We are excited to announce that the fitness center will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021!

FitLife Staff Biographies

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 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. 

Erin Pizzeck

Fitness Operations Manager
Erin joined the FitLife team in May 2010, and has served as the Fitness Operations Manager since 2013. Prior to starting at FitLife, Erin worked in the fashion retail industry as store manager and visual merchandising manager to various flagship women's fashion retailers in the area. During that time, Erin also completed her Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design Communication at Philadelphia University in 2005, graduating at the top of her class in the School of Design. She has recently earned her Executive Master of Business Administration Degree through Villanova University's School of Business. Having previously lived in both Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill, she appreciates the unique nature of the community, and enjoys being a part of it daily by working at FitLife. She is infinitely inspired by the patrons of FitLife, and embraces the mindset that to live an active and healthy lifestyle sets the groundwork for life-long good health and happiness.

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.

Samantha Birmingham

Samantha (Sammi) completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Temple University earning the honor of Cum Laude, and later returned to Temple to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While at Temple for her Doctorate, Sammi was very active in the North Broad Street Probono Center, a facility that provides low- or no-income individuals free physical therapy treatment, and she was later inducted in to the Probono National Honor Society. Sammi also traveled to Guatemala while in school on a medical service trip where she treated a wide variety of neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions at various locations throughout the country. Sammi is highly dedicated to treating the underserved both locally and abroad. She prides herself in providing evidence-based treatment that is functional and effective to improve the lives of those that cross her path. Sammi enjoys singing and running in her free time and hopes to someday treat with FIMRC, an international organization that provides medical services to children and communities in developing countries.

Neil T. Boyle

Neil received his undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from Drexel University in 2016. While there he worked as a physical therpay aide at the Sporting Club in the Bellevue Hotel. He then went on to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Alvernia University. He has had the opportunity to work in various settings but found his passion in sports medicine and aquatic therapy. Beyond physical therapy, Neil occupies his time with various activities such as golf, fishing, yoga, snowboarding, and weight training. He enjoys cooking, traveling, and watching movies. His family owns a house in Wildwood Crest that he often visits on weekends. Having recently moved to Chestnut Hill with his significant other, Sarah, Neil is thrilled to return to the Philadelphia area and to join the FitLife team.

Megan Ritz

*Bio and photo coming soon!

Alexis Osmolowski

Exercise Physiologist
Alexis is currently a senior Kinesiology student at Temple University. After her graduation in May (2020), she plans to work as an exercise physiologist before pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, she moved to Philadelphia in 2017 and plans to stay in the city to take a year off from school and join the FitLife team full-time. Alexis is a member of two collegiate honors societies at Temple, and is Co-Captain of InMotion Dance Team. Her goal is to join a professional dance company in the area after graduation to continue her training. Her choreography will be showcased at the end of the semester, and she hopes to expand her experience in teaching, performing, and choreographing with new opportunities in Philadelphia.

Tricia Link

Exercise Physiologist
Tricia earned her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from West Chester University in 2018. After graduation, she spent time working locally in autistic support and then spent a year working as a physical education teacher at a middle school on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Now she has returned to the Philadelphia area, joined the FitLife team, and is preparing for a future in the occupational therapy field. In addition to health and fitness, Tricia enjoys following Philly sports (especially the Phillies as a retired Batgirl), traveling, yoga, and cooking.

Tara McGowan Canally

Personal Trainer
Tara received her Personal Training Certification, as well as a Certificate for Nutrition from the Personal Training Institute. She is a lifelong fitness fan, and as a dedicated personal trainer she helps her clients achieve their health and fitness goals with steadfast commitment. Tara has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals, from the novice to the seasoned athlete, and she is experienced in personalizing protocols to address her clients' specific wellness needs and objectives. Growing up in Chestnut Hill, and currently residing with her husband and son in Wyndmoor, Tara is very excited to be working back in her neighborhood!

Fran Kelly

Personal Trainer
Fran has been a fitness professional and group exercise instructor for the past 25 years. This work has been a passion as well as a rewarding profession. Fran started as an aerobics instructor in the area and continued certifications in personal training, step aerobics, Spin, Slide, TRX, Zumba and water aerobics. She has also worked with children's fitness programs. Fran is a Philadelphia native and is married with three children.

Janet Varley

Personal Trainer
Janet received her personal training certification from The National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in 2009 and has been working with a diverse clientele ever since.  She graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1987 and worked as an actuarial assistant and statistical analyst before leaving her career to raise her two children.  Her passion for fitness and nutrition is what led her to NPTI.   Janet takes a comprehensive approach to fitness by encouraging gains in not only strength but also power, flexibility, mobility and agility.  No matter what your fitness level or age is, she will help you train like an athlete – to find your weaknesses and eliminate them!  Janet focuses on improving muscle balance by using proper technique and movement patterns.  She also offers nutritional consulting to help you achieve your fitness goals and improve your quality of life.

James Hufford

Personal Trainer
Fitness and sports have always been a part of James' life, as he started playing youth sports at the age of five. As an adult, he began working in the criminal justice system to help juveniles, and now with adults as a parole agent. It was apparent to James the importance of staying in shape both physically and mentally and also to invest in some self defense classes for his safety. James has trained nogi BJJ for five years, and in the past five years has trained in boxing. While on vacation a few years back, James realized fitness, health and wellness were his passions and what makes him happy. He then enrolled in NPTI Philadelphia to get hands on training, graduating in October 2020 with a certified personal training diploma and basic nutrition certificate. In March 2021, James also received multiple boxing fitness certificates from the Box N Burn Academy in Santa Monica, CA. If you are interested in personal training or boxing fitness feel free to call, text or email James anytime!

Doris Swarn

Personal Trainer
Doris graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business, and later acquired her Personal Trainer Certification from the American Council on Exercise. Doris has always been fitness oriented, but it was her work with CAMcare and Cooper Hospital as a health coach that inspired her to pursue personal training. Her goal is to educate people of all ages about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle and to create fitness programs that help fulfill each person's goals. Doris has an extensive background in aquatics with certifications for USA Swimming and she has experience coaching both adult and youth swim teams. She also teaches water aerobics and Zumba courses around the city. In the spring and summer months, Doris participates on a competitive Dragon Boat Team and in fitness competitions. Doris is not a Philadelphia native, but it is a place she has come to call home.