[heading]by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Soul of Photography[/heading]

Longtime athlete Phil Gallo actually started out as an animation illustration major before going into health science, fitness and acupuncture. He always loved watching and drawing cartoons, but now his life’s work involves creation of a different sort: he helps grow and maintain great athletes.

“As Founding Principal of Acu-Fit (Acupuncture and Fitness Therapeutics), my chosen field allows me the freedom to be closely involved with youth athletic programs, their parents, families and friends,” explained Phil. He works privately with students at local high schools and volunteers his expertise as well. “I like to contribute my services to the athletic programs,” offered Phil, “so each student athlete receives the personal attention they need to be at the top of their sport for a long time to come.”

That means Phil can be found on the campuses of Carlsbad High School, Earl Warren Jr. High School, Torrey Pines High School and Canyon Crest Academy. He also helps out with Encinitas recreation soccer, boys under 16 youth football in Del Mar, boys’ varsity baseball and girls’ softball at Carlsbad High School.

DSC_5448aPhil’s work has created some impressive results. “A young athlete came to me with right shoulder pain… and was unable to throw a baseball or pitch for more than three months,” Phil recounted. “I treated him with four acupuncture points on the opposite side of the pain. After four more treatments, he was not only able to throw again; he pitched six innings (88 pitches) and got the win! That, to a health care professional, is most gratifying and why I love what I do.”

After 44 years in Encinitas, Phil says North County will always be home. A San Dieguito grad, he worked as a certified personal trainer for 20 years, earning his master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2002 and founded his company, Acu-Fit. His wife, Angie, is a big supporter along with their daughter, Keir (19), who is pursuing a career as a dental assistant.

Married almost a year now, Angie gives Phil marketing advice as she works towards her second career in writing. They like to “rough it a little,” traveling in their pop-up trailer and relax on Sunday mornings with “a cup of coffee and a warm apple fritter fresh from VG Donuts.” Life is good.

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Name:  Philip Gallo
Age:  45
Community:  Encinitas, CA
Volunteer Affiliation:  Beginning involvement with SurfAid to help children with malaria
Occupation:  Acupuncturist and Fitness Specialist
Family:  Wife – Angie; Daughter – Keir (19)

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