About Luke Stikeleather

Luke Stikeleather, Certified Orthotist, Founder and President of the National Scoliosis Center

As founder, president and chief orthotist of the National Scoliosis Center (NSC), Luke serves patients from all over the United States and the world at both his Fairfax and Baltimore locations. Luke’s passion is helping children and adults with scoliosis and furthering treatment options and research in the scoliosis field. He actively participates in conferences, training and support groups; always with an eye on improving the scoliosis journey of all.

A lifelong-learner, Luke, is always curious about finding the best way to treat patients with scoliosis. That’s why when he learned of the success Dr. Jacques Cheneau and Dr. Manuel Rigo were having with the Rigo Cheneau brace, Luke decided to study with Dr. Cheneau and Dr. Rigo. In 2004, Luke became the first orthotist to introduce the Rigo Cheneau brace to North America and he has been using this brace for his patients ever since—making adjustments as technology has advanced and continuing his research on best methods of treatment.

Known as an internationally recognized expert in the field of scoliosis, Luke is an Associate Fellow with the Scoliosis Research Society, a founding member and 2018-’19 president of the International Society of Spinal Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT), and served on the BRAIST Bracing Evaluation Committee. Additionally, he is a supporter of the National Scoliosis Foundation, Curvy Girls and Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation. He has been featured in articles, books and news programs, some of which include: Washingtonian Magazine, WUSA9, Washington Business JournalSpines: The Art of Scoliosis. He earned his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and is a graduate of the post-graduate certificate program in orthotics from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Luke Stikeleather’s CV



James Madison University, BS
Northwestern University in Chicago, Graduate Certificate of Orthotics


Certified Orthotist
Certified, Rigo Cheneau Style Bracing


International Society of Spinal Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT)
·   Founding Board Member, Secretary and 2018-’19 President
Scoliosis Research Society Editorial board, Scoliosis Journal
·   Associate Fellow and Non-Operative Committee Member
University of Iowa Brace Study
·   BRAIST Evaluation Committee
Green Sun Medical
·   Brace Consultant
Association of Rigo Cheneau Specialists
·   Co-founder
·   Blog contributor


International Society of Spinal Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT)
American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association
Scoliosis Research Society
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
Curvy Girls
Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation


Washingtonian MagazineThe Spine Whisperer
WUSA Channel 9
Washington Business Journal
Midday Maryland
The O&P Edge MagazineInterview
Spinal News International
Scoliosis Journal
Scoliosis Physiotherapy & Posture Centre Online
SPINES: The Art of Scoliosis by Sydnee Lubar