Wendy Kelley Named Geriatric Certified Specialist by American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

Jul 2, 2014

WESTBOROUGH, Massachusetts  – Wendy Kelley, lead physical therapist at ActiveRx in Westborough, has been designated as a Geriatric Certified Specialist (GSC) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), an Alexandria, Va.-based organization designed to improve public health by enhancing clinical experience in physical therapy practice through the credentialing specialists in a number of specialty areas. 

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W. John Oliver Named Chief Financial Officer of ActiveRx

Jun 12, 2014

W. John OliverCHANDLER, ARIZ. – W. John Oliver has been named chief financial officer of ActiveRx, a Chandler, Ariz.-based company that owns and operates a rapidly growing network of Active Aging Centers that provide preventative healthcare services to thousands of mature adults throughout the country, according to Paul Reilly, chief executive officer.

In his new position, Oliver will be responsible for overall financial operations for ActiveRx, focusing on capital strategy, treasury and investor relations as ActiveRx continues to expand.

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Paul Reilly and ActiveRx Aim to Turn Back the Clock

Mar 3, 2014

From the article:

Frail. It’s a natural condition for most people as they age. It’s as inevitable as AARP membership cards and white hair, just another price for racking on the decades. But what if this assumption is wrong? What if we could physically change our bodies from frail and become hale? Could it be that we have an influence over our own physical well-being throughout our lives?

According to the American Journal of Medicine, “Older adults can significantly, and meaningfully, increase their strength and muscle mass with a regular program of resistance training.”

I had the opportunity to speak with a gentleman who believes that this very thing is possible and is working to make it happen every day. 


The founders of the company were exercise scientists at Arizona State and Stanford universities. Dr. Wayne Phillips has been the leading intellectual in the world of exercise science specific to active aging, the understanding of the input of progressive resistance training’s impact on the aging process.

Matt Essex, a research assistant of Dr. Phillips, was struck by the paradox that, although they were discovering that the aging process could be reversed, there was no practical application of it. So out of frustration, he decided to start a company that would use what they learned in the lab and apply it in the real world to try to help people.

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ActiveRx to open Lady Lake Active Aging Center

Jan 26, 2014

Orlando Sentinel

ActiveRx to open in Lady Lake ActiveRx, an Arizona-based company that promotes "active aging" will open its first Florida Active Aging Center in Lady Lakes next month, said Matt Essex, founder and chief executive officer.

The new center will serve residents of Lady Lake and surrounding communities, including The Villages, said Jay and Utkarsh Patel, Florida's first ActiveRx franchisees. The new center will be located at 201 W. Guava St.

A network of Active Aging Centers are opening across the country to help aging adults gain strength and stay independent longer, said Essex. Besides the new Florida center, aging centers are open or about to open in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, South Carolina and Texas.

"Research continues to validate that strength loss in aging is the number one contributor to falls, loss of mobility, and loss of ability to remain physically active," Essex added. "Strength loss is preventable and can be regained at any age." 

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Staying Strong with ActiveRx

Jan 16, 2014

There's a new fitness hub in town – ActiveRx – a revolutionary concept in strength and wellness for mature adults.

Centrally located just off Anna Knapp Boulevard on a quiet, tree- lined street, ActiveRx is a brand new, bright, airy and well-equipped health center for seniors who want to maintain their strength and independence. It’s also aimed at those who may have encountered problems with balance, general weakness, post-illness lethargy and even depression.


The ActiveRx approach is based on hard science showing that older Americans who commit to a modest regimen of regular workouts tailored to their individual needs and abilities can experience increased physical and cognitive function, improved cardiovascular health, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol readings and reduced pain and fatigue.

Central to the ActiveRx approach is a three-pronged program that begins with an individualized professional evaluation, moves on to “strengtherapy” orientation and continues with regularly-scheduled, small group workout sessions of 30 minutes each, three times a week.

According to Mark Osborn, ActiveRx regional developer and owner of the Mount Pleasant center, seniors participating in regular, low-impact training sessions can anticipate increased strength and muscle mass, reduced disability, fewer balance issues, reversal of bone mineral density loss and more.

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ActiveRx to Open Second Active Aging Center in Pinnacle Peak Area

Nov 4, 2013

Recognizing a growing need to serve northeast Valley residents, ActiveRx management announces the opening of a second Active Aging Center in northeast Scottsdale.

The new location – at 7679 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 100 – is scheduled to begin taking patient appointments on Friday, Nov. 15. It joins the company’s first ActiveRx Active Aging Center in 7331 E. Osborn Drive, Suite 410 in downtown Scottsdale and other Arizona locations in Sun Lakes and Surprise/Sun City West.

ActiveRx is a Chandler, Ariz.-based company that is redefining aging through its new Lifestyle Strengtherapy™ System for the treatment of frailty (high risk for falls), loss of muscle mass, loss of bone density, depression and management of chronic disease. The regimen is designed specifically for seniors wishing to optimize their aging experience by staying strong, vital, and independent.

ActiveRx has been expanding its network of Active Aging Centers rapidly over the past two years throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.


“Our first center in Scottsdale has been very well received,” [ActiveRx CEO Matt] Essex stated. “Now, it is apparent that we needed a center serving the Pinnacle Peak area, and the region’s large number of master-planned communities, including Grayhawk, DC Ranch, McDowell Mountain Ranch and Desert Mountain. Our new location also affords us an opportunity to serve the residents of a number of senior communities located in the area.”

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