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!”


about > press & awards


PHHC EntranceSurvival Of The Fittest, by Barbara Kate Repa
The New Fillmore, July 2016


Top Health Clubs, Book of Lists
San Francisco Business Times, January 2016


Best Gym in the Bay Area – Top 3
– SFGate Bay List, 2009


Fitness Tip: Interval Training
Teach Street, April 2009


Best San Francisco Gym, Audience Winner
– Citysearch 2008


Best Gym, San Francisco
– Guidespot 2008


The Yoga Explosion, by Barbara Kate Repa
The New Fillmore, May 2008


Best Health Club, Runner Up, San Francisco
– Citysearch 2007


10 Tips from a Local Fitness Guru, by Barbara Kate Repa
The New Fillmore, January 2007

about > mission


Our Mission

At Pacific Heights Health Club, we are dedicated to creating healthy lifestyles – one person at a time.
Here, you can feel comfortable being yourself. You can connect with old friends and make new ones, and you’ll see and feel the results of making healthy lifestyle choices. Best of all, you’ll discover that fitness happens while you’re laughing and having fun.
The three words that best describe how we make this happen are:


In The Beginning…

Back in 1984, when the club first opened its doors, PHHC was a men’s only facility and occupied what is now the weight room and locker rooms.  The owner, Kenneth Craig Lapan or as most people called him, KC, wanted to pay homage to the times he spent with his father who brought KC to the gym to work out with him.  David Kirk was one of the staff on opening night, and eventually became the owner when KC fell ill.  A few years later, the space that is now the cardio room became Pacific Heights Health Club for Women.

Along Came Amy

Twenty years later in June of 2004, I took over as owner of the club. Raised in Michigan, I moved to San Francisco after graduating from the University of Michigan and fell in love with the Bay Area. Obviously, I decided to stay.
After spending 10 years in the high technology industry at amazing companies like Netscape, Oracle and Yahoo, I came to understand that I was meant to follow a different path – one that tapped into my lifelong interest in health and wellness.
Growing up, it seemed like all the women in my family were slim. I got my dad’s genes so pretty much I’ve always struggled with my weight. While working at Yahoo, my last corporate job (and the wrong job for me), I gained about 15 pounds in just 6 months. That’s when I finally decided to ask for help and hired a personal trainer. I’m forever grateful for Asanta. With her, I discovered and experienced a new world. I lost weight, and I got stronger and fitter, and I gained confidence that I didn’t know was in me.

Our Passion

During that same period of time – late 2003, the news coverage on the rising rate of obesity quadrupled. Why? Because so many Baby Boomers had turned 50 and the “epidemic” of our modern day sedentary lifestyle was leading to unprecedented increases in the incidence of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes which were and still are driving up the cost of health care.  Of course, our culture of quick fix was only exacerbating the problem.
I decided that I wanted to be part of the real solution. And that’s the purpose of Pacific Heights Health Club.

PHHC Today

Fast forward to today. We have grown to a team of 16 fitness and wellness experts. The club now occupies the entire building. From the street, you’ll see members warming up on cardio equipment. Once through the breezeway, you’ll discover the training studio that boasts a 16′ x 16′ fully retractable skylight. Upstairs, to complement the strength training programs, we offer a full slate of wellness services, including Pilates, physical therapy, acupuncture, private yoga and therapeutic massage.
Now, instead of spending my time convincing people to adopt new technologies, I focus my energies on helping people make healthier choices.
Whether it’s improving your golf or tennis game, hiking up Machu Picchu, playing with your grandkids or dancing at your daughter’s wedding, we’re here to inspire, support and coach.
Maybe you need more motivation.
Maybe you need more accountability.
Maybe you need more know-how.
Or maybe you need to get out of pain…
Or get stronger, lose fat and inches, and feel better…
Or you need to decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol, and burn off stress…
Or you need to improve your flexibility and improve the functioning of your body.
I promise you… we will meet you where you are right now and be with you every step of the way to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
We know your decision depends on many things: your goals, budget and level of commitment. I invite you to come in for a complimentary consultation and see how my team and I can help you restore the most amazing asset all of us have: our HEALTH.
You can call us or come in and visit us and get a tour of our warm and friendly boutique health club. We are located at 2356 Pine Street (just off Fillmore).
I am looking forward to meeting you!
Amy Lang