PT, ATC, OCS, COMT, CSCS, SFG1
Ed is an Ohio-liscensed 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 sport 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 physchologists, and fellowship-trained pain physicians. He completed a mentorship in Boca Ranton, FL with Juan Carlos Santana, M.Ed., CSCS who is one of the world's leading experts in functional training. 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.
PT, DPT, CFSC
Annie is a licensed physical therapist and 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 sucessful 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 has interests in orthopedics and sports rehabilitaion. She has recently become a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) and is a certified sFMA practitioner. Annie will be taking several courses offered by IAOM-US and can sit for a few specialized certifications by the end of her year-long mentorship here 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.
BHS Pre-Physical Therapy, SFG1, CFSC
Eva is a 2016 graduate of Cleveland State University, receiving her degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Physical Therapy. She is a certified StrongFirst Instructor and Functional Strength Coach. Eva is exploring the idea of attending graduate school and receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy or Physical Therapy Assistant degree after some time off full of working, learning, and traveling. Eva helps with reception in the office, organization in the clinic, and helps with house exercises to ensure smooth operation for everyone. She feels very honored to have the opportunity to work and learn at ACTIV and to be a part of such a great team of professionals with the primary goal of helping others. Eva is also an avid trail runner, rock climber and yoga-enthusiast.
Kathy is part of our front desk staff. She joined the team in 2015 after a happy hiatus from her former career as an HR Manager from the R&D Center of ICI Paints. She obtained her undergraduate degree from BGSU; School of Journalism. A knee injury while ice skating brought her to ACTIV PT and the dedication of Ed and his staff made a lasting impression. She stays fit cycling, hill walking, kayaking, swimming along with basic gym training. Kathy also serves on the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation Board; the Board of Zoning Appeals of Brecksville; the Beautification Committee/Community Garden Board of Brecksville; and is a certified Master Gardener volunteer under the OSU extension. Kathy and her husband, Ken, have been Brecksville residents for twenty + years.
B.S. Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy
Ari is a front desk assistant who graduated in 2017 from the University of Akron with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Physical Therapy. Ari is currently in a gap year hoping to further her education and become either a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant. Ari stays busy in her gap year by not only working at ACTIV but also training for 1/2 marathons and golfing with her family. Ari knew that she wanted to become apart of Team ACTIV after completing an undergraduate observation practicum here. The warmth, education, and connection she felt with the team was when she realized that she wanted to be apart of team ACTIV.
High School Junior
Hannah is a juniorl at Medina High School. She works as an office aid at ACTIV a few days a week. She first came to ACTIV after she ended up tearing both of her ACL's playing soccer. She did both of her knee rehab's here at ACTIV. She wants to puruse a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy due to the love and compassion that she received here during her PT. She wants to help people who are going through difficult injuries to provide them the exercise and necessities to make their recovery as short and positive as possible. She likes sushi, snowboarding, and her least favorite subject is Chemistry.