The National Scoliosis Center in Baltimore, Maryland offers the same Rigo Cheneau brace made by Chief Orthotist Luke Stikeleather in our Fairfax, Virginia office, as well as EOS ultra low-dose imaging and patient support and care. Future plans include the addition of on-site Schroth Physical Therapy as provided at our Fairfax location.
The spark for this office began with the Beach family and their desire to bring Luke Stikeleather’s expertise to their hometown. After traveling to Fairfax for many years for their daughter’s treatment, they approached Stikeleather about opening a second office. With Luke already having so many patients from the Baltimore area, and close ties to area orthopedists, it seemed like a natural fit.
Michelle Koehler, Orthotist
Michelle Koehler is an Orthotist who has been providing exceptional orthotic care to patients in the Baltimore area for more than 25 years, specializing in scoliosis care since 2005. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Spinal Orthotics Society, and a contributor to the National Scoliosis Foundation and Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation. Michelle is also the Vice President and Co-Founder of the Prosthetic Orthotic Association of Maryland (POAM). She studied at Northwestern University and was certified in orthotics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics in 2001.
Michelle believes the brace is just one aspect of treatment, and that higher rates of success can be found by also addressing the emotional and psychological needs of a scoliosis patient. She has a passion for guiding both the patient and their parents through any issues that may arise during treatment.
Taylor Danmyer, Orthotic Assistant
Taylor has been at NSC helping make braces and interacting with patients since 2017. You will find her at both the Fairfax, VA and Baltimore, VA 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.
Michele Beach, Office Manager
Michele Beach has been the Office Manager for the National Scoliosis Center in Baltimore since it opened its doors in 2017. She is licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in the State of Maryland with over 20 years of medical care experience. In addition to her time spent in clinical settings, she has obtained experience with both patient education and care giver training. Michele supervises the Baltimore staff and works with the patients and their families to ensure the treatment process goes as smoothly as possible.
Michele has personal experience with scoliosis, as her daughter has been successfully treated with a Rigo Cheneau brace. She is empathetic toward parents who have difficulty finding definitive answers regarding scoliosis and the best treatment methods, as she was one of those frustrated parents until she visited Luke Stikeleather and the National Scoliosis Center in Fairfax, Va. It is her mission to help patients and their parents better understand the various treatment options and the benefits of the non-operative care.
Brent Beach, Operations Manager
Brent Beach is the Operations Manager for the National Scoliosis Center in Baltimore. He has experience in project management, strategic planning, team management, organizational planning, and continuous improvement. He has managed teams and projects of various sizes in multiple industries. Brent’s goal is that the scheduling, billing, and other processes are efficient, allowing the patient and their family to focus on the treatment plan.
Brent observed the benefits of a full-service scoliosis facility when his daughter received treatment from Luke Stikeleather and the National Scoliosis Center in Fairfax, Va. It is his goal to provide a practice that will collaborate with physicians to provide the best long-term treatment plan for the patients and their families. Brent is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland, and he is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.
Jennifer Tanner, Billing and Insurance Specialist
Jen Tanner is the Billing and Insurance Specialist for the National Scoliosis Center in Baltimore. 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.
Erin Price, Radiology Technologist
Erin Price is a Radiology Technologist for the National Scoliosis Center in Baltimore. She is licensed by the Maryland Board of Physicians with over 10 years of experience in the orthopedic field. She received training on the EOS Imaging System when it was first installed and has been providing high-definition imaging services to patients ever since our office opened.