Ed Ash, PT, ATC, OCS, COMT, CSCS, SFG1, Owner
Ed is an Ohio-licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer, APTA board-certified orthopedic physical therapist specialist, IAOM-US certified orthopedic manual therapist, NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist. He graduated from John Carroll University with a Psychology degree in 1993, and Columbia University in New York in 1996 with a Master's in Physical Therapy. He has worked exclusively in private practices specializing in outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy in Ohio, New Jersey, and Alaska over the past 20 years. While in Alaska he worked closely with the founder and director of the IAOM-US Valerie Phelps, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMT, and helped grow and direct a multi-discipline pain clinic with physical therapists, health psychologists, and fellowship-trained pain physicians. He has been an invited speaker to national and local conferences and an associate faculty member and instructor for the IAOM-US continuing educational courses in orthopedic manual therapy for physical therapists. He and his wife Hillary live in Bath with their three children.
Annie Robertson, PT, DPT, SFMA, CFSC
Annie is a licensed physical therapist and a recent graduate of Cleveland State's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She first became interested in physical therapy as a young volleyball athlete. Her love for the positive and motivating community that playing sports creates solidified her plan to pursue a profession in health care. After a successful volleyball career in high school, she moved on to play Division 1 at Cleveland State for her four years of undergraduate school. She loves being able to work at ACTIV and help people learn how to achieve their goals, return to their active lifestyles safely, and encourage and motivate everyone who walks in the door. She is a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) and a certified SFMA practitioner. Annie and her husband, Scott, are very new parents to a healthy baby boy and are forced to show baby pictures daily to the staff at ACTIV. Her favorite Cleveland sports team is the Cavs, her favorite food is tacos (especially from Barrio) and she is an avid weight lifter and kettlebell dabbler.
David Ryland, PT, DPT, SFMA
David is a licensed physical therapist who joined TeamACTIV in early 2020 after graduating from Cleveland State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. David first heard of ACTIV back in 2013 and, after one day, it confirmed his career choice while making it his goal to work here. In May 2020, he will be starting the IAOM-US Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency at ACTIV. David is certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. David is also an experienced runner and has run every distance from the 100-meter to the 100-kilometer, his favorite being the trail 50k. He was convinced by his wife, Eva, to do more cross-training and has found a passion for kettlebells and rock climbing. You can also find David trail running with their dog, Rosco in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Alexa Siefker, PT, DPT, CSFC, CPT
Alexa is a Licensed Physical Therapist who graduated from Cleveland State's Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2018. She was a Division III collegiate track and field athlete at Ohio Wesleyan University where she ran hurdles and performed in the pentathlon and heptathlon. She Recived her BA in Exercise Science in 2015. Alexa has multiple certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) including Personal Training, Corrective Exercise, and Senior Fitness. She also has certifications with USA Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach and a local weightlifting referee. She is certified with Brand X Method for Youth Barbell Training and youth group fitness. She is a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) in the Boyle Method and a Level 1 CrossFit certified instructor. Additionally, she has experience in Crossfit partner competitions, Olympic Weightlifting, playing softball and volleyball competitively. Alexa LOVES being active outdoors and in her free time enjoys backpacking, camping, hiking, rock climbing, running, and reading about nutrition. Alexa lives in Grafton on 5 acres with her husband, David, and their German Shepard puppy, Maverick!
Juli Knapp, B.S., CSCS
Juli is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who graduated in 2019 from the University of Akron with her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Physiology. Juli found her stride at Walsh Jesuit High School where she and her team were 3-time State Champions in soccer. She played soccer collegiately at Bowling Green for two years. Ever since high school Juli has dedicated herself to her education in Exercise Physiology, learning how our bodies work at all different ages, and teaching others how to move beyond injury and unlock performance. In 2018, Juli took a deep dive into Power Lifting and competed at the Old School Iron Gym in Cleveland, winning her age group and weight class. She loves the challenge and technique that Power Lifting requires. Like a truly well rounded athlete, Juli has also begun her training for a Marathon by the end of 2021. You may have already met Juli here at the front office and been pleasantly surprised to see that she can do it all: explain your insurance policy to you and make you work hard on the Versa Climber! Juli is so excited to be a part of the ACTIV Team!
