sonia was born in Puerto Rico and currently resides in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia; she has two children and two grandsons!
Peyton Weikert, Personal Trainer
Originally from Maryland, Peyton earned her certificate in Personal Training from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) via her local community college. She took educational courses ranging from Anatomy, Body Mechanics, Weight Lifting, and Personal Training. After earning her certificate in Personal Training, she decided to move to the Germantown area to continue her education in Commercial Photography, where she is now attending Antonelli Institute of Photography.
What makes Peyton different than most trainers is her interest in disability and injury within the fitness world. Peyton grew up with a brother who was diagnosed with Down syndrome which gave her the opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities starting from a young age. Peyton's motive for working within the fitness industry as a personal trainer is to increase clients overall well-being, improve quality of life, and improve overall functionality by working with stability, balance, and strength. After working in the fitness field for the last 2 years, Peyton has trained clients with blindness, paralysis, Down syndrome, Autism, Muliple Sclerosis, Hydrocephalus, Degenerative Back Disease, and rotator cuff injuries.