FITLIFE visits with daughter Samantha and friends Lucio DeFazi and Sergio Bonino in Rome Italy!

Ciao tutti da Italia! Hi everyone from Italy! Today is a special post with a trip to Rome to see my daughter Sami and my very good friends Lucio and Sergio. Sami is a Junior and business major at the Eller School of Business at the University of Arizona and is in Rome for a semester in their study abroad program. My two friends, Lucio and Sergio are both Fisioterpia, (Physical Therapists) that I worked with 28 years ago with Il Messaggero Basketball in the First Division of the Italian Basketball League.  Continue reading “FITLIFE visits with daughter Samantha and friends Lucio DeFazi and Sergio Bonino in Rome Italy!”

FITLIFE visits with long time client, Joanne Young

Today I spent some time with a truly remarkable woman, FITLIFE client Joanne Young.  Joanne walked into our first office on 85th Way and Royal Palm on April 4th, 1998 and has been a staple here ever since! What? That’s an incredible commitment for anyone and believe me her attitude, energy and enthusiasm are contagious and inspire both staff and clients alike.  Helping her stay in amazing shape over the years has been incredibly rewarding for myself and my staff.  Continue reading “FITLIFE visits with long time client, Joanne Young”

FITLIFE visits with Staff Exercise Physiologist, Ashley Stein, CSCS

Today I sat down with our sports conditioning specialist, Ashley Stein to dicuss her sports career, her education and the time she has spent with us at FITLIFE Health Systems.  Ashley was an outstanding athlete in both high school and college.  Her  athletic endeavors at Horizon High School included cross country, soccer and track & field, earning varsity letters in all sports by her senior year.  Ashley’s time on the athletic fields at Horizon culminated with Female Athlete of the Year award!  After graduating from Horizon in 2012 she accepted a soccer scholarship to Paradise Valley  Continue reading “FITLIFE visits with Staff Exercise Physiologist, Ashley Stein, CSCS”

FITLIFE Visits With Yoga Instructor Anton Mackey!

Today it’s a beautiful 75 degree day in centerfield where Anton Mackey is leading  a yoga class of 65 players from the Horizon High School Baseball team.  This is the 6th straight year that he has been instructing a 1 hour Vinyasa class for the program in the month of January, and it’s seriously the highlight of their off season training! It’s amazing to watch him teach, he connects with his audience no matter the number of students or location.  Continue reading “FITLIFE Visits With Yoga Instructor Anton Mackey!”

FITLIFE Visits With Orthopedic Surgeon, Angelo Mattalino


Today, a long time friend and associate dropped by for a few minutes to catch up. Dr. Angelo Mattalino, Othopedic surgeon and pivotal person in the beginning of FITLIFE Health Systems, Inc. Angelo was my team physician at Horizon High School in 1996 and friend of my past business partner, Dan Wright AT. They knew each other through professional baseball connections. Separately, we both confided in Dr. Mattalino our desire to advance professionally and he is responsible for introducing the two of us.  Dan and I both told him that we had similar thoughts about  beginning Continue reading “FITLIFE Visits With Orthopedic Surgeon, Angelo Mattalino”

FITLIFE Visits With The Amazing Edna Thomas



Today I spent some time with a very special person and former FITLIFE client – Edna Thomas. In December of 2000, Edna Thomas walked in to FITLIFE for her initial evaluation.  She was referred by her Internal Medicine physician for our LifeStyle Management program to include flexibility, strength and general conditioning. As I reviewed her intake paperwork I couldn’t help but notice that she was born in 1916.  Wow! She was 83 years old, looked amazing and acted 20 years younger. Continue reading “FITLIFE Visits With The Amazing Edna Thomas”

FITLIFE with Bill Brown, PT, ATC, SCS at TOCA Physical Therapy in Scottsdale

Bill Brown PT and John Neel AT

Last week I was out of town and unable to post to wish you all a Happy New Year.  I hope everyone had a safe and healthy start and are looking forward to 2018.  I know I am! It has been a great start for me on this Friday afternoon by spending some time with one of my best friends, Bill Brown.  Bill and I met in 1985 when I was hired as an athletic trainer at the Lincoln Institute for Sports Medicine and have been close ever since.  Continue reading “FITLIFE with Bill Brown, PT, ATC, SCS at TOCA Physical Therapy in Scottsdale”

FITLIFE With Yoga Instructor Angella Tortorici


On Wednesday afternoon from 12pm-1pm I get to spend an hour with our awesome Yoga instructor, Angella Tortorici.  Angella has been teaching this Vinyassa class for almost two years and it’s always a good challenge for both the mind and body.  We have anywhere from 3-8 participants with both beginner and advanced students.  If you find time on a Wednesday during lunch and want to relieve stress stop in and join us!  Continue reading “FITLIFE With Yoga Instructor Angella Tortorici”

FITLIFE with Rich Stark, Owner Of The Phoenix Ale Central Kitchen


Today I spent some time with good friend and FITLIFE member Rich Stark in our gym and at his Gastropub in central Phoenix.  Rich came to FITLIFE back in December of 2007, courtesy of our next door neighbors, Foothills Physical Therapy.  Like many active people who complete physical therapy, Rich wanted to continue his prescription exercise  Continue reading “FITLIFE with Rich Stark, Owner Of The Phoenix Ale Central Kitchen”

FITLIFE at Schwartz Laser Eye Clinic with Dr. Marc Bloomenstein

Today I am visiting with a a very good friend and FITLIFE Health Systems client, Dr. Marc Bloomenstein, at his office in Scottsdale. Marc is an avid fitness enthusiast who was referred to FITLIFE 3 years ago by our next door neighbors, Foothills Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. Marc began his journey with us in our Functinal Training Program continuing his rehabilitation exercises to return to his fitness activities including hiking, jogging and resistance training. Because of his commitment to fitness, he recovered from his injury, and now continues to use our LifeStyle Management program to improve his overall fitness level. Another busy client with a demanding schedule Marc makes time for himself 3 times a week!

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