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)

FCAP was the single most important, informative, and rewarding experience of my undergraduate term. I can confidently say that my understanding of anatomy, my clinical reasoning, and interpersonal skills were significantly advanced due to my time at FCAP.

Nickolas Roche (Intern 2018–21)

Participating in FCAP's intern program allowed me to enter PT school feeling secure in my understanding of basic anatomy and biomechanics, so much so that I was able to explain concepts to my peers and often act as a resource for them.

Caroline Williams (Intern 2016–17)

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)

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)

What sets my experience at FCAP apart from my other practicum experiences is that it is uniquely hands-on and evidence based, which necessitates a level of critical thinking and problem solving that neither of my other practicum experiences came even close to matching.

Callie Redmond (Intern 2019–21)

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.