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 masters 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 at NSC helping to make braces and interacting with patients since 2017. You will find her at both the Fairfax, VA and Baltimore, MD offices — assisting Luke with patients and working in the lab with them on their braces.
Taylor graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelors 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.
Rebecca Nepivoda, Radiology Technologist
Becky is our Radiology Technologist. 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.
Fernando Rondon, Radiology Technologist and Lab Assistant
Fernando is a Radiology Technologist and enjoys working with the EOS Imaging system, which provides low dose radiation digital X-rays. He joins the NSC after 12 years at Children’s Hospital/PSV. In addition to working with the EOS Imaging System, he assists our orthotists in fabricating braces.
Downey Hinrichs, MSPT, C1, C2 Certified Schroth Therapist
Downey is our Schroth Therapist and has achieved levels C1 and C2 certification. Her top priority is making sure each patient is set up for success whether for pain management or compliance with wearing our brace. Each client’s therapy plan is customized to maximize lifetime scoliosis management and support brace correction. She offers private sessions and group classes at our center.
After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, Downey went on to receive her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami. She worked in catastrophic rehabilitation for many years before deciding to focus specifically on scoliosis management. She then received her certification in Schroth Therapy from Hunter College while training with Axel Hannes (a senior PT´s of the Asklepios Katharina Schroth clinic in Germany). She has her C1 and C2 certification in the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS) program with Dr. Manuel Rigo and Beth Jansen, PT.
To book an appointment with Downey, contact her directly by email at [email protected] or by calling her at (703) 849-8808.
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.
Tricia Wiltse, Patient Care Coordinator
Tricia is our Patient Care Coordinator at NSC. She helps patients and their parents navigate the various treatment options and the benefits of the non-operative care. Tricia is a mother of four, has spent 22 years as a business owner/operator of a childcare facility in Fairfax County, and has four years of experience in the medical field managing medical offices. She is passionate about helping children and hopes to help make a difference in their lives.
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.
Whittani Spinner, Front Desk Coordinator
The voice you hear on the other end of the telephone is that of our Front Desk Coordinator Whittani. She welcomes patients, schedules appointments, and processes payments for office visits.