The Good News 2019

When Diane Fidler opened Core Fitness and Physical Therapy 14 years ago, she knew that running a successful business would take lots of hard work.

However, she probably never imagined back in 2005 that her client list would grow so quickly or that she would need to expand her center to continue providing clients with the best possible service.

So, it was with great pride that Fidler announced the recent expansion of Core Fitness and Physical Therapy, 2940 W. 95th St., in Evergreen Park.

Core Fitness expanded into the space next door, doubling its studio space. The center has added three new private physical therapy, massage and women’s health rooms; a larger physical therapy gym; a Group Reformer studio; a Spin class studio (with Beverly Ride On); and an area for aerial fitness classes.

To celebrate the expansion, Core Fitness and Physical Therapy will host an open house on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. The open house will feature raffle prizes, giveaways, light refreshments and complimentary classes.

Core Fitness and Physical Therapy offers Pilates-based physical therapy, specializing in one-on-one care. The staff also provides women’s health/pelvic floor therapy through its Women’s Health and Rehabilitation Program that specializes in female-specific conditions.

In addition to physical therapy, CORE offers Pilates group classes and private lessons, aerial fitness and therapeutic massage. It also uses progressive techniques such as Be Activated, Scrape and Tape, and Thai Yoga Massage.

What makes Core Fitness and Physical Therapy successful is its one-on-one philosophy.

While most physical therapy companies book each physical therapist with several patients per hour, patients at Core Fitness and Physical Therapy spend the entire hour with one therapist. That means the session is dedicated to not just the injury, but to strengthening the entire body.

Because they are not rushed for time or moving back and forth between patients, physical therapists at Core Fitness and Physical Therapy can include hands-on/massage/activation techniques, Pilates-based fitness and other necessary therapeutic interventions such as ultrasound, in every session.

Additionally, because Core Fitness and Physical Therapy has a fitness center housed within its physical therapy clinic, the staff can guide clients right into a fitness program where they are able to maintain the gains they achieved during therapy with a safe, yet challenging, workout.

Core Fitness and Physical Therapy provides a diverse range of physical therapists and Pilates instructors who hold a wide range of degrees, certifications and specializations. These include doctorate degrees in physical therapy; master’s degrees in physical therapy; Be Activated certifications; Scrape and Tape certifications; women’s health specialists; and Pilates Method Alliance certified teachers. 

The staff treats senior citizens, young athletes, pregnant women and injured men. Core Fitness is staffed with local residents who are grateful to be able to help and heal their friends and neighbors.

The Core Fitness staff includes Diane Fidler, owner and physical therapist; Courtney Broderick, physical therapy manager; Terri McCabe, Pilates manager; and Katie Nolan, office manager.

Broderick and Jill Lenzen, both doctorates of physical therapy, have outstanding reputations in women’s health and rehabilitation, and Fidler is proud they are able to treat these patients.

The staff enjoys serving the community because Beverly/Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood put special emphasis on supporting neighbors. At Core, the staff notices how often clients coming in the door know the clients going out. They are constantly seeing new patients and clients who were referred by neighbors, family members and friends.

“This love of the community and support of local businesses,” Fidler said, “means that we really get to know our clients.”

As an active member of the community, Core Fitness and Physical Therapy regularly donates to local schools, parishes and community events.

For an appointment or more information, call Core Fitness and Physical Therapy at (708) 422-0990 or visit the website at