Josh Fischer: Host and Co-Founder
Dr. Josh Fischer is a residency trained Physical Therapist who specializes in orthopedic physical therapy. He has a strong interest in helping athletes of all ages restore and maintain their overall health in order to practice their particular sport at the highest level possible.
Josh was raised in Charlotte, NC where his interest in health and exercise began as a cross country runner in high school. This led him to pursue a B.S. in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University in 2014. During his time in college he competed with the Appalachian State Triathlon team and participated in various road races from the 5K to the marathon culminating in competing in the Boston Marathon in 2014.
He then moved on to the Medical University of South Carolina to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. After finishing PT school, Josh was accepted to the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics and UnityPoint Health – Meriter Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency in Madison, WI. He participated in didactics, direct one-on-one mentoring, and served as a teaching assistant in the University of Wisconsin Physical Therapy program during this year-long program.
He is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) and has been practicing for three years as the clinic director in an orthopedic private practice working with patients of all backgrounds and activity levels. He has a strong interest in helping endurance athletes recover from injury and improve overall performance in their activity of choice. He places a large emphasis on lifelong learning and has a passion for sharing his knowledge with patients, students, and other healthcare providers.
James Zotto: Host and Co-Founder
James Zotto is a residency trained Physical Therapist who specializes in helping athletes from the professional level to weekend warrior quickly recover from injury so they can move better and continue to be active in their sport.
James graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Wofford College in 2014. He was a four year letterman on the Wofford College football team that competes at the FCS Division 1 level. As a senior, he was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Football Second Team, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
He then went on to get his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The Medical University of South Carolina in 2017. Upon graduation, James moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota to complete a Sports Residency at the University of North Dakota, where he was a part of the sports medicine team, treating their division 1 athletes. He is currently pursuing a Sports Manual Therapy Fellowship from the prestigious Institute for Athlete Regeneration. Through these expert programs, James has evolved into an elite clinician with unparalleled skills in manual therapy, exercise prescription, injury prevention, movement analysis, recovery, and human performance.
He is a board certified sports (SCS) and orthopedic (OCS) clinical specialist and holds certifications as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), Certified Dry Needling (certDN), Titleist Performance Institute (TPI M2), Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), and Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR). His advanced treatment methodology allows him to not only efficiently diagnose his patients, but uncover and treat the underlying cause. This allows him to achieve not only quick short-term improvements, but also long-term results. His eclectic approach allows him to succeed where other practitioners have failed, and help athletes reach a level that was otherwise not attainable.
James is an athlete himself, passionate about CrossFit, snowboarding, paddle boarding, hiking, and sports. He understands the unique mindset of an athlete and has focused his physiotherapy mindset to specifically treat and help fellow Crossfit and fitness athletes struggling with pain, mobility restrictions, and acute or chronic injuries. Whether you are new to your sport or a seasoned veteran, his goal is to help you continue to perform at a high level and live an active lifestyle without pain or dysfunction.