Shana Steinhouse, LMT
Jane (Shana) Steinhouse is one of our Licensed Massage Therapists here at ACTIV. She has been licensed since 2001, her certification from The Body Therapy Center and School of Massage near St. Louis. She has been a member of the ACTIV team since 2014. Before being a massage therapist, Shana she was a mental health and substance abuse counselor for 20 years. Her specialties include deep tissue massage, myofascial release, relaxation and sports massage. She also enjoys working with essential oils in her practice. Shana likes to walk outside, do yoga and her favorite vegetable is artichokes. She lives in Silver Lake with her husband, daughter and two crazy dogs.
Maya Myslenski, MD, DABMA
Dr. Maya is a board-certified medical acupuncturist, pediatrician, and attending physician at the Department of Emergency Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center. She has been an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine since 2003. Dr. Maya graduated from UC Berkeley Helms Medical Institute Acupuncture Course for Physicians in 2016 and has had additional clinical training with Dr. Mok for more than 1 year. She has experience treating patients in the hospital ER setting as well as private practice. She is actively involved with the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, serving on the membership committee.
"Acupuncture brought a new joy into practicing medicine for me. It allows me to spend more time with my patients and develop a different kind of relationship with them. It’s an old fashioned type of relationship; nurturing, kind and loving, where patience, listening and gentle touch are just as important as the treatment itself."
Theresa Roys, LMT
Theresa Roys has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 30 years. She attended the Ohio College of Massotherapy and Cumberland Institute of Wellness Education in Tennessee. Her specialties include chronic back and neck pain, sports injuries, stress reduction, headaches, and general health and wellness. Her techniques include deep tissue, neuromuscular, myofascial, acupressure, prenatal therapy, and Reiki. Theresa enjoys working with her hands to facilitate the healing process. She is grandma two-times over and enjoys cooking, gardening, and all kinds of fiber art!
Sujata Patel, RPh, CFMP, Mindset and Energy Coach
Sujata Patel is a Registered Pharmacist, graduating from the University of Toledo with Honors in Pharmacy Practice. She is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Reiki Master, and Chopra Center Certified Instructor for meditation and yoga. She received her formal training in mind-body practices directly under world-renowned authors and mind-body experts, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon at the Chopra Center for Well-Being in Carlsbad, California. Sujata merges Eastern and Western practices to help heal the body and mind as a whole. She has a health and wellness practice designed to help clients take control of their total health and well-being by balancing their bodies, transforming their minds, and empowering their spirits. Sujata serves on the Board of the rare disease patient advocacy organization, Cure VCP Disease, Inc. Her passion to help find a cure for VCP disease comes from multiple family members who have the active disease as well as asymptomatic VCP gene mutations. Sujata's greatest honor in life is being the mother to four amazing adult children. She enjoys sharing time with her husband, children, and parents. Her hobbies include walks in nature, boating, working out, and relaxing in her hammock with a cup of coffee.
Linda Wood, BS
Linda joined the ACTIV team in May 2019. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Kent State in Environmental Science with a concentration in Climatology.
Linda came to ACTIV as a patient after re-injuring a chronic shoulder issue while cutting down a tree in her bee meadow. She came to ACTIV on the recommendation of friend Shana Steinhouse. After many years of unsuccessful PT and countless other remedies, she found hope at ACTIV. She was able to recover fully from her shoulder injury and her years of pain and headaches went away. She believes in the "magic" that happens here and is proud to help make the entire experience positive for everyone because she has walked in those shoes for so long.
Linda is happily working at ACTIV as an Office Administrator. You may speak to her when you call in to schedule! She lives in Richfield with her two daughters and husband.
First and foremost, Karen is the mother of our beloved Annie Robertson! Annie was technically here first though. Karen has been a part of the team for these past few months and has grown into her Front Office Roll beautifully. Karen worked as a Legal Secretary for 20 years at the County Prosecutors office before staying home to raise her four beautiful children. Karen also worked at Saint Rita in Solon as the School Secretary for 15 years. She has coached J.O. Volleyball for 20+ years at Maverick Volleyball Club and loves helping and encouraging young women to challenge and push themselves. Currently Karen is the Freshman Volleyball Coach at Solon High School. In her spare time, Karen loves on her three wonderful grandchildren and staying healthy herself by walking and eating well.
Clara joined the ACTIV team in June of 2020. She is a current senior at Revere High School and plans to attend college next year with a major in history or business. Clara first came to ACTIV as a patient after a cross country injury, and has been a part of the family ever since. Clara works in the front office as a Next Day Specialist and Office Assistant. In her free time, Clara likes to go hiking with friends and watch movies with her younger sister.