Joe is one of the region’s top physical therapists for runners & walkers and is available to you for sports medicine physical therapy at our FFL location inside FrontRunner on Lane Avenue. As a 1989 graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe brings nearly 30 years of physical therapy and sports medicine experience to Fit For Life Physical Therapy. Joe has a special interest in running biomechanics, injury prevention, foot and ankle injuries, cross country running, and fabricating custom foot orthotics. Before joining FFL, Joe served as a Senior Physical Therapist at both MAX Sports Medicine Center and The Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center, where he specialized in treating running & walking injuries. With one of the most recognizable names in Columbus sports physical therapy, Joe also has been an avid runner since 1978. He has completed 20+ marathons, qualified for the Boston Marathon 14 consecutive years, and has a marathon PR of 2:45. Joe lives in Upper Arlington with his wife, Sherry, and their children, Alec and Erin.
Laura graduated with a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Notre Dame College, Manchester, NH in 2002. She went on to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University, NH in 2007. Laura began her career in 2002 in Columbus, OH, treating the general outpatient orthopedic population. Throughout the years, Laura has developed a strong passion for treating endurance athletes. She has continued her education related to athletes, runners, and cyclists, and was certified in bike fitting in 2010. Laura truly enjoys the detailed analysis, physical assessment, and treatment of the runner/walker and cyclist. On a personal note, Laura has enjoyed adventure racing, a long distance, multi-discipline (trekking/orienteering, running, mountain biking, paddling) sport since 2006 with her team “Only MOSTLY Lost.” She’s fortunate to have a supportive husband and two young boys who allow her to get “lost” in the woods occasionally!
Sean delivers 30+ years of experience in physical therapy and athletic training to Fit For Life Physical Therapy. As recent president of the ambulatory division of a large local health system, he brings knowledge, excitement and credibility to FFL. Personally, he has completed 38 marathons and has been a 9:00 minute pace coach with Marathoner in Training for the last eight years. Sean studied physical therapy and athletic training at The Ohio State University and earned a Masters of Science in Health Administration at Oklahoma State University with a thesis regarding the role of custom foot orthotics in preventing leg injuries for athletes. Sean served as an athletic trainer at both Ohio State and Oklahoma State with the football, baseball, basketball, and track & field teams. He spent 15 years in Birmingham, Alabama as a senior vice president in sports medicine with Drs. Andrews, Lemak, & Clancy and founded Sports Medicine Specialists (insert a live link to www.sportsmedicinespecialists.com). Sean and his wife, Lou Ann, have four beautiful children – Alex, Emma, Ava, and Lily.
Frank Haller received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from The Ohio State University in 2015. He put himself through seven years of PT school by working at FrontRunner, so he has years of experience in gait analysis and proper shoe fitting for runners and walkers. Frank has an interest in treating the outpatient orthopedic population, with a particular interest in caring for endurance athletes. He has clinical experience in a variety of outpatient settings including the OSU Endurance Medicine program and the Cleveland Clinic. Frank enjoys running and cycling and has completed both the Columbus and Cleveland full marathons along with a variety of 5K, 10K, half marathon, and relay races over. Frank is originally from Northeast Ohio, but now lives in Hilliard and continues to be a fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland sports.
Amy San Filippo
Amy brings 14+ years of experience to Fit For Life Physical Therapy. Most of her experience is with outpatient orthopedics, but she also has experience working in various other settings, including skilled nursing facilities, Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine, and the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at Mount Carmel West. Amy enjoys working with triathletes of all levels, from sprint to Ironman distances. Amy has been a swimmer and runner since she was 6 years old. She is a marathoner and triathlete who began competing in triathlons in 2000, and this past summer, she completed Ironman Delaware. She has experience as a Level III ASCA Swim Coach, a high school water polo coach, expert triathlon coach, and Girls on the Run mentor. She is a member of the United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and is a certified running coach and triathlon coach ASFA, as well as a member of WOWSA (World Open Water Swimming Association). Amy received a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from OSU in 1996, her Master of Physical Therapy, also at OSU, in 2003, and then completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Marymount University in 2008. Amy lives in Lewis Center with her husband, Dan, and their four children.
Dana Brown is a physical therapist assistant who treats patients primarily with the Fit For Life Physical Therapy team at our Lane Avenue location. She graduated from Bradford School - Columbus in 2018 with her Associate's Degree of Physical Therapist Assistant. Prior to PTA school, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs and spent all her life in Illinois until moving to Columbus in 2016. Dana enjoys the outdoors, being active, exploring coffee shops, and spending time with friends. She also enjoys running leisurely and occasionally participates in local races. She lives in Grandview Heights with her husband, Calvin.
Andy is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with 8+ years of experience, a Father, a Husband and an ultra-runner. He enjoys working with fellow endurance athletes and finds fulfilment in helping all his patients reach their goals. Before becoming a licensed PTA, Andy was a personal trainer for more than 3 years focusing on general fitness and powerlifting.
Andy began running in 2008 and fell in love with distance racing. He and his wife ran their first Marathon in Honolulu (2013) and both started running Ultra distances a few months later. Andy has a 50-mile trail PR 10:50, ran 90 miles in 24 hours, 100-mile PR of 27 Hours 17 Min, and a distance PR of 147miles at a 72-hour race in 2016. He has completed R2R2R twice, summited two Colorado 14ers, completed the Boulder Skyline Traverse, the Yosemite Valley Traverse, and the day before he came to work for Fit For Life Physical Therapy he placed 10th at the Dawn to Dusk to Dawn track ultra with 12 hours in a thunderstorm.
For their 10th Anniversary, Andy and his wife, Anne, ran 200 miles at the same 72-hour race in 2016. They take their daughter on most of their adventures, including camping at 13,000 feet, trail running, and cycling long distance. Andy knows every adventure begins with a single step and along with Fit For Life Physical Therapy would like to help you take yours.