3023 Hamaker Court, Suite LL50
Fairfax, VA 22031
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The National Scoliosis Center in Fairfax, Virginia is our headquarters—founded by Luke Stikeleather. This location offers the Rigo Cheneau brace, EOS ultra-low-dose imaging, Schroth physical therapy, and patient support.
Kristian Christensen, Certified Orthotist
A certified orthotist, Kristian is committed to providing quality care and customized braces for children with scoliosis. He comes to NSC from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he developed an interest in caring for patients with scoliosis. “Helping kids with scoliosis gives me energy and purpose,” says Kristian.
Kristian earned a degree in genetics from Brigham Young University and spent seven years in New York City as a financial analyst before returning to his love for science and medicine. He completed his master’s in orthotics and prosthetics at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas as well as residencies in Houston and Salt Lake City. He, his wife, and three young children enjoy spending time together and visiting historical sites in the Washington, DC area.
Taylor Danmyer, Orthotist
Taylor has been making braces and interacting with patients at NSC since 2017. She has worked at both the Fairfax, VA and Baltimore, MD offices; however, currently, she is only working at the Baltimore office. She enjoys assisting Luke with patients and working in the lab with them on their braces.
Taylor graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelors’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Human Development and Family Science. A fun fact about Taylor, she was the varsity lacrosse goalie in college! After college, she worked as a Director of a grant-funded After School Academy as well as a Medical Billing Specialist for a Surgical Spinal Monitoring Company.
Christen McAree, Orthotist Assistant
Christen is a graduate of Towson University, she combined her passion for the science of anatomy and physiology with her interest in acrobatics to earn her degree in Exercise Science. Christen is a former Level 8 gymnast who spent years training competitively. In addition, she coached gymnasts ranging in age from 8 months to adults for nine years. Since graduating and moving to Virginia, Christen says she looks forward to getting back to practicing aerial skills in her free time. As a former scoliosis patient herself, Christen brings a unique perspective and understanding of our patients to her work at the National Scoliosis Center.
Joseph “Joe” Scott, Orthotist Assistant
Joe Scott is a 2020 graduate from Bucknell University with a degree in biology and a minor in classics. He spent the last year working as an EMT and studying for the MCATS. In the fall of 2022, Joe will attend medical school at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky. In the meantime, he wants to learn all he can about patient care and treating those with scoliosis. He is very impressed with National Scoliosis Center – the patient satisfaction, attention to detail, and fine alterations. He says, “to me, no one else can match what NSC is doing.”
Rebecca Nepivoda, Radiology Technologist
Becky is one of our Radiology Technologists. She is excited to be working with the EOS Imaging System, which enables her to provide high-definition imaging services with low-dose X-rays. Becky undergoes continuous training on the system to maximize its use, including training in 3D data and models. She is licensed by the Virginia Medical Board for our EOS Imaging System. Becky has over 15 years of experience in the orthopedic field.
Emalee Holmes, Radiology Technologist & Patient Care Coordinator
Emalee Holmes wears two hats in our office – she is both a radiology technologist and a patient care coordinator. As a radiology technologist, she works with our EOS Imaging System to provide high-definition images using low-dose radiation to patients. As one of our patient care coordinators, she helps patients and their parents navigate the various treatment options and the benefits of non-operative care.
Nationally certified as a radiology technologist since 2003, Emalee began her career in X-ray and CT in South Florida. She also spent seven years in medical sales selling radiation protection and configuring X-ray rooms and equipment along the East Coast. Today, she is excited to be bringing her expertise to National Scoliosis Center as well as working with patients and providing compassionate care.
Brent Beach, Chief Operations Officer
Brent is our Chief Operations Officer and brings a great deal of experience in project management, strategic planning, team management, organizational planning, and overall corporate improvement. At National Scoliosis Center, Brent’s focus is to continue our mission of being a premier provider of non-operative treatment for scoliosis patients. Internally, you will find him working with our staff to develop efficient processes that allow the patient and their family to focus on their treatment plan. Externally, he is building collaborative relationships with physicians, health care professionals, and other organizations, as well as overseeing our marketing efforts, research contributions, and all areas of development.
Brent is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. His passion for our mission comes from observing the benefits of a full-service scoliosis facility when his daughter received treatment from Luke and the National Scoliosis Center.
Meghan O’Brien, Patient Care Coordinator
Meghan O’Brien is one of our Patient Care Coordinators. She graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth with a Bachelors’ Degree in psychology. She is an active duty military spouse with three children and has personal experience with scoliosis, as her daughter (Annie) is currently being treated with the Rigo Cheneau brace. She helps patients and their parents navigate the various treatment options and the benefits of non-operative care.
Jennifer Tanner, Billing and Insurance Specialist
Jen Tanner is the Billing and Insurance Specialist for the National Scoliosis Center. With over 15 years of experience working in medical practices of various sizes, she provides extensive knowledge of health insurance policies and procedures. Her mission is to help patients and their families navigate the insurance claims process in a manner that maximizes their benefits. Jen studied business at Towson University.
Laures Merryman, Front Desk/Patient Care Coordinator
Laures is our Front Desk/Patient Care Coordinator at our Fairfax, Virginia office. She has a background in education and office work. She is excited to be working here and helping those with scoliosis.
Fun fact: Laures was recruited by her daughters, Heather and Brooke (our interns).
Marilyn Lorence, Front Desk/Patient Care Coordinator
Marilyn is one of our Front Desk/Patient Care Coordinators at our Fairfax, Virginia office. She has a background in education and catering. She enjoys working with patients and their families and being part of the team at NSC.