A Little More About the Team
Fit For Life Physical Therapy is led by a group of clinicians who are subject-matter experts in running/walking, cycling, and endurance sports. They have a passion for participating in these sports themselves and more than 100 combined years of experience, so they can relate to the challenges faced when an injury interrupts a path toward a particular goal.
As a 1989 graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe Simko brings more than 26 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 the 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. An avid runner since 1978, Joe has completed more than 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 Comtois 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 35 marathons and has been a 9:00 minute pace coach with Marathoners in Training for the last seven 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 Master’s 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 (SMS). 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 San Filippo brings almost 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 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 and also has experience as a high school water polo coach. 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.