about > advisory board

To help us develop and deliver both cutting-edge and the best fitness programs to you, we have a wonderful team of world-class experts on our advisory board.

Dan Ritchie, PhD

Functional Aging Institute, Co-Founder and President
The Functional Aging Institute was founded in 2013 by leading functional aging experts, Dan Ritchie and Cody Sipe. For over 15 years, Dan and Cody have been at the forefront of developing innovative, effective and science-based training programs for their older clients. Dan has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial and university/hospital-based fitness, for-profit, not-for-profit and educational facilities. His primary areas of expertise are in personal training for special populations: athletes, pregnancy, blind, stroke recovery, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimers, etc.
He has worked with Division I athletes, some of whom have been professionally drafted. He has also worked on state-funded research on exercise for severe dementia Alzheimers type. He regularly presents at national and regional conferences and has been active on committees for the American College of Sports Medicine.



Cody Sipe, PhD

Functional Aging Institute, Co-Founder and Vice President
Cody Sipe has an extensive background in the fitness industry with 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, program director, exercise physiologist and club owner. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research in the physical therapy program at Harding University.
He has spent his career researching, developing and practicing the most effective training strategies to improve function in older adults. He has completed certifications as an ACSM Exercise Specialist, ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, FallProof Balance and Mobility Enhancement Specialist and more. His secondary area of expertise is in the prevention and management of chronic disease conditions, especially those that accompany the aging process such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. In 2005 he was honored with the IDEA Program Director of the Year award.
He has presented internationally, served on boards and committees and/or published articles for most of the top fitness organizations in the world including IDEA, CanFitPro, ACSM, ACE, AFPA and the International Council on Active Aging.



Jennifer Cooper, PT, OCS

Flow Physical Therapy, Founder and President
Jennifer has over 20 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist treating sport, work and life musculoskeletal injuries. She is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, a Certified Orthopedic Specialist (a title given to less than 5% of practicing physical therapists and only available after working continuously for 10 years in the field).

Jennifer worked as a physical therapist for the 2002 United States Olympic medal snow-board team. She also traveled to Europe as the sports physical therapist with the USSA Alpine Women’s ski team. She has successfully rehabilitated professional triathletes, runners, cyclists, surfers and every other type of recreational athlete.

Founder of Emerald Bay Physical Therapy, a boutique sports medicine private practice in Lake Tahoe, Jennifer directed operations and treated patients there for over a decade. In 2007, Jennifer moved to San Francisco to continue her work at Pacific Heights Health Club, an integrative facility in prestigious Pacific Heights. She now works in conjunction with fitness and wellness professionals, as well as medical doctors, to provide a full and comprehensive approach to health and healing.

Jennifer incorporates techniques from Pilates, yoga, massage, and personal training, in conjunction with traditional physical therapy services, to help people rehabilitate quickly. She is energetic and empathetic, and believes that “exercise is the best medicine!”