John Breen, our founder, is a sports physiologist and an elite multi-sport coach and athlete. He currently coaches rowing, paddling, Crossfit, and dragon boating at every level – including: high school, college, national team, masters as well as breast cancer survivors. His athletes have medaled at the world championships, competed at the Olympic Trials, and raced internationally. As an athlete himself, John Breen is a former collegiate All-American powerlifter, pro-Am track cyclist, member of the US National rowing and dragon boat teams, and a multiple world medalist; he continues to compete in Crossfit, paddling, rowing, dragon boating, cycling, and powerlifting. He is the current high-performance coach for the sailing team at University of Pennsylvania. Building on the continuous success of his first non-profit, Schuylkill River Athletic Club (SRAC) in 2012, John founded Fitness in Recovery in 2015 to give back to the recovery community.
Dr. Sidra Ghafoor
President & Co-founder
Dr. Sidra Ghafoor is a Philadelphia native. She completed an accelerated 7-year B.S./M.D. program at Villanova University and Drexel University College of Medicine. During her Psychiatry residency training at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ she served as the Chief Resident and as an active member of the House Staff Council. She is currently completing an Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ghafoor treats dual-diagnosis patients at The Wedge Medical Center two days a week. She also has experience with the eating disorders population through her work at the Renfrew Center. She is the co-founder and current president of Fitness in Recovery. Dr. Ghafoor’s goal is to make Fitness in Recovery programming accessible to the underserved, mentally and emotionally challenged, and disenfranchised populations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.
Director of Clinical Research & Development
Kelly got involved in Fitness in Recovery while helping reestablish Penn Medicine’s affiliation with the ACSM Exercise is Medicine initiative. With experience in the fitness realm (personal training) and patient care (clinical research), she helped connect FIR with Penn Medicine’s Community Outreach program as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s Institutional Review Board. She is currently involved in clinical research at Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. She will continue with FIR as a medical student.