Best of Philly

Best Pain Healer

2016 BEST Guru for the Injury-Prone

Pete Mattis, ZAKTi Fitness Studio

ZAKTi studio owner Pete Mattis, who spent years as an architect before breaking into the fitness world, has designed his own fix-it method of fitness, starting with a consultation in which he pinpoints the weaknesses throwing your body out of balance. Then the real magic begins: He’ll bring you back from injury — or help prevent it — with doses of the studio’s signature corrective group fitness classes, bodywork and one-on-one training sessions.

744 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-639-2366 | Website


2012 BEST Pain Healer

Rob Mahon

The Bellevue, 200 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Why do people speak of this musculoskeletal therapist in hushed, reverent tones? In a two-hour appointment, he pinpoints the source of a patient’s pain; resolves it with stretches, massage and realignment; and sends him or her out the door with instructions for at-home maintenance. Just like that—poof!—the pain is gone. Read more »