Exercise our bodies as they are designed to be used to enhance functional longevity and health. Educate future health professionals to deliver optimal care and provide clients with agency over their health and well-being. Include every body, because everyone deserves access to high quality training in a fun and supportive environment.

Our Mission

Fried Center for the Advancement of Potential (a 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization) provides physical therapy intervention and medical fitness training to persons with and without intellectual disabilities through student intern clinicians in an inclusive environment.

Our Model

Clients receive high-quality, affordable, one-on-one medically-based training service.

Students receive high-quality, hands-on, cutting-edge experiential learning.

Benefitting as contributor and recipient has been the greatest experience of my life; I strongly encourage anyone going into health care to seek a position with FCAP.

Caroline Shevlin (Intern 2021–22)

FCAP will always hold a very special place in my heart and I treasure the years I got to spend there. It was a privilege to learn from David and get to know the co-workers at Innisfree.

Julie Hanson (Intern 2017–19)

FCAP exposed me to a wonderful community and reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in physical therapy. They welcomed me with open arms and it was one of the greatest opportunities I was ever blessed to have.

Tariq Jalil Carrington (Intern 2020–22)

I am endlessly thankful for this job and the people with whom I work – my colleagues and the people we serve, whom we call “co-workers” with respect for the interaction that improves each of us. My experience has helped me evolve into a more open-minded and empathetic caregiver.

Caroline Shevlin (Intern 2021–22)

At FCAP, you are surrounded by peers, mentors, and friends who help you grow in the best way as both a clinician and individual.

John Kim (Intern 2020–21)

This internship class and hands-on experience reinvigorated my efforts in UVA academics. The opportunity to work hands-on with clients one-on-one made me realize how passionate I was about this career path and how much work I was willing to put in to achieve my goal of becoming a PT.

Keila Strick (Intern 2016–18)

Our Interns

Our team of medical fitness trainers are students seeking careers in health care. Under the guidance of licensed physical therapists, FCAP provides the foundational skills necessary to advance in health-related professions through a combination of hands-on clinical experience and rigorous academic coursework. 98% of our interns have been accepted into the country’s top graduate programs.

Our Clients

FCAP provides one-on-one medically-based fitness sessions through physical therapy intervention, closed-chain functional exercise, and sports performance training. 

At our main campus, we serve individuals with intellectual disabilities and their community. In 2023, FCAP will open a second facility at The Student Health and Wellness Center at the University of Virginia to serve and train students.


We offer affordable services to individuals over the long-term. We offset our fees through donations.

Make a tax-deductible gift to FCAP, which is a 501c3 organization.