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.

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)

I strongly believe that my experience at FCAP is responsible for my ease of entry into graduate school and academic success. I learned to think of the body as an integrated system rather than in isolation, which is integral to understanding pathophysiology and disease processes. I learned clinical skills, such as patient interviewing, how to conduct a physical exam, and documentation. But most importantly, I learned how to function as part of a team and how to advocate and care for those who are different from me.

Hailey Singleton (Intern 2020–22)

I consider my years at FCAP, two of the most rewarding and enriching years of my life. David’s model truly puts the patient first and taught me how to prioritize my patients' wellbeing.

Mary Moynihan (Intern 2017–19)

I don't think there is any undergrad experience like FCAP as I got to collaborate and problem solve situations like frontal plane instability and programming individualized exercise plans.

John Kim (Intern 2020–21)

They are an underserved population and we have had the opportunity to see how well they respond. That puts us ahead of the rest of the world in understanding. When we leave and get jobs elsewhere, we need to spread that knowledge. It’s up to us to catch the rest of the world up. We may be the ones to make a change.

Liz Wombacher (Intern 2021–23)

I was privileged to work at the Innisfree location in Crozet for two years where I found kindness, love, empathy, and family amongst the interns, clinicians, volunteers, and especially in the patients.

Hannah Enslen (Intern 2021–22)

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.