Our staff is what sets FitLife apart. Each of our professional staff members have a degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology, physical therapy or a related field. Not only will you have the ability to learn from experienced and knowledgeable staff, but what we hope that you notice most about FitLife is the warm and friendly welcome you will receive when you enter our doors. We strive to provide you the absolute best service and environment possible.
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. Erin is originally from Virginia, and relocated to Philadelphia for college in 2001. She has since made the Philadelphia area her home with her two children. 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.
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 provided 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 in 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.
Michael Truitt, Exercise Physiologist
Mike graduated from Temple University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science. He brings 10 years of experience to FitLife, as he began sports performance and personal training 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 the Philadelphia region his whole life and looks forward to continuing to do so while developing new relationships at FitLife.
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 1,000 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.
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.
Sonia Maldonado, Personal Trainer
Sonia 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!
Ronald Collins, Personal Trainer
Ronald earned his Personal Training Certification and Diploma from the National Personal Training Institute, also receiving his Certificate for Nutrition. Ronald has a warm and friendly personalityand will make you feel at ease, whether you are brand new to the fitness center or a life-long athlete. He is passionate about achieving good health as a whole; mind and body. Seeking optimal health in his own life allows his to help others set realistic goals and achieve them. Whatever your goals may be, improving flexibility, losing fat, adding lean muscle, maximizing strength or training for an event, Ronald will strategically, thoughtfully and professionally help you make your goals a reality!
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!