ANDRE HELETSI attended the University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A., where he attained a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006. After graduating, Andre’s professional career as a Physical Therapist commenced at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington D.C., where he spent six years. During his tenure at Sibley he focused on treatment of patients with limited mobility in the medical surgical and subacute rehab settings.
Thereafter, Andre sought further professional advancement and joined the outpatient team of Body Dynamics, Virginia, where he was mentored by Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and experts in the treatment of chronic general orthopedic ailments and dance/ performing arts injuries. One of the most important lessons learned at Body Dynamics was the specifics on how to build a clinical hypothesis to guide treatment.
Subsequent to his mentorship at Body Dynamics Andre spent two years at SMARTherapy, Washington, D.C., where he continued to grow in his ability to treat those individuals with chronic injury, and combined multiple orthopedic techniques/theories in order to improve the quality of life of all the persons being treated. At this stage of Andre’s career he continued to build on the hypothesis driven method of care.
In 2011 Andre was afforded the great opportunity to work with skilled Physical Therapists at Bodies in Motion Physical Therapy, Virginia. There he was further mentored on the mechanics of the body and attained the skill of Trigger Point Dry Needling. With the new found technique of Trigger Point Dry Needling to decrease pain, improved muscle length and improve healing, he was able to combine all of his skills from the past years to further improve the functional mobility of all his patients. Andre’s professional knowledge was further enhanced when he successfully completed the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Exam.
In 2012 Andre developed an injury prevention program and a strength and conditioning class for the Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon; and also serves as their Physical Therapist. He has built a close relationship with the teachers/dancers and has become well known to other ballet schools in the area. Andre focuses on the quality of movement and on correcting any asymmetries that may cause injury or decrease overall performance.
Upon opening Missing Link Physical Therapy in 2014 Andre believed that limitations in experience and education led to patient being categorized as ‘chronic’. Andre on the other hand believes that these patient’s have injuries that are ‘misunderstood’. He believes that with time, experience and listening to the patient can unfold information that may not have been seen by previous healthcare providers.
Andre specializes in MOVEMENT. The ability to break down movement and restore the normal mechanics Andre can treat from the head/ neck all the way to the ankle/ foot. Currently Andre treats patients in the performing arts, figure skaters, football players, soccer players, runners, tennis players and persons with general aches/ pains.
In his spare time Andre is a husband and father of 3 children. He enjoys playing tennis and running. Andre is President of his Business Networking International (BNI).
Andre’s end vision is to create community. He believes that my creating an environment of understanding and out of the box treatment will improve the quality of life of those with misunderstood injuries.